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Sam Green Award event and Retrospective

November 9, 2018 @ 6:30 pm

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SF IndieShorts is pleased to be presenting The Philo T Farnsworth Award for Innovative Filmmaking to Sam Green on Friday November 9, 630p, at Alamo Drafthouse New Mission.

Sam Green is a documentary filmmaker who has made many movies including most recently A Thousand Thoughts, a live cinematic collaboration with the Kronos Quartet. Previous “live documentaries” include The Measure of All Things and The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller, featuring the indie rock band Yo La Tengo. Sam’s documentary The Weather Underground was nominated for an Academy Award and included in the 2004 Whitney Biennial.

Sam has been making award-winning short documentaries since the late 1990s. The SF IndieShorts program gathers together a full length program of Green’s short films, ranging from a portrait of the world’s largest shopping mall in Southern China, which is actually completely empty (Utopia, Part 3), to an elegy for Meredith Hunter, the young man who was killed by Hell’s Angels at the notorious 1969 Altamont concert (lot 63, grave c). Other films from the program include: The Fabulous Stains: Behind the Movie, the remarkable story of the cult film directed by Lou Adler in 1982. The Universal Language is a portrait of Esperanto, an artificial language that was created in the late 1800s with the hope of creating world peace, and the worldwide movement of people who still speak it. Plus Sam’s latest film Julius Caeser was Buried in a Pet Cemetary, which premiered at Sundance earlier this year.

Running through Green’s films is a celebration of idealism and the search for meaning along with the often humorous realities of human folly.

Films screening after the awards presentation and Sam Green in conversation with Chris Metzler:

Utopia Part 3: the World’s Largest Shopping Mall – 13:08, 2009

Pie Fight ’69 – 8:03, 2000

The Fabulous Stains: Behind the Movie – 11:00, 1999

lot 63, grave c – 9:47, 2006

N-Judah 5:30 – 3:18, 2004

Clear Glasses – 4:13, 2008

The Universal Language – 30:00, 2011

Julius Caesar was Buried in a Pet Cemetery – 4:00, 2018


A short film by Electric Park Films about Sam Green:


November 9, 2018
6:30 pm
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Alamo Drafthouse New Mission
2550 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94110