Monday, March 8, 2010

Film: Where Is The War Plays D.C.!

Moisés and I are pleased to announce that our short film, Where Is The War?, has been selected to be shown in the Film Program of the Split This Rock Poetry Festival, in Washington, D.C.!

Thursday, March 11, there will be two (2) screenings:
-- 2-3:30 p.m. FREE
-- 10:30 pm.-midnight. Cost: $8
Location: Busboys and Poets Café @ 14th & V.
2021 14th St
NW DC 20009

(202) 387 - POET (7638) Map and parking info:

Please pass the word on to your friends in D.C.!

Where is the War?, based on my poem of the same title, follows a work commute as we hear the poem asking, "Where is the war?" The camera searches for where the war lives in our daily lives. As we move through roads, phrases from the poem are transposed on the screen, over images of blue sky and cars crossing the San Francisco Bay Bridge.

The journey is based on the lines:
does it live, this war
in one hundred thousand commuters
each sheathed in her metal, gliding
glissando, fearing no danger?

The soundtrack is my reading the poem, accompanied by Moisés on guitar.

The end of the film is Moisés’s haunting playing as we return by night in the tunnel. Red brake lights fill the tunnel with red.

In the final shot, we end in a schoolyard, with a tire swing swinging, still looking for the movement of where the war lives in us.

In Where is the War?, our intention is to show by absence. There are no people in the film, only cars with invisible drivers, moving soundlessly through that most familiar of rituals, the morning commute. By feeling the absences, we feel presence. Augmenting the voiceover, key phrases float in objects, so that poetry appears to emerge from landscape.

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