The Dark Forest

  • Director

    Martin Del Carpio

  • Country, Year, Length

    United States, 2021, 9:23

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Film Screening & Ticket Information

When & Where to See this Film!

OVER GROWTH: 2 films about growing past the hurting places.

April 20, 2024 @ 4:30PM • Kaufman Astoria Studios – Zukor Theatre

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Genre: Videopoetry / Poetry Film

A transcendental fable.

“To honor the memory of his father who passed away in 2019, Martin Del Carpio opts for the medium of film once again, and delivers his most lyrical work to date. At once deeply personal, carefully veiled in a delicate fabric of pure emotions, and absolutely immersive in its dreamlike, mysterious beauty, ‘The Dark Forest’ transmutes its author’s innermost life into an admirable piece of introspective cinema. Opening with Dante Alighieri’s quote which inspired the title, it takes the viewer on a short, yet transcendent journey through the bushes of symbols and trees of thoughts, in the company of a lovely (and cunning?) forest spirit embodied by Carly Erin O’Neil whose poise and grace translate as otherworldly. The enchanting imagery that we see on our way is the result of another tight-knit collaboration between writer / director Del Carpio and DoP / editor William Murray, whereby the dense atmosphere of meditative seclusion is complemented by Dan Shaked’s ruminative voice-over and M. Nomized’s haunting score which occasionally gives off some strong ‘classic Hollywood’ vibes…” – Reviewed by Nikola Gocic


Martin Del Carpio, Director
Martin Del Carpio, Writer
Martin Del Carpio, Producer
Jolie Chan, Producer
Dan Shaked, Key Cast, “The Voice of the Forest”
Carly Erin O’Neil, Key Cast, “The Spirit of the Forest ”
M. Nomized, Music Composer
William Murray, Director of Photography
Martin Del Carpio, Film Editor
William Murray, Film Editor
William Murray, Visual Effects

Director Statement

I wrote this film two months after my father passed away back in 2019. It took me some time to actually film the story and bring it into fruition. I’m glad it’s finally here.
My father was a bit convoluted when he was alive. But beneath it all, he was a good man. I’ve discovered so much about him after he passed which in turn, gave me the chance to finally understand him as a human being.
This is my closure to that story.

Director Biography

Born in Venezuela but raised in New York, where he currently lives, Martin Del Carpio is an artist marked by experimentation, the search of new concepts, sounds and visuals, by a fascination with visuals and the journey that art takes us on.

Martin’s desire to bend the rules and explore reaches a peak in recent years with his creative works.

Aside from music, Martin has worked on numerous experimental film projects of his own such as Auricular Confession, Mother’s Milk, I…dreaming and LOS.

In the future, he plans to continue experimenting with sound and visuals, taking us on a journey to places still unexplored.