Bill Morrison (Director)

"Morrison's world is one of the most breathtaking and haltingly disturbing cinematic realms of our time". 
 - Glenn Kenny,, October 20, 2014

“What makes Morrison a great filmmaker, though, is not merely his application of restoration hardware but his brilliant exercise of symphonic software. His footage is silent. His films are not. He has a remarkably astute sense of music. The only major directors with a comparably original ear are probably Jean-Luc Godard and Peter Greenaway.”
- Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, February 17, 2014

Bill Morrison‘s films often combine rare archival material set to contemporary music. His work was recently honored with a mid-career retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, NY, from October 2014 – March 2015.

Morrison is a Guggenheim fellow and has received the Alpert Award for the Arts, an NEA Creativity Grant, Creative Capital, and a fellowship from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. His theatrical projection design has been recognized with two Bessie awards and an Obie Award.

“The Great Flood” (78 min, 2013), a collaboration with guitarist/composer Bill Frisell, won the Smithsonian Ingenuity Award of 2014 for historical scholarship.

“Decasia” (67 min, 2002), a collaboration with the composer Michael Gordon, was selected to the US Library of Congress’ 2013 National Film Registry.

“Spark of Being” (68 min, 2010) a collaboration with trumpeter/composer Dave Douglas, won the Los Angeles Film Critics Award for Best Independent Film of 2011.

Morrison has collaborated with some of the most influential composers and performers of our time, including John Adams, Maya Beiser, Gavin Bryars, Dave Douglas, Richard Einhorn, Erik Friedlander, Bill Frisell, Philip Glass, Michael Gordon, Michael Harrison, Ted Hearne, Vijay Iyer, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Kronos Quartet, David Lang, David T. Little, Michael Montes, Steve Reich, Todd Reynolds, Aleksandra Vrebalov, and Julia Wolfe, among many others.

His work is distributed by Icarus Films in North America, and the BFI in the UK.


Back to the Soil
(2014, 18 min, B/W, HD)

Beyond Zero: 1914-1918
(2014, 40 min, B/W & color, HD)

All Vows 
(2013, 10 min, B/W & color, HD)

The Great Flood
(2013, 78 min, B/W, HD)

(2013, 18 min, B/W & color, HD)

Just Ancient Loops
(2012, 26 min, B/W & color, HD)

Tributes - Pulse
(2011, 65 min, B/W & color, HD)

The Miners' Hymns
(2011, 52 min, B/W & color, HD)

Spark of Being
(2010, 68 min, B/W & color, DVD)

(2010, 13 min, B/W, HD)

Every Stop On The F Train
(2008, 5 min, color, DVD)

(2008, 30 min, B/W & color, DVD)

(2007, 25 min, color, DVD)

Who By Water
(2007, 18 min, B/W. DVD)

(2006, 9 min, color, DVD)

The Highwater Trilogy
(2006, 31 min, B/W, 35mm)

(2005, 8 min, B/W, 35mm)

(2004, 25 min, B/W & color, DVD)

Light Is Calling
(2004, 8 min, color, 35mm)

The Mesmerist
(2003, 16 min, color, 35mm)

East River
(2003, 5 min, color, DVD)

(2002, 67 min, B/W, 35mm)

(2000, 12 min, B/W, 35mm)

Ghost Trip
(2000, 23 min, B/W, 35mm)

City Walk
(1999, 6 min, B/W, 16mm)

The Film of Her
(1996, 12 min, B/W, 35mm)

(1995, 6 min, B/W, 16mm)

The Death Train
(1993, 17 min, B/W, 16mm)

(1992, 6 min, B/W & color,16mm)
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