Bill Morrison & Maya Beiser


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Bill Morrison & Maya Beiser

  1. Thursday, September 26, 2013 8:30 p.m.

Films For Cello: Bill Morrison & Maya Beiser

WORLD PREMIERE - Bill Morrison's All Vows

Orphans Midwest is proud to present an evening of films and music with Bill Morrison and Opus 3 artist, Maya Beiser. The program features the World Premiere of the film All Vows and includes:

Light Is Calling (2004) music by Michael Gordon, 35mm
Cello Counterpoint (2005) music by Steve Reich for Maya Beiser; HD
Just Ancient Loops (2012) music by Michael Harrison for Maya Beiser, HD
All Vows (2013) music (2006) by Michael Gordon, HD

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The film All Vows was commissioned by Indiana University Cinema and the Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program. Funding was provided by the Dorit and Gerald Paul Program in Jewish Culture and the Arts.
Bill Morrison (Filmmaker, Hypnotic Pictures)
Maya Beiser (Artist, Opus 3)
Michael Gordon (Composer)

The project is supported by Indiana University’s New Frontiers in the Arts & Humanities Program and College of Arts & Humanities Institute.

Admission is free for registered conference attendees. Register here.

"All Vows" is an English translation of "Kol Nidre", the declaration and incantation that begins the Yom Kippur service, the Day of Atonement. It is the repentance from the sin of having abused vows, and a nullification of any future vows made unintentionally (according to Jewish doctrine, the formula is restricted to vows between man and God):

"All [personal] vows we are likely to make, all [personal] oaths and pledges we are likely to take between this Yom Kippur and the next Yom Kippur, we publicly renounce. Let them all be relinquished and abandoned, null and void, neither firm nor established. Let our [personal] vows, pledges and oaths be considered neither vows nor pledges nor oaths."

Bill Morrison wrote, “As in my previous work with Michael, the film will highlight the fragile and corporeal nature of ancient filmstock - the implication of an unknowable future as reflected through a dissolving historic document”.

Orphans Midwest: Materiality and the Moving Image is presented by IU Libraries Film Archive, Indiana University Cinema and NYU Cinema Studies/Tisch School of the Arts.