An Evening with Bill Morrison

<p>The Mesmerist (2003)</p>

Thursday, October 5, 2006, 8:00pm - 8:00pm
Experimental filmmaker Bill Morrison screens three of his short films: The Highwater Trilogy (2006), The Mesmerist (2003), Light is Calling (2004) as a prelude to a longer discussion of his work at the University of Chicago's Mass Culture Workshop. Best known for his found-footage feature Decasia: The Art of Decay (2002), Morrison's films serve as meditations on materiality and memory in the cinema due to his practice of taking pre-existing film footage -- often partially or completely lost to nitrate deterioration -- and reconstituting it to produce new works of art. While both The Mesmerist and Light is Calling derive from the same silent film, James Young's The Bells (1926) with music by Bill Frisell and Michael Gordon, The Highwater Trilogy is a timely examination of the human relationship to the threat of natural disaster, combining found footage of icebergs, hurricanes, and floods with a soundtrack by David Lang and Michael Gordon. (58 minutes, 35mm)
Co-sponsored by Mass Culture Workshop