Dorsky & avant-garde cinema
April 17, 2012 3:29 PM Subscribe
A recent NYTimes article on Nathanial Dorsky
has whet my appetite for some avant-garde cinema. Help point me in the right direction.
"He makes short, silent experimental films that feature brightly colored flowers, bursts of sunlight and shifting pools of shadow instead of characters, plots and stories."
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"Explores the disconnection between humanity and the natural world"
"A gesture towards a cinema of pure being"
Yeah, that sounds nice. Where can I find some films like this? I'm open to suggestions of directors/works that I might be able to get my hands on.
I was originally going to ask about Dorsky specifically, but I struck out with the usual web searches, local university/public libraries and video stores. I decided his stuff is going to probably be impossible to find unless you want to pay $100 and rent a 16mm reel
, which I don't have the money/equipment/skills to do. I'd like to stick to stick to digital if possible. I live in Seattle, so I have a pretty extensive/niche video store at my disposal.
"Again and again, in images of trees and plants glimpsed through windows and in shadow, there’s a strong sense in Mr. Dorsky’s work that nature is just out of grasp, intoxicatingly near and unreachable. And then abruptly he will plunge deep into a thicket of branches or a tangle of flowering plants that looks like a Jackson Pollock drip painting, the camera moving through the foliage like a bushwhacker or holding steady on the gently bobbing blossoms."
^ Something like that :)
I'm an artist whose knowledge of experimental film doesn't extend much deeper than Stan Brakhage. More and more I find myself wanting to work with video, though. I want to get educated! Thanks.