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Talk by Bill Morrison – June 25 at 5 p.m., free admission

Director Bill Morrison is one of today’s leading experimental filmmakers. He is known for his method of reworking motion picture footage that he finds in various archives and using those plastic elements to recompose an original narrative. He has recently been interested in a collection of archival films that were preserved for decades in the permafrost in an abandoned swimming pool in Dawson City and are now deposited with Library and Archives Canada. It was in viewing these films that he came across forgotten footage of the 1919 World Series, which became infamous for the Black Sox Scandal,in which eight Chicago White Sox players conspired to intentionally lose the series in exchange for money. His talk will focus on how he made this discovery and his unique approach to filmmaking.

June 25 at 9 p.m. - Screenings with Bill Morrison in attendance

- Re: Awakenings
Historic footage of Oliver Sacks' "Awakenings" patients.
Original Super8 footage shot by Dr. Oliver Sacks of his patients at Beth Abraham Hospital, Bronx, NY, who were administered the drug L-Dopa in the summer of 1969 and “awakened” after decades of inactivity is featured in this cine-poem that combines archival footage with a score for solo saxophone composed by Philip Glass.

- Spark of Being (2010, 68 min, DV)
An adaptation of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" using found film footage, with an original soundtrack by Dave Douglas, performed by Keystone.



Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 17:00 to 23:00
  • 335 Boulevard de Maisonneuve Est
    H2X 1K1   Montréal, Quebec
    45° 30' 49.7916" N, 73° 33' 45.4176" W