Welcome to the Night Fire Films Store, featuring our films and related soundtracks, books and other items. When you stream, download or rent, you are transferred to our VIMEO ON DEMAND site. When you purchase most DVDs, CDs or books, you are transferred to PayPal, a secure processing site and orders are shipped directly from Night Fire Films. Out of the Maya Tombs is available for pre-order through the link to our distributor, Documentary Educational Resources.
Out of the Maya Tombs (formerly Dance of the Maize God)
Out of the Maya Tombs enters the world of exquisitely painted Maya vases to explore the royal life and rich mythology of the ancient Maya, as well as the tangled issues involved in the collection and study of looted art. More about the film
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Institutional Edition 2-DVD set includes both 96 min. and 54 min. versions + 10 bonus short films (46 min. of expanded topics)
$340 2-DVD set licensed for classroom & public performance
$90 – $170 for K-12, Public Library, or Digital Site License (DSL)
Home Use DVD includes only the 96 min. full-length version
$39.95 Home Use DVD
Breaking the Maya Code
Based on archaeologist Michael Coe’s book and filmed in nine countries, Breaking the Maya Code is the amazing story of the 200-year struggle to unlock the secrets of the hieroglyphic writing of the ancient Maya. More about the film
116 minutes, color, 2008
Proteus: A Nineteenth Century Vision
The animated documentary Proteus weaves poetry and oceanography, technology, history and myth to tell the story of the 19th century exploration of the undersea world and of biologist Ernst Haeckel, who found in the depths of the sea an ecstatic and visionary fusion of science and art. Bonus materials in this new home DVD edition include a 45-minute documentary on the making of Proteus and a gallery of Haeckel’s artwork. More about the film
60 minutes, color, 2004
If you are ordering Proteus for an educational institution, museum, archive or other organization, please order through Icarus Films
Tanka: An Animated Vision of the Tibetan Book of the Dead
Newly restored and digitized from original 16mm!
Tanka means, literally, “a thing rolled up.” Tanka, photographed from Tibetan scroll paintings of the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries, is a cyclical vision of ancient gods and demons, an animated journey through the image world of the Tibetan Book of the Dead.
More about the film
9 minutes, color, sound, 1976, restoration 2015
The legendary multimedia ensemble Single Wing Turquoise Bird blends intimate and cosmic images to music in real time on a single screen. Layered scenes of dream and nightmare, myth and legend, landscape and memory emerge from and melt back into a magical liquid world. The original score by Miroslav Tadic ranges from minimalist trance to psychedelic rock, with stops in the Balkans along the way. More about the film
47 minutes, color, sound, 2011
Blu-Ray Disk – 16:9 HD, 24-bit Audio
DVD, 16:9 anamorphic
Related CDs, books and other items
Breaking the Maya Code: Original Soundtrack Recording. Yuval Ron’s innovative score for Breaking the Maya Code features the sound of the Earth Harp (performed by instrument innovator William Close) and various Pre-Columbian instruments.
Proteus: Original Soundtrack Recording. Proteus was conceived as a film in which images, words and music would be tightly woven and given equal weight. Film director David Lebrun and composer Yuval Ron worked together over the course of two years to shape an ambitious score that is both true to the period of the film and entirely contemporary in sound.
Proteus Poster. Striking poster for the 2004 theatrical and festival release of Proteus. Quantities limited. Signed by the director on request.
Breaking the Maya Code, by Michael D. Coe. The thrilling scientific detective story on which the film Breaking the Maya Code was based. The book has been called by the New York Times “one of the great stories of 20th-century scientific discovery”.
Reading the Maya Glyphs by Michael D. Coe and Mark Van Stone. If you want to read the glyphs yourself, this is the clearest step-by-step guide, complete with exercises and hundreds of elegant illustrations.
Art Forms from the Ocean: The Radiolarian Atlas of 1862 by Ernst Haeckel, Essay by Olaf Breidbach . At the nexus of art and science, this dazzling new edition of Ernst Haeckel’s first work, Die Radiolarien, reintroduces the genius of an enigmatic scientist and passionate observer of the natural world. Although original editions of this book are extremely rare, it is now available for the first time in paperback, beautifully reproducing his drawings and watercolors.
Art Forms in Nature: The Prints of Ernst Haeckel. The geometric shapes and natural forms, captured with exceptional precision in Ernst Haeckel’s prints, continue to influence artists and designers to this day. Beautifully printed full color edition of all one hundred plates of the 1905 classic, plus fascinating illustrated chapters on topics including Haeckel’s influence on Art Nouveau (with photos of designs influenced by Haeckel’s work, including structures and chandeliers shaped like sea creatures).
Art Forms in Nature Mini Book. A selection of color plates from the full sized book, exquisite and small enough to fit into a pocket or purse. Also contains introductory notes on Haeckel’s work. A great little gift.
Art Forms in Nature Postcard Book. 30 detachable postcards. Color postcards of Haeckel’s delicate, extraordinary illustrations.
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