Studies in Natural Magic

About the Program

Studies in Natural Magic features recent films by Saul Levine, Charlotte Pryce, and Christopher Harris; rarely screened films by Standish Lawder and Jean Sousa; sublimely filmed and acutely perceived portraits of cities, seas, skies, and landscapes by Peter Hutton, Julie Murray, Gary Beydler, Robert Fulton, and Emily Richardson; Betzy Bromberg’s audacious and energetic feminist punk city symphony; Degrees of Limitation, one of Scott Stark’s earliest films, a humorous 3-minute structuralist gem; and Portland, a mid-90s travelogue and playful Rashomon-like inquiry into the nature of truth by Greta Snider.

Films in this Program

Light Lick: Amen

Saul Levine

A stark portrait of my father at daily morning prayers to which I respond, AMEN.

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Catfilm for Katy and Cynnie

Standish Lawder

Made for Intercat ’73, Pola Chapelle’s Cat Film Festival in New York.

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Ciao Bella

Betzy Bromberg

A personal film about love and mortality.

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28.IV.81 (Bedouin Spark)

Christopher Harris

“Approximates a small child’s fantasy world in the dark. In a series of close-ups, the nightlight is transformed…”

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Emily Richardson

Redshift attempts to show the huge geometry of the night sky and give an altered perspective of the landscape…

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A Study in Natural Magic

Charlotte Pryce

Witness an alchemist’s spell: the transmutation of light into substance: a glimpse of gold.

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Robert E. Fulton

A Tibetan Lama. His disciple. The disciple’s wife, young boy and terrier. An old tugboat crossing the Mississippi River. A man in his seventh month of solitude.

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Jean Sousa

This film deals with the physical properties of the film medium, and pushing those distinctive features to their limit.

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Hand Held Day

Gary Beydler

“Beydler’s magical Hand Held Day is his most unabashedly beautiful film, but it’s no less complex than his other works…”

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Greta Snider

The film is a documentary road movie about travel, the fallibility of photographs, and the merging of memory and imagination…

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Degrees of Limitation

Scott Stark

A single 100′ roll shot with a hand-wound 16mm Bolex. For each shot the camera was wound one additional time, allowing me to make it a little bit farther up the hill. Will I reach the top before the film runs out? A study in self-imposed limitations.

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Shrimp Boat Log

David Gatten

Footage of a logbook of shrimp boat names and the boats in question at the mouth of the Edisto river on the east coast of the US, edited into 300, 29-frame shots on 16mm. Edited in line with Leonardo da Vinci’s instruction number 918 in which he subdivided an hour into 3,000 equal sections.

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Boston Fire

Peter Hutton

Boston Fire finds grandeur in smoke rising eloquently from a city blaze…”

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Julie Murray

Much of the footage that comprises Orchard is of a 19c ruins that included a walled orchard in and area known as Rostellen in southwest Ireland.

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