BIO

"One of the most adventurous American filmmakers" - Variety, 12/11/11

Bill Morrison‘s films often combine archival film material set to contemporary music. He has collaborated with some of the most influential composers of our time, including John Adams, Laurie Anderson, Gavin Bryars, Dave Douglas, Richard Einhorn, Philip Glass, Michael Gordon, Henryk Gørecki, Bill Frisell, Vijay Iyer, Jóhann Jóhannsson, David Lang, Julia Wolfe, and Steve Reich, among many others.

 “Decasia” (67 min, 2002), a collaboration with the composer Michael Gordon, was selected to the US Library of Congress’ 2013 National Film Registry, becoming the most modern film named to the list that preserves works of “great cultural, historic or aesthetic significance to the nation’s cinematic heritage.” Morrison's films are also in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, Walker Art Center, and the EYE Film Institute. He 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.

 In 2013, Morrison was honored with retrospective programs in four different countries: the Walker Art Museum, Minneapolis; the Vila Do Conde Short Film Festival, Portugal; the Adelaide Film Festival, Australia; and the Aarhus Film Festival, Denmark.

 In 2014 “The Great Flood” opened theatrically in the US, and was released on DVD by Icarus Films. In October 2014 the film was recognized with the American Ingenuity Award for Historical Scholarship by Smithsonian Magazine.

Morrison had a mid-career retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, NY in October – November 2014.

Morrison’s work is distributed by Icarus Films in North America, and the BFI in the UK.



SELECTED FILMOGRAPHY

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)

 

Re:Awakenings

(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)

 

Release

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

 

Every Stop On The F Train                

(2008, 5 min, color, DVD)

 

Dystopia                     

(2008, 30 min, B/W & color, DVD)

 

Fuel                

(2007, 25 min, color, DVD)

 

Who By Water                                   

(2007, 18 min, B/W. DVD)

 

Porch                                      

(2006, 9 min, color, DVD)

 

The Highwater Trilogy                       

(2006, 31 min, B/W, 35mm)

 

How To Pray              

(2006, 11 min, B/W, 35mm)

 

Outerborough                         

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

 

Gotham                                              

(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)

 

Decasia                                               

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

 

Trinity                                    

(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)

 

Nemo                                                 

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

 

The Death Train                                 

(1993, 17 min, B/W, 16mm)

 

Footprints                               

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




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