A timely meditation on finding beauty in chaos by Los Angeles-based filmmaker Matthew Palmer (previously featured here). Set to the poem written and read by Polish poet Adam Zagajewski, “The Mutilated World” features a compilation of images shot over a year ago and finally edited together during lockdown:

“Having the luxury of being home, editing this piece (the footage of which was shot a year ago), while others around the world are suffering in ways I can’t imagine, gave me pause. Add to that the bleak nature of the images and it often just didn’t feel right to put it out there. But I kept returning to the message of the poem… even in dark times, even in a violent and messy reality, there can be hope and beauty. In re-reading the poem as the world around me got scarier and more chaotic due to COVID-19, I thought not of global warming or politics — my primary concerns of a few months ago — but of quarantine and health care and those daily, hourly glimpses of unity, hope, and beauty. Maybe that’s worthwhile.”


Directed & Edited by Matthew Palmer
Shot by Taylor Zann
Drone Footage by William Dorrien-Smith
Color by Persephanie Engel @ Neptune Post


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