Austin Film Society and the Visual Arts Center present Essential Cinema: The Works by Bill Morrison

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Bill Morrison
Bill Morrison Photo by Wolfgang Wesener

The Austin Film Society, in partnership with The University of Texas at Austin Visual Arts Center, will feature the work of contemporary filmmaker Bill Morrison for its Essential Cinema series, with Bill Morrison appearing in person at select screenings.

Through the material of decaying and “lost” films, Morrison has developed one of the most celebrated and exciting filmographies of any contemporary American filmmaker. Morrison’s works contain intricate visual landscapes constructed from mostly decaying nitrate films, in which narratives about the haunting presence of past figures and events are constructed, and evoke ruminations on birth, death, and memory. His masterful works are achieved through extensive archival research as well as close collaborations with some of the world’s most innovative contemporary composers, including William Basinski, Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe, Philip Glass, Johan Johannson, Bill Frisell and David Lang.

The following films will be screened:

  • January 20: Dawson City: Frozen Time
  • January 27: Decasia, Buried News
  • February 3: The Miners' Hymns, Who By Water, Light Is Calling
  • February 10: The Village Detective: A Song Cycle, Her Violet Kiss

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AFS Cinema
6406 N. I-35 Frontage Rd. Suite 3100
Austin, TX 78752

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