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ALKISTIS KAFETZI - If I go out walking with my dead friends
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ALKISTIS KAFETZI - If I go out walking with my dead friends

A visualization of the poem "If I go out walking with my dead, written by Ritta Boumi Pappas, published in 1964. The belongs to the book "A thousand murdered girls" which consists of 65 poems, each named after a woman who was sentenced to death for participating in the Greek Resistance against the Nazis. "If I go out walking with my dead friends" is a humble memorial for the female heroines mentioned in Papa's lyrics but also for those who nowadays are fighting for freedom and for a better tomorrow. Director Biography - Alkistis Kafetzi, Aleksandra Ćorović Alkistis Kafetzi is a filmmaker and video artist who lives in Berlin, Germany. After finishing her studies on theatre and film (National Kapodistrian University of Athens) she moved to Germany and works as a freelancer filmmaker. She has been a steady collaborator of the Institute for Experimental Arts and the theatre director Taso Sagri since 2011, working as a video artist for their theatrical productions („Dying as a Country” 2012, “Psychosis 4:48” 2013, “Night” 2017, „Metamorfosis”2020). She made her directorial debut with the short documentary “Unterwegs” on 2016 which was screened at Tirana International Film Festival. The last five years her work has been shown in several art exhibitions and film festivals around Europe (Missing Nature at Illuseum Berlin (2020), Surfaces Festival – Places | Venice (2018). Aleksandra Ćorović was born in 1986 in Herne, Germany. She studied drama at the Music and Arts University of the city of Vienna. Together with Aristoteles Chaitidis she produced several theatre plays since 2016. She currently performs at Burgtheater in „Die Bakchen“, directed by Ulrich Rasche, in „Oxytocin Baby“ at Schauspielhaus in Vienna and in „Elektra“ at Berliner Ensemble, Berlin, both plays directed by Rieke Süßkow. She received several international awards for her performances, such as the award „Actress of the Month“ at the TMFF-Festival for her performance as Sara in the short movie „Fantasten“, directed by Willi Kubica in 2017. Ćorović lives as a freelancer in Vienna. “If I go out walking with my dead friends” is her directorial debut. Director Statement “If I go out walking with my dead friends” is a humble memorial for the female heroines mentioned in Papa’s lyrics but also for those who nowadays are fighting for freedom and for a better tomorrow. It rings the bell in the consciences of people, pointing out the risk of suppression of freedom within a decaying social system. The past and the present are connected through a visualized dramaturgy of associative patterns. The human body becomes a canvas on which mankind paints its struggles and battles. It’s reality is caught in confrontation between projected values and societal demands. How do society’s proceedings reflect on the individual experience? Directed by: Alkistis Kafetzi | Aleksandra Ćorović Producer: The Institute For Experimental Arts
CHAD GALLOWAY - Winter Sleep
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CHAD GALLOWAY - Winter Sleep

Winter Sleep, based on a poem by Sheri Benning published in The Paris Review, offers affective critique of the agroindustry in prairie Canada. The poem and film, in conversation, ask viewers to reckon with the devastating socio-environmental impact of agribusiness, a clarifying task in re-conceiving new horizons for being here. “Vast and worthless,” “an ocean with no past,” are a couple of descriptions of the prairies by early European explorers. This inability of newcomers to “see” the prairies engendered efforts to “improve” the land, to redirect its vitality into the production of commodities. One such effort, farming, took phenomenal hold. By 1913 a million people had settled on the prairies, reined in by Ottawa’s grid system of land division that not only disregarded harmonizing with the natural terrain but also displaced both Indigenous and Métis peoples from their traditional homes. Currently, Saskatchewan is undergoing another crisis of place: farming has given way to agribusiness and as farm sizes increase, land and community suffer. Vulnerable prairie terrain is put to cultivation and beyond the confines of the city, you'll find abandoned farm yards and towns. In the past 50 years, the average farm size has tripled and there are now 50 000 fewer farms in Saskatchewan. Director Biography - Chad Galloway “Winter Sleep” is a collaboration between writer, Sheri Benning, filmmaker, Chad Galloway and visual artist, Heather Benning. Sheri Benning’s fourth poetry collection, Field Requiem, is forthcoming with Carcanet Press in Fall 2021. Poems from Field Requiem have been published in The Paris Review, The Times Literary Supplement, Poetry Review, Brick and the PN Review. Her previous collections include The Season’s Vagrant Light: New and Selected Poems (Carcanet Press), Thin Moon Psalm (Brick Books) and Earth After Rain (Thistledown Press). Thin Moon Psalm and Earth After Rain each won two Saskatchewan Book Awards. Thin Moon Psalm was also nominated for the ReLit Poetry Prize and won the Alfred G. Bailey manuscript award. Benning completed a PhD at the University of Glasgow and currently teaches at the University of Saskatchewan. Heather Benning is a practicing artist whose work, rooted in the landscape of the Canadian prairies, has shown widely across North America and Europe. Benning completed an MFA at the Edinburgh College of Art. She has been nominated for the Sobey’s Art Award, and received two London (UK) International Creative Competition Awards. Her work has been reviewed and featured in The Paris Review, Canadian Art Magazine, Sculpture Magazine, PN Review, The Daily Mail, the CBC, Galleries West, Espace, Uppercase Magazine, Studio Magazine, and The National Post. Benning has led workshops and lectured at numerous Canadian and British universities and galleries, as well as at Cornell, SUNY, and Rhodes College in the United States.. Chad Galloway is an award-winning director and editor based in Vancouver, Canada. For ten years, he has been the key creative at Trail Films, a client-focused creative studio specializing in socially beneficial documentary. His work has taken him into the Canadian arctic, up the Mayan coffee mountains of Chiapas, Mexico and deep into the backstreets of Kampala, Uganda as he crafts authentic, cinematic portraits of people and their communities. His work has screened internationally, winning a number of wards including Best Documentary and Best Director. His recent documentary “Sadika’s Garden” is currently airing on both the CBC and Knowledge Network. Chad Galloway - Director Sheri Benning - Writer Sheri Benning - Producer Heather Benning - Concept Chad Galloway - Editor Performed by - Andrea McCrimmon Devon Cooke - Location Audio Jack French - VFX
NAMIRA HAFIZI - Gazing
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NAMIRA HAFIZI - Gazing

Siavash is a man around his 30s who lost both of his parents during a traumatic childhood event. In early life, this trauma brought him a lack of perspective in the reality of his day to day life... Director Biography - Namira Hafizi Happy Face of the Moon (2014 - Actress - Da Hall - Director: Behdad Zandieh) Parvin short film (2015 - Stage Secretary - Director: Hesam Talebi) Mira Performance (2015 - Performer - Small House of Play - Director: Sepideh Farghzadeh) Hamlet (2016- Actress- Main Hall of City Theater - Director: Arash Dadgar) Woyzeck (2016 - Actress - Small House of Play - Director: Ali Alaeinejad) Mr. Jim's 40th birthday (2017 - Actress - Arghanoun Black Box - director: Alireza Zare) Breakfast short film (2017 - Actress - Participating in Portugal Farcume Festival - Director: Morteza Farhadnia) Medea (2017- Actress -Small House of Play - Director: Ali Khansari) Betrayal (2017 - Actress - Small House of Play - Director: Behnaz Nikdel) Horse (2017 - Actress - Hafez Hall - Director: Arash Dadgar - Performed at Fajr International Theater Festival) Batman (2018-Actress- Roo be Roo Mansion - director: Arjang Talebinejad) They (2018 - Actress - Samandarian Hall - Director: Arash Dadgar - Performed at Fajr International Theater Festival) Interstate Stall (2018 - Actress - Small House of Play - Director: Alireza Zandieh) 4 out of 5 short film (2019 - Actress - Director: Bahar Tofighi) Ubu Roi (2019 - Actress - Performed at the invitation of the Iranian Embassy in Armenia - Director: Mir Alireza Daryabeigi) Ajdhak (2019 - Actress - Saye Hall of City Theater - Director: Mir Alireza Daryabeigi - Performance in traditional and ritual festival) Gazing short film (2020 - Producer, writer, director and storyboard designer) Namira short film (2020- Actress -Director: Nima Agakhani) Director Statement I was born in Tehran in February 1995 to an average Iranian family as the only child.. I had a lonely and socially-deprived childhood but became interested in cinema at the age of seven. I developed this interest by telling stories to my classmates in elementary school, performing plays for my friends, and writing summaries of every movie I saw until I was 17 years old. Up until I entered university, however, I was never able to go to a related class because my family simply could not afford it. In high school, I became more introverted due to family problems, and the only group activity that pulled me out of my loneliness was participating in student theaters. Although I had good grades, my extracurricular theater activities were more important to me than my studies because I was able to express myself more through it, and with the work, I showed in this field, I was able to win an award in the field of student acting. After graduating from high school, my mother and father, who were at the height of their differences, separated, and after a year of regaining the ability to face my new life, I began studying for a bachelor's degree in dramatic literature at Tehran Azad University. I also acted in theaters and several short films and in 2019, I started studying for a master's degree in cinema at the Faculty of Cinema and Theater of Tehran University of Arts. In the meantime, my father was diagnosed with autism at the age of 62, and I, who had been searching for myself and my family's problems all this time, was finally able to find the root of some of this inability to communicate. Finally, the allegorical depiction of some of these problems could help me to express myself more and more. Now, after completing my first directing experience, I am not able to find anything better for my health than to visualize my mind. Therefore, I wrote a text that was initially called "Endless Night" out of darkness and later "Gazing" (in Persian they attribute to a person who is insane), a film that as my first experience is very personal and sometimes annoying. I hope that the way I have finally found the courage to walk in it will be smoother and sweeter for me in the future so that I can show my mind to the people of the world with more ease. Credits: Namira Hafizi - Director Namira Hafizi - Writer Namira Hafizi - Producer Rasoul kahani - Key Cast "Siavash" Darya Moghbeli - Key Cast "Sepide (fictional character)" Saba Moghbeli - Key Cast "Sepide (Siavash's wife)" Mohammad taha behrouzpoor - Key Cast "little Siavash and also Siavash and Sepide's only child" Borna Etemadi - Key Cast "Siavash's father" Helia Alavi - Key Cast "Siavash's mother" Zohre Rostami - Key Cast "the voice"
To Amy - A Poetry Film
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To Amy - A Poetry Film

'To Amy' is a poetry film to mark the 10-year anniversary of the death of Amy Winehouse. I wrote this poem as a love letter to an artist that inspired and defined me musically. I’d been trying to write a poem about Amy for years. This was by no means my first attempt; somehow no words were ever good enough, till now. Written, directed, edited & performed by Eleonora Kouneni Shot by Stephanie Greenwood Music by Jerold Chu Poem Transcript below. You can also read the poem here: https://www.eleonorakouneni.com/poetry *** 'To Amy' A glorious wreck, you deep dove head-first into the solitude of legend. A rowdy paradox of nature: shy in your profanity you sang wisdom and denial at once Soft as a rock Hard as a smile You walked on ropes of steel and nickel close to snapping, dragging your feet behind the beat that sailed through your congested bloodstream. Your pen, sharpened into a knife, carved out delicate fragments of a brassy existence. Fingers on your heartstrings, you wrote a lullaby for the damned and the beautiful. You lived in a minor key and wore your pain as a badge of honour. Your voice belonged in a stone chapel Your voice belonged in an empty field Your voice belonged in the windowless basement of a jazz bar, on a Glastonbury stage, in half-full beer cans and empty record sleeves. Your voice belonged in a broken heart. You looked into the eagle’s mouth and fed it fervent melodies. Let it empty out your insides in more ways than one. Ribcage full of shatter, you laid your wounds bare and handed us the salt. You bled alcohol and song, sweat ink and betrayal. Your voice belonged in the streets of Camden. Your voice belonged in a car, promising the sassiest of road trips. It belonged in the silences between sensual whispers, in unmade beds and tear-filled shot glasses. Your voice belonged in the silence not in a graveyard. When all the roads were cordoned off, you escaped inwards. Blank and spent, hunted by the hounds, torn asunder, you built a cage for your nightingale but locked yourself in it. You sang the past as if you knew you’d have no future Fate had you in a chokehold, so you waltzed with death donning your finest bubble dress, smudged his face using your blackest eyeliner, and then, you took him home. It seems your soul could only rest in restless music. I wish someone had pulled you back from his black embrace. Cause your voice belonged in smoky alleys and dingy Soho stages It belonged in the crib of the baby you never got to have Your voice belonged in the ears of those you loved And the mouths of those it touched Your voice did not belong to the heavens, but they took it anyway.
ALFONSO CAMARERO - Selected Milk
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ALFONSO CAMARERO - Selected Milk

“Selected Milk (Added from Reconstituted Milk Powder Whole Pasteurized Homogenized)”, is in the form of a manual for sellers of milk cartons in supermarkets. Meanwhile, the scenes reflects the flashes of life of a potential seller who does not meet the conditions of a milk carton salesman. Director Biography - Jose Luis Ducid, Alfonso Camarero, Maria Meseguer José Luis Ducid (Buenos Aires, 1969), a multidisciplinary artist, poet, actor, director and musician, is known in the artistic world as the “Creole Bukowski”, but he refuses to accept any similarity, vehemently raising a glass of whisky. After his time at the Spencer Workshop of Puerto Madryn in the Argentinian Patagonia, in 1994 he emigrated to Spain where he published “Leche Seleccionada Adicionada de Leche en Polvo Reconstituida Entera Pasterizada Homogeneizada)” (Tris Tram, Lugo, 1996) and 'TAN GO-gO Tán' (Línea de Fuego, Oviedo, 2000). He studies cinema in the “School of Image and Sound” of A Coruña, and begins to direct. On repeated occasions he received awards as scriptwriter and director of short films such as 'Cubalibre' or 'Unha Estrella'. Among other plays, he also experimented in theatre with his monologue 'How to be born human and turn into an Argentinian' or the weekly show 'Aperitivo Kill', Alfonso Camarero (A Coruña, Galicia, Spain, 1972), is also a multidisciplinary artist. Trained as sound engineer, and with studies of philosophy, he was involved in music and cinema since childhood, standing out his 17 international awards as director and scriptwriter (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1291200/). Now ruling his own recording studio, where he makes musical & audiovisual production. María Meseguer (Madrid, Spain, 1966) studied photography at the International Center of Photography (ICP) of New York. She made workshops with photographers like Larry Towell, Ferdinando Scciana, Alberto García Alix, Riki Dávila and Alberto Schommer among others. She works for different institutions in Spain (Residencia de Estudiantes in Madrid, Fundación Luis Seoane in A Coruña, ARCO foundation in Madrid, ,GAIAS Museum in Santiago de Compostela) Director Statement Visually, “Selected Milk” brings the principle of economy to its maximum: only one frame illustrates each situation. Facing the “ready-made” commercial cinema, where everything is explained in the screen, but also facing the elegance of hiding the evident or the unpolished, José Luis Ducid arrives, in an ascetic rapture, to cinematographic adamism: the image doesn’t tell, it only suggests, evokes, proposes; one nude frame summarizes the scene, showing only the starting point to the spectator’s imagination, and fulfilling thus the true AUDIO-visual mandate: What you see complements what you hear, and not vice versa. Turned around cinema. Forgotten cinema. (Richard Hotz) Jose Luis Ducid, without pasteurization, serves us – sells us – poems with his curdling, his acidic point of sarcasm, and well sprinkled with the powder of realism. The vía crucis, or say: the milky way of this film takes place in non-bucolic spaces and without much meringue. Situations in which people die vomiting custard. Indi-blurp cinema – with gestures. Ducid is a skeptical character in the supermarket of life. And he appears a bizarre storyteller.(Estíbaliz Espinosa) "The piece becomes an interesting collective work that plays with topics of contemporary art. Fixed images give place to a non-linear live space in which the ideas that embody the proposed cinematographic frames, acquire an evocative meaning in movement." (Dra. Iliana del Carmen Ortega, Fotogenia Festival) "Selected Milk takes us away with a cutting text of extreme and hard frontality, and marvelous amusement/tension throughout." (Alceu Bett, Festival Internacional de Cinema em Balneario Camboriú). Credits: Jose Luis Ducid - Director Alfonso Camarero - Director Maria Meseguer - Director Jose Luis Ducid - Writer Alfonso Camarero - Producer Alfonso Camarero - Sound Design Alfonso Camarero - Music Maria Meseguer - Photography Paula G. de la Fuente - Editing Richard Hotz - Key Cast
GREG BUDANOV - Dark Myriad 4
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GREG BUDANOV - Dark Myriad 4

Dark Myriad 4 (Тьма Тем 4) is a videopoem that aims to create a new type of poetic language, integrating spoken word with moving image to develop a non-illustrative style. This piece ponders on the act of looking at a plain brick wall, which starts to tell its story in a rhythmic burst of colours. The videopoem presented here is part of an album called Dark Myriad (Тьма Тем). The project aims to integrate the audio-visual elements into inseparable rhythmic and rhyming compositions. This approach strives to reach a universal type of poem, where the natural language of the spoken word is only a part of the composition and the knowledge of this language does not limit the understanding and appreciation of the piece. The project builds on Eta Dahlia’s previous videopoem album Little Flowers (Цветочки) and develops the visual aspects and techniques of creating unified videopoetic experience. The title Dark Myriad comes from an ancient Slavonic numbering system and signifies the biggest possible number, which is linguistically associated with darkness and its perceived infinity. Note that the videopoem is originally in Russian. English subtitles are included on Vimeo. Further English materials are available on request. Director Biography - Eta Dahlia Eta Dahlia is a Russian poet and filmmaker based in London. His work combines minimalist Russian poetry with a range of audio-visual media. He works with spoken word, video, images, colours and music, integrating these elements into inseparable rhythmic and rhyming compositions to create coherent and complete multimedia poetic pieces. Through these interdisciplinary pieces Eta strives to reach a universal type of poem, where the understanding and appreciation of a piece is not limited to its original language. Recently, Eta Dahlia's work has been exhibited in the UK as well as in the US, France, Germany, Italy, Romania and Mexico. His first videopoetry album Tsvetochki was selected by over twenty festivals worldwide and was awarded a number of prizes. Credits: Eta Dahlia - Director Greg Budanov - Producer Iris Colomb - Key Cast Ivan Isakov - Key Cast
JONATHAN RILES - The Amber Thief
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JONATHAN RILES - The Amber Thief

The Amber Thief is a short stop-motion animation film and poem that reimagines the predator-prey relationship between a spider and a fly. Director Biography - Jonathan Riles As a practicing filmmaker, video artist, and sculptor, Jonathan Riles strives to bend everyday art reality into something more memorable. Riles grew up in Appalachia Ohio, where he discovered his love for theatre. After to performing in various plays and musicals, Riles decided to take a more "behind the camera" approach to narrative storytelling, and is currently earning his in MFA in Visual Arts at the Columbus College of Art and Design. His films have screened internationally, and he is the founder and key animator of Shelluster Studios. Director Statement I came up with the story of The Amber Thief while I was daydreaming and sketching random characters in distinct situations. I found myself with a drawing a spider and a fly dining at a table together. The irony of that image was so captivating to me, and the plot was written with that main event in mind. Credits: Jonathan Riles - Director Jonathan Riles - Producer Phil Dae Han - Associate Producer Brad Bownes - Associate Producer Jasper Jones - Associate Producer Jonathan Riles - Screenplay Jonathan Riles - Story Phil Dae Han - Story Duncan Kelbley - Story Tyler Cummin - Story Jonathan Riles - Animators Nathaniel Jakes - Animators Jasper Jones - Animators Jonathan Riles - Cinematographer Jonathan Riles - Editor Jasper Jones - Key Cast "Fly" Georgia Slagle - Key Cast "Spider" Jonathan Riles - Key Cast "Narator" Duncan Kelbley - Original Music Composer
CHRIS BERNSTORF - 152. 42 | The Film
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CHRIS BERNSTORF - 152. 42 | The Film

A short film for a poem of the same name. 152.42 is about the unending awe and joy of being alive. Director Biography - Chris Bernstorf If Matthew Dickman and Pablo Neruda conceived a child while crowdsurfing at a punk show and then raised the newborn in one of those bio tubes from a sci-fi movie, amalgamating the pseudo-amniotic-fluid from church, Chipotle, and pop culture, then you’d have something akin to Chris Bernstorf’s poetry. Begun as a passion project while studying creative writing at Lycoming College, Bernstorf’s poetry has since taken him to 48 states and 6 other countries. He has clocked in over 500 performances in every imaginable space, from living rooms to a micronation to bars to churches to a converted Soviet airfield to art spaces to bathrooms. In fact, there’s at least a 40% chance he and his wife are sleeping on your floor/couch tonight. Whether it’s a post-rock length journey or a shout-along or something in between, a belief in love at the bottom unites all of his poems. His work is an open hand, a smile, a hug, a handshake, an invitation to conversation, and, ultimately, to love. He makes all of his work available for free via Bandcamp out of a deep conviction that art belongs to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay. It’s poetry for people, and he wouldn’t have it any other way. Credits: Chris Bernstorf - Director Tim Seneker - Director of Photography Ariande King - Editor Ashley Shoffner - Production Manager Nathan Johnson - Colorist Amanda Bernstorf - Production Assistant
ROSEMARIE WILSON - Phat Girl
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ROSEMARIE WILSON - Phat Girl

In 2013 I was approached to pen a piece for a plus size debutante ball which brought the spoken word piece PHAT Girl to life. Since that time, young and well-seasoned beauties have requested that I perform this piece at their events. Knowing that most women deal with low self-esteem, PHAT Girl is testament to becoming comfortable in our skin, loving who we are flaws and all. PHAT Girl premiered at the Piton International Film Festival on August 16, 2017 in St. Lucia and now I’m spreading the word that it's past time for us to get comfortable in our skin. It's time for us to embrace all of our flaws. It's time to own the fact that we are all fabulous--big, short, small, tall, dark, light--whatever. It's time to tell society to mind their own damned business because we are P.H.A.T. Girls--Pretty, Hot AND Tempting. The next time you feel inadequate or if your self-esteem needs a boost, remember this haiku: We are all P.H.A.T. Girls-- pretty, hot and so tempting. Own it my dawlings! Love, One Single Rose www.onesinglerose.com Director Biography - Rosemarie Wilson Rosemarie Wilson a.k.a. One Single RoseTM is an award winning poet and playwright, spoken word artist, singer, actress, filmmaker, author of three self-published poetry collections, nice and naughty chapbooks. Rosemarie is a Davenport University graduate, nine time National Poetry Award (NPA) nominee, 2010 recipient of the NPA’s New & Upcoming Poet, Poetry Author of the Year award, her CD Poetic Truth was voted 2015 Spoken Word/Poetry Album of the Year and she was named Best Female Poet in the 2019 National Spoken Word Awards. She is a four time Who’s Who in Black Detroit honoree, first place and three time honorable mention recipient of the Detroit Writers’ Guild Paul Laurence Dunbar Poetry Contest, 2012 SAFE (Sisters Acquiring Financial Empowerment) Ambassador Award recipient, SVMixMedia.com’s 2012 Performance Artist of the Year, Detroit Metro Times’ reader’s choice 2014/2015 Best Local Poet, Hour Detroit Magazine’s 2019 Up-And-Coming Performer and she was nominated in the 2014 Spoken Word Billboard Awards. Upon entering a slam competition for the first time at the Motown Museum in Detroit, Rosemarie was named Motown Mic 2014 Performance Artist of the Year. In 2011, Rosemarie debuted as an actor in Detroit. She has since performed both nationally and internationally in a few amazing productions. A few of her notable performances include the Floacist’s Flovertex and Sidewalk Festivals of the Performing Arts in Detroit, MI, the Kistrech Poetry Festival in Kisii and Nairobi, Kenya, the Piton International Film Festival in St. Lucia as well as touring Europe in 2012. She is currently a featured artist and songwriter with Defected Records, the United Kingdom’s #1 house music record label. Her poetry is published with Broadside-Lotus Press, two of the oldest African-American presses in the United States, Inner Child Press, Night Ballet Press, Crisis Chronicles Press and Writing Knights Press. For four years Rosemarie hosted the Spotlight open mic poetry series in Detroit every 1st and 3rd Friday at Manila Bay Café, which was named 2014 Open Mic of the Year by the NPA’s and Detroit Metro Times’ reader’s choice 2015 Best Open Mic. 2014 marks the official launch of her non-profit motivational workshop series One Single Roses BloomTM, workshops centered on inspiring bright youngSTARS and seasoned adults to fearlessly follow their passions. 2014 was a year of “firsts” for Rosemarie—she released two spoken word CDs, (Poetic Truth available on iTunes and Straight Up, No Chaser). Her first and second full-length comedic stage plays entitled ADDICTION and I’m ADDICTED, Too! sold out in their productions at the Boll Family Theater on Broadway in Detroit (2014) and at the Motor City Youth Theater in Livonia, Michigan (2018). For more information on One Single RoseTM, please visit www.onesinglerose.com. Director Statement Thank you for checking me out! That's love! Credits: Rosemarie Wilson: Director / Writer / Producer One Single Rose: Key Cast
RODRIGO GARDELLA - Chrysalis
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RODRIGO GARDELLA - Chrysalis

Human beings are also gestated in a beautiful chrysalis (the mother's womb), but unlike insects, which leave it to explode in beauty and color, we are forced, little by little, to enclose ourselves in a new shell to be able to survive. Director Biography - Rodrigo Gardella Rodrigo Gardella (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1973): I grew up in Patagonia, in a city near the ocean. After earning my University degree in Law, I decided to do something different in my life. In 2001 I moved to Europe. Since 2004 I have been living in Germany. During this time I never stopped writing. Between 2009 and 2012 I was part of Dámaso y los demás (Damaso and the others), a literary group for Spanish authors born from a series of writing workshops held as part of the Shahrazad – Stories for Life project (litprom.de). In 2011 three of my stories were included in the bilingual anthology (Spanish/German) 'No te va a doler/Es tut gar nicht weh' (It will not hurt). I have also participated in several literary performances, including the Book Fair Frankfurt 2010. My own short story collection 'Historias sobre una duda constante' (Stories about a constant doubt) was edited in Spain in March 2014. A new story collection remains unpublished. Filmography 1) Wake (Germany | 2016 | Fiction | 12 min | HD File | Spanish OV) Synopsis: A woman, who is nearly to take a decision that will change her life forever, realizes that the fate has already chosen for her. Released at the 62. International Short Filmfestival Oberhausen 2016 (Open screening section). In November 2016 it was presented at the Deutsches Filmmuseum (Días de Cine Filmfestival). 2) Ultramar (Germany | 2018 | Video poetry | 8:10 min | HD File | Spanish-German OV) Through this work I tried to show in images the essence of my unpublished short story collection. It was presented at the 31. International Short Film Festival Dresden 2019 (Visegrád Forum). 3) The Mountain (Germany | 2019 | Experimental | 10:40 min | HD File) Synopsis: A surreal trip that begins with death. A man recognizes his fate from the signals he receives from the Mountain. Released at the 65. International Short Filmfestival Oberhausen 2019 (Open screening section). 4) A certain look (Germany | 2019 | Fiction | 20:40 min | HD File | Spanish OV) Synopsis: A brief locking of the eyes across the street can change your life forever. Presented at Lift-Off Sessions July 2020 (UK online competition) and at Festival Internacional de Cine Austral - FICA 2020 (Argentina). Credits: Rodrigo Gardella: Director / Writer / Producer Carolina Boettner: Editor Carolina Boettner: Camera Rodrigo Gardella: Camera Franco Rivero: Poetry and voice Iván Vale Fraga: Music
OLESSIA STROEVA - Bloody Tyrant Time
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OLESSIA STROEVA - Bloody Tyrant Time

This short film is inspired by one of the most masculine Sonnets of William Shalespeare, showing it from a feminine perspective, How to make war against this Bloody Tyrant Time and fortify oneself in one's decay? By giving birth to Beauty through arts or bringing new life by means of love? There are several masqued female characters representing reality of a woman living in a male world without her own face. The feeling of Time floating away is embodied here in the mixture of immortal verses , original musical drones and picturesque cinematographic images, The Sonnet reads: But wherefore do not you a mightier way Make war upon this bloody tyrant, Time? And fortify yourself in your decay With means more blessed than my barren rhyme? Now stand you on the top of happy hours, And many maiden gardens yet unset With virtuous wish would bear your living flowers, Much liker than your painted counterfeit: So should the lines of life that life repair, Which this, Time's pencil, or my pupil pen, Neither in inward worth nor outward fair, Can make you live yourself in eyes of men. To give away yourself keeps yourself still, And you must live, drawn by your own sweet skill. Director Biography - Olessia Stroeva Born in Russia in the Urals. now lives in Moscow. An artist, a filmmaker, PhD in philosophy, full professor and head of the Department of Culture in Moscow GITR Film&Television School. Art films are included into AVIFF Cannes Catalogue of films and awarded by IISSF (New-York). Director Statement I'd like to show reality from a positive and magic perspective by means of artistic tools. Credits: Olessia Stroeva - Director based on the Sonnet 16 by William Shakespeare Poetry Larissa Tsutskova - Key Cast Lada Stroeva - Key Cast Dmitry Vetrov - Original Score Andrey Derzhavin - Voice Alexey Pozharov - Sound producer
MAKIS MOULOS - Under control
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MAKIS MOULOS - Under control

"Under Control" is a video poem, written and produced by Makis Moulos. The video is trying to link apart of the words that you hear, the emotion of the silent parts of our selves, with the nature and an empty house images. We can easily run away from every situation, but we are always going back to how it felt and we feel naked, dressed with silence and a whisper from our dreams which wakes us up when we feel unable to escape. Director Biography - Makis Moulos Makis Moulos (Greece,1980), is a trilingual writer, poet and a spoken word artist, based in Barcelona, Spain. He uses his confident style to explore themes such as sexuality, stigmas and gender. He has published 3 personal poetry anthologies and collaborated in 2 books of short stories in Greece. He writes and performs in English, Spanish and Greek. Makis is the organizer of the tournament "poENtry slam" (Poetry Slam tournament in English) in Barcelona and the tournament "Poetry Slam Gr" in Greece (also the founder). He is also the organizer of the annual festival “Duende Sessions” in Barcelona, which combines live music with spoken word performances in English, Spanish and Catalan. Since the beginning of 2019, he is experimenting with adding live music in his performances and spoken word collaborations and he has created the band "True Love W8s", adding violin, guitar, piano and experimental sounds in his performances. Makis is also the publisher of the quarterly magazine “poENtry slam” in Barcelona in English, sold in his events. The magazine includes all the poems of the poets who performs in his event for the period, plus articles featuring spoken word artists from around the world and the 10 favorite poets of him for the period, plus recommendation of all the youtube channels where you can see poetry slam and spoken word performances, plus recommendation of movies about poetry slam and poetic character, plus local and worldwide news about poetry events. He is founder and member of the project "Digital Girl", which is an approach to social issues through poetry, experimental music sounds and video poetry. This project is a collaboration with the artist Jane Dalida. Credits: Makis Moulos: Director / Writer / Producer / Key Cast

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All videos will remain published to our website until the end of June 2022