Devotion: Films by Nathaniel Dorsky and Jerome Hiler

Thursday, May 02, 2013, 7:00 p.m.

Phyllis Wattis Theater

We are proud to present this tandem screening of works by renowned filmmakers and life partners Nathaniel Dorsky and Jerome Hiler. Acknowledged as a contemporary master of color and montage, Dorsky's works breathe with the flows of the luminous world's mysterious life and suggest a spiritual reality just at the threshold of perception. His August and After (2012) — a silent contemplation of the last days of friends George Kuchar and Carla Liss — describes the tender grace of the world in resonance with grief. Equally evocative if lesser known, the films of Jerome Hiler are very seldom screened in public but have privately been important influences on Dorsky and a generation of filmmakers. An accomplished stained-glass artist himself, Hiler's Words of Mercury (2011) abounds with elaborate in-camera super-impositions and an uncanny sensitivity to the moment-by-moment vicissitudes of light. In addition to these two films, each artist will present the world premiere of a new film at this screening. (Steve Polta)


Nathaniel Dorsky, filmmaker
Jerome Hiler, filmmaker

Image: Nathaniel Dorsky, August and After (still), 2012; Courtesy San Francisco Cinematheque