Translucent Being Bill Morrison

Thorough work with archival materials draws attention to the imprints and damages left behind over the course of time, reflecting its memory and shaping poetic images of a period whose passage not only increases the visibility of the effects of time but, at the same time, also highlights political meanings and the process of selective memory. In his experimental and compilation documentaries, Bill Morrison (born in Chicago in 1965, currently living in New York) works with found footage, combining it with contemporary music. Morrison works with leading composers and musicians to create his films, including the likes of Jóhann Jóhannsson, John Adams, Philip Glass, the Kronos Quartet, Steve Reich, Todd Reynolds, and Aleksandra Vrebalov. In the 1980s he studied at Reed College in Portland and later graduated from Cooper Union’s School of Art in Manhattan. After his studies, he began working with the Ridge Theater in New York, for which he created short films as part of its avant-garde programs. He has received many prestigious awards for his work; his films have been introduced at many important festivals and continue to be screened in cinemas, galleries, museums, theaters, and concert halls throughout the world. In 2003, the New York weekly The Village Voice wrote, “Morrison’s Decasia is that rare thing: a movie with avant-garde and universal appeal … Its flamelike, rolling black-and-white inspires trembling and gratitude.” The Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMa) has eight of his works in its permanent collection, and organized an extensive retrospective exhibition for him in 2014–2015. In 2013, Morrison’s feature film Decasia (2002), created in collaboration with composer Michael Gordon, became the first twenty-first century film to be included in the U.S. Library of Congress’s National Film Registry.

All Vows

Bill Morrison / United States  / 2014 / 10 min.

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Back to the Soil

Bill Morrison / United States  / 2014 / 18 min.

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Beyond Zero 1914–1918

Bill Morrison / United States  / 2014 / 41 min.

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City Walk

Bill Morrison / United States  / 1999 / 6 min.

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Decasia

Bill Morrison / United States  / 2002 / 67 min.

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Light Is Calling

Bill Morrison / United States  / 2004 / 8 min.

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Little Orphant Annie

Bill Morrison / United States  / 2016 / 7 min.

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Outerborough

Bill Morrison / United States  / 2005 / 9 min.

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The Dockworker’s Dream

Bill Morrison / Portugal ,  United States  / 2016 / 18 min.

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The Highwater Trilogy

Bill Morrison / United States  / 2006 / 31 min.

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The Mesmerist

Bill Morrison / United States  / 2003 / 16 min.

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The Miners’ Hymns

Bill Morrison / United States  / 2011 / 52 min.

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Competition Sections

Opus Bonum

First Lights

Between the Seas

Czech Joy

Fascinations

Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz

Short Joy

A Testimony on Politics

A Testimony on Knowledge

A Testimony on Nature

Translucent Beings / Retrospectives

Translucent Being: Jean Rouch

Translucent Being: Shinsuke Ogawa

Translucent Being: Marcel Ophuls

Transparent Landscape: Taiwan

Non-competition Sections

Special Event

Special Event: Marriage Stories

Udigrudi: Cinema Marginal

Lenin: Icon

Masterclass

One Year in America

Siren Test

Fascinations: Psychedelia

Conference Fascinations

Reality TV

Doc Alliance Selection

FAMU Presents

Czech Television Documentaries

My Street Films

Laboratorium