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A modern Virgin Mary, an impotent tourist named Joseph, and a lonely art patron yearn for each other and something more. They cross paths through a young beautiful painter’s triptych of oil paintings, an amateur theater 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, Jason King, Owen Keiter, Joey Genovese, and Kevin Moccia.
Conception via Light
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 when light strikes the screen (or the film itself?).’