Thursday, 23 October 2014

Francesca

“Francesca” is a poetic account of moments in the life of American photographer Francesca Woodman, who committed suicide by jumping out of an East Village, New York City apartment window in 1981 at age 22.

Filmed in the wilderness of Quebec, Canada, the film reveals Francesca in solitude “in her patterned, dishabille of flowered flea market dresses”, whose prints are analogous to the plants in the surrounding landscape.

"Francesca" was directed by art photographer and filmmaker, Gaëna da Sylva. da Sylva’s abstract poetic short films combine the magic of movement and static photography often using a multi-layered approach. In this art film, da Sylva portrays Woodman with shadowy imagery, suffusing the lyrics, “ghostly images appear like gossamer blurred apparitions” of singer-songwriter and musician Bill Madden.

Friday, 3 October 2014

A Handful of Flowers


Summer is gone, and the autumn winds
Are stripping the leaves from the trembling trees;
The garden is lonely, its treasures are blown
Far, far away on the chilling breeze; (...)

Oh! hearts that weep, and are prone to yield
To the touch of gloom in this world of ours,
Go search yourselves, and you'll always find
That there still remains a "handful of flowers."

 Mary Dow Brine, A Handful of Flowers