Directed by Sam Green | Program of Shorts | 80 minutes
Screening takes place at the Firehouse Theatre Project (1609 West Broad Street)
Academy-Award nominated filmmaker Sam Green (The Weather Underground) has been making award-winning short documentaries since the late 1990s. What We Need is the Impossible! gathers together for the first time an evening 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 Hells Angels at the notorious 1969 Altamont concert (lot 63, grave c). Other films from the program include: The Fabulous Statins: Behind the Movie, the remarkable story of the cult film directed by Lou Adler in 1982. And Green’s new film 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. Running through Green’s films is a celebration of idealism and the search for meaning along with the often-humorous realities of life.
Join the filmmaker for a Q&A discussion following the screening.
Sam Green is a documentary filmmaker based in San Francisco and New York. He’s made many movies including most recently The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller, a live cinematic collaboration with the indie rock band Yo La Tengo. His documentary The Weather Underground was nominated for an Academy Award and included in the 2004 Whitney Biennial.
On Screen/In Person is made possible with support from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program. The series is presented by Modlin Center for the Arts in collaboration with the Firehouse Theatre Project, James River Film Society and UR Film Studies Program.