Tonight at the Northwest Film Forum is an extremely rare showing of the cosmic films of Jordan Belson, whom some have called one of America’s greatest filmmakers. Originally a painter Belson began creating abstract films of intense visionary power in the late 1940’s that are still mind-blowing today and are said to have inspired the climactic sequences of Kubrick’s, 2001, A SPACE ODYSSEY.
From the NWFF website-
“Films Sacred and Profane is a very special program featuring rarely-seen works, including Allures (1961), Samadhi (1967), a newly-preserved print of Chakra (1972), Light (1973), Music of the Spheres (1977/2002), and Epilogue (2005). In the late-1950s, Belson collaborated with composer Henry Jacobs on the historic Vortex Concerts, which combined the latest electronic music with moving visual abstractions projected on the dome of Morrison Planetarium in San Francisco. Belson then began making what would become an astonishing body of over 30 abstract films that are, as curator Cindy Keefer has described, “richly woven with cosmological imagery, exploring consciousness, transcendence, and the nature of light itself.” He also produced special effects for the film The Right Stuff (1983), and continues making fine art and films today.