Co-presented with the Houston Cinema Arts Society, Aurora is pleased to welcome Sam Green and his live documentary to Houston. Utopia in Four Movements with Sam Green and Dave Cerf, as well as music by the Quavers will be presented Friday at 6:45pm and Saturday at 5:30pm.
Filmmaker Sam Green cues images and narrates in person while sound designer/musician Dave Cerf and the Quavers perform the soundtrack. From the establishment of a man-made language designed to end war and cultural conflict and the undying optimism of an American exile in Cuba, to the current economic boom in China, Green and Cerf sift through the history of the utopian impulse to seek, with their audiences, ways to build a vision of the future based on humankind's noblest impulses.
ABOUT SAM GREEN Sam Green is a San Francisco-based documentary filmmaker. His feature The Weather Underground was nominated for an Academy Award, broadcast nationally on PBS, and included in the 2004 Whitney Biennial. His other award-winning documentaries include lot 63, grave c, The Rainbow Man/John 3:16, N-Judah 5:30, and Pie Fight '69. His work has won awards and been featured in many festivals, among them Sundance, the London Film Festival, and Locarno, where he won the Critics Choice Award. Green has received grants from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller, and Creative Capital Foundations, and the NEA. He got his master's degree from the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied with acclaimed filmmaker Marlon Riggs. Green currently teaches at the University of San Francisco and the San Francisco Art Institute.
ABOUT THE QUAVERS Brooklyn band, The Quavers are T. Griffin, Catherine McRae and Dennis Cronin. They coax a luminous sound out of decayed samplers, walkmans, vibraphonette, footpedal loopers, tape echo violin and homespun harmonies. In addition to their CD Lit By Your Phone they've collaborated on dozens of film scores, plays, live soundtracks and music projects with artists as diverse as Patti Smith, Anne Bogart, Jem Cohen, Vic Chesnutt, Michael Almereyda, Tom Verlaine, DJ/Rupture and members of godspeed you! black emperor.
ABOUT CINEMA ARTS FESTIVAL HOUSTON Founded with support by Aurora, Cinema Arts Festival Houston, November 10-14, 2010, is a groundbreaking and innovative film and multimedia arts festival celebrating the vitality and diversity of the arts in Houston. Aurora is proud to co-present two live cinema performances from filmmakers Sam Green and Brent Green as part of this year's festival, as well as participate in a media preservation panel.