Falling Lessons

Rental Format(s): 16mm film

"Amy Halpern's 64 minute Falling Lessons is a stunningly sensual, life-affirming experience from a major experimental film artist that is open to myriad meanings. The film is a rhythmic montage of almost 200 faces, human and animals, that Halpern pans vertically, creating a cascade of visages suggesting that while individuals express a range of emotions they remain ultimately enigmas.

"The glimpses of life going on around all these faces have an unsettling, even apocalyptic quality, and the film forces you to consider living beings and their value collectively rather than selectively. Halpern's rich, inspired mix of sounds, words and music complements her images perfectly." - Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times

"A healing film... All of the people in it seem naked... It should be shown in mental institutions - to the patients and the doctors alike." - Ornette Coleman

"The strangest film I have ever seen." - Chick Strand

Musicians: Sam Claiborne, Marilyn Donadt, Tony Dumas, David Hykes and the Harmonic Choir, Billy Higgins, Tito Lariva, Toni Marcus, Chalo Quintana, Lakshmi Shankar, Sandman Sims, and others.

Mix: Richard Portman.

Camera, editing, music and sound design: Amy Halpern

Rental Fees

16mm film $256.00  

Rent this Film