VideoTone Poems™

short, edgy multimedia montages that speak to both hemispheres of the brain in energetic mash-ups of words, images, and sound.

In October 2013, a trip to the spectacular Ajanta and Ellora ancient caves in the state of Maharastra, India catalyzed a new integration of my creative expression through video, poetry, photography, and music: work I call, Video Tone Poems™(VTPs). A tone poem is classically defined as a piece of orchestral music, usually in one movement, on a descriptive or rhapsodic theme. I believe the VTPs may be a new auteur genre, using all the visual, poetic, and musical tools and technologies to express a unified vision of one individual’s expression in multiple creative arts.

VTPs focus on three Message categories: (1) Spiritual Messages, reflecting on universal spiritual concepts (some influenced by Indian spiritual ideas and sites), (2) Natural Messages, depicting my experience of Nature (especially in the pristine environment of the Himalayas), and (3) Afflicted Messages, meditations on the human condition, the environment, and technology, all interacting in this, The Age of the Anthropocene (where H.sapiens is a sometimes very destructive, force of Nature).

Some of the poems used in the VTPs are found in my books,The World in You, and You in the World,

I have drawn on the tone poem musical form and expanded it into a conceptual and meditative collage that hopes to stop/engage the viewer in the roar of our 24/7 lives…and in that brief moment allow a connection to the higher wisdom emanating from Spirit and Nature and how they mirror our existential challenges.

VideoTonePoems™ on Vimeo
VTPs on paysonrstevens
VTPs Official Selections include:

  • Mountain Film Festival | USA (2018)
  • Borobudur International Film Festival | Indonesia (2018)
  • Visionaria | Italy (2018) (2017)
  • Bacelona Planet Film Festival | Spain (2017)
  • The IndieFest Film Awards, California (2017)
  • London International Short Film Festival (2016)
  • New York City Independent Film Festival (2016)
  • Liberated Words/Poetry Film & Bath England Fringe Festival (2016)
  • Life Sciences Film Festival, Prague (2016)
  • Delhi International Film Festival (2015)
  • 5th Sadho Poetry Film Festival (2015)
  • Direct Short and Documentary Film Festival (2015)

VideoTonePoems DVD available on Amazon

VideoTonePoems Suite III– 2017
VideoTonePoems Suite II – 2016
VideoTonePoems Suite I – 2014

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