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Silent Films/Live Music at World Financial Center

January 27, 2012

Arts Brookfield at World Financial Center shined a spotlight on the modern master of archival and experimental film, Bill Morrison, in a free, four-night series pairing his acclaimed features with music by some of today’s most renowned composers. Hailed by Variety as “one of the most adventurous American filmmakers,” Morrison mixes decaying footage from old silent movies with wildly experimental original images and scores to create a stunning film-going experience.The series kicked-off and culminated with live performances by two celebrated new-music orchestras. The Wordless Music Orchestra accompanied Morrison’s The Miners’ Hymns, while The Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble performed the score for Morrison’s masterpiece Decasia.

Coverage highlights ranged from reviews by Jon Pareles in The New York Times and Tobias Carol in The L Magazine to interviews with Morrison in IndieWire and Downtown Express to a Best of the Fests in Time Out New York.