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A Thousand Thoughts


Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Sam Green takes the stage with the legendary classical-music group Kronos Quartet to create a “live documentary” that chronologically unfolds the quartet’s groundbreaking, continent-spanning, multi-decade career. Wildly creative and experimental in form, A Thousand Thoughts is a meditation on music itself—the act of listening closely to music, the experience of feeling music deeply, and the power that music has to change the world.

Green will narrate the piece live onstage while the Kronos Quartet performs the score, and a rich blend of archival footage, photos, and interviews with members of the Kronos Quartet—as well as longtime collaborators like Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson, Terry Riley, Tanya Tagaq, Steve Reich—unspools on screen. The magic of cinema combines with the energy and urgency of live performance to create incredibly rich moments that remind us of the value in the unique, the handcrafted, the ephemeral, and something that is never experienced the same way twice.

Mon. 1/22, 6:00 p.m., Egyptian, PC
Mon. 1/22, 8:30 p.m., Egyptian, PC

YEAR 2018

SECTION NF Films & Performances


RUN TIME 85 min

COMPANY The Free History Project

WEBSITE samgreen.to


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Artist Bio

Sam Green

Sam Green has made many movies, including The Measure of All Things and 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.

Joe Bini

Joe Bini has collaborated with Werner Herzog on 27 documentaries and feature films in 20 years, including Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1997), Grizzly Man (2005), and Encounters at the End of the World (2007), which was nominated for the Academy Award for best documentary feature. Bini edited Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011) and Andrea Arnold's American Honey (2016).