fall 2012 series

The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller

films in series

Cornell Cinema is thrilled to host two very special shows on Saturday, September 29th, both featuring live music by indie band superstars Yo La Tengo! First up is Oscar-nominated documentarian Sam Green’s (The Weather Underground) The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller, a “live documentary” like his previous Utopia in Four Movements, which Cornell Cinema presented in Fall ’10, about Richard Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller (1895 – 1983). An American architect, author, designer, inventor, environmentalist and futurist (as well as former Cornell visiting professor), Fuller is best known for his invention of the geodesic dome and being the inspiration behind the Whole Earth Catalog. Green mined Stanford University’s R. Buckminster Fuller Archive for this project, pulling out highlights of the man’s life and ideas, and has assembled both still images and short films to illustrate his talk about Fuller, which is accompanied by musical interludes scored and performed by Yo La Tengo, an event which had its premiere at the San Francisco International Film Festival this past spring.

Then at 9:30pm, there’s a Freewheeling Q and A show with Yo La Tengo! Georgia, Ira and James will reprise their extremely popular Freewheeling Tour shows from 2007-08, which will have them doing a loose, unstructured late evening performance of tunes and tales from across their over 25-year history. Playing mostly acoustic, talking a lot, doing covers, taking requests and answering questions, this will be a very fun and intimate event with the quintessential indie band.

Ticket prices for Love Song are $20 General/$18 students; for Freewheeling, $24 General/$20 students. See BOTH shows for $38 General/$32 students. Advance sales begin Monday, August 13 at CornellCinemaTickets.com. The events are cosponsored with the SA, GPSA, CCA, AAP, Concert Commission and the Atkinson Forum in American Studies. Additional support for Love Song provided by Electronic Media & Film Presentation Funds, a program of NYSCA, administered by the ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.