An Evening with Bill Morrison: Short Films and Conversation
This year's Expanding the Frame series starts with an overview of the work of experimental filmmaker and archivist Bill Morrison. Morrison works mainly with old, often psychedelically degraded films that he arranges into wordless narratives set to music. On Thursday, he'll discuss his work and show some of his shorter films. On Saturday afternoon, there will be a screening of his most engrossing feature, Decasia, an essay on time's ominously winged chariot driven by a churning Michael Gordon symphony. Loyalists will pause for a reflective dinner, then return for Morrison's most recent film, The Great Flood, a visual history of the terrible Mississippi River Flood of 1927, and its role in encouraging the great migration of rural African-Americans to northern cities. The flood inspired an enormous amount of music, including deathless songs by Charley Patton and Randy Newman; here the elegiac soundtrack comes from a quartet led by jazz guitarist Bill Frisell. For a full schedule, see walkerart.org. (Pictured: A still from Decasia)
Thu., Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m., 2013
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