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Nathaniel Dorsky is an experimental San Francisco film-maker who has been making films since 1964.  He is the author of Devotional Cinema (2003).  He intends that his 16mm silent films "create a state of prayer" not by treating Buddhism as a subject but by expressing "the view that comes from Buddhism".

In his book Devotional Cinema, Dorsky writes of the long-standing link between art and health as well as the transformative potential of watching film.  He also writes of the limitations of film when it is subservient to theme or dependent on "the ornament of language", which can describe a world but not see it. According to critic and historian Richard Suchenski, in Dorsky's films objects are “decontextualized and sometimes unmoored from their surroundings, allowing connections to develop which resonate not only between shots but also across the films as a whole, encouraging more active forms of awareness.”

Dorsky was a visiting instructor at Princeton University in 2008 and he has has been the recipient of many awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship and grants from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the LEF Foundation, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and the California Arts Council. He has presented films at the Museum of Modern Art New York, the Centre Pompidou, the Pacific Film Archive, the Harvard Film Archive, and Yale University, and he frequently exhibits new work at the New York Film Festival's Views from the Avant-Garde and the Wavelengths program of the Toronto International Film Festival.

His films are distributed by Canyon Cinema in San Francisco and LightCone in Paris.

    •    Ingreen (1964)
    •    A Fall Trip Home (1964)
    •    Summerwind (1965)
    •    Hours for Jerome Part 1&2 (1980-82)
    •    Pneuma (1977-83)
    •    Ariel (1983)
    •    Alaya (1976-87)
    •    17 Reasons Why (1985-87)
    •    Triste (1974-96)
    •    Variations (1992-98)
    •    Arbor Vitae (1999-00)
    •    Love's Refrain (2000-01)
    •    The Visitation (2002)
    •    Threnody (2004)
    •    Song and Solitude (2005-06)
    •    Winter (2007)
    •    Sarabande (2008)
    •    Compline (2009)
    •    Aubade (2010)
    •    Pastourelle (2010)
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