The Measure of All Things

  • Dates & Times

    • Sunday, May 3
      4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Location

    Price Center East Ballroom

  • Event Type

    Live Documentary

  • Artists

    Sam Green

San Diego Premiere!

The Measure of All Things is a new ‘live documentary’ by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Sam Green. The film, which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, is a meditation on fate, time, and the outer contours of the human experience. Inspired very loosely by the Guinness Book of Records, The Measure of All Things weaves together a series of portraits of record-holding people, places, and things, including the tallest man (7 feet 9 inches), the oldest living thing (a 5,000 year old Bristlecone Pine in Southern California), the man struck by lightning the most times (seven!), the oldest living person (116), and the woman with the world’s longest name, among others. Drawing inspiration equally from old travelogues, the Benshi tradition, and TED talks, The Measure of All Things is screened with in-person narration and a live soundtrack. (NB: The Measure of All Things is in no way endorsed, sponsored, or connected to The Guinness Book of Records or Guinness World Records Limited).

The Measure of All Things score is composed and performed by Brendan Canty, T. Griffin and Catherine McRae, who first worked with Sam Green on his 2010 live documentary Utopia in Four Movements.
Brendan Canty is drummer and founding member for Fugazi and Rites of Spring and has been making music and producing records in Washington DC since 1980.
T. Griffin is a noted film composer with over 30 films on his resume who has played with musical luminaries such as Vic Chesnutt, Tom Verlaine and Godspeed You! Black Emperor.
T. Griffin and Catherine McRae are based in Brooklyn and play together in The Quavers.


The Measure of All Things by Sam Green from The Kitchen on Vimeo.

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