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Decasia + Light Is Calling
A film by Bill Morrison
Music by Michael Gordon
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Decasia and Light Is Calling are included on one Blu-Ray
Often compared to Stan Brakhage, Bill Morrison created DECASIA entirely with decaying, old found footage, melded to the music of Bang on a Can's Michael Gordon, performed by the 55 piece basel sinfonietta. The result is a delirium of deteriorated film stock, a moving avant-garde masterpiece that leaves its meaning open to interpretation and, most importantly, your imagination.

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"Bill Morrison's DECASIA is that rare thing: a movie with avant-garde and universal appeal.... Morrison is not the first artist to take decomposing film stock as his raw material, but he plunges into this dark nitrate of the soul with contagious abandon...The film is a fierce dance of destruction. Its flame-like, roiling black-and-white inspires trembling and gratitude." —J. Hoberman, The Village Voice

"I popped Morrison's video into my VCR and within a few further minutes I found myself completely absorbed, transfixed, a pillow of air lodged in my stilled, open mouth. Now, I'm no particular authority on film, but I do know one-Errol Morris. A short time later, when I happened to be visiting him, I popped the video into his VCR and proceeded to observe as Morrison's film once again began casting its spell. Errol sat drop-jawed: at one point, about halfway through, he stammered, ''This may be the greatest movie ever made." —Lawrence Weschler, The New York Times Magazine

"Compelling and disturbing! Swimming symphonies of baroque beauty emerge from corrosive nitrate disintegration as rockets of annihilation demolish cathedrals of reality." —Kenneth Anger, filmmaker

"A stirring, haunting modern masterpiece...Bill Morrison has created a unique artifact, as enigmatically authoritative as Max Ernst's collage novel "Une Semaine de Bonté." It makes you think of Joseph Cornell's memory boxes, Robert Rauschenberg's time-stuffed assemblages, Anger, Hitchcock. It makes you feel that the art, as opposed to the business, of cinema does have a future - even if it has to be found deep in the past." —Jonathan Jones, The Guardian

2013 DECASIA named to the Library of Congress' National Film Registry
2002 Sundance Film Festival
2002 Rotterdam Film Festival
2002 Ann Arbor Film Festival, The Netherlands
2002 Cleveland Film Festival
2002 Cinema Zed, Belgium
2002 San Francisco Film Festival
2002 Cinema de Balie, The Netherlands
2002 Indie Forum 2002, Seoul, Korea
2002 Sonar 2002, Barcelona, Spain
2002 Karlovy Vary Film Festival, Czech Republic
2002 Jerusalem Film Festival, Israel
2002 Edinburgh Film Festival, Scotland
2002 SeNef Festival, Seoul Korea
2002 Institute of Contemporary Art, London
2002 Athens Film Festival, Greece
2002 Orphan Film Symposium
2002 Leeds Film Festival, UK
2002 Flanders Film Festival, Ghent, Belgium
2002 Denver Film Festival
2002 Viennale, Austria
2002 Three Rivers Film Festival
2002 PEK Festival, The Hague, The Netherlands
2003 Wisconsin Film Festival
2003 Images Festival, Toronto, Canada
2003 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
2003 Istanbul Film Festival, Turkey
2003 Singapore Film Festival
2003 Independent Film Festival of Boston
2003 New Horizons Film Festival, Poland
2003 Brisbane Film Festival, Australia
2003 Sarajevo Film Festival, Bosnia and Herzegovina
2003 Olympia Film Festival
2003 Pordenone Silent Film Festival, Italy

67 minutes / color/b&w
Release: 2012
Copyright: 2002
UPC: 8-54565-00153-4
DVD Sale: $34.98
Blu-Ray Sale: $34.98

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Subject areas:
Cinema Studies, Film History, Media Studies, On 35mm

Related Links:
Read Dave Kehr's review of the Blu-Ray in the New York Times!
The Films of Bill Morrison


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Bill Morrison: Collected Works (1996–2013): This five-disc set comprises 16 works by filmmaker and multimedia artist Bill Morrison.

The Great Flood: Filmmaker Bill Morrison and musician Bill Frisell evoke the Mississippi River Flood of 1927, and its many legacies.

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