Bill Morrison (born Chicago, November 17, 1965) is a New York-based filmmaker and artist. His films often combine rare archival material set to contemporary music, and have been screened in theaters, cinemas, museums, galleries, and concert halls around the world. He attended Reed College 1983-85, and graduated from Cooper Union School of Art in 1989. Trained as a painter, his work reflects a deep and abiding attention to the celluloid image.
He has collaborated with some of the most influential composers of our time, including John Adams, Maya Beiser, Gavin Bryars, Dave Douglas, Richard Einhorn, Erik Friedlander, Bill Frisell, Philip Glass, Michael Gordon, Michael Harrison, Ted Hearne, Vijay Iyer, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Kronos Quartet, David Lang, David T. Little, Michael Montes, Steve Reich, Todd Reynolds, Aleksandra Vrebalov, and Julia Wolfe among many others.
Decasia (2002), a collaboration with the composer Michael Gordon, was selected to the U.S. Library of Congress’ 2013 National Film Registry, becoming the most modern film named to the list that preserves works of “great cultural, historic or aesthetic significance to the nation’s cinematic heritage.” Morrison’s films are also in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, Walker Art Center, and the EYE Film Institute.
Morrison is a Guggenheim fellow and has received the Alpert Award for the Arts, an NEA Creativity Grant, Creative Capital, and a fellowship from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. His theatrical projection design has been recognized with two Bessie awards and an Obie Award.
DAWSON CITY: FROZEN TIME will be released in 2017 by Kino Lorber in North America and Cineteca Bologna for Italy. His previous work has been distributed by Icarus Films in North America, and by the British Film Institute in the UK.
A mid-career retrospective was held at the Museum of Modern Art (NY) in 2014; Morrison has also had retrospectives at the Walker Art Museum, Minneapolis; the Vila Do Conde Short Film Festival, Portugal; the Adelaide Film Festival, Australia; and the Aarhus Film Festival, Denmark. 2016 retrospectives include Valdivia (Chile) and Jihlava (CZ).