Sam Green

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
For other people of the same name, see Samuel Green.
Sam Green

Sam Green is a San Francisco and New York-based documentary filmmaker. His 2004 film The Weather Underground was nominated for an Academy Award, broadcast nationally on PBS, and included in the Whitney Biennial.[1]

Life[edit]

Green was raised in East Lansing, Michigan and is a graduate of East Lansing High School.[2] He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He received his master’s degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied documentary with filmmaker Marlon Riggs.[3]

Films[edit]

One of Green's earliest films,The Rainbow Man/John 3:16, focuses on the life of Rollen Stewart, who became famous during the 1970s by appearing at thousands of televised sporting events wearing a rainbow-colored wig.[4] The film premiered at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival, where director of programming Trevor Groth described it as "a parable about alienation, the media, and the meaninglessness that often defines American life."[5]

Sam Green and Yo La Tengo performing "The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller" at SFMOMA, May 2, 2012

Green's feature-length documentary film The Weather Underground focused on the group of young radicals of the same name, who during the late 1960s and '70s attempted to violently overthrow the United States government. The film premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for a 2003 Academy Award for Documentary Feature category.[6] The award winning film interweaves extensive archival material with modern-day interviews to explore the story of the Weather Underground. The New York Times film critic Elvis Mitchell called the documentary a "terrifically smart and solid piece of film-making."[7]

Sam Green's documentary Utopia in Four Movements (2010) also premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, in the category entitled "New Frontiers." In this "live" documentary, Green narrates the 75-minute film while a live band performs the soundtrack; the film examines various topics, including an American exile in Cuba, the world's largest shopping mall (located in China), the treatment of mass graves, and the history of the man-made language Esperanto.[8]

Green’s most recent project is a live documentary entitled The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller, about theorist and designer Buckminster Fuller, which features a live soundtrack by the band Yo La Tengo.[9] The piece combines in-person narration and live music alongside projected film clips and photographs.[10] It was commissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and premiered at the San Francisco Film Festival in May 2012.[11]

Filmography[edit]

  • The Measure of All Things (with the chamber music group yMusic and the band The Quavers, 2014)
  • Love Letter to the Fog (2013)
  • The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller (with the band Yo La Tengo, 2012)[12]
  • The Universal Language (2011)[13]
  • (Commissioned) Portrait of Las Vegas (2011)
  • Utopia in Four Movements, directed with Dave Cerf, (2010)[14][15]
  • Utopia, Part 3: The World's Largest Shopping Mall, co-directed with Carrie Lozano (2009)[16]
  • Clear Glasses (2008)
  • Lot 63, Grave C (2006)
  • N-Judah 5:30 (2004)
  • The Weather Underground (2003)
  • Pie Fight '69, co-directed with Christian Bruno (2000)
  • The Fabulous Stains: Behind the Movie, co-directed with Sarah Jacobson (1999)
  • The Rainbow Man/John 3:16 (1997)

References[edit]

External links[edit]