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A Thousand Thoughts: A Live Documentary with the Kronos Quartet

Thursday, April 30, 2020 7:30PM

A Thousand Thoughts: A Live Documentary with the Kronos Quartet
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Segerstrom Hall

Kronos Quartet
Sam Green, narrator

Co-presented by Newport Beach Film Festival
Part of the Eclectic Orange Series sponsored by Judith and Howard Jelinek
Kronos Quartet sponsored by Donald and Karen Evarts

A Thousand Thoughts
Written and Directed by Sam Green and Joe Bini

“[Sundance] hit the jackpot this year with a film/performance combination called A Thousand Thoughts... It’s as magical an amalgamation as anything you can imagine.” —Los Angeles Times

“One of the best received works at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival” —BBC News

Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Sam Green (The Weather Underground), in collaboration with Emmy Award®-winning writer and editor Joe Bini (Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired, Grizzly Man), takes the stage with the legendary classical music group Kronos Quartet to create a “live documentary” that chronologically unfolds the quartet’s groundbreaking, continent-spanning, multi-decade career. Wildly creative and experimental in form, A Thousand Thoughts is a meditation on music itself—the act of listening closely to music, the experience of feeling music deeply, and the power that music has to change the world.

Green will narrate the piece live onstage while the Kronos Quartet performs the score, and a rich blend of archival footage, photos, and interviews with members of the Kronos Quartet—as well as longtime collaborators like Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson, Terry Riley, Tanya Tagaq, Steve Reich—unspools on screen. The magic of cinema combines with the energy and urgency of live performance to create incredibly rich moments that remind us of the value in the unique, the handcrafted, the ephemeral, and something that is never experienced the same way twice.

Duration: 85 minutes, no intermission