Sam Green

Moving Image, 2001

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. Green’s recent projects are the “live documentaries” The Measure of All Things (2014), The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller (2012), and Utopia in Four Movements (2010). With all of these, Green narrates the film in-person while musicians perform a live soundtrack.

Green’s 2004 feature-length film the Academy Award-nominated documentary The Weather Underground, tells the story of a group of radical young people who tried to violently overthrow the US government during the late 1960s and 70s. The film premiered at Sundance, was broadcast on PBS, included in the Whitney Biennial, and has screened widely around the world.

Green has also made several short documenatries and has received grants from the Creative Capital, Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundations, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts. Green is currently working on a new live cinema project with the Kronos Quartet.

Sam Green's Website
"The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller" Film Website
"The Universal Language" Film Website

Awards and Accomplishments


Green presents live documentary The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller at theaters and museums throughout the U.S.


Green has residency at MacDowell Colony

2007: Green receives the Alpert/MacDowell Fellowship to attend a residency at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire

2007: Green receives the award for best short film at Silverdocs for _Lot 63, Grave C_

2006: Green receives a grant from The Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program for a new film called _Speaking from the Grave_

2005: Green receives John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship

2004: Green receives Rockefeller Media Fellowship

2004: _The Weather Underground_ is included in the Whitney Biennial

2004: _The Weather Underground_ is nominated for Best Documentary at the Academy Awards

2002: Green is invited to present work at the Flaherty Film Seminar