Press Release: Immersive Storytelling with Sam Green and Brent Green

Joanna Szu

La Jolla, CA— Oscar-nominated filmmaker Sam Green and filmmaker/animator Brent Green, while not related, are both known for their singular performances combining cinema, musical accompaniment, and live narration. Their performance at ArtPower—Brent Green and Sam Green: Live Cinema—is a rare collaborative program where the two filmmakers present a selection of their short works along with a band consisting of Brendan Canty of Fugazi on drums and guitar, James Canty of Nation of Ulysses on guitar, Rebecca Foon on cello, Kate Ryan on drums, and live foley. This live art experience combines performance, cinema, and rock and roll. The event is part of ArtPower’s Filmatic Series and takes place at the Qualcomm Institute, with a post-performance After Party on stage with the artists. Tickets are $40 and can be ordered online at or by phone at 858.534.TIXS (8497). Additional program information can be found at

About Brent Green

Working in the Appalachian hills of rural Pennsylvania, Brent Green is a self-taught visual artist and filmmaker. His films have screened, often with live musical accompaniment, in venues such as MoMA, J. Paul Getty Museum, Walker Art Center, Hammer Museum, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Rotterdam Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, and even extending to rooftops, warehouses, and galleries worldwide. His sculptural work and large-scale installation are often displayed alongside his animated films. His work has been supported by Creative Capital, the Sundance Institute, and the MAP fund.  His work is in some fine permanent collections including the Progressive Collection, Hammer Museum, and MoMA.

About Sam Green

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 with acclaimed filmmaker Marlon Riggs. His 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). With all of these works, Green narrates the film in person while musicians perform a live soundtrack.

Green is also a prolific maker of short documentaries, including: The Rainbow Man/John 3:16, lot 63, grave c, Pie Fight ’69 (directed with Christian Bruno), N-Judah 5:30, and The Fabulous Stains: Behind the Movie (directed with Sarah Jacobson). He has received grants from the Creative Capital, Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundations, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts.