Sam Green presents Utopia in Four Movements at Light Industry (6/7)

From: Thomas Beard (email suppressed)
Date: Fri Jun 05 2009 - 06:27:42 PDT

Light Industry
220 36th Street, 5th Floor
Brooklyn, New York
Utopia in Four Movements
Presented by Sam Green

Sunday, June 7, 2009 at 7:30pm

Filmmaker Sam Green presents a live, work-in-progress screening of his new
film project Utopia in Four Movements. Part lecture, part documentary, this
piece explores the battered state of the utopian impulse at the dawn of the
21st century through several seemingly unrelated vignettes ‹ including a
history of Esperanto, a portrait of an exiled American radical, and a
meditation on the worldıs largest shopping mall. Green narrates Utopia in
person and uses PowerPoint to cue images while San Francisco musician Dave
Cerf performs a live soundtrack. Drawing on performative practices such as
Benshi, the travelogue, and the public lecture, Utopia in Four Movements
uses the collective experience of cinema as a starting point for a
meditation on the value of the utopian and its problematic nature in an era
without big ideas.

Sam Green is a San Francisco-based documentary filmmaker. Green received his
master's degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley,
where he studied documentary with acclaimed filmmaker Marlon Riggs. His most
recent film 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. Green has received grants
from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller, and Creative Capital Foundations. He
currently teaches at the University of San Francisco and the San Francisco
Art Institute.

Tickets - $7, available at door.
About Light Industry
Light Industry is a venue for film and electronic art in Brooklyn, New York.
Developed and overseen by Thomas Beard and Ed Halter, the project has begun
as a series of events at Industry City in Sunset Park, each organized by a
different artist, critic, or curator. Conceptually, Light Industry draws
equal inspiration from the long history of alternative art spaces in New
York as well its storied tradition of cinematheques and other intrepid film
exhibitors. Through a regular program of screenings, performances, and
lectures, its goal is to explore new models for the presentation of
time-based media and foster an ongoing dialogue amongst a wide range of
artists and audiences within the city.

About Industry City
Industry City, an industrial complex in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, is home to a
cross-section of manufacturing, warehousing and light industry. As part of a
regeneration program intended to diversify the use of its 6 million square
feet of space to better reflect 21st century production, Industry City now
includes workspace for artists. In addition to offering studios at
competitive rates, Industry City also provides a limited number of low-cost
studios for artists in need of reasonably priced space. This program was
conceived in response to the lack of affordable workspace for artists in New
York City and aims to establish a new paradigm for industrial
redevelopment--one that does not displace artists, workers, local residents
or industry but instead builds a sustainable community in a context that
integrates cultural and industrial production. For more information:

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