Private Project

Escalators Become Stairs

In 2007, a portion of the poem "The Wound Dresser" (1865) by Walt Whitman was inscribed into the granite wall around the north entrance escalators of the Dupont Circle Metrorail Station in Washington, D.C. A site-specific performance was staged and filmed there on May 24, 2014. Performers rode the escalators continuously with smartphones, cassette recorders and hand-held sound producers. Morse Code + MIDI transcription of the inscribed stanza serves as the basis of the music score.

  • H. Paul Moon
  • James S. Adams
  • Eugene Thomas
    Poetry Reading
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
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  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 30, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Capital Fringe
    Washington, DC
    United States
    October 6, 2016
    World Premiere
  • International Video Poetry Festival No. 5
    December 10, 2016
    European Premiere
  • 6th CYCLOP International Poetry Film Contest
    November 25, 2017
    Russia Premiere
Director Biography - H. Paul Moon

H. Paul Moon ( is a filmmaker whose work includes short and feature-length documentaries, dance films, and experimental cinema, featured and awarded at over a hundred film festivals worldwide. He has taught documentary editing at Docs In Progress as an Adobe Certified Expert, and serves as adjunct professor at George Mason University's Film and Video Studies program. He also manages a network of online communities at that keeps pace with new camera technologies. He worked as a small camera specialist for a Paramount feature film starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, and as cinematographer for director Josephine Decker’s film in "collective:unconscious" that debuted at the South by Southwest Festival. Recent films include "Sitka: A Piano Documentary" ( about the craftsmanship of Steinway pianos, and "Quartet for the End of Time" ( about Olivier Messiaen’s transcendent WWII composition, that premiered on the commemorative date and at the place where the imprisoned composer first debuted his work. Moon's latest film, an award-winning feature-length documentary about the life and music of American composer Samuel Barber ( recently premiered on PBS, and he is currently finishing another documentary feature about Western folklife, cowboy poetry, and the American frontier ( Excerpted poetry films from that project have appeared in museum exhibitions, and numerous film festivals, leading up to the feature film's completion. Ongoing projects include an opera film based on Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" (, a documentary at the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation (, and a biographical portrait of Whittaker Chambers.

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