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Secrets, Dreams, Faith and Wonder: A Visual Music Film by Stephen T. Pope and Friends (Short)

"Secrets, Dreams, Faith and Wonder" is a multi-award-winning feature-length non-narrative "visual music” film; its five movements (the short-subject contains one section from each movement) use computer animation, painted film, and photographic sources (together with an original electronic-music soundtrack), and map loosely onto the sections of the catholic mass (but with an epistle lesson from Martin Luther King and a credo by Mahatma Gandhi).

The five pieces of music incorporate voices in Latin, English and Arabic (texts from the Bible, by M. L. King and M. K. Gandhi) as well as bird and whale songs. Each of the videos was made to fit the music of the respective movement.

The motivation for "Secrets, Dreams, Faith and Wonder," for making a new mass for the new millennium, is summed up in the following paraphrased quote from the late Joseph Campbell, "Those who have heard the rhythms and hymns of the angels, who have understood any of the words of the angels, will try to recite those hymns in such a way that the angels will be attracted."

Quotes from reviews: Riveting - a tour de force - a hypnotic flow - this is deep electroacoustic music - a fluid and engaging rhythmic and harmonic sense - works both as music and as ritual - incredibly profound - the sonic landscape is pristine - mesmerizing - I can't wait to see it again!

The film is available in 78-minute feature and 21-minute short-subject edits, with a 4-minute trailer.

Please note that because of the nature of the computer-generated videos that comprise the film, and the compression used by the streaming video servers, the on-line screeners have serious visible compression artifacts; reviewers are requested to view the film on Blu-Ray disc if at all possible.

  • Stephen Travis Pope
    Director
    Ritual and Memory
  • Stephen Travis Pope
    Writer
    Ritual and Memory
  • Stephen Travis Pope
    Producer
    Ritual and Memory
  • Stephen Travis Pope
    Animations
    Ritual and Memory
  • R. Lane Clark
    Animations
  • Lance Putnam
    Animations
  • Graham Wakefield and Haru Ji
    Animations
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Music Video, Short
  • Genres:
    Experimental, Spiritual, Visual-Music
  • Runtime:
    21 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    December 9, 2018
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    DIgital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Louisville Int'l Film Festival
  • Awareness Film Festival
  • Columbia Gorge Film Festival
  • Lucerne Int'l Film Festival
  • ISEA: Int'l Symposium for Electronic Art
  • Understanding Visual Music
  • Int'l Festival for Spiritual, Religious and Visionary Films
  • Awakened World Film Festival
  • Columbus Int'l Film Festival
  • YoFiFest
  • Magikal Charm Film Festival
  • Richmond Film Festival
  • Stockholm Independent Film Festival
  • Berlin Int'l Festival of World Cinema
  • Blow-up Art House Film Festival
  • Ecos Urbanos Festival
  • Great Lakes Film Festival
  • Finow Int'l Film & Script Festival
  • Williamsburg Film Festival
  • Many other screenings: see web site or promo materials
Director Biography - Stephen Travis Pope

Stephen Travis Pope (soundtrack composer, videographer, producer) is a composer, computer scientist, videographer and social and spiritual activist based in Santa Barbara, California. He has realized his musical works at studios in America (Toronto, Stanford, Berkeley, Santa Barbara) and Europe (Paris, Salzburg, Vienna, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Berlin). His music is available from Centaur Records, Perspectives of New Music, Touch Media, SBC Records, Disc-O Records, and the Electronic Music Foundation, who released a triple-disc anthology of his work called Ritual and Memory in 2007. Stephen was educated at Cornell University, the Vienna Music Academy, and the "Mozarteum" Music Academy in Salzburg, Austria. He has taught and conducted research at Mozarteum, Stanford University, the Technical University of Berlin and the University of California, Berkeley. From 1995-2010 he was on the faculty of the University of California Santa Barbara, first in Dept. of Music, then the Dept. of Computer Science, and finally in the Graduate Program in Media Arts and Technology.
His music and video compositions are released through HeavenEverywhere Media. Stephen is also a practicing Quaker, a conscientious objection counsellor, a trained Reiki practitioner, a facilitator with the Alternatives to Violence Project, and active prison clergy registered with the California Dept. of Corrections.

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Director Statement

The motivation for Secrets, Dreams, Faith and Wonder, for making a new mass for the new millennium, is summed up in the following paraphrased quote from the late Joseph Campbell, "Those who have heard the rhythms and hymns of the angels, who have understood any of the words of the angels, will try to recite those hymns in such a way that the angels will be attracted."