a poem ... a song ... a moving image
who'd have thought
Who'd have thought
that snow falls
it always circled whirling
like a thought
in the glass ball
around me and my bear
Then it seemed beautiful ...
Who'd have thought that when poet Frank O'Hara met Morton Feldman in the 1950s, he would write an enigmatic poem entitled "Wind" and dedicate it to the composer? Who'd have thought that the composer would set words from the poem to create a piece entitled "Three Voices"? And who'd have thought that filmmaker Zahra Partovi would make a film inspired by the poem and the music, entitled "who'd have thought"?
"Who'd have thought" is built on paradoxes. Fatal winds whirl and beauty is replaced by evil, while we enter a world of pure beauty, of three female voices singing to the moving images of snow falling.
Third in a series of films on Morton Feldman's music, "who'd have thought" embraces the enigmas of life and death, beauty and evil.
Poem: Frank O'Hara
Music: Morton Feldman
Film: Zahra Partovi
Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, soprano
Liz Pearse, soprano
Kayleigh Butcher, mezzo soprano
Narration: Vincent FitzGerald
Director of Photography: William Keller Camera Operator: Nicholas Saviolo
Editor: Joseph Castellano Studio Engineer: Reed Black Sound Design: Eric Harding
Colorist: Jane Tolmachyov DuArt Media Services
Duration: 11 Minutes. Color: Tinted. Released: 10 August 2018
Watch the trailer:
[ mf-who'd-have-thought-trailer.mov ] [ mf-who'd-have-thought-trailer.mp4 ]
Watch other films by Zahra Partovi: vimeo.com/user7300551/videos
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