(Suzan Pitt, 2011, 9 min)

Surrealistic and strange, cast in grainy 16mm images, the film Visitation allows an imaginary glimpse into the aura of “an outer-world night”. . .the visions in the film are summoned from the film maker's imagining of a mythical eternity which is beautiful but fraught with pain, exposed by the ether voices and figures which inhabit the eternal ballet beneath our consciousness. “'My mood at the time had served to aggravate those deeply inhuman and most terrible beings when they came with total abandonment from where they had lurked amongst the stones and wet woods”…  With these lines, Visitation unwinds through a hand painted heavenly hell of unending life and death. ; steeped in the alchemical and inner dream life the film explores a black and white landscape of gothic figures who enact evolving metaphysical dramas.

Using painted cut-outs and early cinema techniques (multiple passes, mattes, multi-plane levels, in-camera superimpositions, shutter manipulation, etc.) the film was shot with a 16mm Bolex camera in black and white which gives it a grainy handmade look.  The abstract passages were created by placing objects directly onto raw film and exposing the film with a flashlight. Thus the film's process mirrors the alchemical nature of chemical, material, and metaphysical experimentation.

Filmmaker in Attendance, Video

Directed by Suzan Pitt


Saturday, March 23 7:00pm

Suzan Pitt Retrospective Program 2

Presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Stamps School of Art & Design Roman J. Witt Artist Residency Program The second of two programs celebrating four decades

Michigan Theater (Screening Room)