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The amazing Harry Shum, Jr. choreographed this piece to the voice over.

Produced by Ze Frank, the EVP of Video for Buzzfeed.com. this is where he puts his passion projects, both funny and not as funny.
For more work like this go to /zefrankenfriends

Special Thanks:
Ella Mielniczenko* (major thanks)
Jamie Williams
Mark Celestino
Peter Eaton
Donnie Padilla
Amy Skerkoski
Lizzie Sam
Cody D Ambrosio


“We are from the future. Everything is going to be alright. The future is a beautiful place. But you will need some training in order to get there…” More: http://WeAreFromTheFuture.com

Words, Voice & Editing by Garret John LoPorto
Connect on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/GarretJohn
& on Twitter: http://twitter.com/garretloporto
Music: “Time” by Hans Zimmer
Hans Zimmer feat. Satellite Empire – Time (The Machinist Remix)

60,000 Years > Jimblah

RAPPERTAG 51 – Jimblah posted:

“Rappertag – 51. With everything thats goin down, I thought it fitting to do this spoken word piece. Happy Naidoc week.”


FAQ > Larry T Hill



My first spoken word piece, bringing some attention to #casualracism in Australia.

Christian Mouchet Sessions (filming).
Editor: Gilles Hurtebize.

supporting http://thisisthestand.com .

Download MP3 of the FAQ


WHY TRUST IS WORTH IT > Cirque Du Soleil

A beautiful spoken word piece visualised by ballet artists from Cirque Du Soleil.


Saul Williams / Scritti Politti Mash Up – Demo
Download the track here: saulwilliams.com

Video Written and Directed by desmond roberson for rob l’etat.
Video by rob l’etat massive – robletat.wordpress.com.


a Camovement by Cam Be & Aja Monet

Music by
Sleepin Giant – Opposite
Nico Segal – Winter In America



A few thoughts on Australian society & politics on the eve of the 2013 Australian election.

Written and performed by Omar Musa

Camera, Direction and Editing – Rowen Grant

Produced by Sixth Row – http://www.sixthrow.com.au

Omar Musa

Blog: omarbinmusa.blogspot.com
Facebook: facebook.com/omarmusaqbn
Twitter: @obmmusic twitter.com/obmmusic

Filmed in Queanbeyan, NSW.


Kanye West – Self Conscious on Def Jam Poetry

In Conversation with… SAUL WILLIAMS

Mixed with live footage from Saul’s performance at the Great Hall on September 7th, 2012, Sol and Saul chop it up regarding the politics of the poetry business, and they explore inside the mind of a poet who can’t afford to hold his tongue.

Sharply critical and refreshingly honest, Saul Williams walks us through the process of putting a “why” back into what we do.




SONNET IN SKIN (2 of TWELVE) > Candy Royalle

The second video poem in a series of TWELVE.
Written by Candy Royalle and created by Patch Sinclair


MONTSERRAT > based on the poem BREAK OF DAY by Louis Borges

A tribute to Jorge Luis Borges. The text is an extract from his wonderful poem Break Of Day (Amanecer) from the book Fervor de Buenos Aires (1923).

Directed by Fernando Lazzari
Concept, Design & Animation: Fernando Lazzari
Director of Photography: Matías Nicolás
Music: Brian Eno / Black Planet
Sound Design: Andrea Damiano
Special thanks: Plataforma Buenos Aires, Carolina Tobal

A Popscience + Moon207 Production

The Montserrat Typeface

Break of Day (Amanecer) by Borges

In the deep night of the universe
scarcely contradicted by the streetlamps
a lost gust of wind
has offended the taciturn streets
like the trembling premonition
of the horrible dawn that prowls
the ruined suburbs of the world.
Curious about the shadows
and daunted by the threat of dawn,
I recalled the dreadful conjecture
of Schopenhauer and Berkeley
which declares that the world
is a mental activity,
a dream of souls,
without foundation, purpose, weight or shape.
And since ideas
are not eternal like marble
but immortal like a forest or a river,
the preceding doctrine
assumed another form as the sun rose,
and in the superstition of that hour
when light like a climbing vine
begins to implicate the shadowed walls,
my reason gave way
and sketched the following fancy:
If things are void of substance
and if this teeming Buenos Aires
is no more than a dream
made up by souls in a common act of magic,
there is an instant
when its existence is gravely endangered
and that is the shuddering instant of daybreak,
when those who are dreaming the world are few
and only the ones who have been up all night retain,
ashen and barely outlined,
the image of the streets
that later others will define.
The hour when the tenacious dream of life
runs the risk of being smashed to pieces,
the hour when it would be easy for God
to level His whole handiwork!

But again the world has been spared.
Light roams the streets inventing dirty colors
and with a certain remorse
for my complicity in the day’s rebirth
I ask my house to exist,
amazed and icy in the white light,
as one bird halts the silence
and the spent night
stays on in the eyes of the blind.

Spanish; trans. Stephen Kessler

MASKS OFF > Jeremy Loveday

Film by Matteus Clement & Mazo Media
Poem by Jeremy Loveday (www.jeremyloveday.ca)
Twitter: @JeremyLoveday

Learn and take action:
Ten things men can do to prevent gender violence: http://jacksonkatz.com/wmcd.html

With much thanks to the Victoria Women’s Sexual Assault Centre, Gagan Leekha, Billy Yu, and and Jackson Katz.


“Dark Streets” is a poem from the self-published book “Parang” (2013).

It was originally written for the hip hop album “Ghosts in the Room” by Ghosts in the Room.

Poem & video concept: Omar Musa
Video & score: Vis Pajori
Woman 1: Simone Luker
Woman 2 (Drawer of the circular labyrinth): Sancho Murphy
Man 2: Cliff Carswell
Title font: Tom Thum

Omar Musa facebook: https://www.facebook.com/omarmusaqbn
Omar Musa blog: omarbinmusa.blogspot.com
Omar Musa twitter: twitter.com/obmmusic

TWELVE (part 1) > And Then There Were Two > CANDY ROYALLE

ONE: And Then There Were Two

“And then there were two…” is the first film in the collaborative cinepoetry project TWELVE.
Poetry – Candy Royalle
Music – Ashley Blackmore
Video – Patch Sinclair
Video Credits:
Clare Kelly
Margaret Walker
With thanks to:
Isaac Gallagher (Sculptor) – fire mattress.


Utilising found footage of Civilisiations game machinima
coupled with the rhythmic cadence of the hip hop cinema
spins a journey from ancient history to celestial destiny
The word Progress echoes in the DNA like a means to an end of everything


Omar Musa is a Malaysian-Australian rapper and poet from Queanbeyan, Australia. He is the former winner of the Australian Poetry Slam and the Indian Ocean Poetry Slam. He has released three hip hop albums, two poetry books (including “Parang”) and appeared on ABC’s Q&A.

He is currently working on a play, “Bonegatherer”, to be staged in 2014. He is part of international hip hop group MoneyKat and his debut novel “Here Come the Dogs” will be published by Penguin Australia in 2014.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

WHY I WRITE: Verses in Exile #1 with Kosal Khiev

Why I Write (2011)

2011 / HD Video / 7 min 30 sec / Spoken Word

“Kosal’s poetry is ripped from his guts, excavated from a place between confinement and freedom. Raw and unassuming, his performance makes walls disappear leaving room only for emotions.” — Anida Yoeu Ali

Kosal Khiev, our resident artist, debuts his spoken word poetry with the first episode WHY I WRITE. The video serien Verses in Exile is a collaboration between Studio Revolt and Kosal. More videos of Kosal’s works will be released in the coming months. Sign up on our mailing list to keep in the loop. For more info about Kosal and his poetry check out his website at SpokenKosal.com

WHY I WRITE is the first episode in a series of spoken word videos by Khmer American exile Khiev Kosal in collaboration with Studio Revolt. Kosal, a poet and tattoo artist resides in Phnom Penh after spending 14 years of his life in a U.S. prison. Kosal tells pieces of his story through the art of spoken word poetry. Through his poetry, Kosal reclaim’s his place in the world as a free man, a step that begins in Cambodia not America.

For director’s production note, please go to the Vimeo site by clicking on the logo at bottom right of the video screen.

Director/Cinematographer/Editor: Masahiro Sugano
Artist: Kosal Khiev
Producer: Anida Yoeu Ali
Production Coordinator: Thea Som
Production Stills: Cuong Pham

Curly Jones Hits The Streets – Miles Merrill with Morganics

The lead single off “Dirty Curly” an audio film that mixes Miles’ surreal blaxploitation poetry over the cinematic Hip Hop beats of Morganics. Think Shaft meets William S Burroughs meets Anti Pop consortium.

OUT NOW on Invisible Forces through Vitamin.




Words by Joel McKerrow. Music by Spike Mason.
Featuring Heidi McKerrow.

From the album ‘These Wandering Feet’. Released 22nd Aug 2013.
Clarinet- Spike Mason.
Classical Guitar- Edrick Corban-Banks.
Viola- Clare Corban-Banks.



Body Of A Dancer > Daniel Gallenkamp

A portrait of dancer Tim Persent.

Cinematic poem brings an ode to dancers and what they are able to do with their body, by showing what our eyes normally can’t see in real time.
Shot on a Phantom high-speed camera, filming over a 1000 frames a second to create ultra slow motion.
This fascinated me and I hope it will fascinate you…

Director / D.o.P.: Daniel Gallenkamp n.s.c.
Editor: Allard Zoetman
Music: Andre Ettema
Grading: Beer Buijsman
Phantom tech.: Flip Bleekrode
Gaffer: Eugene Sprik, Frank Berger
Focus puller: Floris v.d. Lee, Danny v. Deventer
Airbrush artist: Peter Evers
Make up: Ingrid v. Wakeren, Fieke Brokkelkamp
Ass. Make up: Denise Boon
Electrician: Tjeerd Oosterhuis
Set assistance: Kick Schlüter, Michel Koenders, Ronnie Boelens
production manager: Wiarda Postma

Idea & concept: Daniel Gallenkamp
Produced by Smit & Jansen

Thanks to
NTR & Holland Dance
All the crew members
MacGyver Amsterdam
Charles McGough – CameraRentals Amsterdam
Allard Bouman – Het Licht Amsterdam

Special thanks to Tim Persent

In Amsterdam > Omar Musa


From the new book ‘PARANG by OMAR MUSA


An Ode To Ishtar > Hugo

Coinciding with Eostre, this is an Ode to that other Spring Goddess, Ishtar, in praise of the divine feminine in all its forms, but in particular Women the world over, and Mother Nature herself. A sincere prayer of thanks from a grateful Man.

I was asked by Philip Werner, photographer and compiler of the book ‘101 Vagina’, to write a piece for the exhibition and launch of the book. This is the result.

I have recorded it over the following music, which I respectfully borrow:

‘Together We Will Live Forever’ Clint Mansell (from the Fountain OST)
‘All Boundaries Are Conventions’ Tom Tykwer/Johnny Klimek/Reinhold Heil (from Cloud Atlas OST)

I have also combined the following videos together for the visuals

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpWTy… Slow Motion Belly Dance
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIR9S… The Beauty of Earth From Above
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DoCl… ‘The Beauty of Pollination’

Learn more about the book here http://www.101vagina.com/