Brent Green and Sam Green: Live Cinema

Friday, May 13, 2016 • 7:00 and 9:00 p.m.

Exploratorium, Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green Street), Kanbar Forum

$20 General; $15 Members; Space is extremely limited (150 seats)

Brent Green and Sam Green: Live Cinema is a rare collaborative program, combining the energy and immediacy of a rock show with the immersive storytelling magic of cinema, in which the filmmakers present a selection of their numerous short works. Animator Brent Green and Academy Award–nominated documentary filmmaker Sam Green (unrelated) are both known for their sublime exhibition style, which combines cinema and live performance. They’ll alternate screening their pieces and share a stellar band consisting of Brendan Canty (Fugazi) on drums and guitar, James Canty (The Nation of Ulysses) on guitar, Becky Foon (Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra) on cello, and Kate Ryan on drums and live Foley. 

There is an additional 7:00 p.m. screening on Thursday, May 12, 2016.

Brent Green is a visual artist, filmmaker, and self-taught animator who screens his work with live narration and musical accompaniment that he writes and performs with members of Fugazi, Califone, and other indie rock bands. His films have screened at venues such as MoMA, The J. Paul Getty Museum, The Walker Art Center, The Hammer Museum, The Boston MFA, The Wexner Center for the Arts, The Indianapolis Museum of Art, The Rotterdam Film Festival, the Sundance Film Festival and even extending to rooftops, warehouses and galleries throughout the globe.

Filmmaker Sam Green has been working since 2010 with a form he calls “live documentary.” He deconstructs documentary film elements and rebuilds them into live events. Green narrates and cues photos, film footage, and interview clips onstage while a live band performs the soundtrack. Recent pieces—including The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller, featuring an in-person soundtrack by the legendary indie band Yo La Tengo—have been presented at performance venues such as the Time-Based Art Festival, the Walker Art Center, the Wexner Center for the Arts, the Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston), the Barbican, and the Kitchen. 

Strange Fates (Brent Green)
EE Chapter #2 and #4 (Brent Green)
Carlin (Brent Green)
The Rainbow Man's Ex (Sam Green)
Love Letter to the Fog (Sam Green)
A Drink with Louis (Sam Green)
The Last Person in the San Francisco Phone Book (Sam Green)