Bill Morrison

Director Bill Morrison was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1965, and currently lives in New York. He attended Cooper Union, where he studied painting and animation. After college, he worked with New York's Ridge Theater, making short film backdrops for their avant-garde productions. This work has been recognized with two Bessie awards and an Obie.

Morrison's film and multimedia art has been screened at festivals, museums, and concert halls worldwide, including the Sundance Film Festival, the Tate Modern, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The Museum of Modern Art has acquired eight of his titles for their permanent collection. Morrison has been commissioned to create films for numerous composers, including John Adams, Laurie Anderson, Gavin Bryars, Dave Douglas, Richard Einhorn, Bill Frisell, Michael Gordon, Henryk Gorecki, Vijay Iyer, Jóhann Jóhannsson, David Lang, Harry Partch, Steve Reich and Julia Wolfe. Morrison has received the Alpert Award, as well as fellowships from Creative Capital, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and the NEA.

Decasia (2002), his feature-length collaboration with composer Michael Gordon, was described by The Village Voice film critic J. Hoberman as "the most widely acclaimed American avant-garde film of the fin-de-siècle", and by Oscar-winning filmmaker Errol Morris as "a definitive work of art, and a new kind of documentary." Writing in The New York Times Magazine, Lawrence Weschler wrote that watching the film, "I found myself completely absorbed, transfixed, a pillow of air lodged in my stilled, open mouth."

Icarus Films is proud to distribute nine of Bill Morrison's works. Note: This artist does not authorize film screenings with alternate soundtracks. Any request for a rental with live performance must be of the original score. Discover more of our featured filmmakers.

"One of the most adventurous American filmmakers" —Robert Koehler, Variety


Auteur filmmaker Bill Morrison brings to life a new cinematic record of World War I.

Bill Morrison | 2015 | 40 minutes | Color | No dialog

This five-disc set comprises 16 works by filmmaker and multimedia artist Bill Morrison.

Bill Morrison | 2014 | 455 minutes | Color | English

A legendary cinematic exploration of the beauty of decaying archival footage by experimental film artist Bill Morrison. Music by Michael Gordon.

Bill Morrison | 2012 | 67 minutes | Color | English

Special edition Blu-ray including both DECASIA, a legendary cinematic exploration of the beauty of decaying archival footage by experimental film artist Bill Morrison, and LIGHT IS CALLING.

Bill Morrison | 2012 | 67 minutes | Color | English

A Library of Congress clerk tries to save early cinematic treasures in Bill Morrison's doc-fiction hybrid. Music by Henryk Gorecki & Bill Frisell.

Bill Morrison | 2012 | 12 minutes | Color

Artist Bill Morrison and musician Bill Frisell evoke the Mississippi River Flood of 1927 and ensuing transformation of American society.

Bill Morrison | 2013 | 80 minutes | Color | English

A sumptuous cine-poem created from decaying archival footage. Music by Michael Gordon.

Bill Morrison | 2004 | 8 minutes | Color

The ill-fated coal mining communities in North East England are the subject of this inspired documentary by multi-media artist Bill Morrison. Music by Johann Johannsson.

Bill Morrison | 2012 | 52 minutes | Color

A trolley traveling over the Brooklyn Bridge in 1899 helped create the footage underlying Bill Morrison's neo-travelogue. Music by Todd Reynolds.

Bill Morrison | 2012 | 9 minutes | Color

Al Capone's release from prison is eagerly awaited by a crowd in Bill Morrison's split-screen panorama. Music by Vijay Iyer.

Bill Morrison | 2012 | 13 minutes | Color