Directed by Keith Holeman / Produced by Koren Young / Cinematography by Philips Shum / Edited by Kristian Penza / Sound by Ryan Young / Production sound by Manuel Carrillo / Main titles by Brent Kiddoo / Starring: Pedro Correa and Luke Murtha / Executive Producers: Anne Breck Peterson and Margaret Sedenquist / 1st AC: Jason Wittenberg / Gaffer: Jordan McNeile / Key Grip: Michael Cox / Best Boy Electric: Nate Gold / Best Boy Grip: Katie Walker / 2nd AC: Josh Benitez / Special Thanks: Christina Honchell of All Saints Church and Bill Hale of Clairmont Camera / Written and performed by Chad Michael
Less a “video poem” and more a “video prayer,” this is my way of asking the Universe to bless “Dear American Youth Pastor” and the conversation it asks us to have about our religion and our kids.
Here’s hoping for a miracle, God.
This poem was written upon the fatal overdose of Philip Seymour Hoffman, but not made into a video poem until the passing of Robin Williams. As an artist myself, I remain fascinated by the ways people who are creative are destructive of self.
You were the greatest actor of your generation, Philip. In you, we lost more than a person; we lost a creator of culture.
A reflection on my experience at the 2013 World Poetry Slam. Stage fright, after all, is the reason I make video poems in the first place.
Interesting piece of trivia: the music to this piece is from the original score to “Dear American Youth Pastor.” Ultimately, we had to replace it for licensing reasons, but I still love the violin and strings in it.