Unknown and Unseen: Bill Morrison's New Project, Newsreels from the History of Baseball

Filmmaker Bill Morrison presenting, The Great Flood Sunday, November 9, 1 pm. Fenimore Art Museum. $5 advance/$6 at door. Introduction, Dawson City: Frozen Time (10 min)  Q&A following The Great Flood.


Filmmaker Bill Morrison presenting, The Great Flood
Sunday, November 9, 1 pm. Fenimore Art Museum. $5 advance/$6 at door.

Introduction, Dawson City: Frozen Time (10 min) 

Q&A following The Great Flood.

In honor of his first visit to Cooperstown, filmmaker and media archaeologist Bill Morrison unveils baseball rarities that were buried for 49 years in the permafrost of Dawson City, Yukon. Unearthed in 1978, and preserved in 1979, these historic newsreel clips nonetheless remained unknown and unseen by the public before Morrison's discovery of them at Library and Archives Canada earlier this year.

Morrison will give some background on the bizarre history of these films - the subject of his next film, "Dawson City: Frozen Time", and present new HD scans of 35mm prints from the Dawson City Museum and Historical Society Collection at the Library and Archives, including:

Universal Current Events, Vol 1, Issue 18 - Giants at Dodgers, 8/31/17
Universal Current Events, Vol 1, Issue 20 - Reds v Cubs (mistitled "Cubs v Socks"), 9/11/17
Universal Current Events, Vol 1, Issue 22 - 1917 NY Giants, NL Pennant winners
Universal Animated Weekly, Vol 5, No 93, 1917 World Series, Giants vs White Sox
British Canadian Pathé News, 81A, 1919 World Series, Reds vs. White Sox

Recent press on Dawson City: Frozen Time can be found at::
NYTimes, 10/28/14
Chicago Tribune, 5/8/14
Chicago Sun-Times, 5/3/14

Bill Morrison‘s films often combine archival film material set to contemporary music. He has collaborated with some of the most influential composers of our time, including John Adams, Laurie Anderson, Gavin Bryars, Dave Douglas, Richard Einhorn, Philip Glass, Michael Gordon, Henryk Gørecki, Bill Frisell, Vijay Iyer, Jóhann Jóhannsson, David Lang, Julia Wolfe, and Steve Reich, among many others.

 “Decasia” (67 min, 2002), a collaboration with the composer Michael Gordon, was selected to the US Library of Congress’ 2013 National Film Registry, becoming the most modern film named to the list that preserves works of “great cultural, historic or aesthetic significance to the nation’s cinematic heritage.” Morrison's films are also in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, Walker Art Center, and the EYE Film Institute. He is a Guggenheim fellow and has received the Alpert Award for the Arts, an NEA Creativity Grant, Creative Capital, and a fellowship from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. His theatrical projection design has been recognized with two Bessie awards and an Obie Award.

 In 2013, Morrison was honored with retrospective programs in four different countries: the Walker Art Museum, Minneapolis; the Vila Do Conde Short Film Festival, Portugal; the Adelaide Film Festival, Australia; and the Aarhus Film Festival, Denmark.

 In 2014 “The Great Flood” opened theatrically in the US, and was released on DVD by Icarus Films. “The Miners Hymns” was screened with live musical performances as part of a seven city tour of the US, Amsterdam, and the UK, produced by Forma Arts & Media.

Morrison will have a mid-career retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, NY in October – November 2014.

 Morrison’s work is distributed by Icarus Films in North America, and the BFI in the UK.