Director: BILL MORRISON
In July 2016, four reels of “Derevenskiy Detektiv”; (directed by Ivan Lukinsky USSR, 1969), a Soviet film starring Mikhail Zharov (1899-1981), were found in a fisherman’s net trawling the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, 20 miles off the Icelandic coast. In this many layered documentary hybrid, the recovered footage is interwoven with interviews and clips from Zharov’s lengthy filmography to reflect the ways in which life and art can intersect, and how history can endure, and resurface transformed, on celluloid.
Bill Morrison makes films that reframe long-forgotten moving images. His films have premiered at the New York, Rotterdam, Sundance, and Venice film festivals. In 2014 Morrison had a mid-career retrospective at MoMA. His found footage opus «Decasia» (2002) was the first film of the 21st century to be selected to the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry. «The Great flood» (2013), was recognized with the Smithsonian Ingenuity Award of 2014 for historical scholarship. «Dawson city: Frozen time» (2016) was included on numerous lists of the best films of the decade, including Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, and Vanity Fair.