yMusic & Sam Green • 'The Measure of All Things'
Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker Sam Green collaborates with new music sextet yMusic on The Measure of All Things, a film/music project loosely inspired by The Guinness Book of World Records. The Measure of All Things, which premiered in 2014 at the Sundance Film Festival, is a meditation on fate, time, and the outer contours of the human experience.
The performance weaves together a series of portraits of record-holding people, places, and things, including the tallest man (7 feet 9 inches); the oldest living thing (a 5,000-year-old Bristlecone pine); the man struck by lightning the most times (seven!); and the oldest living person (116), among other record holders. Drawing inspiration equally from old travelogues, the Japanese Benshi tradition, and TED talks, The Measure of All Things features Green’s disarming in-person narration and yMusic’s dynamic live soundtrack.
Made possible, in part, with support from the Department of Music at Duke University, the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts, Duke & the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.