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Sam Green

Sam Green received his Master's Degree in Journalism from University of California Berkeley, where he studied documentary with acclaimed filmmaker Marlon Riggs.

His most recent projects are the "live documentaries" The Measure of All Things (2014), The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller (with Yo La Tengo) (2012) and Utopia in Four Movements (2010). All of these works are performed live with Green narrating in-person and musicians performing a live soundtrack.

Green's 2004 feature-length film, the Academy Award-nominated documentary The Weather Underground, tells the story of a group of radical young women and men who tried to violently overthrow the United States government during the late 1960s and '70s. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, was broadcast on PBS, included in the Whitney Biennial and has screened widely around the world.

Green's previous long documentary, The Rainbow Man/John 3:16, follows the bizarre rise and fall of a man who became famous during the 1970s by appearing at thousands of televised sporting events wearing a rainbow wig. The film premiered at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival and has screened at festivals worldwide. "More than an exploration of life, The Rainbow Man is a parable about alienation, the media, and the meaninglessness that often defines American life." – Trevor Groth, Sundance Film Festival

Green's short documentaries include lot 63, grave cPie Fight '69 (directed with Christian Bruno), N-Judah 5:30, and The Fabulous Stains: Behind the Movie (directed with Sarah Jacobson).

[bio courtesy of the filmmaker]  

Filmography

Recent Reviews


The Weather Underground

Really, the big mistake was not hanging all of those assholes. My father worked in one of those buildings and he was a better man than any of them ever...


The Weather Underground

Interesting, if anything over-complete, un-nuanced. The Establishment is a monolith - views of which have not changed with time in this documentary.



The Weather Underground

Very accurate.