Kathleen Tyner (author of Literacy
in A Digital World), writes of this book as follows: "Devotional
from filmmaker Nathaniel Dorsky's lecture on religion and cinema at Princeton
University, is a rare treasure of penetrating insight into the language
of film. In a compelling style, somewhere between a Zen koan and a Victorian
love story, Devotional Cinema makes the case for mindful viewing as a
transcendent experience. In the process, Dorsky reflects upon the role
of filmmaking in faith, prayer, pleasure, and the renewal of the human
spirit. For Dorsky, the material nature of film illuminates a path to
devotion. Devotional Cinema is a guide for makers and viewers who, like
Dorsky, seek the 'elemental glory' of film."
Long a figure of interest to many contemporary American poets, Nathaniel Dorsky has been making and exhibiting avant-garde films since 1964. He now lives in San Francisco where he makes a living as a film editor. His works have been shown internationally and are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Pacific Film Archive (Berkeley), Image Forum (Tokyo), Les Archives du film expérimental d'Avignon, and Le Centre Pompidou (Paris) as well as many universities. Among his better known works are Summerwind (1965), Hours for Jerome (1966-70, 82), Pneuma, Alaya (1976-87), Variations (1992-98), Arbor Vitae (2000) and The Visitation (2002).