Sunday, March 13, 2011

Nathaniel Dorsky’s Hours for Jerome

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

[members: $6 / non-members: $10]

The vulnerability of precious things is beautiful because vulnerability is a mark of existence. (Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace)

Devotion is not an idea or a sentiment. It is born out of the vastness and depth of our view. Out of darkness, behind all light, this vastness abides in nowness. It reveals our world. It is accurate and humbling and yet, for all its pervasiveness, it is not solid. (Nathaniel Dorsky, Devotional Cinema)

Newly preserved by Pacific Film Archive, Hours for Jerome is a lovingly shot and gracefully edited work documenting moments, movements and light gleaned from film fragments captured from the artist’s daily life between 1966 to 1967. Taking the audience through the four seasons, we variously see softly calm, glinting, spinning images capturing the filmmaker’s personal world, but at the same time resonating as reverent and familiar, like a carefully crafted and composed home movie with a deep and lingering eye on the world. Also screening is a rarely screened sound film by Dorsky, 1964’s A Fall Trip Home, described by the artist as “a sad sweet song of youth and death, of boyhood and manhood and our tender earth.” (Lauren Sorensen)

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