The young houseboy in Uta wakes up every night to patrol the house of a teacher with a flashlight. He leads an austere life of meditation and he focuses his devotional attention on writing inscriptions for tombstones.
The heads and tails of reels of Super-8, made of white plastic and printed with text in red, are the material used on the film; the film is comprised only of ends, and the ends are the film.
A poignant short film set to the fourth part of Samuel Beckett's Quatre Poèmes, as narrated by frequent BS Johnson collaborator William Hoyland. The poem is read against a backdrop of associative shots: the head and sholders of a woman, a crumbling Victorian chimney stack, a forlorn row of houses, cobblestones, discarded rubbish, and a final tracking shot of a high wall.
A dance of shapes.
An influential Serbian poet decides to leave Nazi-occupied Belgrade and join partisans in the country. A young resistance activist, however, is not so thrilled with the idea because the old and womanizing intellectual doesn't fit in with his strict moralistic standards.
Poème Électronique is an 8-minute piece of electronic music by composer Edgard Varèse, written for the Philips Pavilion at the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair. The Philips corporation commissioned Le Corbusier to design the pavilion, which was intended as a showcase of their engineering progress. The pavilion was shaped like a stomach, with a narrow entrance and exit on either side of a large central space. As the audience entered and exited the pavilion, the electronic composition Concret PH by Iannis Xenakis (who also acted as Le Corbusier's architectural assistant for the pavilion's design) was heard. Poème électronique was synchronized to a film of black and white photographs selected by Le Corbusier which touched on vague themes of human existence.
A poet's rhapsody of doom.
In this short film, Toronto artist Petra Tolley, who has Down syndrome, performs a soliloquy that encapsulates her distinctive take on the social self. Drawing from her emotional experiences, she illustrates what it feels like to be “in the middle.” Employing rotoscopy, hand-drawn animation techniques and subtle stereoscopic 3D, the film captures Petra as she engages the camera with unflinching directness and dignity.
Short film interpretation of J.L. Borges poem "Ajedrez." Narrated in Chinese. Features the "Wei Yi immortal" game against Lazaro Bruzon. Originally created as an assignment for Werner Herzog's online class on film making (rules: One room, two actors. one character must get what he wants from the other. a chase).
A little video using mostly standard wipes to generate both the imagery and audio, light and dark content of the signal directly influence pitch and wave shape, the sound of the video signal was also processed through audio effects controlled live in parallel to the wipes and video effects. King then cut together my favourite parts in to a short work. It was influenced by early video art and visual music experiments.
A "birthday boy's" poetic yearnings on paper translate into a quest for perfection."
Independent film featuring modern dance in a forest, with the performers wearing white fabric costumes.
"The body as carrier of information, in order to convey both spiritual and physical contents, is the reflected image of the internal/psychological and of the external/institutional reality." – VALIE EXPORT “By means of symbolic gestures, a sentence is delivered in sign language, whose wording may only be understood at the end of the performance when the camera pans over a line written on a piece of paper. This is how Sehtext: Fingergedicht defies our concepts of immediate listening and comprehension associated with both hearing and sight. If a literally physical ‘becoming action’ of the verbal is performed, through a language of gestures – in showing by speaking and saying by showing – we can thus identify a dismantling of the hierarchy of the sensory system.” – Sabeth Buchmann
First ever Kazakh feature film.
A Soviet dam project means that many old Ukrainian villages will end up under water. There are conflicts between the dam engineers and villagers who don't want to move.
The unpublished correspondence between the great musician Pau Casals, and the Catalan poet Joan Alavedra, and the accounts given by experts, will tell the story behind the creation of The Manger, a musical composition born of a poem by the same title, which became a message for world peace.
1991 experimental short by Aryan Kaganof, made under his birth name: Ian Kerkhof
Breath Text is a powerfully simple performance in which VALIE EXPORT creates tension by breathing compulsively. “she breathes heavily at the video camera lens while slowly moving her face across it, fogging up the entire space with her lung’s volume. Her piece takes Olson’s breathy poem ‘Gli Amanti’ a step further, not just aiming to capture the particularities of one’s pronunciation in an individual speech act but substituting the specific make her body creates – her ‘breath text,’ the moist gasp on the window glass in front of her – for the signs one would use to write an actual, linguistic ‘love poem.’” – Lisa Siraganian
Story follows a group of physical therapists, nurses, radiological technologists and trainees. Ye Jae-Wook works as a physical therapist and also teaches in the same field. He begins to work as a team leader at a hospital. Woo Bo-Young has been working as a physical therapist for 3 years. She wanted to become a poet, but due to her poor family background she studied to become a physical therapist. Shin Min-Ho is a trainee, but he isn't interested in physical therapy. His grades weren't good enough for medical school and his parents, who are both doctors, made him study physical therapy.
Puni Puni Poemy is a two-part original video animation spin-off from the Excel Saga manga and TV animation. It features some of that series' secondary characters and many of its staff, primarily director Shinichi Watanabe. Like Excel Saga, it is a parody of other anime, manga and various aspects of popular culture, though in this case with the magical girl genre providing its primary focus and general structure. The series was originally an in-joke from an episode of Excel Saga; Watanabe decided to take the in-joke to its most extreme logical conclusion, creating the series. Puni was banned in New Zealand in December 2004, on the grounds that it "tends to promote and support the exploitation of children and young persons for sexual purposes, and to a lesser extent, the use of sexual coercion to compel persons to submit to sexual conduct." A New Zealand anime fan, Simon Brady, applied to have the decision reviewed using the basis that the show was only rated MA15+ in neighbouring country Australia and that it does not exploit its children characters within the work, but in June 2005, the review authority reached a similar conclusion about the show's legal status.
Before you make a deal with a girl in a mirror, reflect seriously on the source of the offer. Ichika fails to heed this advice when she attempts to retrieve a lost charm, and suddenly finds herself with the powers of a Djinn at her command. At first things seem wondrous; but as her abilities grow, Ichika’s situation quickly goes from magical to nightmarish. Soon Ichika finds herself drawn into an ever-expanding web of deceptions, lies, and increasingly dangerous situations.