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A Thousand Thoughts: A Live Documentary by Sam Green and Kronos Quartet

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A Thousand Thoughts: A Live Documentary by Sam Green and Kronos Quartet Photo: Kirsten Johnson
Kronos Quartet: Sunny Yang, Hank Dutt, John Sherba, David Harrington (left to right). Photo © Jay Blakesberg
A Thousand Thoughts: A Live Documentary by Sam Green and Kronos Quartet Photo: Kirsten Johnson
A Thousand Thoughts: A Live Documentary by Sam Green and Kronos Quartet Photo: Kirsten Johnson
A Thousand Thoughts - trailer. Sam Green and Kronos Quartet
A Thousand Thoughts:
A Live Documentary by Sam Green and Kronos Quartet

Wexner Center Artist Residency Award

World Premiere

Thu, Jan 25, 2018 8 PM

“A movie being born as you see it and hear it, as alive as music.”—Rebecca Solnit, “Sam Green’s Utopian Cinema”

Join us for the premiere of this Wex-commissioned collaboration between live documentary film artist Sam Green and Kronos Quartet that tells the trailblazing ensemble’s story with wit, inventiveness, insight—and live music from Kronos.

Conceptualized and directed by Green, and taking an expansive formal approach familiar to fans of his projects such as The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller (2012), A Thousand Thoughts charts Kronos’ 45-year history through live narration, archival footage, and interviews with Philip Glass, Tanya Tagaq, and Wu Man, among other Kronos collaborators. Green’s insightful narration will highlight telling moments from Kronos’ past and present—from their early days as upstarts in San Francisco seeking new ways to perform chamber music with a hip edge to their place today as widely acclaimed artists and innovators of the vibrant indie chamber scene.

The “meta” quality of this work—a documentary about Kronos presented as Kronos performs the soundtrack—offers moments to reflect on the nature of live performance, presence, and the collective experience of art, even as it deepens your understanding of Kronos’ music and legacy. But at its heart, A Thousand Thoughts asks questions about the power of art to change the world. As Kronos leader David Harrington says, “I’ve always wanted the string quartet to be vital, and energetic, and alive, and cool, and not afraid to kick ass and be absolutely beautiful and ugly if it has to be. But it has to be expressive of life. To tell the story with grace and humor and depth. And to tell the whole story, if possible." 

The Wex is proud to have been a key partner in both Sam Green’s and Kronos Quartet’s story over the years—supporting Green with a previous Artist Residency Award (in 2010–11) and inviting Kronos to perform here since day one, at the center’s dedication ceremony in 1989. Witness the full scope of the quartet’s tale unfold as these visionary artists debut this retrospective program crafted for their many local fans.

 

A Thousand Thoughts: A Live Documentary by Sam Green & Kronos Quartet was commissioned byThe Arts Center at NYU Abu DhabiBarbican, London; Center for the Art of Performance at UCLAExploratorium, San Francisco; Christos V. KonstantakopoulosKrannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignMASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art); the Melbourne Festival; and the 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 FundGenuine Article PicturesJustFilms/Ford FoundationLear Family FoundationAndrea Lunsford, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program with support from Open Society FoundationGottfried and Janet Tittiger, and Kenneth and Elizabeth Whitney.

This film was supported by Sundance Catalyst.

This presentation of A Thousand Thoughts is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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