Storm De Hirsch

Storm
De Hirsch

“I don’t want to put any labels on my films… I never impose on you; you need to find what you have to find.”

Storm de Hirsch (1912–2000) was an American poet and filmmaker. She was a key figure in the New York avant-garde film scene of the 1960s, and one of the founding members of the Film-Makers' Cooperative. Although often overlooked by historians, in recent years she has been recognized as a pioneer of underground cinema.

Films

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    Silently, Bearing Totem of a Bird
    Experimental

    Silently, Bearing Totem of a Bird
    Storm De Hirsch

    super-8, color, silent, 6.5 min
    Rental format: super8
    • Arts / Artists
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    Reticule of Love, A
    Experimental

    Reticule of Love, A
    Storm De Hirsch

    16mm, color, silent, 3 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Arts / Artists
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    Journey Around A Zero

    Journey Around A Zero
    Storm De Hirsch

    16mm, black and white, sound, 3 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Arts / Artists
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    Newsreel: Jonas in the Brig
    Documentary
    Experimental

    Newsreel: Jonas in the Brig
    Storm De Hirsch

    16mm, black and white, silent, 5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Films About Film
    • Arts / Artists
    • Literarature & Theater
    • Biography & Autobiography
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    Divinations
    Experimental

    Divinations
    Storm De Hirsch

    16mm, color, sound, 5.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Arts / Artists
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    Goodbye In The Mirror
    Experimental
    Narrative

    Goodbye In The Mirror
    Storm De Hirsch

    16mm, black and white, sound, 80 min
    Rental formats: 16mm, 35mm
    • Philosophical
    • Psychology & Mental Health
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    Aristotle
    Experimental

    Aristotle
    Storm De Hirsch

    super-8, color, silent, 3.5 min
    Rental formats: super8, 16mm
    • Environment / Nature
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    Charlotte Moorman's Avant-Garde Festival #9
    Experimental

    Charlotte Moorman's Avant-Garde Festival #9
    Storm De Hirsch

    super-8, color, silent, 10 min
    Rental format: super8
    • Arts / Artists
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    Deep In The Mirror Imbedded
    Experimental

    Deep In The Mirror Imbedded
    Storm De Hirsch

    super-8, color, silent, 14 min
    Rental format: super8
    • Arts / Artists

Biography

Storm de Hirsch left home at an early age to pursue a career in the arts in New York City. Much of de Hirsch's work is abstract and employs a number of experimental techniques, such as frame-by-frame etching and painting and metadiagetic editing. In an interview with Jonas Mekas on the making of Divinations she said,

"I wanted badly to make an animated short and had no camera available. I did have some old, unused film stock and several rolls of 16mm sound tape. So I used that — plus a variety of discarded surgical instruments and the sharp edge of a screwdriver — by cutting, etching, and painting directly on both film and [sound] tape." - SDH

Sometimes her animations are superimposed over live-action footage. Her films are clearly influenced by her poetic background; she referred to her series of short, silent films shot in the 1970s as "Cine-Sonnets," and she continued publishing poetry throughout her life. Her films also reveal an interest in eastern religious practices and rituals. Her work explores the possibilities of light and is concerned with spatial elements.