The Weather Underground

Film/Video

Photo: David Fenton

The Weather Underground

Introduced by Sam Green
Sam Green and Bill Siegel, 2003

Visiting Filmmakers

Rising stars and acclaimed masters come to screen their films and talk with Wexner Center audiences.

Tue, Nov 18, 2003 7 PM

"A great story...Terrifically smart!"—Elvis Mitchell, New York Times

Acutely relevant to the present, The Weather Underground documents the rise of a splinter group of student activists that planned to overthrow the U.S. government in the late 1960s.
As the Village Voice recently noted, The Weather Underground is a "gripping documentary [that] manages to evoke the particular...madness that possessed many Americans during the course of the longest foreign war in the nation's history."

A violent faction of student radicals that split off from the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) in 1969, the Weather Underground was committed to overthrowing the U.S. government for its involvement in the Vietnam war abroad and social injustice at home. Through extensive archival footage as well as remarkable interviews with surviving members, the film brings back into the light the almost glamorous violence of late 1960s' militancy. Narrated by Lili Taylor, and featuring interviews with Bernardine Dohrn, Mark Rudd, Bill Ayers, Kathleen Cleaver, and others. (92 mins.)

Codirector Sam Green visits to discuss the film and introduce tonight's screening. A Bay Area resident, Green has a master' degree in journalism from University of California, Berkeley, where he studied with Marlon Riggs. Green also worked in the Wexner CenterÌs Art & Technology facility on his award-winning short The Rainbow Man / John 3:16 (1997).

Meet the director! Join 12 1/4 Circle, a group of active Wexner Center members, at a reception for Sam Green in the caf» before the screening.

Jean Dubuffet, Vaches au pre (Cows in a meadow), 1954

Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection closes Dec 31. Don't miss the exhibition artnet named among the world's 25 "must-see shows."

Artists featured in Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection

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