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George Kuchar: Solstice By Andy Ditzler

By Mike Everleth ⋅ December 26, 2009

For your post-Christmas enjoyment, here’s a more pagan-y ode to the winter holidays. The song is “Solstice” by Andy Ditzler; a chipper ’60s pop sounding tune about Mr. Wodan, Saturnalia and Sol Invictus; with a music video directed by underground film legend George Kuchar.

The video is bright and chaotic, with Kuchar really focusing in on the “fertility rites” part of the lyrics in the first half. It’s quite the Christmas orgy where the colors and the chick lying on the floor on her back reminds me of the ending of Sins of the Fleshapoids, the classic film directed by George’s twin brother Mike. Then, in the second half during the sacrifice of the bull, the headdress of another actress coupled with the sunny background is reminiscent of the desert-set sequences in Kenneth Anger‘s Lucifer Rising.

Egyptian princess waits for her sacrificial cow to be killed

Overall, it’s a cute, happy, cheery song and video.

Andy Ditzler is an Atlanta-based singer/songwriter who also curates a screening series called Film Love that already has some cool events planned for 2010, including a film music show devoted to composer Mauricio Kagel and a screening of Andy Warhol‘s Lonesome Cowboys.

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