A poem film about physical and spiritual transmutation, crafted with archival footage, family photos, and found photos. Directed, written, edited, and produced by Adam E. Stone. Voices: Corey DeMoss and Shanta Parasuraman. Audio mixing and editing by Jon Clarkson. Total run time, including credits: 2 minutes, 45 seconds. Various formats, all with open or closed captions, are available upon request. Select "CC" button on Vimeo player for English-language closed captions/subtitles.

Text of poem (also available as a PDF on this Filmfreeway page):

Part I:

and I see you
one body, one mind

in a sunlit room
your brush your pen

youthful eye that gazes outward
aging eye that gazes in

“each thought,” you said, “is just a moment”
“each moment,” you said, “is just a thought”

on the trail of a glimpse of something more

Friday evening
living ... living

Monday morning gone ... but not really
as you are gone, but not really

Part II:

and I see you
one body, two minds

on a sunlit plain
your life your pen

eyes now closed
breath now slow

you told me they would take things soon
you would become

unrecognizable ... recognizable
unrecognizable ... recognizable

Friday evening
Monday ... mourn

gone, but not really
as you are gone, but not really

you told me you would change again:

in a dream you smiled, then ran away
the unseen world, so much more fun

Part III:

and I see you
two bodies, One Mind

a sunless branch and a sunlit tree

a veil that lifts

the world your pen

One, and yet ... yourself:

aging eye that gazes outward
youthful eye that gazes in

and I see you ... and I seek you,
and I reach you ... and I lose you

two at once, at once two,
I pray to one, I pray to both

different ... and the Same
and I see you ... and I see you

Copyright 2024 by Adam E. Stone

  • Adam E. Stone
  • Adam E. Stone
  • Adam E. Stone
  • Corey DeMoss
    Key Cast
  • Shanta Parasuraman
    Key Cast
  • Jon Clarkson
    Audio mixing and editing
  • Adam E. Stone
    Video editing
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Other
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2024
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    digitized film and photographs
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Adam E. Stone

Adam E. Stone's latest feature film is the poetic essay film "Atmospheric Marginalia" (2022). His films have been featured at dozens of prominent, well-curated festivals worldwide, and have won numerous awards. Short poem and essay films include "form" (2024), "as the night" (2023), "Tyranny of the Unafflicted" (2023), "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).

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