Nathaniel Dorsky in 1972
Nathaniel Dorsky is a major American filmmaker; not just a major American experimental filmmaker, but a major filmmaker, period. I’ve always thought such labels are meaningless, and that if work like Nick’s got wider distribution — obviously, his work is regularly screened at the NYFF and at museums and colleges around the country, but I’m talking about multiplexes here, which I know is a dream, but nevertheless, a positive dream — then people might not be so limited in their perception of what a movie is.
Films don’t necessarily need narrative; they don’t need CGI; they don’t need star casts; they need not conform to a specific running time. They need ideas, concepts, visual intelligence, and a new way of looking at the world around us, to discover the world’s raw beauty, and present a new way of seeing to the viewer. The work that Nick does is thus terribly important, and if you haven’t seen some of his work, I recommend that you seek it out, and do so.
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