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...These Blazeing Starrs!

DIR: Deborah Stratman
2011 / United States / 14 min

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Since comets have been recorded, they’ve augured disaster: catastrophe, messiahs, upheaval and end times. A short film about these meteoric ice-cored fireballs and their historic ties to divination that combines imagery of 15th-18th century European broadsides with NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory footage.

…These Blazeing Starrs! juxtaposes a modern empirical desire to probe and measure against older methods, when star gazers were translators, explicating the sky more intuitively for predictions of human folly. Comets are now understood as time capsules harboring elemental information about the formation of our solar system. Today we smash rockets into them to read spectral signatures. In a sense, they remain oracles - it’s just the manner of divining which has changed.

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Director Deborah Stratman
Screenplay Deborah Stratman
Dir. of Photography Deborah Stratman
Editing Deborah Stratman
Music Disinformation, John Duncan & Max Springer, Ryoji Ikeda, L.O.S.D., Pansonic, S.E.T.I.
Sound
Duration 14 min
Year 2011
Country United States
Colour Black & White
Tags collage, cosmos, experimental
Production Pythagorasfilm
Pythagorasfilm
Country:  United States
Web:  www.pythagorasfilm.com/
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