Billy in the Lowground
Mary Simpson, Fionn Meade, Rob Millis,
and The Foghorn Stringband

November 2 – December 3, 2006

Opening Reception: 5-8pm
First Thursday, November 2, 2006

Film Screening, Reading, and
Live Music Performance
Wednesday, November 1, 8pm
Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Avenue, Seattle

BILLY IN THE LOWGROUND is a new film and installation by artist and filmmaker Mary Simpson, writer and musician Fionn Meade, and composer Rob Millis.

Inhabiting an ‘in between’ place not unlike Dante’s dark wood or Alice’s rabbit hole, Billy in the Lowground enters into and explores the rough corners of early American ballads as glimpsed and re-imagined through sound, gesture, and mise-en-scène.

Employing live action and real time sound recordings, Billy in the Lowground features a sound collaboration with The Foghorn Stringband. At the forefront of Portland’s old-time music scene, Foghorn plays at leading festivals around the world. Other performers include Amelia Reeber, Alice de Muizon, Hisham Mayet and Sedat Uysal.

The installation includes a new film by Mary Simpson and Fionn Meade along with additional sound compositions from Rob Millis and new work by Mary Simpson.

Billy in the Lowground will premiere Wednesday, November 1 at the Northwest Film Forum to be followed by a short reading from Meade and a live performance by special musical guests The Foghorn String Band.

The installation opens the following evening, Thursday, November 2, with a reception at PUNCH Gallery during the First Thursday Artwalk from 5-8pm.

Billy in the Lowground is made possible, in part, through a ‘4Culture Special Projects’ grant and in-kind production support from Northwest Film Forum’s Roll Camera 16mm Program.

Fionn Meade will be presenting one of three new essays funded in part by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs’ ‘City Artists’ program. Additional in-kind support was provided by Flying Spot Film Transfer.

For more information about the artists,
download the Billy in the Lowground press release.

Hours: Noon-5pm Friday-Sunday, or by appointment.

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Billy in the Lowground
2006, stills from 16mm film