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Dawson City: Frozen Time

This Blu is a fascinating hybrid of experimental film and historical documentary by Bill Morrison of Decasia fame. Lost film history and the vanished era of the Dawson Gold Rush blend into one story — all touched off by the discovery of tons of rare silent film, buried in the cold ground of the Canadian Yukon. And Donald Trump’s in there too! In the show, not the snow.

Dawson City: Frozen Time

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Kino Lorber Kino Classics

2017 / Color & B&W / 1:78 widescreen & 1:37 Silent Ap / 120 min. / Street Date October 31, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 34.95

Starring: Kathy Jones-Gates, Michael Gates, Sam Kula, Bill O’Farrell, Chris ‘Mad Dog’ Russo, Bill Morrison.

Film Editor: Bill Morrison

Researchers: Kathy Jones-Gates, Michael Gates

Original Music: Alex Somers; sound design John Somers

Produced by Bill Morrison and Madeleine Molyneaux

Written and Directed by Bill Morrison

Bill Morrison is the celebrated filmmaker of Decasia, a wonderful film
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Explosive Memories: Five Questions for Dawson City: Frozen Time Director Bill Morrison

The poetics of decomposition are the haunting, thrilling and, in the case of his latest feature, Dawson City: Frozen Time, historically revelatory stuff of the cinema of Bill Morrison. In varying degrees and across films like The Miner’s Hymn, The Great Flood and Decasia — the latter dubbed “the best film ever made” by Errol Morris — Morrison has made the excavation of lost cinematic images both an informative and sensory-impactful experience. In the new Dawson City: Frozen Time, Morrison both dramatizes and draws upon the discovery of over 500 silent era films found iced and buried in a swimming […]
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On Mubi Off #6: "The Great Flood" & "10 Cloverfield Lane"

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On Mubi Off is a column exploring two films: one currently available on Mubi in the United States, and the other screening offsite (in theaters, on VOD, Blu-ray/DVD, etc).On MUBIThe Great Flood (Bill Morrison, 2011) Let's talk disasters—not those films that fail so spectacularly it's a sight to behold, but those actual Acts of God (or Man) that movies, quite often these days, take as their subject. So much of our art and the discourse surrounding it aims to convince us that the sky is forever falling. At the very least it presumes the worst will always happen (how human) and either a superman will save us or we'll be left to fend—violently, in all likelihood—for ourselves. The perpetual sense of imminent chaos is, to put it mildly, agitating. We need the complementary clarity provided by peace of mind, body and spirit in order to make sense of the senseless.
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114 Original Scores in 2014 Oscar® Race

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 114 scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2014 are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category for the 87th Oscars®. The eligible scores along with their composers are listed below, in alphabetical order by film title: “American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs,” Vivek Maddala, composer “Anita,” Lili Haydn, composer “Annabelle,” Joseph Bishara, composer “At Middleton,” Arturo Sandoval, composer “Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?,” Elia Cmiral, composer “Bears,” George Fenton, composer “Belle,” Rachel Portman, composer “Big Eyes,” Danny Elfman, composer “Big Hero 6,” Henry Jackman, composer “The Book of Life,” Gustavo Santaolalla and Tim Davies, composers “The Boxtrolls,” Dario Marianelli, composer “Brick Mansions,” Trevor Morris, composer “Cake,” Christophe Beck, composer “Calvary,” Patrick Cassidy, composer “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” Henry Jackman, composer “The Case against 8,” Blake Neely, composer “Cheatin’,” Nicole Renaud, composer “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,
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The Academy Announces Eligibility For 114 Scores, 79 Songs And 323 Feature Films In 87th Oscar Race

Three hundred twenty-three feature films are eligible for the 2014 Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today.

To be eligible for 87th Academy Awards consideration, feature films must open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by midnight, December 31, and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days.

Under Academy rules, a feature-length motion picture must have a running time of more than 40 minutes and must have been exhibited theatrically on 35mm or 70mm film, or in a qualifying digital format.

Feature films that receive their first public exhibition or distribution in any manner other than as a theatrical motion picture release are not eligible for Academy Awards in any category. The “Reminder List of Productions Eligible for the 87th Academy Awards” is available at http://www.oscars.org/oscars/rules-eligibility.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences also announced that 114 scores
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Oscars: Original Score Category To Draw From 114 Movies

Oscars: Original Score Category To Draw From 114 Movies
Original scores from The Boxtrolls, Divergent, Exodus: Gods And Kings and The Grand Budapest Hotel are among 114 scores eligible for nominations in the Original Score category for the 87th Oscars. The noms will be announced on January 15. The eligible scores along with their composers are listed below, in alphabetical order by film title:

American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs,” Vivek Maddala, composer

Anita,” Lili Haydn, composer

Annabelle,” Joseph Bishara, composer

At Middleton,” Arturo Sandoval, composer

“Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?,” Elia Cmiral, composer

Bears,” George Fenton, composer

Belle,” Rachel Portman, composer

Big Eyes,” Danny Elfman, composer

Big Hero 6,” Henry Jackman, composer

The Book of Life,” Gustavo Santaolalla and Tim Davies, composers

The Boxtrolls,” Dario Marianelli, composer

Brick Mansions,” Trevor Morris, composer

Cake,” Christophe Beck, composer

Calvary,” Patrick Cassidy, composer

Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” Henry Jackman, composer

The Case against 8,” Blake Neely, composer

“Cheatin’,” Nicole Renaud,
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Stunning HD Portrait Of Life During The Great Flood Of 1927 Which Displaced Millions Of Blacks Coming To DVD & VOD Soon

Icarus Films has announced the Home Video (DVD and VOD) release of the feature documentary The Great Flood, from director Bill Morrison, and a wonderful score by Grammy-winning guitarist/composer Bill Frisell, on May 20, 2014. The story, told without dialogue, centers on the Mississippi River Flood of 1927, the most destructive in U.S. history and the cause of a million people's displacement. The river overflowed its banks in 145 places, inundating 27,000 square miles in water up to 30 feet deep. Musically, the “Great Migration” of rural southern blacks to Northern cities saw the Delta Blues electrified and reinterpreted as the Chicago Blues, Rhythm and Blues,...
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Wales One World, BFI Flare: this week's new film events

Wales One World Film Festival | BFI Flare Festival | Human Rights Watch Film Festival | Flatpack Film Festival

Wales One World Film Festival, Cardiff & Aberystwyth

The world comes to Wales and brings with it a programme of 18 films from such far-flung destinations as Paraguay, Kenya, Iran, Poland and, er, Aberystwyth: Delight is a world premiere about a love affair in the Welsh town. Other fresh offerings include Argentinian supernatural thriller The Second Death and the latest from Iran's Asghar Farhadi, The Past. There's also something of an Indian flavour – The Lunchbox is a Mumbai romance – plus Bollywood Brass Band perform live.

Various venues, Fri to 30 Apr

BFI Flare Festival, London

Last year, the Guide suggested the London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival find a more succinct and inclusive name, and you know what, it has. But there are still a huge number of offerings highlighting the joys, dramas and traumas of sexual difference.
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Digging into the miners' strike

The director's new film is an elegy for pit workers, while up in the north-east the theme of this year's Av is 'extraction'. Together they explore the legacy of a hammer blow to workers' power

Film-maker Bill Morrison is feeling a little rueful. "Striking was once an effective means of leveraging power. Today's striking worker may feel fortunate to wake up and still have a job." He's reflecting on his film The Miners' Hymns, a collaboration with Icelandic musician Jóhann Jóhannsson, which trawls through hundreds of hours of archival footage of mines in the north-east of England to fashion an elegy for the workers, brass bands, local communities and unions that sustained the region throughout much of the 20th century. This month there will be many articles, radio programmes and TV documentaries marking the 30th anniversary of the beginning of the miners' strike: few will be as beautiful or as
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Icarus Films Acquires N. American Rights To 11 Cuban Indies In Americas Media Initiative Deal

Per the press release from Icarus Films, the same distribution that acquired and will release The Great Flood, from director Bill Morrison, as well as 6 Jean Rouch classics for North American distribution, including his landmark 1957 work Moi, Un Noir (Me, A Black), and also The Last Angel of History as well as Seven Songs for Malcolm X both by John Akomfrah - all releases we've covered on S&A. The company announced today its acquisition of all North American distribution rights to 11 films from the Cuba Media Project of the Americas Media Initiative.  The films are all independent productions, and, with the...
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Icarus Films Acquires 'The Great Flood' For Theatrical Premiere At IFC Center, NYC

Icarus Films has acquired North American distribution rights to the feature documentary The Great Flood, from director Bill Morrison, and a wonderful score by Grammy-winning guitarist/composer Bill Frisell. This is the 7th film by Morrison that Icarus has picked up. The details and the trailer follow: The Mississippi River Flood of 1927 was the most destructive river flood in American history. The river overflowed its banks in 145 places, inundating 27,000 square miles in water up to 30 feet deep. Musically, the “Great Migration” of rural southern blacks to Northern cities saw the Delta Blues electrified and reinterpreted as the Chicago Blues, Rhythm and Blues, and Rock and...
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Bill Frisell/The Great Flood – review

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Film-maker Bill Morrison's movie-collage The Great Flood, a solemn procession of battered, monochrome movie images from the Mississippi river disaster of 1927, would be a memorable drama even played in total silence. In closeup, it shows trickling streams and rain on cotton plants swelling into torrents; cigar-toting politicians gesticulate reassuringly, and the wealthy making dignified retreats while the impoverished cling to the remains of shacks. Guitarist Bill Frisell's live soundtrack of howling blues chords, Thelonious Monk hooks, country-swing and Old Man River quotes would make a fine concert without a film, too. Put the two together, however, as Frisell and Morrison have been doing this year, and the result moves up another creative and emotional level. The Great Flood has been one of the highlights of the 2012 London jazz festival so far.

Morrison hasn't cleaned up the old movie stock, and the film's sudden flashes
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