Decasia | Carolina Theatre | Special Events | Indy Week
This is a past event.
When: Mon., Nov. 7 2011
Price: $5

Released in 2002, Bill Morrison's Decasia has become an instant classic of nonnarrative film art. It was constructed from celluloid nitrate film stock dating to the early 20th century, salvaged from basements and archives. Time wasn't kind to these reels: They'd rotted in storage, and the images are scratched, splotched, scorched and smirched, sometimes to the edge of legibility. The film unspools as a procession of spectral images, ghosts of cinema past, paired with a hypnotic soundtrack by Bang on a Can founder Michael Gordon. The score is like-minded in its methods as well as its effect; instruments include out-of-tune pianos and an old, rusted brake drum scraped by a metal whisk.

The result is a fascinating tripartite collaboration between Morrison and Gordon, the creators of the original silent films and blind nature, whose mutilations are unpredictable and eerily beautiful. The 7 p.m. screening, presented by Duke Performances, will be followed by a Q-and-A with Morrison. At noon on Tuesday, Morrison will discuss film scoring with composers from Duke's graduate music program in a free public presentation at Duke's Biddle Music Building. Visit dukeperformances.org. —Marc Maximov

Enter your starting address (include city or postal code):

(directions will appear below map)

Nearby

Reviews/comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a review

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Roll over stars and click to rate.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

© 2018 Indy Week • 320 E. Chapel Hill St., Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation