Live Performance with the Bill Frisell Quartet" to "Live performance with Bill Frisell, Ron Miles, Tony Scherr, and Kenny Wollesen
The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T1, Theater 1
Bill Morrison. *The Great Flood*. 2013. Performed by Bill Frisell at the Moore Theatre, 2013. Photograph © 2013 Daniel Sheehan

The Great Flood. 2013. USA. Directed by Bill Morrison. 78 min.

Music composed by Bill Frisell. The Great Flood is based on actual footage of the powerfully destructive Mississippi river flood of 1927—levees broke in over 100 places, engulfing thousands of square miles—and the revitalization of African American music that evolved as black southerners migrated Northward to escape the devastation. Using previously unseen outtakes from newsreel footage, Morrison reveals a society in the midst of a cultural, political and ecological upheaval. Guitarist Bill Frisell's score embodies the catastrophic events, and serves as the emotional narrator of the film.

This film accompanies Bill Morrison: Compositions.