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Feature film, Faith of Our Fathers

Shot during the Gulf War, this surreal and politically prescient film deconstructs the language of religious and economic America, finding alternatives within the language of art.

Faith of Our Fathers follows a cynical stranger who gives a lesson in capitalism’s brutal nature to a naïve young man lost in the American dream. Alternating between black and white and color, we sink into the dislocations of this dream as an artist/interviewer struggles to understand the relationship between religion and capital.

The film ends with a creative act echoing back to our earliest purpose, to understand the world through art.


 

Faith of our Fathers front cover

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New 2K widescreen transfer from 35mm blow-up Interpositive
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Region 0
5.1 surround sound
75minutes
New 2K widescreen transfer from 35mm blow-up Interpositive
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Re-mastered in 5.1 sound


Jeff Hawk – arrival full of hope

Jeff Hawk – arrival full of hope

Noel Webb – the dream maker and his wealth (Faith of Our Fathers)

Noel Webb – the dream maker and his wealth

Jeff Hawk – stranger in a strange land

Jeff Hawk – stranger in a strange land

George Gelernter, Jeff Hawk – the devil with the details

George Gelernter, Jeff Hawk – the devil with the details

Individuals working – “full on infernal.”

Individuals working – “full on infernal.”

George Gelernter – spreading the gospel

George Gelernter – spreading the gospel to the dispossessed

Jeff Hawk, Cassondra Joy – appealing to the innocent

Jeff Hawk, Cassondra Joy – appealing to the innocent

Jeff Hawk, Cassondra Joy – the promise of happiness

Jeff Hawk, Cassondra Joy – the promise of happiness

The hardware of faith

The hardware of faith

Protesting

Overwhelming odds for the artist

“A boot stomping on a human face forever.”

The brutal enforcement of belief – “a boot stomping on a human face forever.”

James Geralden, Jeff Hawk – rejecting the disciple

James Geralden, Jeff Hawk – rejecting the disciple

Jeff Hawk, George Gelernter – adrift from conscience

Jeff Hawk, George Gelernter – disciple and master

George Gelernter, Jeff Hawk

George Gelernter, Jeff Hawk - history in hand, but adrift from conscience

James Geralden – the artist fights back

James Geralden – the artist fights back

Jeff Hawk

Jeff Hawk - the madness of belief

directing

Directing Faith of our Fathers

16mm to 35mm optical printer

16mm to 35mm optical printer used to blow-up Faith of Our Fathers to 35mm IP. Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, and A Mighty Wind used this printer in Super 16mm to 35mm mode. The printer was also used on Zelig. This was the culmination of six years of labor — hence the smile.

 

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Film beginnings…

Generations

Making Generations: a 54 minute Sci-Fi film that took three years to finance (playing bass) and make, ca 1977. Musician friends were the crew. Lewis Nash was a dolly grip, which wasn’t easy, as his scenes took place in the ASU music building, which has circular corridors. Generations actually found video distribution in Spain, though it never made back its production costs. I played many “casualties” to pay for it.

Showcron 16mm flatbed

A Showcron 16mm flatbed at Thompson Productions, on which I edited a film about the Monorail system about to be built in Las Vegas: one picture head, two sound heads. Moviola, KEM, and Steenbeck also created 16mm flatbeds. The Steenbeck chewed less film.

My first professional work in film began in 1980 at Catalyst Productions in Berkeley, California. The company was run as a collective. On one day I might be directing a public service announcement about the Eureka Theater Company coming back to life — after it had been trashed and burned by agents of the former South African Apartheid regime — the next day placing lavaliere mics on men dying from asbestosis — to depose them as they fought a room full of insurance company lawyers. At Catalyst, I learned that what I felt about economic justice had a basis in political thought.

After moving to Los Angeles, I worked shooting 16mm film, picture editing and sound editing for the United Machinist’s Union, Honda, and various companies. I assisted on a documentary about jazz singer Ernie Andrews, and cut the sound effects on the documentary, Convict Cowboy (Texans letting prisoners be trampled by bulls for entertainment). I also edited sequences in Warren Miller ski films, once working a 110-hour week for $300.00! We had a cutting room above a falafel shop, and at the end of the week, I found myself in the emergency room with gastritis. I was very happy to join the Editor’s Guild.

Alan Rudolph’s Trouble In Mind was my first feature film. At the time, having never worked in 35mm, I rented an upright Moviola and spent a week practicing syncing and cutting 35mm magnetic film in the kitchen of our apartment.


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