Perfecting his aesthetic of reusing archival materials in various states of decay, Morrison redeployed footage from the 1926 feature The Bells, directed by James Young, to create two vastly differing shorts: in Light Is Calling, a chance meeting between a young cavalry officer and a young maiden is enhanced by the roiling of emulsion on celluloid base; in The Mesmerist, a gruesome murder is revealed as a lucid dream on pristine celluloid, while waking life is seen through the lens of deteriorated emulsion.
2000. USA. Directed by Bill Morrison. Music by Michael Montes. 12 min.
2000. USA. Directed by Bill Morrison. Featuring Slink Moss. Sound by Michael Montes. 23 min.
2003. USA. Directed by Bill Morrison. Music by Bill Frisell. 16 min.
Light Is Calling
2004. USA. Directed by Bill Morrison. Music by David Lang, Michael Gordon. 8 min.
2005. USA. Directed by Bill Morrison. Silent version. 8 min.
Program 67 min.