The Utopian Cinema of Sam Green
Documentary filmmaker Sam Green is a haunter of archives and a lover of ephemera. Like an anthropologist exhuming the bones and broken plates of lost cultures, Green discovers his movies through research, digging through boxes and combing through drawers to better understand his culture.
Green’s early films often focused on low-level and transient cultural icons, ubiquitous in their day but virtually forgotten later. Short films like The Rainbow Man/John 3:16, about a wig-wearing NFL fanatic, and Lot 63, Grave C, about Altamont Speedway Free Festival stabbing victim Meredith Hunter, are representative of his early work. His 2002 documentary, The Weather Underground, about the short-lived early ’70s militant radical group, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary.
Hear from Sam Green yourself, in this video profile by Electric Park Films.