Tag Archives: Jacques de Beaufort

Dandelion Wine

the band in Heaven – “Dandelion Wine” from ∆∆∆ on Vimeo.

 

This video for “Dandelion Wine” by the band in Heaven, a track from Caught in a Summer Swell, their upcoming release due in September, is directed by Jacques de Beaufort.

Jacques wrote me saying this is a “music video I made for a local band. It’s gets pretty pagan in the middle or so. I’m still trying to figure out exactly what it means. My mom said ‘I don’t believe in Human Sacrifice Jacques’ which is funny because she’s a christian.”

This music video is getting a lot of great press, with the video on YouTube already having over 10,000 views, and all for good reason.

This is a great song, and the video has a fantastic retelling of an ancient, but timeless and raucous, bacchanalian story that reminds me of elements of Donna Tartt’s The Secret History, the 2nd season of True Blood, and that really popular DIONYSUS video from 2011.

With lyrics that speak about the sights and sounds of a Summer sun that sets, this summer is definitely both luscious and dangerous. A video about a social gathering that turns into an outdoor pagan orgia of ritual and dancing around Beltane fires, this seems to be pretty close to a perfect storm captured in one music video for someone like myself. Hey, there’s even a cameo by both the Horse Head Mask and the black egg from Jacques de Beaufort’s earlier Sanctum and Sacrum, so how can you resist watching now?

And, now I totally know what I’m doing next Summer.

 

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Eye In The Triangle

Eye In The Triangle from ∆∆∆ on Vimeo.

 

This short by Jacques de Beaufort with Jihiya Gia also appears as part of the full film Sanctum and Sacrum.

 

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Review of Sanctum and Sacrum

SANCTUM and SACRUM: Official Trailer from ∆∆∆ on Vimeo.

“hang new heavens with new birds
all will be renewed”

SANCTUM and SACRUM, which I first mentioned last year, is an Art-House movie by artist and filmmaker Jacques de Beaufort, from Tri-Form Pictures, which is now making the rounds in the festival circuit. You can follow along on their website or via their social networking page to see if it comes to a film festival near you.

“I am an image of a full moon
I am a viper’s fang
I am time … become old
I am an endless water that no wind will make dry”

I was given the chance by the filmmakers to watch the full film, a digital screening, and it is a bit of a trip that somewhat defies specific description. It’s something, I think, you would have to see and decide about for yourself. The somewhat mundane and normal lives of two struggling couples are interspersed, overlaid and swirled around a vibrant, colourful dreamscape of ritual, poetry, and symbolism.

Recurring images of black-cloaked rituals, serpents, Platonic solids, Tattwa shapes, cosmic eggs, and a bloody sacrifice are displayed through in-camera video and set design effects woven through the apparently real life background stories. There are black-robed and night-time pagan or ceremonial rituals enacted but also white-clothed, perhaps Afro-Cuban inspired, day-time interactions with a frothy ocean. The surface of a coffee table becomes a place where several Platonic shapes are moved and a dice cup of cubes with sides of different primary Tattwa colours is repeatedly spilled, like a symbolic control panel, reminding me of panels from Sleestak pylons or from the chess board over which pieces in the shape of heroes are placed and played with by the Greek gods on Olympus, as if to suggest a microcosmic game being increasingly played out on screen, evoked from the lives of the characters.

Slowly the barrier between the dreamscape dissolves and the mundane lives of the characters begins to take on elements of symbol and colour from the dreamscape, and reality loses any vestigial meaning as the relationships of these couples collapse, relative positions transpose. For me, I felt that the mundane lives of the characters became increasingly thin when compared to the richness of the timeless and placeless ethereal story being played out, perhaps by chance to the toss of cosmic dice, but ultimately to the even larger pattern of an inevitable flow of falling sand keeping divine time. And, indeed, in many cases the dreamscape scenes are framed, filmed and recorded more clearly than the increasingly ersatz mundane sequences. For me, a sense of timelessness and cyclical return is increased by post-credit and post-post-credit sequences that reinforce my impression the film could be played repeatedly to form a loop of ritual and symbolic imagery.

Certainly SANCTUM and SACRUM is worth checking out, along with some good conversationalists and interesting esotericists in tow to hang out with afterward and discuss, if it plays in your town.

“I am Winter and then Spring
I am Time …
I am the Earth that will swallow your body”

 

SANCTUM and SACRUM is a independent short feature film (70min) written and directed by filmmaker and artist Jacques de Beaufort with an original score by Ryan Huseman and Jacques de Beaufort, featuring music by Modernsextrash and Ates Isildak.

The film was made in association with Tri-Form Pictures, an independent-media production company, and shot on location in Palm Beach County Florida. The movie is now making the rounds in several Film Festivals hopefully in a city near you. [via]

A goddess born from the sea. A white egg that turns black. A serpent man, a spider woman, and a murder. Sanctum and Sacrum opens a portal between the ancient world of myth and symbol and the banal pastels of a Florida apartment. It is a matrix of transformation, in which the lives of two couples intersect via a web made out of ritual, symbol and the ever-present origin of myth.

Starring:
Christina Jolie Breza
David Kandelaki
Kenyon Page
Jacques de Beaufort

Featuring music by:
Ryan Huseman
modernsextrash
The Band in Heaven [via]

 

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Sanctum and Sacrum

SANCTUM and SACRUM: OFFICIAL TRAILER from ∆∆∆ on Vimeo.

 

“A goddess born from the sea. A white egg that turns black. A serpent man, a spider woman, and a murder. Sanctum and Sacrum opens a portal between the ancient world of myth and symbol and the banal pastels of a Florida apartment. It is a matrix of transformation, in which the lives of two couples intersect via a web made out of ritual, symbol and the ever-present origin of myth.”

Jacques de Beaufort has created a 67 minute digital poem that continues from where Baudelaire, Rimbaud and Robert Graves left off. He cuts into the cool pastels of the Florida suburbs with the serrated edges of ancient myth and symbol. This film is the first from a multi-media genius, and it presages even greater things to come. He is a talent to watch carefully.” — John David Ebert