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Things I Carry Into the World

Inspired by the work of four New York City poets, THINGS I CARRY INTO THE WORLD is an abstract meditation on the body, the feminine, the everyday realities of being young and black, and the fragile relationship between the manmade and the natural.

  • Jamil McGinnis
  • Pat Heywood
  • Cynthia Manick
  • Claire McGirr
  • Carolyn Casey
  • Todd Boss
  • Egg Creative
  • Esther Aloba
    Key Cast
  • Trace DePass
    Key Cast
  • Nkosi Nkululeko
    Key Cast
  • Makayla Posely
    Key Cast
  • Mark Potter
  • Frances Chen
    Director of Photography
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Short, experimental, poetry
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 32 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 7, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    12,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
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  • Brooklyn Film Festival
    Brooklyn, NY
    United States
    June 4, 2017
    New York Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Jamil McGinnis, Pat Heywood

Jamil McGinnis & Pat Heywood are a filmmaking duo based in Brooklyn, New York. They met in the summer of 2015 while working at an advertising agency. The two clicked and realized that becoming creative partners was in both of their best interests.

Pat, 26, grew up in Fall River, Massachusetts. In 2013, he graduated from Emerson College where he studied Film and Television. During his time, he was nominated to partake in the prestigious Writers Guild of America East Mentorship Program. Immediately after graduating, Pat worked as an assistant, then a coordinator at the production companies SMUGGLER and Here Be Dragons for over four years.

Jamil, 24, is a Turkish & African American director from Kaiserslautern, Germany. Jamil’s interest in film began at a young age with an extensive background in photography. Upon graduating business school from Florida A&M University and a couple Wall Street stockbroking gigs under his belt, Jamil jumped into the film industry and hasn’t looked back. He worked for two years as a producer at the advertising agency Droga5.

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Director Statement

We found adapting poetry into film to be creatively liberating. Sort of like putting together a thematic puzzle; juxtaposing images, observing, asking questions. We wanted to make something that was dense and abstract, but still find moments of meditation to digest the language.

This incredible nonprofit, Urban Word NYC, teamed us up with four poets: Esther, Nkosi, Makayla, and Trace. The scenes featuring them are actually adaptations of their own poems, which you hear briefly in the opening scene. What we ended up with was moments from four separate films, crafted under the umbrella of Cynthia Manick's original poem.

With themes like the body, the feminine, and the everyday of being young and black—those additional creative perspectives were vital. We wanted to explore the one-sidedness of the relationship between the manmade and the natural. One makes decisions for the other. There’s such fragility in that. When we looked through that prism, we figured just observing the four poets through the confines of their own creativity would have a huge amount of depth. We wanted to find what was between the manmade and the natural, which ended up being humanity.