ANNUNCIATION

'It's important to see the extraordinary in the ordinary, don't you think?' - Nick (Nick Alden)

A sexually frustrated modern 'Virgin' Mary, an impotent ex-Marine named Joseph, and a lonely art patron yearn for each other and something more. These three cross paths through a young beautiful painter’s triptych of oil paintings, an amateur director’s play based off the 'Annunciation scene' - where the Virgin Mary was impregnated without having sex, and Occupy Wall Street.

ANNUNCIATION is Ben Hozie's first feature film, an 'adaptation' of the early northern renaissance "Merode Altarpiece" triptych (Robert Campin, 1428). Originally conceived as three separate shorts (one for each panel of the famed painting), the final version weaves all three stories together, mixing drama, comedy, documentary, and abstraction through an impressionistic and sensual montage.

Photographed on 16mm by Simon Liu. Assistant direction by Alison Forest. Featuring an original abstract oil triptych by Osaretin Ugiagbe.

Starring Nicola Fiore (MARY), Gerrard James (JOSEPH), Christopher Rollings (ANTHONY), Nick Alden (NICK), and Rachel Neiheisel (CATHERINE). Also featuring Jenna Sofia, Julia Morrison, Kevin Huelbig, David Michael Kirby, Eric Nold, Blessed Knew, Reggie Lochard, Robert Sciglimpaglia, Kendra Webb, Julia Morgantini, Mary Ashlyn Moore, André Søfteland, Jason King, Owen Keiter, Joey Genovese, and Kevin Moccia.

  • ANNUNCIATION

    1h 6m

    Art patronization. Occupy Wall Street. A modern Virgin Mary. NYC in the fall.

    ANNUNCIATION is Ben Hozie's first feature film, an 'adaptation' of the early northern renaissance "Merode Altarpiece" triptych (Robert Campin, 1428). Originally conceived as three separate shorts (one for each panel ...

  • Conception via Light

    11m

    Holy lights ripple on the black East River one winter night while a mechanical stairway to heaven grinds away on the soundtrack. An abstract companion to 'Annunciation.' Exactly one 400 foot reel of 16mm shot by Simon Liu.

    ‘Christ was created when the Holy light hit Mary’s womb and cinema whe...