August and After

After a lifetime, two mutual friends, George Kuchar and Carla Liss, passed away during the same period of time.

Prelude

The fourth of the “cinematic songs,” followed by two new works “made by someone closer to passing on, by someone whose sense of life and sense of cinema have become inseparable in a very real way.”

Song

Shot in San Francisco from autumn of last year through the winter solstice, Nathaniel Dorsky’s Song evinces a cool, mysterious tone as it captures the pulse (supernal at 18fps) of the city.

Intimations

The fourth of the “cinematic songs,” followed by two new works “made by someone closer to passing on, by someone whose sense of life and sense of cinema have become inseparable in a very real way.”

Aubade

An aubade is a poem or morning song evoking the first rays of the sun at daybreak. Often, it includes the atmosphere of lovers parting. This film is my first venture into shooting in color negative after having spent a lifetime shooting Kodachrome. In some sense, it is a new beginning for me. -Nathaniel Dorsky

Compline

“Compline is a night devotion or prayer, the last of the canonical hours, the final act in a cycle. This film is also the last film I will be able to shoot in Kodachrome, a film stock I have shot since I was 10 years old. It is a loving duet with and a fond farewell to this noble emulsion.” – Nathaniel Dorsky

Sarabande

Dark and stately is the warm, graceful tenderness of the Sarabande. N.D

Avraham

“In most of my films I have had the burden of adding a title afterwards. Sometimes the word or words would come automatically, but more often with great difficulty. In the case of Avraham, the title came first. It was not only the film’s inspiration but the very thing that determined every shot and every cut.” – Nathaniel Dorsky