'Impossible' to feature director Sam Green's short documentaries

SUNY Oswego’s On Screen/In Person film series will wrap up its season Tuesday, April 18, at Oswego Cinema 7 with a collection of six films titled “What We Need Is the Impossible!”

The show will start at 7 p.m. at the movie theatre, 138 W. Second St., followed by a question-and-answer session with the films’ director, Sam Green.

Archival group photo promoting Universal Language filmThe presentation gathers for the first time a program of short films by the Academy Award nominee. The eclectic mix of documentaries ranges from a portrait of the world’s largest (abandoned) shopping mall in China to an elegy for a young man killed by Hells Angels in 1969 in Altamont, Calif.

One of the featured films will be Green’s most recent, “The Universal Language.” The documentary follows the life of Esperanto, a language designed by a Polish doctor in the late 1800s that remains in use, though not as any nation’s official language. Ludwig Lazarus Zamenhof believed that if everyone in the world spoke a common tongue, humanity could overcome racism and war.

Other films in the program include “The Fabulous Stains: Behind the Movie,” “lot 63, grave c,” “Clear Glasses” and a special presentation of “Design for a Fair,” Peter Chermayeff’s exploration of R. Buckminster Fuller’s dome from the 1967 World Expo in Montreal.

The New York City-based Green, whose documentary “The Weather Underground” was nominated for an Academy Award in 2004 and broadcast nationally on PBS, received a degree in journalism from University of California. He has received grants from the Creative Capital, the Rockefeller and Guggenheim foundations, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tickets for “What We Need is the Impossible!” are $7 ($5 for seniors and $3.50 for students). Tickets can be purchased at Oswego Cinema 7, in advance from any campus box office, online through tickets.oswego.edu or by calling 312-2141.

On Screen/In Person has the support of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program, and is brought to Oswego through the college’s Artswego and the cinema and screen studies program, with support from Zurich Cinemas as well as the Oswego Film Club and Oswego Film Group.

PHOTO CAPTION: ‘Universal Language’—Dr. Ludwig Lazarus Zamenhof, center, designed Esperanto in the late 1800s, hoping the language would be used globally. As part of SUNY Oswego’s On Screen/In Person film series, director Sam Green’s documentary about the effort, titled “Universal Language,” will be part of a six-film program titled “What We Need Is the Impossible!” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, at Oswego Cinema 7. The evening will feature a question-and-answer session with the filmmaker.

(Posted: Apr 10, 2013)

Tags: sam green, on screen in person, cinema and screen studies