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“In Between Words”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film In New York City By Sheldon Chau (2018)

“In Between Worlds” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film In New York City Featuring Poet Lilian Mehrei Directed by Sheldon Chau.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Sheldon Chau

Music Composed by: John Corlis
Piano: John Corlis
Violin: Gustavo Eiriz
Actress: Achiaa Prempeh
Narrated by: Achiaa Prempeh

“A woman looks for her place in New York City as she contemplates the meaning of “home.”

The City Odes Project is a passion project in which my composer and I will collaborate with a poet and an actor to create a humanist, emotional, and visual story amidst the backdrop of a particularly city. “In Between Words” is the first of many to come, and kicks off this series in the city I currently reside in – New York City. The narrative was birthed out of an eagerness to collaborate with Achiaa, my actress, who now lives in New York and is originally from Ghana. In speaking with her, I decided to pursue a story about someone searching for home; a woman who is figuring out if NYC is the place for her, who is coming to terms that she is 5,000 miles away from her original home in West Africa, and thus easing out tensions with her mother, who of course wants her to return. The final result here features the work of Lilian Mehrel – a fellow filmmaker and classmate of mine back at NYU Grad Film school – who captures these feelings through her words, and my frequent collaborator John Corlis – an LA-based musician and composer – who complements the poetry with his mixture of piano and strings.”

“In Between Words” by Lilian Mehrei

Where am I?
Check the map. What’s a map, anyway? 
An alphabet. 
Spelling out spaces
In between words.

When you carve lines in a concrete jungle,
The dust particles remain. They stain
The people with grit
Glittering their teeth.

When I was little, my mother told me
My great-grandfather was the head of our tribe.
What’s a tribe? I asked.
He was like the king of our village, she told me.
Are you the queen now? I asked.

Yes Queen, says a handsome woman walking by.

Excuse me, do you know which way is north?
I squint up at the scrapers of the sky. 
They look down at their fireflies.

My eyes blink for a rest. I need to go
Underground.
I enter the arteries 
To flow with bodies as one.
Noon or midnight, there is no time here.

I balance, suspended halfway 
Between North and South.
There is no fullness,
There is no stillness.

I cross the street. I cross my heart.
I cross my mother, one too many times.
Why don’t you come home? She says.
What is home? I say.
There are too many people there, she says.
There’s nobody to bother me, I say.

When it’s too much
I slip in the small spaces.

Can you find me on a map?
Look, there – that eyelash that fell,
Between 6th and 7th avenue, that’s me.

Where are you? My mother calls me.
I’m on 6th and a half avenue, I say.
What?

You don’t believe me?
Look on the map. It’s really there.

Website: http://www.sheldonchau.com/

 

“Blue Floozy”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film With Poet Mia X Directed By Yuri Alves (2018)

“Blue Floozy” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film With Poet Mia X Directed By Yuri Alves.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Yuri Alves

Poem Written & Performed by: Mia X

Produced by: Igor Alves & Yuri Alves
Original Score by: Boris Ivanov
Live Violin Performed by: Olga Yanovich
Assistant Camera: Caroline Sincaruk
Sound by: Victor Buitrago
Sound Editor & Mixer: Mert Ozcan
Colorist: Gabriel Kurzlop
Artwork by: Rochelle Bernal

“Renowned spoken word poet Mia X, unfurls a powerhouse monologue from her poem “Blue Floozy” in this continuous single shot short film directed by award-winning filmmaker Yuri Alves. Featuring a heart wrenching original musical score by composer Boris Ivanov. Presented in 4K.”

Loose screw,
mixed mind up,
glue fake hair
to fake mindset
with grand visions
out jive eyeballs
of blue much more
than who you know
yourself to be.

Post Production Sound Services: The Record House
Post Production Color Services: Dramplay Productions

Production Company: DreamPlay Media
Made with support from: Newark Office of Film and Television, City of Newark.

Website: http://www.yurialves.com/

“The Weight Of History”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Poet Robert Lowell Directed By Ben Jacks (2015)

“The Weight Of History” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring “History” by Poet Robert Lowell Directed by Ben Jacks.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by:  Ben Jacks

Music by:  Max Richter (“Dona Nobles Pacem 2”)

Narrated by:  Franklin O. Smith
Actress:  Francesca Cerullo

The Weight of History Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Poet Robert Lowell Directed by Ben Jacks in 2015.JPG

“This experimental short was filmed in Florence, Italy. While traveling on honeymoon with my wife I was humbled by the abundance of historical artwork, architecture, and the religious presence within this city. There is a dark beauty there that is leveling to witness.

What I hope to represent, is the humility experienced in the presence of such environments and our place within history. Our smallness in time, contrasting to the beauty of what we can create, that stands witness so many years after.”

“HISTORY” by Robert Lowell

History has to live with what was here,
clutching and close to fumbling all we had–
it is so dull and gruesome how we die,
unlike writing, life never finishes.
Abel was finished; death is not remote,
a flash-in-the-pan electrifies the skeptic,
his cows crowding like skulls against high-voltage wire,
his baby crying all night like a new machine.
As in our Bibles, white-faced, predatory,
the beautiful, mist-drunken hunter’s moon ascends–
a child could give it a face: two holes, two holes,
my eyes, my mouth, between them a skull’s no-nose–
O there’s a terrifying innocence in my face
drenched with the silver salvage of the morn frost.

The Weight of History Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Poet Robert Lowell Directed by Ben Jacks.JPG

Website: http://www.ben-jacks.com/

“Flowering Deer”: A Cinematic Music Video For Folk Singer Matt Bauer Directed By Gareth Smith & Jenny Lee (2012)

“Flowering Deer” is a cinematic music video for Matt Bauer from the album The Jessamine County Book of the Living filmed and directed by Gareth Smith & Jenny Lee.

Filmed and Directed by:  Gareth Smith & Jenny Lee

Music composed and performed by:  Matt Bauer

Picasso Quartet:

Violin – Alisa Rose
Violin – Natasha Makhijani
Viola – Alexa Beattie
Cello – Michelle Kwon

Websites:   smithleedesign.com

mattbauermusic.com/

“Amazing Aragón”: A Cinematic Time-Lapse Short Film In Spain By Joerg Daiber (2014)

“Amazing Aragón” is a cinematic tilt-shift time-lapse short film in  Aragón, Spain directed by Joerg Daiber.

Filmed and Directed by:  Joerg Daiber

Music composed by:  Nicolo Paganini – Violin Concerto No.4 Allegro Maestoso

This film was shot in Alquezar, Mallos de Riglos, Jaca, San Juan de la Peña, Canfranc, Uncastillo, Tarazona, Monasterio de Piedra, Balneario Termas Pallares Alhama de Aragón and Zaragoza.

Website:  http://www.spoonfilm.com/

“Il Convento”: A Cinematic Promotional Short Film In Umbria, Italy Directed By Philip Bloom (2011)

“Il Convento” is a cinematic promotional short film of a villa in Umbria, Northern Italy, directed by Philip Bloom.

Filmed and Directed by:  Philip Bloom

Filmmaker Philip Bloom
Filmmaker Philip Bloom

Music by James Newton Howard (“The Village”)

Assistant and Photos by Daniele Cuccia

Website:  http://philipbloom.net/2011/01/24/umbria/

“Apodemy”: A Cinematic Animated Short Film Directed By Katerina Athanasopoulou (2013)

A cinematic animated short film commissioned by The Onassis Cultural Center on the theme of Emigration for Visual Dialogues 2012.

Animated and Directed by:  Katerina Athanasopoulou

Music by:  JON OPSTAD

Violin solo performed by:   CLARE WHEELER

Plato likens the human soul with a cage, where knowledge is birds flying. We’re born with the cage empty and, as we grow, we collect birds and they go in the cage for future use. When we need to access knowledge we put our hand in the cage, hunt for a bird – and sometimes catch the wrong one.

Ornithology uses the term “Zugunruhe” to describe the turbulent behavior of birds before they migrate, whether free or caged.

These two images, birds inhabiting the human soul and the distress of the migrating bird became the starting points for this film, commissioned on the theme of Emigration.

A flock of birds circles around and moves a cage vehicle, seeking escape from a city half finished and abandoned, with roads interrupted by fragments of fallen statues. Those hands are simultaneously the pursuit of knowledge and also the heroes/leaders of the past that we have rejected but are still haunting us.

In a time when Europe seems to be imploding, this is my portrait of Athens.

Awards:

The Lumen Prize 2013 lumenprize.com
Best Animation, London Greek Film Festival, UK 2013
Special Mention for a Greek Film, Animasyros Festival, Greece 2013
Nominated for the Peer Raben Music Award, SoundTrack_Cologne, Germany 2013.

Website:  http://www.kineticat.co.uk/