Strong atmosphere, clever pacing and just some plain old WTF makes this film an interesting and crazy viewing.
For those who may wonder what Text of Light means, it’s a 1974 experimental feature film by Stan Brakhage. I’ve been a fan of Brakhage’s films since I was 17 and making my first films with a spring wound bolex. His films are visually intoxicating and have been a major influence on many. Prolific, Brakhage made hundreds of films most of which had no sound. His film Dog Star Man is by far the film I’ve seen the most times – and I mean of any film not just his work. In 1992, while traveling on a cross country trip, I stopped off in Colorado in hopes of meeting him. I ended up tracking him down and we spent the day hanging out – we even shot some film!
Getting all meta – Text of Light an improvisational group of musicians inspired by Brakhage’s film of the same name re-score the film live in Rotterdam.