The Sleepwalker | a short film

A surrealistic continuation of paintings develop responding to the rhythmic motions as the growing edge of the musical piece guides this wonderfully marvelous short film ‘The Sleep Walker’ by Theodore Ushev. My toes became engaged in a natural response with the music. If I weren’t sitting . I would have been dancing. The spectacularly different painting strokes coming alive were enjoyably experienced by this viewer. It is a short film with a length of 4m 20s. Well worth the time to relax and let your body go inside the musical images as they continually change in shapes & colors. The short film is alive artistically . freeing of the spiritual elements in a playful manner . creating a deep feeling of overflowing joy. – j.kiley

OPEN TO FULL SCREEN TO APPRECIATE THE FULLNESS OF THIS SHORT FILM

Sonámbulo / The Sleepwalker by Theodore Ushev

Length . . . 4m 20s

A surrealist journey through colours and shapes inspired by the poem Romance Sonámbulo by Federico García Lorca. Visual poetry in the rhythm of fantastic dreams and passionate nights.

A film by Theodore Ushev
Music by Kottarashky
Production: Les Productions Unité centrale / 9311-8990 Quebec Inc., Canada, 2015
Distribution: Bonobostudio (International), La Distributrice de films (Canada)

AWARDS
Special Jury Award, Animafest Zagreb 2015

Special Mention, Fest Anca 2015

Best Music Award, Animator Poznan 2015

Canadian Film Institute Honorable Mention for Best Canadian Animation, Ottawa International Animation Festival 2015

Special Mention, Multivision International Festival of Animated Arts 2015

Alva Costa Award for Best Short Film up to 5 Minutes, Cinanima Espinho 2015

Honorary Distinction, Etiuda & Anima International Film Festival 2015

Special Mention, Longue vue sur le court 2015

Special Mention, Sommets du cinema d’animation 2015

Best Short Animated Film Award, Les Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois 2016

Special Prize, Hiroshima International Animation Festival 2016

Also the list of film festivals is extensive – exceeding over 10

John Gardner On Life and Writing #12

Quote about John Gardner: “The late John Gardner once said that there are only two plots in all of literature. You go on a journey or a stranger comes to town. Since women, for many years, were denied the journey, they were left with only one plot in their lives — to await the stranger. Indeed, there is essentially no picaresque tradition among women novelists. While the latter part of the twentieth century has seen a change of tendency, women’s literature from Austen to Woolf is by and large a literature about waiting, usually for love.” ― Mary Morris, The Illustrated Virago Book of Women Travellers

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john-gardner-on-becoming-a-novelist-cover“In university courses we do exercises. Term papers, quizzes, final examinations are not meant for publication. We move through a course on Dostoevsky or Poe as we move through a mildly good cocktail party, picking up the good bits of food or conversation, bearing with the rest, going home when it comes to seem the reasonable thing to do. Art, at those moments when it feels most like art — when we feel most alive, most alert, most triumphant — is less like a cocktail party than a tank full of sharks. ” – John Gardner

Quote about John Gardner: “It was [John Gardner’s] conviction that if the words in the story were blurred because of the author’s insensitivity, carelessness, or sentimentality, then the story suffered from a tremendous handicap. But there was something even worse and something that must be avoided at all costs: if the words and the sentiments were dishonest, the author was faking it, writing about things he didn’t care about or believe in, then nobody could ever care anything about it.” ― Raymond Carver, Call If You Need Me: The Uncollected Fiction and Other Prose

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John Gardner (1933–1982) was born in Batavia, New York. His critically acclaimed books include the novels Grendel, The Sunlight Dialogues, and October Light, for which he received the National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as several works of nonfiction and criticism such as On Becoming a Novelist. He was also a professor of medieval literature and a pioneering creative writing teacher whose students included Raymond Carver and Charles Johnson. When I worked at Bennington College in Southern VT I would often see him walking across the campus during the Summer Writing Workshops. Or when his white hair was flowing as he rode his beloved motorcycle on campus or away.  –  j.kiley

Weekly Writing Prompt #90

Weekly Writing Challenge
Poetry and/or Flash Fiction
May 22nd – #90

DOOR Template Instructions=====================

(5) Words: | WEALTH | LONG | DREAD | VIEW | RED |

*A brilliant idea has been brought to my attention regarding the (5) word prompt. Please feel free to substitute any of the words with a synonym.🎈 🎭 ✨

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Poetry Suggestions
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Haiku (5 – 7 – 5)
Tanka (5 – 7 – 5 – 7 – 7)
Shadorma (3 – 5 – 3 – 3 – 7 – 5)
6 lines – no rhymes – multiple stanzas [your choice] – just follow meter
Villanelle (19 line poem[no word limit]–2 repeating rhymes & 2 refrains)… Excellent example is Dylan Thomas’s “Do not go gentle into that good night”
Nonet (9 – 8 – 7 – 6 – 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1) progression downward of syllables
Cinquain (2 – 4 – 6 – 8 – 2) five-line poem on any theme – syllables
’28’ Form (4 x 7) or (7 x 4) lines & syllables or lines
Free Verse – No Limitations
See [POETRY PAGE] for further instructions

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Fictional Suggestions
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Flash Fiction (500 – 300 words)
Any Genre: Mystery – Sci-Fi – Fantasy – Horror – Literary

SUGGESTIONS FOR FLASH FICTION
***One main character
***Room for one scene
***Main conflict in first sentence
***Room for a single plot
***Room for a single, simple theme
***SHOW anything related to the main conflict
***TELL the backstory; don’t “show” it
***Save the twist until the end
***Eliminate all but essential words

Use your best judgement
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Proust: ‘Impressions of Reality’

“Remembrance of Things Past”
May 21st Part #99

IMPRESSIONS OF REALITY

“. . . the differences which exist between every one of our real impressions — differences which explain why a uniform depiction of life cannot bear much resemblance to the reality — derive probably from the following cause: the slightest word that we have said, the most insignificant action that we have performed at anyone epoch of our life was surrounded by, and colored by the reflection of things which logically had no connection with it and which later have been separated from it by our intellect which could make nothing of it for its own rational purposes, things, however, in the midst of which — here the pink reflection of the evening upon the flower-covered wall of a country restaurant, a feeling of hunger, the desire for women, the pleasure of luxury; here the blue volutes of the morning sea and, enveloped in them, phrases of music half emerging like the shoulders of water-nymphs — the simplest act or gesture remains immured as within a thousand vessels, each one of them filled with things of a color, a scent, a temperature that are absolutely different one from another, vessels, moreover, which being disposed over the whole range of our years, during which we have never ceased to change if only in our dreams and our thoughts, are situated at the most various moral altitudes and give us the sensation of extraordinarily diverse atmospheres.”

― Marcel Proust
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