Frankenstein plays muse to filmmaker Bill Morrison, trumpeter Dave Douglas
After re-reading Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Morrison and Douglas set out to create something from nothing, building upon simple ideas that flourished and became increasingly more complex--much like the story itself. The title of the film is telling of the approach the two men took for the project. It comes from a brief passage in the novel:
I collected the instruments of life around me, that I might infuse a spark of being into the lifeless thing that lay at my feet.
While Morrison created a narrative out of found and recycled footage Douglas, a musician who draws inspiration from many sources and samples himself, set about creating the sound of the film, employing turntables and electric jazz with the help of Grammy-nominated Keystone.
You can see the creative results tonight only at the Walker Art Center. Tickets are $25 and the event screens at 8 p.m. For more info visit www.walkerart.org.