The Great Flood

Wednesday, January 8 - Thursday, January 23, 2014

This collaboration by filmmaker Bill Morrison (Decasia) and composer/guitarist Bill Frisell revisits the Mississippi River Flood of 1927, the most destructive in American history. That spring, the river overran its banks in 145 places, inundating 27,000 square miles. The mass displacement along the flood’s path, forcing a rural population into cities, changed the face of American society—and music—forever. Grafting poignant silent images to a searing original soundtrack, Morrison and Frisell create a powerful vision of a seminal moment of our past.

Click here to watch the trailer for THE GREAT FLOOD

“Four stars! [Conveys] all the terror and pity that modern disaster footage imparts. But Morrison and Frisell infuse the film with warmth and, where appropriate, a touch of wit, causing its subject to breathe anew.” –Steve Smith, Time Out New York

“A history lesson so vividly immediate as to resemble a ghostly conjuration” –Ben Mercer, The L Magazine

Concurrent with our release of THE GREAT FLOOD, we’re pleased to present revival screenings of Morrison’s acclaimed earlier film DECASIA, daily Wed Jan 8-Thu Jan 16 at 2:40 & 6:20.

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