Our short art films are a hybrid of four components

Text – The imagery, pacing and dramatic impact is drawn from poetic text.

Visual Arts – Our current films employ still images which are animated by motion graphics. We hope to use film clips and scenes as well as three-dimensional art in coming films. We do have a preference for visual arts which can be experienced in person, such as in a gallery.

Soundscape – We create a complex combination of spoken word, music and sound effects as an audio bed for the visual experience.

Conversation – We would like our art to stimulate conversation between viewers. This can happen online, but our dream is to show the films in a setting whereFilmGlryCafeLogoSmall people can interact face to face with each other and with the tangible art used in the films — a sort of cafe. This is why we talk about a “Film Gallery Cafe.”

This concept is still in experimentation, but, ultimately we see the potential for a community of viewers, artists, and filmmakers to develop around this idea. The potential benefits for each of us and for the world at large are great.

The First Films

We Deep Under Ocean”

Ocean Floor from We Deep Under for Web

Around September, 2015, a simple poem emerged from Mark Turner’s early morning meditations. Over the next four months he built a mixed media work embedding the poem . . . MORE

 

 

 

 

 

“A Prayer for Beauty”

PrayerForBeautyDVD-thumbMark Turner wrote the poem “Beautify, Oh” as a prayer from his own devotional life. The film is an expansion on the poem visualized by . . . MORE

 

 

 

 

 

“To the Diggers”

DVD Cover for "To the Diggers" a film by Mark TurnerWith each viewing this visual and audio feast reveals new meaning from the poetry, the drawings, the soundscape, the question: will the images and sound bites of today be found by diggers in the future?
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Comforting Hovers”

DVD Cover for "Comforting Hovers" a film by Mark TurnerThis is a painting with soundscape by Mark Turner. As the camera moves over Mark’s oil painting, spoken poetic phrases lead through impressions of an ancient story. Ambient sounds of the scenes mix with contemplative music as . . . MORE