Hypnotic, playful, wildly evocative…Masterfully assembled; a terrific achievement.
— Los Angeles Times
The Great Flood
Celebrate the centennial of the first Fox newsreel by joining USC Libraries Moving Images Research Collections and filmmaker Bill Morrison at the Nickelodeon! Join us before the screening for a reception and please stay after for a discussion with Bill Morrison and curator Greg Wilsbacher about the project and the importance of the Fox Movietone News Collection.
We’re screening Bill Morrison’s The Great Flood, his meditation on the 1927 Mississippi River flood that altered the economic trajectory of the African-Americans living along its banks. The Great Flood features an original score by Bill Frisell and is one of a number of works by Morrison that uses archival newsreel footage from MIRC’s Fox Movietone News Collection.
About Bill Morrison:
Bill Morrison’s films typically source rare archival footage in which long-forgotten, and sometimes deteriorated, imagery is reframed as part of a collective mythology. His work has been recognized with the Alpert Award, Creative Capital, the Foundation for Contemporary Art, a Guggenheim fellowship, and a mid-career retrospective at MoMA. His found footage opus Decasia (2002) was the first film of the 21st century to be selected to the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry. The Great Flood (2013) was awarded the Smithsonian Ingenuity Award of 2014 for historical scholarship. Dawson City: Frozen Time (2016) won a Critics’ Choice Award for the most innovative documentary of the year and was named the best documentary of 2017 by the Boston Society of Film Critics.
5:30pm: Reception with Bill Morrison
7:30pm: Q&A with Bill Morrison