Lovers of the Night
Seven aging monks in a small rural Cistercian monastery in Ireland strive to keep their spiritual life and their fragile community going. With wit, commitment, and now shaky voice, the monks gather in their church seven times a day to pray. Besides prayer, their lives are devoted to watching rugby matches, cooking, tending their farm, and a deep sense of caring for one another. A rugby fan with a big heart, the 88-year-old Alberic stands at the center of the film, weaving together the monks’ amazingly varied individual stories. With honesty and good humor—and revealing a few of the frailties of old age—these monks share significant experiences and often surprising insights about their lives. An attempt to grasp the heart of a unique place before it vanishes, Lovers of the Night also captures the yearning of the human spirit for something infinite in an impermanent world—a must-see film for everyone. (Anna Frances Ewert, 2017, 56 minutes)
with the filmmakers Marsha Gordon and Louis Cherry
An extraordinary private collection of American folk-art buildings has been meticulously collected, curated, and exhibited by Steven Burke and Randy Campbell in their beautiful home in Hillsborough, North Carolina. Created between the 1870s and the 1950s, these varying structures offer a glimpse into American architectural history—and the passage of a craft tradition now lost. Marsha Gordon and Louis Cherry’s short film reveals these delicate structures to an audience that would not otherwise get to see them, while also conveying, in the words of the collectors, what it’s like “to live amongst so many treasures and, as a married couple, with each other’s obsessions.” (Marsha Gordon/Louis Cherry, 2017, 16 minutes)
Following the film at approximately 11:45 in the Fenimore auditorium, Steven Burke will offer a descriptive and visual curatorial presentation on his collection: American Folk Art Buildings: Architecture, Imagination, and Storied Buildings.