RIFF Movies Archive

Beyond Zero: 1914-1918



United States, 2014, 35mm - Color - 40

DIRECTED BY:
Bill Morrison

CAST:
Kronos Quartet

SCREENPLAY:
Bill Morrison, Aleksandra Vrebalov, David Harrington

PHOTOGRAPHY:
various

EDITING:
Bill Morrison

MUSIC:
Aleksandra Vrebalov

SOUND:
Kronos Quartet

PRODUCER:
Janet Cowperthwaite

PRODUCTION:
Hypnotic Pictures

WORLD SALES:
Hypnotic Pictures

STORY DESCRIPTION:

Sourcing original 35mm nitrate footage shot during the first World War, filmmaker Bill Morrison pieces together a unique visual exploration from footage that has never been viewed by modern audiences, and will never be seen again outside of this film. Serbian composer Aleksandra Vrebalov created the score, commissioned and performed by the Kronos Quartet.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Bill Morrison‘s films often combine rare archival material set to contemporary music. “Decasia” (67 min, 2002), his collaboration with the composer Michael Gordon, was selected to the US Library of Congress’ 2013 National Film Registry, becoming the first film of the 21st century be named to that list. In 2014 “The Great Flood” (78, 2014), with soundtrack by Bill Frisell, opened theatrically, and was awarded an American Ingenuity Award for Historical Research by Smithsonian Magazine. Bill also premiered “Beyond Zero 1914-1918”, a collaboration with the composer Aleksandra Vrebalov and the Kronos Quartet at Edinburgh International Festival and at CPH:DOX. In October – November 2014, Morrison had a mid-career retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, NY.

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