Tribeca Interview: The Minersí Hymns' David Metcalfe And Bill Morrison

By Perri Nemiroff 2011-04-26 06:41:48discussion comments
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Think youíre a found footage expert having seen everything from The Blair Witch Project to Paranormal Activity? Well, this might blow you away; not only does this yearís Tribeca Film Festival boast two fictional found footage-style films, but a non-fiction one, too! Itís a documentary called The Minersí Hymns.

Director Bill Morrison is known for using shots bearing signs of chemical deterioration, further enhancing the decay through digital processing, but here, he uses pristine black and white material from the British National Archives as well as some gorgeous freshly shot color footage. Morrison combined the two in his effort to reconstruct the history of coal mining in Durham, England, including the minersí strike of 1984. A documentary with zero dialogue, talking heads or narration, The Minersí Hymns relies solely on Morrisonís construction and Jůhann Jůhannssonís score to express a narrative.

In time with The Minersí Hymns premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival both Morrison and the filmís producer, David Metcalfe, sat down to tell us about the production of the film beginning with Metcalfe approaching Morrison about making the film to Morrison having to create imagery to accompany Jůhannssonís music and more. Hear it all for yourself in the video interview below.


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