Essential Cinema: Works by Bill Morrison


Essential Cinema  Works by Bill Morrison

AFS Cinema

6406 N I-35 Suite 3100 Austin, TX 78752


Thu, Jan 27


General Public
$13 evening / $10.50 matinee

$4 discounts for AFS MAKE & WATCH members. Free for LOVE & Premiere.

“The most widely praised American avant-garde film of the fin de siècle” –The Village Voice

Exploring both the poetic and physical properties of decay in its narrative and score, DECASIA is a groundbreaking work of American avant-garde filmmaking, heralded as a masterpiece by critics and included in the collection of the Library of Congress. The making of the film began when Michael Gordon was commissioned to write a symphony for the Basel Sinfonietta, and Morrison and his collaborators were brought on board to create a visual component. Morrison mined archives including the George Eastman House, the South Carolina Newsreel Library and the Museum of Modern Art for pre-1950 nitrate prints that were too deteriorated to be restored, and otherwise would have been discarded, like the great majority of early silent films which are now lost to history. The result is a haunting rumination on mortality and memory, a visceral dreamscape that allows us to consider our relationship to the physical representations of the past. Bill Morrison in attendance.

Screens with: BURIED NEWS (13 minutes, 2021) An investigation of 20th Century race riots in the US, from footage found in the Dawson City Collection, dating 1917-1920.



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