Seattle and Portland Screenings

We did two screenings of THE LOVE SONG OF R. BUCKMINSTER FULLER last week. It was our great northwest mini-tour! The first was at the amazing Moore Theater in Seattle. It was on September 11th, which felt oddly meaningful – I loved the inadvertent poetry of the marquis.

The Moore is a huge joint! But the screening went really well. A lotta good response from the audience.  The band sounded fantastic.

The next night was Portland and the TBA Festival – it was a real honor to be included. I’ve been a fan of TBA for a long time. Very cool to be on a program with Laurie Anderson. We did two shows in one night at the fantastic Washington High School auditorium. You could feel the years of talent shows and pep assemblies imprinted on the space. Again, the shows went really. Some notable folks in the house: one of my all-time favorite directors, Kelly Reichardt, and also M. Ward. The Portland Mercury ran a nice review – take a look. And, to the left and below, some fine-looking photos taken by Jodi Darby.

Next week, we’ll be at Cornell Cinema in Ithaca, NY.

Just gonna put it out there: I pretty much want to live in THE LOVE SONG OF R. BUCKMINSTER FULLER … I was reminded that strong entertainment value and contemporary art aren’t mutually exclusive forces.

“Review: Sam Green and Yo La Tengo's The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller”

by Matt Stangel

The Portland Mercury

Let me cut to the chase: The experience is an audiovisual marvel.

“TBA Diaries: Sam Green and Yo La Tengo, The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller”

by Rebecca Jacobson

Willamette Week

It’s a thoroughly modern mash-up, mixing visuals controlled by the narrator from a laptop (think PowerPoint, but not boring), with a score provided by a live band, like the in-house orchestra that would have accompanied a silent picture in the pre-talkie days.

“Yo La Tengo, a.k.a. the Buckminster Fuller Band”

by Kristin Belz

Portland Monthly Mag