Facing West: A Film Premiere and Discussion

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Oct 22, 2020
6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

The Walt Whitman Birthplace Association is delighted to present “Facing West”: A Film Premiere and Discussion. H. Paul Moon will premiere his short film along with a discussion with Darrel Blaine Ford and Cynthia Shor.

A cinematic setting of poems by Walt Whitman that span his whole life’s work, with the poet’s Long Island native “personator” Darrel Blaine Ford manifesting and reciting “Song of Myself,” “There Was a Child Went Forth,” “Give Me the Splendid Silent Sun” and “Facing West From California’s Shores.” Captured by filmmaker H. Paul Moon at the poet’s birthplace, the Long Island shore, Manhattan (in large-format 6k resolution), and where West meets East.

Music composed by Frank Horvat, performed by Mivos Quartet. Improvisations by Tyler J. Borden (cello) and Agustin Grasso (snare drum). Featuring Darrel Blaine Ford and introducing Adalie Morales. Filmed and edited by H. Paul Moon.

“Facing West” will premiere after a special conversation from the birthplace grounds of Walt Whitman between Executive Director Cynthia Shor, filmmaker H. Paul Moon, and Darrel Blaine Ford at his 90th birthday.

After the discussion, participants can visit the 10-minute film’s permanent YouTube Premiere link, and then return back to Zoom for follow-up chat, like an optional lobby reception after the show.

Click here to register for the discussion on Zoom.

Walt Whitman - Facing West

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