44 titles.

1. Elegy (2008)
David Kepesh is growing old. He's a professor of literature, a student of American hedonism, and an amateur musician and photographer. When he finds a student attractive, Consuela, a 24-year-old Cuban, he sets out to seduce her. Along the way, he swims in deeper feelings, maybe he's drowning. She presses him to sort out what he wants from her, and a relationship develops. They talk of traveling. He confides in his friend, George, a poet long-married, who advises David to grow up and grow old. She invites him to meet her family. His own son, from a long-ended marriage, confronts him. Is the elegy for lost relationships, lost possibilities, beauty and time passing, or failure of nerve?
2. Future Lasts Forever (2011)
Sumru is doing music researches at a university in Istanbul. To work on her thesis on gathering and recording an exhaustive collection of Anatolian elegies she sets off for the south-east of the country for a few months. The brief trip turns out to be the longest journey of her life. During the trip, Sumru crosses paths with Ahmet, a young guy who sells bootleg DVDs on the streets of Diyarbakir, with Antranik, the ageing and solitary warden of a crumbling church in the city and with various characters who witness the ongoing 'unnamed war'. During her three-month stay in Diyarbakir, while she was looking for the stories of the elegies, she finds herself to confront an agony from her own past.
3. Midway (2013 Documentary)
Using spare narration and stunning imagery, Midway focuses on the plight of the Laysan Albatross plagued by the ingestion of our plastic trash. Both elegy and warning, the film explores the interconnectedness of species, with the albatross on Midway as a mirror of our humanity.
4. The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant (2009 Documentary)
To the residents of Moraine, Ohio, General Motors was more than just a car company, it was the lifeblood of a community. In the wake of GM's 2008 announcement that it was closing the plant, stunned workers looked back at their careers at GM, reminiscing about the opportunities, friendships and pride that the factory line had given them. Through their words, this documentary stands as an elegy to a dying American manufacturing system--and a timely look at the U.S. auto industry in crisis.
5. Memento Mori (2016 Documentary)
Matthew's heart stopped beating on the tattoo parlour table. Now, his parents hold their dying boy. But in their hands they also hold the fates of others: the promise of new lives, and death postponed. With astonishing access and remarkable intimacy, Memento Mori carries us headlong into a world of hope lost, and hope returned. An elegy to the beauty of life in the shadow of death.
6. Last of the Elephant Men (2015 Documentary)
Filmed over several years in stunning and remote locations across Cambodia, Last of the Elephant Men is an elegy for the domestic elephant in Asia and a plea to protect the remaining wild population. The story follows three Bunong from different generations - each showcasing fascinating and moving aspects of the bond between people and elephants: the legendary elephant catcher Mrey, who, haunted by nightmares and a lingering illness, must appease the elephant spirits before his final voyage; Mane, a human rights lawyer searching to understand what happened to her own family's elephant, while she fights to help her people keep their ancestral lands; and Duol, a teenager learning to become a mahout - an elephant rider - in order to support his parents and keep his traditional culture alive. From remote jungles to the iconic temples of Angkor and the bustling streets of Phnom Penh, the film reveals an intimate portrait of Cambodia's disintegrating heritage, remarkable human-animal interaction, and an indigenous people trying to find solutions to universal problems. Ultimately the themes of these stories apply to many traditional cultures - a microcosm for the link between biological and cultural diversity and the pressures they both face worldwide.
7. Soviet Elegy (1989 Short Film)
In "The Soviet Elegy" the long train of photos of the Soviet leaders, dead or alive, stops at the portrait of Yeltsin. At the time of shooting Yeltsin had fallen down from the assembly of the Communist Party deities, and participated in the earthly life through connections of different kinds.
8. Death Valley Superstar (2008 Documentary)
Part travelogue, part séance, Death Valley Superstar is an elegy for Mark Frechette, a non-actor whose actions in life mirror a film role. He remains suspended between stardom and oblivion, a Hollywood oddity framed forever at the age of 21.
9. Cleophas and His Own (2005 Documentary)
In September of 1943, the typescript of a private, unpublished narrative was discovered in Corea, Maine, among the belongings of the American modernist painter and poet Marsden Hartley...just a few days after his death. This powerful and poignant elegy called Cleophas and His Own and written by Hartley to assuage his grief at the loss of a young man he loved, is now a feature-length film directed by Michael Maglaras and produced by Terri Templeton of 217 Films. The film presents Hartley (played by Maglaras) seated in his makeshift studio in Corea in 1943 where, tired and ill, he recounts a tragic story to an unseen visitor of the sad fate that befell the Francis Mason family: a family of farmers and fishermen with whom he lived on a remote island in Nova Scotia seven years before. Using Hartley's text in its entirety and preserving the poem's thirteen-chapter structure, the film uses flashbacks and employs 24 of Hartley's paintings and drawings to tell of the events leading up to and following the Atlantic hurricane of September 19, 1936, when Hartley lost the young man who had become the love of his life. Following the death of this young man, the last seven years of Hartley's life were devoted to reliving these experiences through poetry and painting, leaving behind a body of work, second to none in the American experience, devoted to this young man's memory and his love the Mason family. 2005. Not rated.
10. La hora de la siesta (2014 Documentary)
We sail through the seas of absence and remembrance to tell the stories of Emilia and Yeyé, two of the 49 children who died at the ABC Daycare in a fire that could have been avoided and that showed the terrible consequences of corruption and influence peddling within the system of government subrogated day-care system in Mexico. The Naptime is a visual elegy to the memory of those children and a tribute to the courageous battle of their families to hold on to life.
11. Tivoli-Revyen 1988 (1989 TV Special)
Taped during the summer of 1988, this is a television presentation of the annual revue in Copenhagen's amusement park Tivoli. The show is of humourous and musical character and stars some of the finest show actors of its time. Performances include, chronlogically: A satirical complaint from a politician about the people's irresponsibleness, a praising of modern kitchen technology, a social-minded elegy, a colorful photographer, a nostalgic act about variety dancers, a melancholic song about being an old gay man, a parodic group-together of Hitler, Napoleon and Egon Olsen (from film-series Olsen-Banden), a song of praise for Copenhagen, a comedic text on sperm donation, and a couple of finishing performances which talk about the Tivoli-Revy as a concept and related popular culture.
12. Cinnamon Hill (2004 Short Film)
In an attempt to rein her in, a plantation owner binds his female ward to him by shame. Will the birth of their child mean freedom or a shackle to the past? An elegy for the souls that worked the forgotten plantation fields, some whose descendents now populate the Buxton Settlement, Cinnamon Hill honours the women whose struggle for voice and home inspired the writings of human rights advocates Sojourner Truth and Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
Set in the early 1800's, a plantation owner's son binds his female ward to him by shame. Will the birth of their child mean freedom or a shackle to the past? An elegy for the souls who worked the plantation fields, Cinnamon Hill honours the women whose struggle for voice and home inspired the writings of human rights advocates Sojourner Truth and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Music is from the musical play Cinnamon Hill, based on the black ancestry of Elizabeth Barrett Browning currently being developed by librettist Tara Cates & composer Kevin Nelson.
13. Innocent Things (2012 Short Film)
Nicole hasn't been feeling to well for a long time. She decides to sleep in a cemetery on her 19th birthday after a rough night. A maintenance worker finds her in the morning and offers Nicole a call home. The consequences of this chance encounter will change their lives and teach them both about the act of forgiveness. Innocent Things is an elegy on the ultimate evil; as Jean-Paul Sartre once said "Hell is other people."
14. Elegy for a Mother (2006)
Ammawarunay" ("Elegy for a Mother") is a poignant study of a widowed mother Sumanawathi and her relationship with her three grown-up children. Her elder son Kassapa is a young monk leading almost a cloistered, monastic life in an isolated temple. Though his relationship to his mother appears cold and formal, it masks a filial affection which is unrivaled by any. Daughter Premalatha has alienated herself by marrying a man of her choice, a man who practices the occult much to the discomfort of the family. Saliya, the youngest son, an unemployed youth joins the Army due to circumstances beyond his control. Bewildered by the tragic events that follow, Sumanawathi's world begins to collapse Gradually and inevitably she retreats into a world of solitude and silence.
15. Cherry Blossom Season (2009 Short Film)
The course of a relationship is examined through the eyes of seven different women in six different countries. From the birth of an affair to its ultimate demise, "Cherry Blossom Season" looks at the ephemeral nature of love and life itself. Filmed on location in Japan, Russia, Thailand, Egypt, Peru and Canada, this heartfelt elegy charts the anxiety, joy and pain of falling in and out of love.
16. This Dust of Words (2008 Documentary)
Even at a very young age, Elizabeth Wiltsee was different. Behind her wide eyes and gap-toothed smile lay a prodigious intelligence. With an IQ of 200, she taught herself to read by age four and was reading classical Greek by the time she was ten. At Stanford University, English professor John Felstiner discovered in Elizabeth a deep thinker with the soul of a poet, possessing 'an utterly uncommon voice and sensibility.' Decades later parishioners in a small farming community on the central California coast would find her sleeping in the doorway of their church, homeless and apparently mute. Despite her deepening mental illness and erratic behavior she soon became part of their town, spending her mornings shyly attending Mass, her afternoons in the library perfecting her own translations of ancient Chinese poetry. Then she disappeared. This Dust of Words, whose title is taken from Elizabeth's Stanford honors' thesis, is both a meditation on that final journey and the story of an uncommon kindness and compassion: an elegy for a life lived differently - strange, beautiful and haunting, right to the very end.
17. Water Like Stone (2013 Documentary)
WATER LIKE STONE is an impressionistic portrait of Leeville, a fishing village in Coastal Louisiana. It is a documentary about people living in a dying landscape. It is an elegy. It is an ode. It is a journey through a world all but forgotten.
18. Black Salt Water Elegy (2010 Short Film)
A short film that weaves together original and archival material to create an ethereal narrative texture, Black Saltwater Elegy intimately links the discordant threads of a popular history of dispossession (Africville) with the solitude of its protagonist's graveyard-shift fantasies. After opening with disquieting archival footage of the demolition of Africville, the film shifts to an austere observational portrait. A palatable sense of the duration of midnight work slowly shifts into subtle gestures that hint towards choreographed events. Eventually, a breech occurs as the protagonist fuses with an emergent dreamscape, where ruined landscapes and a resurrection of an extinct community intertwine. Using the protagonist's disembodied point-of-view, the audience floats above a reconstructed Africville, one forever present, nesting in a bed of saltwater fog.
19. Anne Clark Live (2009 Documentary)
Anne Clark, British Poet and Grand lady of the Dark Wave, performed a massive concert at the Frankfurter Hof in Mainz, Germany. With strong beats, intelligent electronics, and Anne Clark's unmistakable poetry inspiring the public. Anne Clark and her band performed songs from their latest CD The Smallest Acts Of Kindness and the hits Sleeper in Metropolis, Our Darkness, Elegy for a lost summer. Anne Clark is presented as the immaculate artist she is and this visual documentation captures her intense stage presence.
20. DR2 Premiere (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Episode #1.15 (2008)
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21. Elegies to Lessons Learnt (2008)
A horrible accident leaves a man locked away in his own mind, cast into solitude to contemplate and explore his last conscious sensations. iLiKETRAiNS debut album 'Elegies to Lessons Learnt' is animated from start to finish. It traces the path of a broken man traveling through the lives of others to discover his own fate. From a frozen jail cell in Imperialist Russia to a deserted beach on the coast of Florida, the protagonist inhabits the lives of some of history's most fascinating characters. A doomed yachtsman, a vengeful assassin and a preacher spouting fire and brimstone form just part of the cast in this diverse, century-spanning tale of tempted fate and broken consequence.
22. MO-SO (Delusion) (2010 Short Film)
What crosses your mind in the slow, last moments of your life? "MO-SO" is an otherworldly elegy to the dying, where memory and sensation collide with the dreamlike mystery of galaxies moving through space, sparking an ultimate visionary experience.
23. Octavia: Elegy for a Vampire (????)
Octavia: Elegy for a Vampire is a narrative feature film about a 150 year-old black vampire who is driven to suicide as a result of the apathy in the world. Part poem, rock opera, and "Brechtian" play - this will not be a traditional horror/vampire genre-film but a cubistic portrait of a woman trying to come to terms with the perennial problems of racism, misogyny, and the startling lack of consciousness in the world. Throughout her spiritual journey, we glimpse various chapters of her life as an activist, punk rocker, and cleaning woman.
24. Elegy (2012 Short Film)
Elegy is a short character-driven drama about a sufferer of a nihilistic delusion, in the same vein as Synecdoche, New York, Red Desert and Safe. Jules is a failed music conductor whose personal life is riddled with tension including frictions in his relationship. No one seems able to comprehend his illness as his life continues on a downward spiral and he progressively loses touch with reality. This short film addresses failure without being conventionally explicit; the breakdown acts as a culmination of the decay he feels in every aspect of his life.
25. Elegy (2004 Short Film)
Elegy is a horror / thriller poem about an avenging angel clown who confronts a murderous husband with the death of his wife at her funeral wake. Themes of revenge, murder, deceit and karma are explored through rhyming prose and cartoon animation.
26. Perfect Surf (2012 Short Film)
Shot on location in the UK, September 15-19, 2008, the week the global markets went into free fall, Jenny Rogers' PERFECT SURF is the global economic meltdown staged as a spectacle of competition in the world's largest wind tunnel. Performed by the world's top free flyers, the Stock Exchange becomes Surf City in this modern experimental equivalent of the surf classic the The Endless Summer. PERFECT SURF completes the search for the perfect wave and endless summertime through the alchemy of science- paradise is flight in a perfectly, hermetically sealed tube where one can conceivably fly forever. PERFECT SURF is a surf elegy for our modern age. Where we are all awash in this crisis of capital, one must sink or swim. Surf's up.
27. Freedom (2013 Short Film)
A subtle elegy to the excesses of capitalism. A delicate ode to overabundance. An understated tribute to those whose cups runneth over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over.
28. Tell Me Do You Miss Me (2006 Documentary)
In TELL ME DO YOU MISS ME, the four members of the celebrated New York-based indie-rock band LUNA confront the ceiling of their ambition, the harsh realities of their modest success, and their conflicted feelings about each other as they embark on their final world tour and uncertain futures. Laced with moments of both humor and melancholia, TELL ME DO MISS ME earnestly exposes the underbelly of a touring rock band in their final days together. Supported sonically with Luna's dreamy catalog of indie-pop and visually with lush travelogue footage with adventurous stops in England, Japan, and Spain, TELL ME DO YOU MISS ME is an elegy for an era.
29. Thin Air (2010 Short Film)
A whimsical tale chronicling the final days of Hector. Seated in a wheelchair parked on the roof of his apartment building, Hector flings fishing lines into the cold heights of New York City. He bids his time for the impossible catch, whilst reality bites in the form of Cecilia, his home-care aide. 'Thin Air' is not simply an elegy to solitude. Sometimes the quieter one's world is, the harder one dreams and sometimes the universe hears you.
30. A North Woods Elegy: Incident at Big Moose Lake (2011 Documentary)
'A North Woods Elegy: Incident at Big Moose Lake' investigates the circumstances surrounding the murder of Grace Brown by Chester Gillette on July 11, 1906 in the Adirondacks in upstate New York. Covering the ensuing trial and Gillette's subsequent incarceration and execution, the film explores the fascination America had, and still has, with the case, encompassing issues of class, jurisprudence in America at the turn of the twentieth century and ethics and sensationalism in news reporting. The stories (oftentimes false) reported in the major daily newspapers in New York City were the basis for Theodore Dreiser's 'An American Tragedy' novel in 1925, which was adapted for film in 'American Tragedy' (1931) and 'A Place in the Sun' (1951).
A North Woods Elegy: Incident at Big Moose Lake investigates the circumstances surrounding the murder of Grace Brown by Chester Gillette on July 11, 1906 in the Adirondacks in upstate New York. Covering the ensuing trial and Gillette's subsequent incarceration and execution, the film explores the fascination America had, and still has, with the case, encompassing issues of class, jurisprudence in America at the turn of the twentieth century and ethics and sensationalism in news reporting. On July 11, 1906, Chester Gillette and Grace Brown, factory workers from Cortland, NY, traveled a circuitous journey into the Adirondacks on what was purportedly a "vacation". The couple ended up at Big Moose Lake and rented a canoe for the day. Witnesses reported seeing Grace Brown visibly distraught that day and also noticed that Chester was carrying what seemed to be a suitcase with him on the boat. The couple was last seen rowing toward the southwest corner Big Moose Lake. Grace Brown was never seen alive again. She was found the next day at the bottom of the lake, the apparent victim of a drowning. Questions began to emerge as to the whereabouts of her travel partner Chester Gillette. Evidence would later determine that Chester Gillette had fled the scene on foot, with his suitcase in hand, attempting to distance himself from involvement in the case. Chester Gillette and Grace Brown were harboring an intimate secret, which may have been the impetus for their ill-fated journey. The autopsy on Grace Brown revealed that she was pregnant, not a well-received predicament for unwed women to be in at the turn of the 20th century. Through her correspondence with Chester one can ascertain Grace's desire to escape from the morals of her rural upbringing and escape with Chester to a new life together. Chester clearly had other plans for their future together, if there was to be one.
31. All That is Left Unsaid (2014 Documentary)
My mother lived with cancer for 14 years, before dying in 2011. 'All That is Left Unsaid' is an elegy for her and all the other black women gone too soon. For those of us left behind, the absence of their wisdom, guidance and love is an ongoing loss.
32. Elegy in Light (2016 Documentary)
Elegy in Light, shot on super 8mm film at the funeral of Catholicos Vazgen I, Supreme Patriarch of All Armenians, depicts an ancient and rarely seen rite of the Armenian Church with the music of monastic ritual chant and minimalist sound design: an ethnographic art film described by one viewer as "a psychedelic trip into medieval times." The film is an impressionistic meditation on death, life and the fragmentary way we remember the past. The medium of 8mm film, with its unique visual characteristics, becomes a metaphor for memory and for the soul itself; a cinematic memorial made from the substances of time and light.
33. Elegy to Our Forefathers (2006 Documentary)
Untitled 'elegy... ' juxtaposes footage shot at the Dore Alley Street Fair in San Francisco last summer with footage shot at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, a few days later. It is a sort of modernist music video; its uses charles ives' 'elegy to our forefathers' (1909) as it's score. Most all of the footage involves walking and looking: men and art.
34. Behind the Lid (2014 Documentary)
A documentary film of the immersive 2007 theatrical experience co-created by avant-garde playwright/performer Lee Nagrin and master puppeteer/performer Basil Twist. Passing just a few days after its first performance, Nagrin's final work looks back on her own life through the realm of dreams. Shot on 16mm film, the camera, in place of the intimate live audience, journeys with her effigy and Twist through a constantly astonishing hand-made world as Nagrin's memories expand, open, and reveal in a fantasia of puppetry, spoken word, ambient soundscape, music and light. This visual poem is a deeply moving elegy to Nagrin, and the dwindling landscape of rarified theater and film.
35. Pastoral Panoramas (1950 Documentary)
This Traveltalks entry highlights rural areas of England. The narrator tells us that after World War Two, England launched a national effort to turn more of its land to agriculture. The amount of acreage was increased from two million to eight million, and the amount of food imports has decreased from one-half to less than one-third of the total supply. We see families working on their crops. We stop at the village of Bradford-on-Avon, with its thatched roofs, some of which are several feet thick. The next stop is Stoke Poges, the burial place of British poet qv##nm0336977##. We see the cemetery that inspired his famous poem "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard". We then make a short visit to the Cambridge American Military Cemetery, the final resting place for many American service members who lost their lives fighting in Europe in World War Two. As the camera pans across the rows of grave markers, the narrator quotes several lines from qv##nm1367676##'s poem, "The Bivouac of the Dead".
36. Robert Motherwell: Summer of 1971 (1972 Documentary)
At work on his Elegies and Windows series, Motherwell examines his place in the Abstract Expressionist movement, which he calls the first original American movement in the "mainstream," and its practitioners "the last romantics." He distinguishes between his large paintings and his intimate papier collée. Motherwell recollects the state of American art in the 1940s and the impact of European emigré painters on the younger generation of emerging artists. He discusses the significance of collage, or papier collée, as an artist's medium and explains how he first became involved with this process. Motherwell offers his interpretations of earlier directions in art and his response to the object oriented painting that emerged in America in the 1960s. A unique document of one of the founding members of the New York School. He died in 1991.
37. Scenes from a Visit to Japan (2011 Documentary)
A short travelogue, shot in super-8, divided in three sections. Eschewing narration this short travelogue (shot in Super-8) is more of a poetic (rather than prosaic) documentary, conveying impressions and invoking a short moment of elegy to the recent suffering in Japan through the aesthetic concept of yugen (evocation by what is left unsaid).
38. La piel cansada (2009 Short Film)
La piel cansada contrasts the child's innocent flight of the imagination to an invasive and frightening campaign against dengue. In this short film, the child's fantastical discoveries stand out against the inequalities that govern social order. Tired Skin is, ultimately, an elegy of those otherwise confined by their surroundings, glimpsing through the fog to discover an optimistic and bracing horizon.
39. Cinephile (2013 Documentary)
Cinephile is an elegy to the end of celluloid, and a homage to some of the films shot in the city where cinema began - Paris. Shot on 16mm Black & White film, Cinephile traces the locations of some of the filmmaker's favourite Paris films, from the spot where the Lumiere Brothers held the first film screening to the streets where Belmondo wooed Seberg; Hepburn flirted with Grant; Brando pursued Schneider; and Zazie tried to join Anna Karina on the metro as it sailed through the City of Light.
40. Elegy to Connie (2014 Documentary)
Elegy to Connie is a Stop Motion animation that addresses the events leading up to and following the Kirkwood City Council shooting, as retold by a group of unintentional women activists, bound together by their friendship with slain Councilwoman Connie Karr. Made in collaboration with these women, this animated documentary is based on their stories, and depicts themes including: citizen representation and finding a voice; the Utopian draw of the suburbs; disenfranchised neighborhoods; white privilege; alienation, and healing after tragedy. The film illustrates the complicated issues surrounding the shooting and celebrates Connie's legacy as a leader.
41. Dew on Scallions (2011)
'Dew On Scallions' is an ancient elegy which sang: 'Dew on scallions is so easily dried. Dried and then next day it would still cry. But a person who is gone will never come by.' The film's mind-frame is the same as the elegy above. It's a story about the death of the Chinese young generation.
42. status: OUT OF ORDER (2016 Documentary)
Nothing. Nothing avoids overwriting. Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Every word, every step, every second, every present moment will be overwritten by another word, a new step, the next second, the everlasting now. Endlessly life overwrites and overwrites and overwrites itself... An elegy about the beauty of passing. A tribute to the ski-jump area in Murau, Austria.
43. French Words (2013 Short Film)
Super 8 film footage conveys a certain frustration as an orange is mutilated through a struggle with tools that do not work. The piece was originally shot, inspired by a short, 'Rilke Elegies,' created by Audra Brandt. Kat Palardy, actress and performer, was asked to create and improvise a two minute monologue. Without any direction, she fabricated a recording of a voice mail message that was then translated into French and performed by Soline Pillet. The piece ends with the song, 'Roller Girl' performed by Anna Karina in 1967.
44. Ghost Line (2013 Short Film)
An experimental dance film by filmmaker Shona Masarin and choreographer/performer Cori Olinghouse, Ghost line brings together the absurdist impulses of Dada and Surrealism with the kinetics of vaudeville, eccentric dance, and silent film to ask: how do we capture and re-imagine--in a parlous age of over-saturation--the ephemeral power of the legacies that haunt us? Using the mechanics of film and dance to interrogate rhythm, comedic timing, character, and disappearance, Ghost line is a visual elegy, an ode to the fragility of the material body and the vanishing of recollection.
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