The Measure of All Things
    2014, 65 minutes, U.S.A., New Frontier Film
    Acclaimed documentarian Sam Green began experimenting with “live documentary” storytelling at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival with Utopia in Four Movements. Green returns to Sundance to develop the form with The Measure of All Things, a playful and beautifully poetic meditation on humanity, loosely inspired by the Guinness World Records book series.

    Green interprets our collective fascination with the book of world records as a profound need to try and make some sense of who we are by calibrating human experience and marveling at its outer contours. Green himself travels to various reaches of the earth to collect original footage of record-holding people, places, and things—the tallest man, the woman with the longest name, the oldest living thing on the planet. He weaves into these original portraits a rich assembly of archival footage, his own live narration, and an evocative live soundtrack from the chamber group yMusic to create an indelible rumination on fate, human endeavor, and the nature of our existence on Earth.
    - S.F.

    About the Directors

    Sam Green is a New York City–based documentary filmmaker. His most recent documentary, The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller, features a live score by legendary indie rock band Yo La Tengo. His film The Weather Underground screened at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award, broadcast nationally on PBS, and included in the Whitney Biennial. Green received his master’s degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

    yMusic is a sextet made up of Hideaki Aomori, CJ Camerieri, Clarice Jensen, Rob Moose, Nadia Sirota, and Alex Sopp. Equally comfortable in the two overlapping worlds of classical and pop music, the ensemble was created in 2008 to bring a classical chamber-music aesthetic to venues outside the traditional concert hall.

    Cast and Credits

    Directors: Sam Green, yMusic

    Cinematographers: Pete Sillen, Andy Black

    Producers: ArKtype and C41

    Creative Collaborator: Annie Dorsen

    Composer: Mark Dancigers

    Additional Music: Marcos Balter, Annie Clark, Nico Muhly, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Jeremy Turner

    Additional Cinematography: Jason Lee Wong, Joshua Weinstein

    Contact: Sam Green