Artist Projects

The Weather Underground

Sam Green

This feature-length documentary film (co-directed with Bill Siegel) follows the rise and fall of the Weather Underground–a group of several hundred young women and men who tried to violently overthrow the American government during the late 1960s and 70s. Outraged by the Vietnam War and racism in America, the Weathermen battled police in the streets, bombed the US Capital and two dozen other buildings, and broke Timothy Leary out of prison. For almost a decade, they lived underground and evaded one of the largest FBI manhunts in US history. In this film, former members of the Weather Underground–including Bernardine Dohrn, Mark Rudd and a number of others–speak candidly about their own thoughts and experiences, many for the first time ever. What drove the group to embrace violence? How did violence effect their cause? How did it change them? And how do they feel about their actions thirty years later?

Project Updates

  • 2010: The Weather Underground screens at Museum of Modern Art in New York as part of Creative Capital film festival

  • 2003: The Weather Underground premieres at the Sundance Film Festival

  • 2003: The Weather Underground is released in cities across the country, including New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Baltimore

  • 2004: The Weather Underground is included in the Whitney Biennial

  • 2004: The Weather Underground is broadcasted nationally on PBS

  • 2004: The Weather Underground is nominated for Best Documentary at the Academy Awards