Live music for this program, performed by jazz trumpeter Dave Douglas as part of a six-piece electric jazz ensemble, was initially developed by Douglas and Morrison during a yearlong residency at Stanford University.
The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T1, Theater 1
Bill Morrison. *Spark of Being*. 2010. Performed by Dave Douglas and Keystone at Memorial Auditorium, Stanford University, April 24, 2010. Photograph © 2010 Laurie Olinder

Live music for this program, performed by jazz trumpeter Dave Douglas as part of a six-piece electric jazz ensemble, was initially developed by Douglas and Morrison during a yearlong residency at Stanford University.

Spark of Being. 2010. USA. Directed by Bill Morrison. Music by Dave Douglas. Composite film screening. 68 min.

Spark of Being, a close adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Gothic novel Frankenstein, explores the thematic interchangeability of three of the novel’s characters: the Captain, the Doctor, and the Creature. Spark of Being, which, as with all of Morrison's films, is dialogue-free, features Frank Hurley's original footage of Ernest Shackleton’s fated Antarctic expedition, along with a range of footage from other sources.

This film accompanies Bill Morrison: Compositions.