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THE OPENING OF THE HAG: The Introduction fo the Hag Movie

The Hag begins with Jacqueline on her cross....

The Hag actually began life as a novel: "I have imagined," I wrote, "a woman against the wall, nailed to a cross. I call her the Hag. We have entered into a discussion, she and I, not a debate, we do not contend...." This discussion was meant to be the book, a kind of dialog between author and muse. It quickly bogged down, however. I was living again in California, in the garage of the house that my father had built and in which I'd grown up. I began taking photographs of the Hag, using as models various local women and my old Nikon F and F2 cameras. I developed and printed the pictures in my own darkroom, in an adobe structure I had built in my backyard. I tried to evoke the Hag in these photos. I found the images intriguing, but the novel still refused to be written. At this time digital photography was just beginning. I decided to try this new form of photography, and bought an Olympus camera that did 48 seconds of QuickTime video. If I couldnt write the novel, I thought, perhaps I could turn the discussion into a movie. I began with an acting student at the local college. She starred in the first three segments of the movie. You can see her in the videos which follow this. I then went to Mexico, where I had been writing my novels for some years, and miraculously more of the novel appeared. A couple years later, with most of the novel written and the video taken, I met Jacqueline. She returned to California with me, and here, at last, I shot the opening of the film. Thus the beginning of the movie took place at its very end....

HAG OPENING | CHAPTER ONE | CHAPTER TWO | CHAPTER THREE | CHAPTER FOUR | CHAPTER FIVE | CHAPTER SIX | CHAPTER SEVEN | CHAPTER EIGHT | CHAPTER NINE
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The HAG is both a movie and a novel by D.N. Stuefloten.
The movie is an hour and fifteen minutes long, and shot mostly in Mexico.
The novel is 234 pages and has 161 black and white images.
The movie can be seen here, and the novel—both as a paperback and an e-book—is available at Amazon.com