Scene from the film The Great Flood
Scene from the film The Great Flood
Scene from the film The Great Flood
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The Great Flood

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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.

Music performed by Bill Frisell, Guitar; Ron Miles, Trumpet; Tony Scherr, Bass; Guitar Kenny Wollesen, Drums.

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  • Original Title
    The Great Flood
  • Direction
  • Editing
    Bill Morrison
  • Music
    Bill Frisell, Ron Miles, Tony Scherr, Kenny Wollesen
  • Runtime
    78 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • United States
  • Production
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • 2014 Pesaro Film Festival
    • 2013 Cleveland International Film Festival
    • 2013 Athens International Film Festival
    • 2013 Festival du Nouveau Cinema
    • 2013 Vancouver International Film Festival
    • 2013 Viennale
  • Awards
    • 2014 Smithsonian Ingenuity Award for Historical Scholarship is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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