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Filmmaker Bill Morrison visits to introduce and discuss his latest feature, The Village Detective: a song cycle, which was created with the support of a 2018 Wexner Center Artist Residency Award.
Bill Morrison, whom the New York Times called "the poet laureate of lost films," returns to the Wex with The Village Detective, whose creation began with the discovery of a film canister on the ocean floor off Iceland's coast. The contents of that canister, a 1969 Soviet comedy also called The Village Detective, serves as the catalyst for Morrison’s meditation on the arc of Soviet history and cinema through the person of beloved actor Mikhail Zharov. Zharov appeared in scores of films including Sergei Eisenstein’s Ivan the Terrible (1942–44) and as the titular figure in Village Detective. Grammy Award–winning composer David Lang, cofounder of Bang on a Can, created the film’s score.
Morrison is best known for taking found and often seriously decomposed footage and almost alchemically recrafting this material into his own unique and personal cinematic compositions. The Wex-supported Village Detective is no exception. (81 mins., DCP).
Bill Morrison | Photo by Wolfgang Wesener
The Village Detective | Image courtesy of Kino Lorber
Wex filmgoers might remember Morrison's celebrated 2016 film Dawson City: Frozen Time, which included footage that had been buried under an ice hockey rink in the Yukon in 1929, as well as his 2012 Wex co-commissioned collaboration with composer Bill Frisell, The Great Flood. In 2013, his film Decasia (2002) was added to the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry. Finally, his discovery of rare footage of the 1919 Chicago “Black” Sox World Series was included in our 2014 Rare Baseball Films program.
FILM/VIDEO PROGRAMS MADE POSSIBLE BY
ADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY
Rohauer Collection Foundation
WEXNER CENTER PROGRAMS MADE POSSIBLE BY
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Greater Columbus Arts Council
The Columbus Foundation
Ohio Arts Council
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(Bill Morrison, 2016)
The Village Detective: a song cycle