December 10, 2012

Sam Green has been making award-winning short documentaries since the late 1990s. This program 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 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. Running through Green’s films is a celebration of idealism and the search for meaning along with the often humorous realities of human folly.

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