Austin Film Society and the Visual Arts Center present Essential Cinema: The Works of Bill Morrison

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Bill Morrison


Photo by Wolfgang Wesener

The Austin Film Society, in partnership with the University of Texas at Austin Visual Arts Center, will feature the work of contemporary filmmaker Bill Morrison for its Essential Cinema series, with Bill Morrison appearing in person at select screenings.

Through the material of decaying and “lost” films, Morrison has developed one of the most famous and thrilling filmographies of any contemporary American filmmaker. Morrison’s works contain complex visual landscapes constructed from mostly decaying nitrate films, in which narratives of the haunting presence of past characters and events are constructed, and evoke ruminations on birth, death and memory. His masterful works are the result of extensive archival research as well as close collaborations with some of the world’s most innovative contemporary composers, including William Basinski, Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe, Philip Glass, Johan Johannson, Bill Frisell and David Lang. .

The following films will be screened:

  • January 20: Dawson City: Frozen Time
  • January 27: Decasia, Buried News
  • February 3: The hymns of the miners, who by the water, the light calls
  • February 10: The Village Detective: A Song Cycle, His Purple Kiss
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