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Academy award-nominated filmmaker Sam Green will bring his collection of short films What We Need Is The Impossible! to Monmouth University’s Pollak Theatre on Monday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. The film is free and open to the public and there will be a Q & A with the filmmaker following the screening.

This pro­gram gath­ers together for the first time an evening length pro­gram of Green’s short films, rang­ing from a por­trait of the world’s largest shop­ping mall in South­ern China, which is actu­ally com­pletely empty (Utopia PT.3), to an elegy for Mered­ith Hunter, the young man who was killed by Hells Angels at the noto­ri­ous 1969 Alta­mont con­cert (lot 63, grave c). Other films from the pro­gram include:The Fabulous Stains: Behind The Movie, the remark­able story of the cult film directed by Lou Adler in 1982; and The Universal Language, a por­trait of Esperanto, an arti­fi­cial lan­guage that was cre­ated in the late 1800s with the hope of cre­at­ing world peace, and the world­wide move­ment of peo­ple who still speak it. Run­ning through Green’s films is a cel­e­bra­tion of ide­al­ism and the search for mean­ing along with the often humor­ous real­i­ties of human folly.

Sam Green is a New York City-based documentary filmmaker. His film The Weather Underground was nominated for an Academy Award in 2004, broadcast nationally on PBS, and included in the Whitney Biennial. Green’s most recent documentary The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller features a live score by legendary indie rock band Yo La Tengo and is currently screening widely. Green received his master’s degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied documentary with acclaimed filmmaker Marlon Riggs. He has received grants from Creative Capital, the Rockefeller and Guggenheim foundations, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The event is sponsored by Monmouth University’s Department of Communication and the Center for the Arts, and part of the “On Screen: In Person” film series, which brings six films and filmmakers to Monmouth University as part of a tour of the Eastern seaboard. On Screen: In Person is made possible in part through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program.