Bill Morrison

Bill Morrison

Still: The Village Detective: a song cycle
Filmmaker Bill Morrison (1965, USA) graduated from the Cooper Union School of Art in 1989. In 1990, he released the short Night Highway, which displays the technique he has become famous for: combining contemporary music with edited archival footage, in various states of decay, to create experimental new narratives. Decasia (2001) was his second collaboration with composer Michael Gordon. The film was widely praised and became the first 21st-century film to be added to the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry. All Vows (2013) earned him his fifth Tribeca Jury Award nomination, and was also nominated for a Gold Hugo. In 2014, he was the subject of a mid-career retrospective at MoMA. Dawson City: Frozen in Time (2016) premiered in the Orrizonti section of the Venice Film Festival. Morrison is a member of Ridge Theater in New York and founder of Hypnotic Pictures. He has collaborated with composers such as Jóhann Jóhannson, Steve Reich and Philip Glass.


Night Highway (1990, short), Lost Avenues (1991, short), Photo Op (1992, short), Footprints (1992, short), The Death Train (1993, short), The World is Round (1994, short), Nemo (1995, short), Moda (1996, short), The Film of Her (1996, short doc), City Walk (1999, short), Ghost Trip (2000, short), Trinity (2000, short), Decasia (2001), East River (2003, short), The Mesmerist (2003, short), Light Is Calling (2004, short), Gotham (2004, short), Outerborough (2005, short), Porch (2005, short doc), The Highwater Trilogy (2006, short doc), How to Pray (2006, short), Who by Water (2006, short doc), Fuel (2007, short), Dystopia (2008, short), Every Stop on the F Train (2008, short), Release (2010, short doc), Spark of Being (2010), The Miners' Hymns (2010, short doc), Tributes − Pulse (2011, doc), The Miners' Hymns (2012, short), The Great Flood (2012, doc), Koller and Freud (2012, short), Gene Takes a Drink (2012, short), Just Ancient Loops (2013, short), Re:Awakenings (2013, short doc), Rite of Spring (2013, short), All Vows (2013, short), Beyond Zero: 1914-1918 (2014, short doc), Back to the Soil (2014, short doc), The Film that Buys the Cinema (2014, doc, co-dir), The Dockworker’s Dream (2015, short doc), Dawson City: Frozen Time (2016, doc), Little Orphant Annie (2016, short), Niver vs Walls (2016, short doc), The Letter (2018, short), Weaving (2018, short doc), The Village Detective: a song cycle (2020, doc)

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