A 15-second poem film. Directed, written, produced, filmed, and edited by Adam E. Stone. Poem read by Joti Locker. Filmed in Huntsville, Alabama, and Carbondale, Illinois, in 2020. Text of poem:

There's a second me,
awake when I'm asleep.
Worried about things that won't ever happen,
and about things that someday will.

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  • Adam E. Stone
  • Adam E. Stone
  • Adam E. Stone
  • Joti Locker
    Key Cast
    "Poem reader"
  • Adam E. Stone
  • Adam E. Stone
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Other
  • Genres:
    poetry film, film poem, poem film, arthouse, microshort, 15-second film, videopoem
  • Runtime:
    15 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
  • Mister Vorky
    Ruma, Serbia
    June 11, 2021
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • MalatestaShort Film Festival
    Cesena, Italy
    November 12, 2021
    Italian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Life Screenings International One Minute Film Festival
    Clermont, Florida (online, limited access)
    United States
    August 14, 2021
    North American online premiere
    Official Selection
  • KinoDrome: International Motion Picture & Screenplay Festival
    Cleveland, Ohio
    United States
    September 26, 2021
    US Live Screening Premiere
    Official Selection and “Poetry Driven Experimental Film” category Runner Up award winner
  • Festival Angaelica
    Pasadena, California (online, limited access)
    United States
    December 21, 2021
    Official Selection
  • 10th International Video Poetry Festival
    Athens, Greece
    September 30, 2022
    Greek Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Adam E. Stone

Adam E. Stone's latest film is the feature-length poetic essay film "Atmospheric Marginalia" (2022). His films have been featured at over 140 festivals worldwide, and have won numerous awards. Previous short poem and essay films include "If Any" (2021), "Awake" (2021), "Specks and Flashes" (2020), "Elegy for Unfinished Lives" (2020), "an entombing(dis)entombing" (2020), "Declarations" (2019), and "Gods Die Too" (2018). Previous short dance films include "Do Not Forget the Lost" (2019), "Summer Friend: A Ballet Film" (2016), "Resting Places: A Ballet Film" (2015), and "Janet: A Silent Ballet Film" (2014). He also is the writer, producer, and co-director of the feature-length fictional essay film "Abstractly You Loved Me" (2013), and is one of the co-producers of, and conducted many of the interviews for, the feature-length documentary "Black Hawk Down: The Untold Story" (DVD 2019). In 2012, Stone wrote and produced the spoken-word ballet "A Life Unhappening," which is about the impact of one woman's Alzheimer's disease on three generations of her family. In 2010, he wrote, directed, and produced the DVD novel "Cache Girl Saves the World: A Novel in Visions." He is also the author of three conventional print novels: "Xamon Song" (2006), "Kingston Fugue" (2007), and "The New Harmonies" (2009). He currently lives and works in Carbondale, Illinois.

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Director Statement

I love the art of the micro-short. My goal with "Awake" was to create a meaningful and moving 15-second poem film that contains all the clarity and concision of sound and image that is required of a good micro-short.