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Directed by Bill Morrison

United States 2012 80 mins.

THE GREAT FLOOD is a film-music collaboration inspired by the catastrophic Mississippi River Flood of 1927 and the ensuing transformation of American society. A pivotal event that set off massive migration, the flood fueled the evolution of acoustic blues to electric blues bands that thrived in cities like Chicago and Detroit, which in turn became the wellspring for R&B and rock, as well as developing jazz styles. Using minimal text and no spoken dialogue, Morrison weaves incredible archival footage with composer/guitarist Bill Frisell’s evocative score to create a powerful portrait of a seminal moment in American history. As the incredible footage unfolds, some pristine and some decayed, the images from this milestone tragedy narrate a haunting, dreamlike, and unique cinematic experience.