Softly - A GIANT STEP

A Film by
Zahra Partovi


“If his music is soft, it is so that we can hear it, not only with our ears, but with our mind and soul”



Softly - A GIANT STEP is a short, abstract/experimental film focusing on the music of American modernist composer Morton Feldman 1926-1987. Without any attempt at documentation, this memory-like film, makes a sweeping journey through the composer's sounds, and places where these sounds were created. Two works by Feldman are heard throughout the film: Selections from "For John Cage" and fragments from "Neither". Some words by Feldman are also heard woven into the music.


Tiffany DuMouchelle, soprano.    Myra Hinrichs, violin.    Shi An, piano

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Voiceover: Vincent FitzGerald

Cinematography: Peter Fernberger, William Keller, Paul Reuter

Editing: Michael Grenadier    Sound Design: Scott Lehrer

Duration: 30 Minutes.    Color: Black & White.    Released: 23 November 2017



Watch the full film*:





* A version of this film is available to download for screening to an audience. For details contact Chris Villars: chris@cnvill.net


Watch the trailer:


[ mfsoftly-trailer.mov ]   [ mfsoftly-trailer.mp4 ]


Watch The Making of SOFTLY - A GIANT STEP:


[ mf-making-of-softly.mov ]   [ mf-making-of-softly.mp4 ]


Read an interview focusing on Softly - A GIANT STEP: mf-zpcv-interview.pdf


Watch other films by Zahra Partovi: vimeo.com/user7300551/videos



Morton Feldman Page