With Bill Morrison Discussing His Forthcoming Film The Village Detective
SUNKEN FILMS compilation
Occasionally lost films are found. There are also found films never known to have been lost. Such is the story of four rolls of 35mm film caught in fishermen’s nets near the shores of Iceland in summer 2016. Badly damaged, yet in a remarkably viewable condition, they were identified as parts of a once-popular Soviet comedy, Village Detective (dir. Ivan Lukinsky, 1969) whose original negative is preserved at Gosfilmofond of Russia. This discovery is the subject of the forthcoming film by Bill Morrison, The Village Detective (2020), a poetic reflection on the ways in which biographies of film prints are interwoven with biographies of human individuals, real and fictional, as well as broader historical events and their mediations through cinema.
In anticipation of the film’s release our virtual roundtable brings together four perspectives on the significance of film copies, found objects, and ocean as an unlikely repository of films.
Bill Morrison, filmmaker, Decasia (2002), The Great Flood (2013), Dawson City: Frozen Time (2017) https://billmorrisonfilm.com
Peter Bagrov (George Eastman Museum) Curator of the Moving Image Department
Joan Neuberger (U of Texas at Austin) Professor of History
Maria Vinogradova (NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia) film historian, Visiting Scholar
moderated by Marina Hassapopoulou (NYU Cinema Studies)
Music composed and performed by Stephe20200529_NeverL