an entombing(dis)entombing

A one-minute poem film about building barriers vs. living with a heart full of love, filmed predominantly with an iPhone 5c, between 2015 and 2019, in Japan, Taiwan, and the United States.

In addition to the H.264 version that is available for download from Vimeo as a .mov or mp4, the following options are available on request:

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Text of poem:

I knew a man
who built a coffin
for himself
when he was young

he hoped that he would never need it
but kept it spotless
just in case

and when he'd argued his lover out of her reason
and argued himself out of all hope

he climbed into it and slammed the lid
only to live many more years
cobwebs and sawdust scratching his throat

And I knew a child
who took axes to coffins
with a smile and a shrug and a gleam in her eye

when others called out "we can't"
she answered "we can"
and loved with a heart
a hundred feet tall

Copyright 2020 by Adam E. Stone. All rights reserved.

  • Adam E. Stone
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    Key Cast
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  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Poem film, videopoetry, poetry film, experimental, one-minute, microshort
  • Runtime:
    1 minute
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2020
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Japan, Taiwan, United States
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  • Miniature Film Festival
    Vancouver, British Columbia
    November 7, 2019
    World Premiere (2019 Sneak Preview)
    Official Selection
  • 8th International Video Poetry Festival
    December 13, 2019
    European Premiere
    Official Selection
  • London Experimental
    Walthamstow, London, England (online, limited access)
    United Kingdom
    July 24, 2020
    United Kingdom Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Berlin Flash Film Festival
    March 31, 2020
    Official Selection and Monthly Category Award Winner
  • Carmarthen Bay Film Festival
    Llandeilo, Wales
    United Kingdom
    June 21, 2020
    Wales Premiere
    Official Selection and Award Finalist (Poetic Cinema)
  • Cadence Video Poetry Festival
    Seattle, Washington
    United States
    April 19, 2020
    US Premiere (online, by subscription only)
    Official Selection
  • MayDay Film Festival
    Evansville, Indiana
    United States
    May 15, 2020
    Indiana Premiere (online, by subscription only)
    Official Selection
  • SPLICE Film Fest
    Brooklyn, New York (online, limited access)
    United States
    June 20, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Bordeaux Shorts
    Bordeaux (online, limited access)
    October 23, 2020
    French selection premiere
    Official Selection and Award Semi-Finalist
  • KinoDrome: International Motion Picture and Screenplay Festival
    Cleveland, Ohio (online, limited access)
    United States
    September 26, 2020
    Ohio Selection Premiere
    Official Selection and "Poetry-Driven Motion Media" category 2nd Runner-up
  • SeeMor Short Film Festival
    Anglesey, Wales
    United Kingdom
    October 17, 2020
    Anglesey Premiere
    Official Selection and "Phone Made Film" Award Finalist
  • Avalonia V
    Ormond Beach, Florida
    United States
    November 7, 2020
    US Live Screening Premiere
    Official Selection and "Best Mobile 1-Minute Movie" Award Winner
  • Minute Madness Toronto
    Toronto, Ontario (online, limited access)
    May 3, 2021
    Toronto Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Festival Angaelica 2020
    Pasadena, California (online, limited access)
    United States
    December 21, 2020
    Official Selection and Jury Award Winner for Experimental Mini Film
  • Asia South East Short Film Festival (Winter 2021)
    Phnom Penh
    January 9, 2021
    Special Mention
  • Big Muddy Film Festival
    Carbondale, Illinois (online, limited access)
    United States
    March 17, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Life Screenings International One Minute Film Festival
    Clermont, Florida (online, limited access)
    United States
    April 10, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Mister Vorky
    Ruma, Serbia
    June 11, 2021
    Serbian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Vasteras Film Festival 2021
    Vasteras, Sweden
    October 23, 2021
    Sweden Premiere
    Official Selection
  • MalatestaShort Film Festival
    Cesena, Italy
    November 12, 2021
    Italian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Deep Focus Film Festival
    Brooklyn, New York
    United States
    September 18, 2021
    Honorable Mention
  • Brainwash Movie Festival
    Doyle, California
    United States
    October 16, 2021
    California Live Screening Premiere
    Official Selection
  • New Haven International Film Festival
    Bethel, Connecticut
    United States
    November 17, 2021
    Connecticut Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Deep Cut Film Festival
    North Bay, Ontario (online, limited access)
    April 10, 2022
    North Bay Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival
    Tolpuddle, England
    United Kingdom
    July 15, 2022
    Tolpuddle Premiere
    Official Selection and Finalist for Small Axe Radical Short Film Award
  • 12th International HALF Festival
    Palakkad, Kerala
    September 10, 2022
    Indian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Short Shorts 2022 (Whitespace Gallery)
    Atlanta, Georgia
    United States
    September 17, 2022
    Atlanta Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Living With Buildings IV
    Coventry, England
    United Kingdom
    November 23, 2022
    Coventry Premiere
    Official Selection
  • 180' Berlin FilmFest
    Berlin, Germany
    December 15, 2022
    Berlin Live Screening 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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