the one about the bird

 

Screened at the BELFAST FILM FESTIVAL 2013

One of the finalist at LA PAROLA IMMAGINATA – TREVIGLIOPOESIA 2013 in ITALY

Hounourable Mention at THE BODY ELECTRIC POETRY FILM FESTIVAL  2013, U.S.A.

Screened at FILMPOEM 2013 as part of a selection curated by Swoon, Dunbar, Scotland.

Screened at TIMELINE 2013 as part of BOKEH YEAH!, with the best of the recent inaugural FILMPOEM FESTIVAL, curated by its founder and director Alastair Cook, with guest programme by Swoon, Manchester, England.

Finalist for the Ó BHEAL INTERNATIONAL POETRY-FILM COMPETITION 2013, Cork, Ireland.

 

A poetry film based on the poem, the one about the bird, written by Melissa Diem and filmed in Ireland. It explores the human attraction to horrific events through the medium of film. And the idea of the desire to stop and begin again when a situation, an experience, humanity… seems to have gone so horrendously wrong that it is beyond the point of return and can never be undone.

The poem and the visuals were influenced by a black and white film (source unknown) in which children stone a wounded bird to death. I saw this clip of film at a young age and the scenes and all they implied were so startling to me that I have never forgotten the images. Other cinematic influences include the film ‘Don’t Look Now’ in which images suddenly surface in a fleeting glimpse like repressed memories shifting through consciousness.

 

Visuals by Melissa Diem
Poem written and read by Melissa Diem
Sound production by Colm Slattery

10 thoughts on “the one about the bird

  1. Hi Melissa – this is such a beautiful melding of images and words. I really love the visuals and editing – very powerful and gorgeous to look at. Please make more!! What did you shoot & edit with?

    Is it okay if I share it on my Facebook page through Vimeo?! x Leona

  2. Hi Leona, thanks so much for your lovely comments and I’m really glad you like it. I enjoyed the whole process- so much to learn…
    And Yes! I’d be delighted if you shared it on Facebook, thank you. Hope you’re busy and well x

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