The Whole Speaks

The Whole Speaks
click on the image to view the video

Creators

Caroline Rumley, film-maker, USA
Nelms Creekmur, writer, USA

Synopsis

An impression of Nelms Creekmur, an Atlanta-based modern-day blacksmith and wordsmith, and a look at the creative process.

Text

Neil hammered all day long.
An adrenaline high like he had never before known sourced through his blood vessels and swirled round and round in his brain.
And pumped through his heart and arteries and into his veins.
His eyes were bright and his whole body radiated new strength.
And as he hammered, his mind went farther and farther into the world of form and shape.
The hammer follows the eye. The eye follows the hammer.
Graceful curves and lines stretch and grow while scrolls swirl and open like the cross sections of sea shells.
But be careful. A twist can be too tight, and a curve can bend too high, and suddenly the whole no longer speaks.
Toss the piece back into the forge, and bring it out bright orange, and you can start again.
Loosen the twist, lower the bend, and the whole speaks again.
The eye commands the hand. The hand commands the hammer. The hammer commands the metal. And the hammer commands the eye.

Screenings

Indie Cork - Ó Bhéal Poetry Film Competition, Ireland, October 2018.
Atlanta Film Festival, USA, April 2018.

Publications

Atticus Review, USA, January 2019.
Aquifer: The Florida Review Online, USA, July 2018.

Bios

Caroline Rumley is a filmmaker and visual artist working primarily with moving images. She combines solo-shot film, found and archival footage, text, and sound to process a public or personal experience. Her films have screened at venues internationally including Anti-Matter, Haverhill, the Zebra, Indie Cork Ó Bhéal, Juteback Poetry Film Festivals, the Atlanta Film Festival, the Houston Center for Photography, and Sundance. She works in Atlanta, where she lives with her family.

Nelms Creekmur is a writer and blacksmith who lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia. He spends his days making art out of found railroad ties, crafting them into useful and ruggedly beautiful items. When he is not pounding metal on an anvil, he can be found pounding the keys of an old school typewriter, telling tales of what it is like to create something out of nothing.

Share this Page

For their contributions, advice and assistance, thanks to:
Ari Raijas, Bronwen Manger, Caroline Rumley, Dave Bonta, Eduardo Yagüe, Fiona Tinwei Lam, Helen Dewbery, Jane Glennie, Karen Dawson, Lori Ersolmaz, Lucia Sellars, Lucy English, Maria Vella, Martin Kelly, Matt Hetherington, Matt Mullins, Mike Hoolboom, Nigel Wells, Pam Falkenberg, R.W. Perkins, Sanket Shrestha, the film-makers, writers and their collaborators.