Directed by Bill Morrison
2011, 52min, 35mm
“Best film score of the year” – New Yorker
“Quite simply one of the best and most beautiful films of the year” – Huffington Post
First presented as a commissioned work at the annual Durham miners’ gala in 2010, The Miners' Hymns is an unforgettable artistic work connecting history to culture and memory. Morrison uses early footage from years of miners’ galas and labor strikes in the north of England, and connects them to today’s post-industrial suburban landscape, visualizing a lost heritage. Presented with two of Morrison's short films from the mid-aughts.
Lalitha Gopalan (faculty, Radio-Television-Film, UT Austin) will introduce the screening.
UT Austin students can receive a $3 discount on tickets with the code nitrate3.
Screens with: Who By Water (18 minutes, 2007). In this haunting work of moving portraiture, passengers on a steamer ship are caught individually on a movie camera at the outset of their voyage. Score by Michael Gordon.
Screens with: Light is Calling (8 minutes, 2004). Captured from film prints that are close to total deterioration, the essence of a wartime love story, while on the edge of erasure, can still be perceived in this poetic short.
This program is presented in partnership with Austin Film Society, in conjunction with Bill Morrison: Cycles & Loops, on view January 28 – March 12, 2022.