I.D.A.C. | a short film

What the film maker wrote follows the films viewing. It tells more than I can say. It is a wonderful . touching true story told delicately by the protagonist. He speaks caringly about a life moving through as he tries to live it. Characters . note pad notes . tucked away into invisibility . promises dismissed lightly . but not maliciously . I would recommend sitting back for a short while . listen . watch . you will meet with profound and humorous moments . delightful descriptions. I say on with a Good piece of film making . meant to bring a true story alive in our minds. I do believe the film maker succeeds splendidly. – j.kiley

REMEMBER TO OPEN TO FULL SCREEN | VOLUME UP
BRING YOURSELF TO THE TELLING OF THE STORY

IDAC | Casimir Nozkowski

Rating . . . PG . Not for Adults Only
Length . . . 5m 42s
Genre . . . Light Drama . Humorous . Narrative . Auto-biographical

Synopsis: When I was leaving for college, my aunt Dana told me I had a cousin I’d never met who was matriculating in the same year as me. We shared classes and had friends in common but for some strange reason I never introduced myself. All during college, and then into the real world, through a decade of overlapping connections, we never met. This film is an examination of that hesitation and an attempt to understand why I never made the easiest connection in the world… until it was too late. Through archival footage and re-enactment of the era in question, IDAC is ultimately a documentary about what was happening on an unconscious level and how distant a relative can be even when they’re right in front of your face.

Production Notes: I’ve made over 100 short films, many of which examine issues of family, the blurry line between fiction and non-fiction and the sometimes disturbing, sometimes hilarious ways our memories fail us. IDAC is an autobiographical documentary which is a genre my movies (or at least parts of them) often fall into. The key with autobiography in my opinion is to avoid being sentimental at all costs. This does not mean you can’t be funny or can’t be authentic and personal – it’s just that it being your story does not automatically make it interesting. On top of that, IDAC also considers the way we dream and the way dreams can invade our everyday life – which is another subject matter that can easily steer a film awry. So making IDAC was exciting because once mindful of all these pitfalls, there was an enormous feeling of restraint that coursed through the documentary’s production. My hope is that people who see my film IDAC recognize familiar moments and feelings from their own lives: memories they can’t quite explain, people they think they know and dramatic, life-defining events that upon further scrutiny don’t exactly add up as neatly as they once thought.

Screenings:
2016 Hot Docs Film Festival premiere
2016 Rooftop Films
2016 Vassar Filmfest
2016 Iron Mule Film Festival
2017 Sarasota Film Festival

Written/Directed/Edited by Casimir Nozkowski
Music by Alexander Strung
Sound Mix by Tod Chapman
Color Grading by Phil Choe @ Nice Shoes
Featuring Hannah Bos, Amanda Duarte, Erin Edmison, Josh Henderson-Cox, Greg Glassman, Thomas Nozkowski, Joyce Robins

Thank you Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

See more of my films at vimeo and at casimirnozkowski.com

Wicked Tales

WICKED TALES
by jennifer kiley

Silent mysteries
Wake up dreamers to reveal truth
What’s reality?

A vision in the wind
Tales and wise storytellers
Seers view future

Relevance is now
Formula for being here
Beyond nothingness

Words create meaning
Filling missing parts of time
Scattered through-out space

Fantasy is real
Our dreams entering our lives
Storytelling time

© jk 2015

vitreous | robert seidel | experimental film 2015
[a vision I saw in my mind of a painting I wanted to create.
this is it in action form as it grows into all it would become].

Neil Gaiman: Where Do We Get Our Ideas?

NEIL-GAIMAN at writing desk

Neil Gaiman at writing desk

Neil Gaiman: Where Do We Get Our Ideas?

“For me, inspiration comes from a bunch of places: desperation, deadlines… A lot of times ideas will turn up when you’re doing something else. And, most of all, ideas come from confluence — they come from two things flowing together. They come, essentially, from daydreaming. . . . And I suspect that’s something every human being does. Writers tend to train themselves to notice when they’ve had an idea — it’s not that they have any more ideas or get inspired more than anything else; we just notice when it happens a little bit more.”

Neil Gaiman is a brilliant, witty, disciplined writer, and wizard of literature…the above is an
excerpt from a Q&A after Neil Gaiman’s December 2011 Wheeler Center Interview

“The Pavement”

A FASCINATING WAY OF STORYTELLING.
DRAWS IN THE LISTENER WITH INTENSITY.
POWERFUL.
LISTEN UNTIL THE END

For the Ultimate Experience OPEN TO FULL SCREEN
TURN UP THE VOLUME. BE THRILLED.

“The Pavement” by Taylor Engel

The city at night, a couple alone. A scream from the woman, the smoke of the gun… THE PAVEMENT is a short film directed by Taylor Engel which landed him in the top 10 of HBO’s Project Greenlight competition.

Stay up to date on our official Facebook page – facebook.com/thepavementshortfilm
Twitter – @taylorengel
Website – taylorengel.com

Weekly Writing Prompt #8

weekly writing prompt #8

LIQUID | STORY | SOUND | MIND | GATE

Poetry (suggestions)
Free Verse – No Limits
Haiku (5 – 7 – 5)
Tanka (5 – 7 – 5 – 7 – 7)
Shadorma (3 – 5 – 3 – 3 – 7 – 5)
six lines – no rhymes – multiple stanzas if desired – just follow meter
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Flash Fiction (1,500 – 1,000 – 500 – 300 words)
Immediate Fiction – Sudden Fiction (500–750 words)
Microfiction (400 words)
Any Genre: Sci-Fi – Fantasy – Horror – Literary
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TIPS FOR FLASH FICTION

***You only have room for one main character, so choose her well.
***You only have room for one scene, so choose it well.
***You only have room for a single plot.
***You only have room for a single, simple theme
***Get to the main conflict of the scene in the first sentence.
***“Show” anything related to the main conflict.
***“Tell” the backstory; don’t “show” it.
***Save the twist until the end.
***Eliminate all but the essential words.

Go against these rules any time.
They’re not really rules. They’re tips.

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Rattle That Lock

Spectacular Animation
Pink Floyd may be missed
But David Gilmour remains the musical genius
Brilliant music and the story It tells
Takes us to a place
Not wanted as a Final Destination
The flavour of Edgar Allen Poe
May be in the Air
Or Fallen Angels
Are Meant to BEWARE!

David Gilmour – Rattle That Lock

RATTLE THAT LOCK

Rattle That Lock
Whatever it takes to break
Gotta do it
From the burning lake or the eastern gate
You’ll get through it

Rattle that lock, lose those chains
Rattle that lock, lose those chains
Rattle that lock, lose those chains
Rattle that lock

Let’s go do it
Have it all our way
Go back to where we blew it
And lose our heads along the way

So long sin, au revoir chaos
If there’s a heaven, it can wait
So long sin, au revoir chaos
If there’s a heaven…

Rattle that lock
Rattle that lock, lose those chains
Rattle that lock
Rattle that lock, lose those chains

And all the other travellers
Become phantoms to our eyes
Furies and the revellers
Fallen angels in disguise

No discord, chance or rumour
Is going to interrupt this place
No discord, chance or rumour
To interrupt this…

So let’s get to it
It’s calling like a flame
Through the darkness and the night
The world suspended on a golden chain

No discord, chance or rumour
Is going to interrupt this place
No discord, chance or rumour
To interrupt this…

Rattle that lock
Rattle that lock, lose those chains

Rattle that lock
Rattle that lock
Rattle that lock, lose those chains

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Music: David Gilmour & Michaël Boumendil
Lyrics: Polly Samson
A Hipgnosis Ltd Production
Rattle That Lock published by Pink Floyd Music Publishers Ltd

Weekly Writing Prompt #4

weekly writing prompt #4

RELAPSE | WORSE | FLATTER | TEST | POSSESS

Feel Free to Use Alternate Words with Similar Meanings

Poetry (suggestions)
Free Verse – No Limits
Haiku (5 – 7 – 5)
Tanka (5 – 7 – 5 – 7 – 7)
Shadorma (3 – 5 – 3 – 3 – 7 – 5)
six lines – no rhymes – multiple stanzas if desired – just follow meter
====================
Flash Fiction (1,500 – 1,000 – 500 – 300 words)
immediate fiction – sudden fiction (500–750 words)
microfiction (400 words)
Any genre: sci-fi – fantasy – horror – literary
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TIPS FOR FLASH FICTION
***There is room for one main character, so choose her well.
***There is room for one scene, so choose it well.
***There is room for a single plot.
***There is room for a single, simple theme
***Write main conflict of the scene in the first sentence.
***“Show” anything related to the main conflict.
***“Tell” the backstory; don’t “show” it.
***Save the twist until the end.
***Eliminate all but the essential words.

These are TIPS not RULES

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