Beyond Zero: 1914-1918 (DVD)

Beyond Zero: 1914-1918 (DVD)

Bill Morrison and Aleksandra Vrebalov


Beyond Zero: 1914-18 follows a path through an artillery barrage of repeated rhythms and brief but expansive moments of release to depict war and moral chaos. Scratches, burns and bubbles crawl across the nitrate footage like some living, viral thing, as images emerge from, and are then consumed by, the organic beast of history… if it’s true that a picture is worth a thousand words, then the Kronos Quartet prove that, in the right context, a chord is worth a thousand pictures, whether an atonal assimilation of a world torn apart or a classical Turkish lament that carries the unbearable pain of all humanity in a single note.”

Alan Morrison, The Herald Scotland

About the album

Written to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, Beyond Zero: 1914-1918 is a collaboration between filmmaker Bill Morrison, composer Aleksandra Vrebalov, and Kronos. The 40-minute work interweaves rare 35mm nitrate footage with archival audio recordings and Vrebalov’s original score. “Unlike official histories, that have often romanticized and glorified the war,” writes Vrebalov, “artists have typically been the keepers of sanity, showing its brutality, destruction, and ugliness.” Watch additional excerpt >

Beyond Zero: 1914–1918 was supported in part by an award to the Kronos Performing Arts Association from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional funding from The MAP Fund, which is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. It was commissioned by Cal Performances, University of California, Berkeley; National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial and the Harriman-Jewell Series in Kansas City, Missouri; and Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, in Hanover, New Hampshire.
  1. Beyond Zero: 1914-1918
    A film by Bill Morrison
    Music composed by Aleksandra Vrebalov and performed by Kronos Quartet
  2. Extras
    Live music performance of Beyond Zero: 1914-1918 by Kronos Quartet
  3. Trailers
    Also by Bill Morrison: The Great Flood, Decasia, The Miners’ Hymns

Released by Icarus Films

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