Bill Morrison Introduces The Miner's Hymns

Film/Video

Images courtesy of Icarus Films

Bill Morrison Introduces
The Miner's Hymns

Preceded by 3 Morrison Shorts
Bill Morrison, 2011

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Contemporary Screen

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Thu, Mar 29, 2012 7 PM

Best known for Decasia, his tribute to the beauty of decaying celluloid, Bill Morrison searches the world’s film archives for extraordinary images and stories. With The Miner’s Hymns, he has compiled an emotional requiem for a vanished way of life out of archival footage of coal miners, preserved by the British Film Institute National Archive.

These images of working conditions on the coalfields, battles between miners and police during union strikes, and increasing mechanization are set to a remarkable original score by the Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson. Also screening are three of Morrison’s shorts: Release (2010), in which a crowd gathers to watch Al Capone’s release from prison in 1930, Outerborough (2005), which shows the Brooklyn Bridge as you’ve never seen it before, and The Film of Her (1996), which offers a history of the movies in just 12 minutes. (total running time: 85 mins., video)

Bill Morrison’s collaboration with guitarist/composer Bill Frisell, The Great Flood,will be performed at the Thurber Theatre on Saturday, March 31.

Jean Dubuffet, Vaches au pre (Cows in a meadow), 1954

Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection closes Dec 31. Don't miss the exhibition artnet named among the world's 25 "must-see shows."

Artists featured in Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection

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