Bill Morrison

Bill Morrison: Miners, Bridges, Lost Love and Other Retrieved Treasures

"Visually, The Miners's Hymns feels like a more visceral Metropolis, with the mythical ethereality of Cocteau's Orpheus and the muscular punch of a Lewis Hine photo."
LA Weekly

Los Angeles premiere | The Miners’ Hymns (USA/UK, 2011, 52 min, HD)
Jack H. Skirball Series

Since The Film of Her (1996), award-winning filmmaker Bill Morrison has completed more than 20 experimental pieces in which he poetically and rhythmically reworks archival footage in various stages of preservation or decomposition. With The Miners’ Hymns, he teams up with Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson to celebrate the culture and political struggles of the Durham collieries in northeastern England. Weaving together stunning black-and-white footage from the early 1900s through the massive 1984 strikes, the film montages different aspects of the miners’ lives—the hardship of pit work, the role of the trade unions, the tradition of the colliery brass bands and the annual Miners’ Gala in Durham. A selection of earlier short films, including Outerborough (2005) and Release (2010) rounds out the evening.

In person: Bill Morrison

Curated by Steve Anker and Bérénice Reynaud.

Funded in part with generous support from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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MON 4/23
8:30 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff