나다니엘 도어스키와 제롬 힐러 Nathaniel Dorsky and Jerome Hiler

나다니엘 도어스키와 제롬 힐러 Nathaniel Dorsky and Jerome Hiler

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Thomas Beard, director of Light Industry (New York) presents a double bill of Nathaniel Dorsky and Jerome Hiler—two major figures in contemporary experimental cinema—featuring Dorsky’s portrait of Hiler, the pivotal Hours for Jerome, and Hiler’s In the Stone House. Seen together, these films reveal the deeply reciprocal nature of Dorsky and Hiler’s art. “Hours for Jerome was photographed from 1966 to 1970 both in New York City and in the countryside in New Jersey,” Dorsky recalls. “During the exact same period of time, Jerome was shooting footage which would eventually become In the Stone House. These two works are a personal mirror of one another, but have never been shown together. Most of the footage from both films was shot at the house we were renting on Lake Owassa near the Delaware River, about two hours from Manhattan. It was known by the neighbors as the stone house. We were both about 25 years old.”

Partners for almost fifty years, Dorsky and Hiler first met in New York City in the 1960s, where they were both mentored by Gregory Markopoulos, whose ultimate influence can be seen in their precise, idiomatic, and expressive approach to montage. After relocating for a few years to rural New Jersey, the pair moved to San Francisco in 1971, where they have lived ever since. There, the two continued to shoot film, but for many years chose to screen footage only privately, to small groups of friends.

In the Stone House, Jerome Hiler, 16mm, 1967-70/2012, 35 mins


In the Stone House records and recollects a period of life of four years in rural New Jersey. In the latter 1960s, two young guys with monastic leanings leave the clatter of Manhattan’s art and film scene to catch the wave of higher consciousness that was about to change the world forever to find themselves washed ashore in a place only slightly updated from Way Down East. The monastic retreat quickly turned into the weekend getaway for a host of extravagant Manhattanites seeking films and fun.” - JH


Hours for Jerome, Part One, Nathaniel Dorsky, 16mm, 1982, 21 mins

Hours for Jerome, Part Two, Nathaniel Dorsky, 16mm, 1982, 24 mins


Hours for Jerome is an arrangement of images, energies, and illuminations from daily life. These fragments of light revolve around the four seasons and are very much a part of the youthful energy and poignant joy of my mid-twenties. Part One is spring through summer; Part Two is fall and winter. The title of the film refers to a ‘Book of Hours’ which, in medieval European Catholicism, was a series of prayers presented eight times every 24 hours. Each ‘hour’ had its own qualities from pre-dawn till very late at night and these qualities also changed through the progressing seasons of the year. They were traditionally illustrated by luminous miniature paintings, and were often titled ‘Hours for…’. Saint Jerome was a favorite subject of these illuminations and he is often depicted at his studies accompanied by a lion. The Jerome in Hours for Jerome is a close friend and filmmaker who is seen at his work or studies often with his cats. He is first seen reading the newspaper, then putting sugar in his coffee, contemplating a book of Mozart’s letters in a ‘rain and lightening’ storm, swimming, and writing a letter in blue; and in Part Two picking an apple, editing film, standing under a tree, reading, watching television during a snowstorm, and driving a car at twilight. So the title is a somewhat humorous reference to the medieval form, as this film is also a series of illuminations from different times of day and night progressing through the seasons. There is also the pun that so much of the film has to do with various kinds of time.” - ND

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Nathaniel Dorsky and Jerome Hiler spoke about their retrospective, Luminous Intimacy: The Cinema of Nathaniel Dorsky and Jerome Hiler, at the 53rd New York Film Festival. The films of Nathaniel Dorsky and Jerome Hiler represent the glorious culmination of American avant-garde film's 70-plus years of engagement with a cinema of visual poetry.