Bill Morrison’s previous works, including Decasia, have played in festivals around the world, winning numerous awards and acclaim. With Spark of Being, Morrison retells one of the cinema’s classic stories, Frankenstein, in his signature style, using found footage meticulously step printed and repurposed. Morrison’s mastery over celluloid allows him to add layers of decay and darkness to the screen, not to mention the electric sparks which course through both Morrison’s past work and this timeless tale of man’s hubris. –AFI Fest
Bill Morrison (born in Chicago, November 17, 1965) is a New York-based filmmaker and artist, best known for his experimental collage film Decasia (2002). He is a member of Ridge Theater and the founder of Hypnotic Pictures. He attended Reed College 1983-85, and graduated from Cooper Union School of Art in 1989.
Bill Morrison’s films have been screened at festivals, museums and concert halls worldwide, including the Sundance Film Festival, the Orphan film Symposium, The Tate Modern, London, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles. Eight of his titles have been acquired by the Museum of Modern Art. He has been commissioned to create films for some of the most important composers of his time, including John Adams, Gavin Bryars, Dave Douglas, Bill Frisell, Michael Gordon, Henryk Gorecki, Vijay Iyer, David Lang, Harry Partch, Steve Reich and Julia Wolfe. Morrison is a Guggenheim fellow and has received the Alpert Award. He has received grants from the Foundation for Contemporary… read more
Runner-Up: The Tree of Life, for which Terrence Malick wins Best Director.