Jordan Belson: Films Sacred and Profane
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Jordan Belson: Films Sacred and Profane

Featured in the exhibition Hippie Modernism, filmmaker and painter Jordan Belson (1926–2011) explored consciousness, transcendence, and light in a visionary body of work often called “cosmic cinema.” Join CVM curator/archivist Cindy Keefer for this 70-minute program of rarely screened films, presented in association with the Center for Visual Music, Los Angeles.

Unless otherwise noted, all films are 16mm.

  • Bop Scotch, 1952, color, sound, 3 minutes
  • Mandala, 1953, color, sound, 3 minutes
  • Séance, 1959, color, sound, 3.5 minutes; sound: Pierre Schaeffer
  • Vortex V presentation reel, 1959, b/w, silent, 5 minutes
  • Allures, 1961, color, sound, 7:45 minutes; sound: Jordan Belson and Henry Jacobs
  • LSD, c.1962, color, sound, 4 minutes; sound: Jordan Belson (unreleased film)
  • Samadhi, 1967, color, sound, 5 minutes, digital; sound: Jordan Belson
  • Momentum, 1968, color, sound, 6 minutes
  • Chakra, 1972, color, sound, 6 minutes; sound: Jordan Belson
  • Music of the Spheres, 1977 original version, color, sound, 10 minutes; music: Iasos
  • Quartet, c. 1982, 10 minutes, color, silent, digital (unreleased film)

Many of the films in this program were preserved with support from the National Film Preservation Foundation.