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Film Programs
Elohim, Abaton, Coda, Ode, September, Monody, and Epilogue

May 25 at 2:30
East Building Auditorium

Nathaniel Dorsky in person

“The first film in the cycle, Elohim was photographed in early spring, the week of the lunar new year, the very spirit of creation. Elohim, or divine beings, the energy of light as creation” — Nathaniel Dorsky. (2017, 16mm, silent, 31 minutes)
    “Abaton was photographed a few weeks later in the full ripeness of spring, the very purity and intoxication of passion. Abaton, a sacred place, a sanctuary for dreaming and healing” — N.D. (2017, 16mm, silent, 19 minutes)
    “Coda was photographed in late spring, in the aftermath of this purity, the first shades of mortality and knowledge. Coda is an afterword to Elohim and Abaton, the first shades of death and knowing” — N.D. (2017, 16mm, silent, 16 minutes)
    “Ode, photographed in early summer, is a soft textured song of the fallen, the dissonant reds of death, seeds, and rebirth. Ode is the fourth section of the cycle. There is now the presence of death and dying as the dry summer begins” — N.D. (2017, 16mm, silent, 20 minutes)
    “September is indeed Indian summer, the halcyon swan song of earthly blessings. September’s ripeness, a blessing on earth, our Indian summer” — N.D. (2017, 16mm, silent, 20 minutes)
    “Monody, shot in the fading autumnal glory is an energized declaration of the end. A monody is an ode sung by a single actor in a Greek tragedy, a poem lamenting a person’s death. In this case, the sixth section of this Arboretum Cycle, the death of the garden itself” — N.D. (2017, 16mm, silent, 16 minutes)
    “Epilogue, photographed in early December, rests in quietude, the garden’s energy now descending into the dark, damp earth” — N.D. (2017, 16mm, silent, 15 minutes) (Total running time 137 minutes)

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