Interviews

The Great Flood director Bill Morrison on collaborating with Bill Frisell

New York-based filmmaker Bill Morrison had already made two short films using Bill Frisell's pre-recorded music, but Morrison wanted to work with the well-known jazz guitarist on a longer project. That effort would become The Great Flood, a documentary that they started collaborating on a few years ago and released on DVD last year. Using film footage from the Fox Movietone News Collection and the National Archives of the Mississippi River Flood of 1927 (the most destructive flood in American history), Morrison assembled the eighty-minute film. There's not a word in the movie -- much less dialogue or narration -- just Frisell's score to accompany the visuals of the catastrophe.

In advance of a screening Saturday, July 19 at the Boulder Theater, we spoke with Morrison about what inspired him to make the film. See also: Bill Frisell on working with Dale Bruning

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