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Uploaded on Oct 18, 2011
Trailer for "The Great Flood"
Icarus films presents the US theatrical premiere at IFC Center NYC, Wed Jan 8, 2014
Film by Bill Morrison Music by Bill Frisell Produced by Phyllis Oyama
Performed by Bill Frisell, Guitar Ron Miles, Trumpet Tony Scherr, Bass, Guitar Kenny Wollesen, Drums, Vibes
Currently on tour 2011 - 2012
The Mississippi River Flood of 1927 was the most destructive river flood in American history. In the spring of 1927, the river broke out of its banks in 145 places and inundated 27,000 square miles to a depth of up to 30 feet.
Part of it enduring legacy was the mass exodus of displaced sharecroppers. Musically, the "Great Migration" of rural southern blacks to Northern cities saw the Delta Blues electrified and reinterpreted as the Chicago Blues, Rhythm and Blues, and Rock and Roll.
Using minimal text and no spoken dialog, filmmaker Bill Morrison and composer / guitarist Bill Frisell have created a powerful portrait of a seminal moment in American history through a collection of silent images matched to a searing original soundtrack.