Reminiscence of the Present, Elegy for Unfinished Lives, The Blue Candle.
Time shown is in your local time.
A tribute to the artist Ilyas Kassam, capturing the visceral and meditative process of creation. Known for his large, sculptural works, filmmaker Daniel Fazio is invited to witness Ilyas in the studio environment.
We see Ilyas express his physicality onto the canvas, drawing inspiration from the organic movements typified by Isadora Duncan. Ilyas also recites one of his own poems over the visuals, reinforcing the omniscience of the written word and the importance it has as a figurative symbol in his work.
As he moves in and around the canvas, the camera joins him, filling the negative space. Eventually camera and artist move as one, with the filmic qualities mirroring the artist and his movements. The camera becomes part of the performance, the medium of the interplay between these two visual artists, tangled in a creative embrace.
Elegy for Unfinished Lives
A ghost poem film. Directed, written, filmed, edited, read, and produced by Adam E. Stone. Ghost woman paintings by Saribenne Evesong (1931-2009).
The blue candle of the title is a metaphor for Earth, with the flame representing the fragility of humanity resting on the planet. The best thing to do with a candle flame in danger of blowing out is to use it to light another while there is still time. Hopefully the flickering flame of humanity will burn bright through the universe before it can no longer burn on Earth.