This time-lapse film features a poem inspired by images made of a drive from Arizona to Maine. A camera mounted on a tripod next to the driver recorded the 2,700 mile drive with a single frame snapped every 15 seconds. These images combined to make a 30-minute film, which was then condensed to 8 minutes. We see cinepoetry as a form of searching, a rhapsodic road. Everywhere West proceeds intuitively by car. Or perhaps it’s a car with literary interests. Our poem-film is a panoramic vision of the self and the country, high poetry coming through a windshield from the far reaches of an ancient sky.
Film and Music by Mark Neumann
Written by Chris Green
Featured in: Atticus Review, The Poetry Foundation, and the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art