The Great Flood - DVD
Bill Frisell: guitar
Ron Miles: trumpet
Tony Scherr: bass & guitar
Kenny Wollesen: drums & vibes
The Mississippi River Flood of 1927 was the most destructive river flood in American history. In the spring of 1927, the river broke out of its banks in 145 places and inundated 27,000 square miles to a depth of up to 30 feet.
Part of it enduring legacy was the mass exodus of displaced sharecroppers. 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 Roll.
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.
Released by Icarus Films on May 20th, 2014
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Coming to Terms With One of America’s Greatest Natural Disasters
Documentary filmmaker Bill Morrison plunges us into the Great Flood of 1927
By Jeff MacGregor
"Critic's Pick! Visual poetry, sublime" - The New York Times
"Archival wizard Bill Morrison's film finds lyricism in disaster" - The Wall Street Journal
"This is cinema as art, and a classic" - LA Weekly
"Fascinating! Required viewing in U.S. history classes throughout the country" - The Daily Beast
"Hypnotic, playful, wildly evocative...Masterfully assembled; a terrific achievement" - LA Times
"Four stars! [Conveys] all the terror and pity that modern disaster footage imparts [and causes] its subject to breathe anew. - Time Out New York
"A history lesson so vividly immediate as to resemble a ghostly conjuration." - The L Magazine
"A remarkable work!" - The Seattle Times
"[An] extraordinary confluence of talents and subject-matter." - The Telegraph