Black Fire

1986, 4:41 min

Gorewitz employs an ancient metaphor drawn from Jewish ritual in Black Fire. The light of a flame used by Jewish mystics as a source of contemplation is transposed by Gorewitz into a collage of ominous, erupting images. Juxtaposing scenes of urban decay with pastoral landscapes, he ultimately transforms the screen into a burnished, glowing icon that echoes the ritual's origin.

Soundtrack composed and performed with Brooks Williams. Music: Brooks Williams. Editor: Rick Feist. Assistance: Chris Clark, Peggy Kay.

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1984-86, 14:39 min, color, sound