"Destroying Angel" is an experimental documentary that relates two stories of illness, and weaves them into a filmic tapestry of family history, memory and loss. The narrator, confronted with his own mortality, guides us through a landscape of recollections, dreams, close friendships and family ties. Narratives about present-day events interplay with lyrical reminiscences of the past. Eventually, just as the past always informs the present, the two styles of narrative begin to merge. In the end, we are left with a moving portrait of the struggles involved in dealing with AIDS, cancer, memory and intimate relationships.
"What was clear from the onset, was that Wayne and I would make a film together. We fell into the project by 'accident.' On his first visit to the farm we shot a few rolls of film which were hand-processed. The project took off from there, and after three years and several manifestations the film has found its form. Working in several formats, without a pre-conceived script, allowed us to bring in freely 'snapshots' of the past and present. This enabled us to change directions, and integrate into the film our passions, discoveries and misfortunes as the inexorable process of life rolled on." - Philip Hoffman
"Destroying Angel" is a moving picture of how, through remembering, the destructive duo of oppression and illness can be healed and brought into the sacred.