Documentary + String Quartet + Live Narration = Live Cinema
Transcending the typical live cinema event, A Thousand Thoughts quickly becomes a meditation on music itself – the act of listening to it closely, the experience of feeling it deeply, and the power that it has to change the world.
Teaming up with Oscar-nominated filmmaker Sam Green and Joe Bini to create a “live documentary,” the wildly creative multimedia experiment blends live music and narration with archival footage and filmed interviews with such prominent artists as Philip Glass, Tanya Tagaq, Steve Reich, Wu Man, and Terry Riley.
See what BBC News had to say after the premiere at Sundance Film Festival.
“One of the best received works at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival has been a “live” documentary called A Thousand Thoughts.”
To watch the video click here.
“It’s a pensive, rewarding, and touching experience,” Bruce Kasanoff wrote for Forbes after the Sundance Film Festival premiere. “You feel humbled and awed to watch these performers in action as the history of their lives—and of musicians who preceded them—flashes behind them.”
A Thousand Thoughts: A Live Documentary by Sam Green & Kronos Quartet was commissioned by The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi, Barbican, Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, Exploratorium, Christos V. Konstantakopoulos, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, MASS MoCA, Melbourne Festival, Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University through its Wexner Center Artist Residency Award program.
Additional support was received from The DrumStick Fund, Genuine Article Pictures, JustFilms/Ford Foundation, Lear Family Foundation, Andrea Lunsford, The National Endowment for the Arts, Sundance Documentary Dilm Program with support from Open Society Foundation, Gottfried and Janet Tittiger, and Kenneth and Elizabeth Whitney.
This film was supported by Sundance Catalyst.
This is a past event
Other Performances By Kronos Quartet
- Thursday, Feb 15 @ 8pm
- For the Future
- Featuring special guests Wu Man and Sirojiddin Juraev.
- Friday, Feb 16 @ 4pm
- Around the World with Kronos
- Family Concert
Click here to see all performances.
Sam Green is a New York-based documentary filmmaker. He received his Master’s Degree in Journalism from University of California, Berkeley, where he studied documentary filmmaking with the acclaimed filmmaker Marlon Riggs. Green’s most recent projects are the “live documentaries” The Measure of All Things _(2014), _The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller with Yo La Tengo (2012), and Utopia in Four Movements (2010). His performance work has screened at venues such as the Barbican, The Kitchen, TBA Festival, Fusebox Festival, Brighton Festival, and many others. Green’s 2004 feature-length film, the Academy Award–nominated documentary The Weather Underground, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, was broadcast on PBS, was included in the 2004 Whitney Biennial, and has screened widely around the world.
Clare Lesser and David Lesser present late 19th – 21st century song.
In this workshop, participants will come together to make a song from little melodies and grooves. The workshop will focus on music theory and improvisation to create music with mix of occidental, classical, and Arabic flavor. The workshop will be a melting pot for different backgrounds and ages.
An extraordinary double bill exploring Arab sounds of the African continent, from Egypt to Zanzibar.