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...These Blazeing Starrs!

Direction
Year
2011
Country
  • United States
Duration
14min
Audio Tracks
Subtitles

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.

Details

  • Original title
    ...These Blazeing Starrs!
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Deborah Stratman
  • Dir. of Photo.
    Deborah Stratman
  • Editing
    Deborah Stratman
  • Music
    Disinformation, John Duncan & Max Springer, Ryoji Ikeda, L.O.S.D., Pansonic, S.E.T.I.
  • Duration
    14 min (1-15 min.)
  • Year
    2011
  • Country
    • United States
  • Colour
    • Black & White
  • Production

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