"In film, there are two ways of including human beings. One is depicting human beings. Another is to create a film form which, in itself, has all the qualities of being human: tenderness, observation, fear, relaxation, the sense of stepping into the world and pulling back, expansion, contraction, changing, softening, tenderness of heart. The first is a form of theater and the latter is a form of poetry." - Nathaniel Dorsky
"The films of Nathaniel Dorsky blend a beauteous celebration of the sensual world with a deep sense of introspection and solitude. They are occasions for reflection and meditation, on light, landscape, time and the motions of consciousness. Their luminous photography emphasizes the elemental frisson between solidity and luminosity, between spirit and matter, while his uniquely developed montage permits a fluid and flowing experience of time. Dorsky#s films reveal the mystery behind everyday existence, providing intimations of eternity."
- Steve Polta, San Francisco Cinematheque
"In the end, despite all the branding and the starry distractions, the Toronto International Film Festival remains an essential and committed platform for the movies, the purest example of its dedication being its excellent Wavelengths selections. Programmed by Andréa Picard, the
Wavelengths series tends to be a showcase for some of the greatest films of the festival and was again this year, notably with several silent works from the avant-garde filmmaker Nathaniel Dorsky,
including Pastourelle. Mr. Dorsky calls these nonnarrative films which are filled with images of brilliantly hued flowers shot with a hovering camera devotional songs, and there is something truly
lyrical about their ephemeral beauty. There is the world that we see, and then there is the world that artists like Mr. Dorsky see and generously share."
For selected press on Nathaniel Dorsky, please follow the links below:
Tone Poems: P. ADAMS SITNEY ON THE FILMS OF NATHANIEL DORSKY (P. Adams Sitney, Art Forum, November 2007)
Selected press (.pdf file)
A 2013 interview with Nathaniel Dorsky by Max Nelson is now online at Film Comment:
Daniel Kasman also included a wonderful reflection on Nathaniel#s two 2013 films Spring and Song under SOUL:
NYFF51: Nathaniel Dorsky#s Song and Spring Recall Diamonds of a Bygone Era by Gus Reed