It’s been a busy fall, touring with both A Thousand Thoughts and The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller. The Kronos Quartet, Yo La Tengo and I have done screenings in Las Vegas, San Diego, Bannf, and more to come: Big Sur, Duke, Melbourne Australia. At the same time, I’ve been able to sneak in a few shoots related to some new and exciting projects. It’s been a busy and good time around here at the Free History Project, which in case you don’t know is the nonprofit we set up many years ago when making The Weather Underground and is still the org that produces and owns the copyright to all my work.
I am deep in the editing of a new live cinema piece that will premiere on Aug. 2nd at the Whitney Biennial in NYC. The piece is called Don’t Call Me Gay Zelig and is a 30-minute live cinema portrait of Jim Fouratt. JD Samson will be performing a live soundtrack! Jim Fouratt is a fascinating and controversial person whom I’ve known for many years. More info about him here.
Kronos Quartet and I will be doing a show of A Thousand Thoughts next week at one of the world’s great theaters––Bellas Artes in Mexico City!!! I’m incredibly excited about it. Tuesday June 11th – please come if you are anywhere nearby.
I’ll be doing an event at the International Documentary Association in LA on May 8th. I’ll be in conversation with Kim Yutani, the head of programming at Sundance. I’ll be showing clips and Kim and I will be gabbing about this. I’ll also screen an old live cinema piece about Louis Armstrong and the hundreds of tape recordings he made of himself hanging out with friends over the years. Hope to see you there.
I’m hitting the road with the Kronos Quartet, doing screenings all over of our new live cinema piece “A Thousand Thoughts”! We’ll be doing shows in Nashville, Austin, Detroit and, finally, New York City! Get info here
I’m honored to be included in the 2019 Whitney Biennial. This is the second time for me. I was in the 2004 Whitney Biennial as well. It’s a big honor.
I’ve made a new short live cinema piece for Pop-Up Magazine, and we will be doing shows in the next few weeks in LA, SF, NYC and DC. Pop-Up is a “live magazine” – i.e. a bunch of different writers, filmmakers, artists, etc doing short presentations. My piece is about Casa Sanchez, a little burrito place in SF that during the ‘90s did a promotion: if you got the Casa Sanchez logo tattooed anywhere on your body, you could have free food for life!
Heartbroken to hear about the death of Bill Siegel. Bill and I were old friends and collaborators – we made “The Weather Underground” and traveled many miles together. Bill was a lover of life and people and the world and probably got more pleasure from being alive than anyone I’ve ever known. Bill made a number of strong films, carried on deep and lifelong friendships, and also had two kids whom he loved and was thrilled by. The world will miss him badly.