Touching the Poetic
ALT | Shorts Programs
There is something about the distillation of words, meaning and rhythm in poetry, from iambic pentameter to haiku and even street rap, that takes language to a higher form of expression. Each of the short films in this program combines these elements with visual and sonic layers that, in different ways, transform linear storytelling to create expressive audio-visionary experiences.
On a drive through the tunnel of dreams and memories, love remains eternal. It’s a journey to somewhere and nowhere, filled with impressionistic imagery and evocative songs, and a bittersweet conversation that could go on forever.
An urban millennial takes a trip to a remote cabin—only to discover that something ominous may be lurking close by. Tension abounds in this nuanced psychological contrast of pastoral beauty and the fear of the wild.
Dazzling time-lapse panoramas of night skies and spectacular vistas shot high in the Swiss Alps with music by Ludovico Einaudi. Shot over a five year period by VIFF alumnus Markus Eichenberger (Mystic Jungfraujoch, 2015), this is an inspiring encapsulation of the glories and wonders of nature.
In the answers to existential questions about time and existence lie our commonality, differences and shared mortality. An impressionistic montage of imagery overlays a beautifully edited virtual conversation revealing that we are all just mortals…
An audiovisual essay on Patagonian ambulant photographer Ernst Standhardt, spiritual rocks and miniatures. This beautifully constructed, meditative piece uses Standhardt’s documentation of this rugged landscape as a bridge to inner piece and harmony.
Ostensibly an ode to Kodachrome film, this is a very personal experimental picture of 1950s innocence. The rich tones and vibrant colours evoke the bygone era of Kodachrome’s pinnacle, when—in post-WWII America—anything seemed possible.
One morning on the basketball court, a lonely immigrant teen is forced out of his comfort zone. The rhythms of the game and the bonding through sport that takes place when conventional language fails become a method of reaching out to help a stranger find acceptance. A story of hope and compassion at a time when we need them more than ever.
In a throbbing cosmos, a being emerges pulsating with beams of light and searching for identity. Employing projections,and sound and body as compositional elements, this is a visually stunning work of rhythmic sensation, expressing the idea that existence is constantly in flux, a perpetual generative process we can’t escape.
In the chaos of 1969’s Stonewall riots, a cop and a drag queen share a dark past. This surreal, intense period piece blends marginalization and taboos toward homosexuality into a personal drama that epitomizes the greater confrontation at the time.
A young woman hikes into the wilderness alone to find the world inside of herself and to let it go at the same time. A beautiful journey in search of love and meaning in our lives, where nature and the triumph of the spirit become universal.