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Three Films by Jerome Hiler

Three Films by Jerome Hiler

Jerome Hiler, photo by Nathaniel Dorsky

UCLA Film & Television Archive, the the Hugh M. Hefner Classic American Film Program, and Los Angeles Filmforum present

Enlightening Vision: Recent Films by Nathaniel Dorsky and Jerome Hiler

Friday, November 30, 2018, 7:30 pm:

Three Films by Jerome Hiler

At the UCLA Film & Television Archive, Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

In-person: filmmakers Nathaniel Dorsky and Jerome Hiler.

Los Angeles Filmforum members receive free admission at the box office!

In every generation there is a small number of artists whose clarity of voice and individual vision inspires a renewed passion for their medium, even as they deepen our appreciation for all art. Filmmakers Nathaniel Dorsky and Jerome Hiler are two such artists. Internationally celebrated for their bodies of work spanning over fifty years, Dorsky and Hiler will make rare appearances with three programs of recent films. Working with hand-held and hand-wound 16mm cameras, each creates a cinema of exquisite beauty that unfolds in time and retains the mystery and ambiguities of life lived rather than illustrated.

Dorsky and Hiler have been creative collaborators and partners since meeting during the halcyon days of New York’s 1960s underground film scene.  Dorsky, a renowned cinematographer, editor and author, has produced nearly fifty films since 1964. Each includes hundreds of images recorded in differing locales that reveal astonishing interplays of texture, movement and space. Hiler, whose practice includes painting and stained glass, creates images unsurpassed in their delicacy and subtlety of expression. Often choosing pastoral settings, his subjects emerge in inexplicable ways through multiple layering, adding filters and hand manipulating the actual film material. Hiler creates film spaces that are  ethereal and dark-hued plays with edges of perception.

Theirs are films that invite us in but don’t make it obvious how
to look and respond: they are streams of interconnected records and
reflections of the visual world, transforming recognizable objects and 
places into realms of seemingly infinite and unexpected discovery. We
are being returned, as though it was being discovered for the first time, to the essential magic 
of cinema. The Archive is honored to present this series with Nathaniel Dorsky
 and Jerome Hiler in person.

Programs organized by Steve Anker and curated by the filmmakers.

Tickets: Advance sale Price: $10.00 at

Tickets for Archive events may also be purchased at the box office:
General admission:  $9.00; Seniors:  $8.00; UCLA Alumni Association Members:  $8.00
Non-UCLA students:  $8.00; Filmforum members, UCLA students:  Free (see policy)

For more information: or 323-377-7238.


"My films bear a stronger relation to music than to the usual concept of a motion picture.  As in music, their story is an elusive thing that co-joins with the intimate associations of the viewer.  They are silent which gives the mind of the viewer the freedom to be aware of its own presence, as well.  My images simply unfold according to their needs.  As with so many independent, hand-made films, these
works exist in some in-between space of the media universe". (J.H.)

Hiler Words of Mercury

Words of Mercury


 (2011, 25 min., 16mm, silent)

Hiler bagatelle2 2



(2016, 16 min., 16mm, silent)




(2016, 23 min., 16mm, silent)