The Great Flood

A film-music collaboration by multimedia artist and filmmaker Bill Morrison and guitarist composer Bill Frisell based on, and inspired by, the catastrophic Mississippi River Flood of 1927 and the ensuing transformation of American society.



Bill Morrison





Running Time

80 mins 

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SFGFF Film Program:

Great_Flood__The_WEB.jpgThe Mississippi River Flood of 1927 was the most destructive river flood in American history. The river broke its banks in 145 places and inundated 27,000 square miles to a depth of up to 30 feet. Part of its enduring legacy was the mass exodus of displaced sharecroppers. The Great Migration fueled the evolution of acoustic blues to electric blues bands. In The Great Flood, the bubbles and washes of decaying footage is associated with the destructive force of rising water. These layers of visual information, paired with Frisell's music, become contemporary again. We see the images through a prism of history, but one that dances with the sound of modern music. Using minimal text and no spoken dialog, filmmaker Bill Morrison and composer / guitarist Bill Frisell have created a powerful portrait of a seminal moment in American history through a collection of silent images matched to a searing original soundtrack. 

Screening: June 1, 2014 at Roxie Theater. SF Premiere