"Solomon Nagler’s film work twists and turns through the uncanny topological spaces between abstraction and representation, negation and affirmation, place and placelessness."
"Allegorical by design, Nagler’s vision is composed of fragments of recognizable reality commingled with the raw matter of hallucination and nascent form. In Nagler’s work, vision is both a phenomenological and historical entity; a damaged engagement with time, space, and the archaeologies of memory and film. Stories of migration and refuge take suggestive shape, often against and within the vast expanses of the Canadian prairies. In Nagler’s cinema, ethical engagement has to be equal to the task of the precariousness of life in transition. Home is temporary; home is a refuge."
- Scott Birdwise (Programmer, Canadian Film Institute)
Nagler's films have played across Canada, in the U.S., Europe and Asia at venues such the Centre Pompidou (Paris), L'Université Paris Panthéon Sorbonne and Lincoln Center in New York. His work has been featured in Retrospectives at the Winnipeg Cinematheque in August of 2004, at the Excentris Cinema in Montreal in August of 2007, the Festival De Le Cinéma Different in Paris in December 2005 and 2007, The Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers and The Canadian Film Institute in 2009.
Approaches to non-fiction
Screen Arts Workshop: Radical Narratives
More information on Nagler's work can be found at www.cinemaofruins.com.
2007 MFA Film Production, Concordia University
1998 BA Honours in Philosophy, University of Winnipeg