TONIGHT @ The Arm in Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY – Screening of Two Films by John Cohen – 8pm

Hermitage Film Program No. 8
Featuring Two Films by John Cohen – Filmmaker in Person
Friday December 18th, 8pm at The Arm

The High Lonesome Sound -1963 30 min B&W

Songs of church-goers, miners, and farmers of eastern Kentucky express the joys and sorrows of life among the rural poor. This classic film evocatively illustrates how music and religion help Appalachians maintain their dignity and traditions in the face of change and hardship.

The End of an Old Song -1970 27 min B&W

Filmed in the mountains of North Carolina, this documentary revisits the region where English folklorist Cecil Sharp collected British ballads in the early 1900s. It contrasts the nature of the ballad singers with the presence of the juke box: although the lyrical tradition has changed, the singing style continues. Features Dillard Chandler, who sings with rare intensity and style.

Please join us Friday December 18th at The Arm, located at 281 N7th St. Between Havemeyer and Brooklyn. (
$7 admission. John’s book “There is No Eye” will be available for sale, along with a select group of books from the shelves of hermitage.

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Friday, September 25th at The Arm in Brooklyn, NY

Above: Stills from Nathaniel Dorskys’ film Sarabande

Hermitage is very pleased to announce the screening of Nathaniel Dorsky’s films Sarabande & Winter this Friday at The Arm in Brooklyn. Both of these films were completed in 2008, and shot on 16mm kodachrome.

“The films of Nathaniel Dorsky blend a beauteous celebration of the sensual world with a deep sense of introspection and solitude. They are occasions for reflection and meditation, on light, landscape, time and the motions of consciousness. Their luminous photography emphasizes the elemental frisson between solidity and luminosity, between spirit and matter, while his uniquely developed montage permits a fluid and flowing experience of time. Dorsky’s films reveal the mystery behind everyday existence, providing intimations of eternity. The latest films of this master filmmaker—Song and Solitude, Winter and Sarabande—continue his development of these profound traditions.” (Steve Polta, San Francisco Cinematheque, 2009)

Friday, September 25th – 9pm sharp (running time is 35 minutes)
The Arm
281 North 7th St. / Brooklyn, NY 11211