Guild Hall: ‘Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller’ / June 16, 8 PM

As part of Guild Hall’s “Summer of Stories” series, Academy-nominated film director Sam Green and indie rockers Yo La Tengo come to Guild Hall to tell the story of visionary designer, architect, and countercultural idol R. Buckminster Fuller on Saturday, June 16, at 8PM.
The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller traces the career of twentieth-century futurist, architect, engineer, inventor, and author R. Buckminster Fuller (1895–1983). An early proponent of environmental stewardship, Fuller spoke persuasively about contemporary design and architecture’s ability to tackle issues of sustainability and conservation, and to stimulate radical societal change.
At every screening, Sam Green narrates the film in person and cues images and video while Yo La Tengo performs their original score. The performance is a follow-up to Green’s internationally-acclaimed live film Utopia in Four Movements, which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller features the same unique combination of film clips and live music, as Green’s in person cinematic narration draws inspiration equally from old travelogues, the Benshi tradition, and TED talks.
“Each performance of Mr. Green’s live documentaries is a singular experience, and a collective one.” —The New York Times
“…A movie being born as you see it and hear it, as alive as music.” —Rebecca Solnit, author
Sam Green and Yo La Tengo:
The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller
Saturday, June 16 at 8pm
Filmmaker Sam Green live narrates his documentary film on Fuller’s utopian vision while Yo La Tengo performs the score.
Tickets $40 –$120 ($38–$115 Members)
The “Summer of Stories” series at Guild Hall offers a departure from “screen time” and a return to great storytelling. Join Guild Hall for a series of first person accounts, comedic anecdotes, interviews, and participatory and immersive performances that quench our deep-rooted need to listen and tell great stories. Artists and performers in the series include Laurie Anderson, Alec Baldwin, Heather Christian, Steve Higgins, Sarah Koenig, Zach Lazar, Miwa Matreyek, Philippe Petit, Samite, Zoe Sarnak, and David Sedaris. More info at
Sam Green
Sam Green is a documentary filmmaker. He’s made many movies including most recently A Thousand Thoughts, a live cinematic collaboration with the Kronos Quartet. Green is a pioneer of the “live documentary” genre in which a film is performed with live narration, live score, and other performative elements. Sam’s documentary The Weather Underground was nominated for an Academy Award and included in the 2004 Whitney Biennial. He has received grants from the Creative Capital, Rockefeller, and Guggenheim Foundations, as well as the NEA.
Yo La Tengo
A seminal indie band formed in 1984 by husband-and-wife duo Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley (incidentally, Hubley’s parents were the Oscar-winning independent animators Faith and John Hubley and her sister is the animator Emily Hubley). The band has released more than a dozen full- length albums and composed soundtracks for a number of films, including Old Joy and Shortbus, as well as their own The Sounds of Science, a live soundtrack to a program of films by Jean Painlevé.
Geodesic Dome of R. Buckminster Fuller at LongHouse Reserve, East Hampton. Photo © Jeff Heatley.
R. Buckminster Fuller
R. Buckminster Fuller was a renowned twentieth-century inventor and visionary born in Milton, Massachusetts on July 12, 1895. Dedicating his life to making the world work for all of humanity, Fuller operated as a practical philosopher who demonstrated his ideas as inventions that he called “artifacts.” Fuller did not limit himself to one field but worked as a ‘comprehensive anticipatory design scientist’ to solve global problems surrounding housing, shelter, transportation, education, energy, ecological destruction, and poverty. Throughout the course of his life Fuller held 28 patents, authored 28 books, received 47 honorary degrees. And while his most well-known artifact, the geodesic dome, has been produced over 300,000 times worldwide, Fuller’s true impact on the world today can be found in his continued influence upon generations of designers, architects, scientists and artists working to create a more sustainable planet.
Guild Hall, East Hampton
Guild Hall, one of the first multidisciplinary centers in the country to combine a museum, theater, and education space under one roof, was established in 1931 as a gathering place for community where an appreciation for the arts would serve to encourage greater civic participation. For nearly nine decades, Guild Hall has embraced this open-minded vision and provided a welcoming environment for the public to engage with art exhibitions, performances, and educational offerings. Art and artists have long been the engine of Guild Hall’s activities and the institution continues to find innovative ways to support creativity in everyone.
Guild Hall
158 Main Street, East Hampton
Phone: (631) 324-0806
Box Office: (631) 324-4050



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