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Film Love: Nathaniel Dorsky October 15, 2008
8:00PM - - -
Frequent Small Meals and Atlanta Celebrates Photography present

Film Love #61
SONGS OF DEVOTION: Films by Nathaniel Dorsky

"a collection of fleeting images so beautiful you want to take them home and live with them"
- the New York Times

"Old School doesn't describe it...[Dorsky's] world is a sublime mystery measured by patience and unmatched visual insight" - Film Comment

Part two of FILM AND SPIRIT, the Atlanta Celebrates Photography 2008 film series


Nathaniel Dorsky's Alaya

Since the early 1960s, Nathaniel Dorsky has been one of the great practitioners of meditative cinema. Projected at the non-standard rate of eighteen frames per second (which he refers to as "sacred speed"), Dorsky’s films are an explicit invitation to increase our awareness of moment-to-moment existence and experience a sense of reverence for the visual world.

Alaya is an exquisitely photographed film on the beauty of sand, in which grains of sand and the grain of different film stocks merge into a unique visual texture. Triste and Variations continue Dorsky’s intense engagement with the images of everyday life, skillfully edited to highlight their interrelatedness, and by extension our own.

Program:
Alaya (1987), 28 minutes, 18fps, color/silent
Triste (1996), 19 minutes, 18fps, color/silent
Variations (1998), 24 minutes, 18fps, color/silent
program subject to change


Nathaniel Dorsky's Variations

SONGS OF DEVOTION is a Film Love event. The Film Love series provides access to rare but important films, and seeks to increase awareness of the rich history of experimental and avant-garde film. The series is curated and hosted by Andy Ditzler for Frequent Small Meals. Film Love was voted Best Film Series in Atlanta by the critics of Creative Loafing in 2006.

Film Love: Forest of Bliss October 22, 2008
8:00PM - - -
Frequent Small Meals and Atlanta Celebrates Photography present

Film Love #62
Forest of Bliss


Part three of FILM AND SPIRIT, the Atlanta Celebrates Photography 2008 film series


from Robert Gardner'sForest of Bliss

Varanasi, India. City of Light, home of Lord Shiva, the Forest of Bliss. Situated on the sacred Ganges River, Varanasi is the site of a daily drama of ritual and devotion: Hindus from all over the country make pilgrimages to worship in the city’s temples; devotees bathe in the sacred waters; and the sick and aged make their last journey here so they may die in this holiest of places. Yet all around, life goes on as normal. In Forest of Bliss, the legendary filmmaker Robert Gardner captures the human drama and daily life of a place like no other on earth. Both personal and universal, the film is as stunning for its sound design as its extraordinary imagery. Accompanied by Jonathan Schwartz’s Den of Tigers, a short film which invites us to observe the sights and sounds of West Bengal through the eyes of a visitor.

Program:
Robert Gardner, Forest of Bliss (1986), 90 minutes, 16mm, color/sound
Jonathan Schwartz, Den of Tigers (2002), 18 minutes, 16mm, color/sound


Varanasi seen from the Ganges River, in Forest of Bliss

FOREST OF BLISS is a Film Love event. The Film Love series provides access to rare but important films, and seeks to increase awareness of the rich history of experimental and avant-garde film. The series is curated and hosted by Andy Ditzler for Frequent Small Meals. Film Love was voted Best Film Series in Atlanta by the critics of Creative Loafing in 2006.

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