Thursday, January 23, 2020, 7:30 pm

Interludes: New and Recent Films by Nathaniel Dorsky

Co-presented with Canyon Cinema


701 Mission Street (at Third St)

San Francisco, CA 94103

NOTE: This program is SOLD OUT!

Pictured above:Calyx (2018) by Nathaniel Dorsky
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An active filmmaker since childhood, Nathaniel Dorsky is one of the world’s most celebrated creators of personal cinema, continuously articulating an aesthetic which, in his words, strives toward “all the qualities of being human: tenderness, observation, fear, relaxation, the sense of stepping into the world and pulling back, expansion, contraction, changing, softening, tenderness of heart.” In this rich body of work, Dorsky evokes silent, luminous spiritualities abiding in the world’s objects and surfaces and suggests divinity in the everyday. Cinematheque commences its 2020 exhibition season with a screening of new and recent works by the master filmmaker, including Colophon (for the Arboretum Cycle) (2018), Calyx (2018), Apricity (2019), Interlude (2019, world premiere), and Canticles (2019, world premiere).


Colophon (for the Arboretum Cycle) (2018) by Nathaniel Dorsky; 16mm, color, silent, 13.5 minutes

Colophon (for the Arboretum Cycle) has three sections. It is in the spirit of the early Chinese landscape colophons, a text added to the horizontal scroll at a later date from when the landscape itself was enacted. Colophon was not made to be shown along with the Arboretum Cycle, but a new thing, a spring later, a different maker, so to speak.

Calyx (2018) by Nathaniel Dorsky; 16mm, color, silent, 13 minutes

I photographed Calyx during the rather tense twenty-one days preceding my open heart surgery to replace an aortic valve and then shipped the footage off to the lab the day before my operation. I edited the twenty one rolls about three weeks after coming home from a rather dramatic nine days in the hospital. I hope this little film captures some of the feelings of dread mixed with an elegiac feeling for our world. Calyx is the husk surrounding the tender bud of a soon to be flower.

Apricity (2019) by Nathaniel Dorsky; 16mm, color, silent, 16 minutes

The title Apricity refers to the warmth of the sun in winter. It is an homage to the writer Jane (Brakhage) Wodening. In speaking to her I mused, “perhaps your age is the winter and you are the warmth of the sun.”

Interlude (2019) by Nathaniel Dorsky; 16mm, color, silent, 11 minutes

A brief lost moment lies between.

Canticles (2019) by Nathaniel Dorsky; 16mm, color, silent, 15.5 minutes

A strange autumnal in an empty world, a film of late autumn and ghostly presences.

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