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Hamfat Asar

Lawrence Jordan

USA, 1965
15 minutes, B&W, Sound, 4:3
Original format: 16mm film
Available formats: 16mm / DVD

The strangeness of this film is laced with carefully molded apocalypses as the filmmaker explores a vision of life beyond death – the Elysian fields of Homer, Dante’s Purgatorio, de Chirico’s stitched plain. A moving single picture.
Evolving the structure or script for the film involved a process of controlled hallucination, whereby I sat quietly without moving, looking at the background until the pieces began to move without my inventing things for them to do. I found that, given the chance, they really did have important business to attend to, and my job was to furnish them with the power of motion. I never deviated from this plan.
“Jordan is one of the collagists and animators of film who can produce a significant vision. He is finding a way to work seriously with animation. Jordan is starting to significantly develop animation, in Hamfat Asar, as a fine arts mode.” – Carl Linder, SF Observer
Awards: First Prize, University of Wisconsin Film Festival; Kokosing Award, Kenyon Film Festival.