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MDC Live Arts Presents Sam Green and Yo La Tengo In The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller

A Multimedia Exploration of Radical Change through Design Revolution.

Miami, February 26, 2014 - Miami Dade College’s(MDC) MDC Live Arts presents Academy Award–nominated filmmaker Sam Green with venerated indie rock band Yo La Tengo for an enthralling hour-long “live documentary” on R. Buckminster Fuller, the inventor, architect, futurist, engineer, and author most famously known for his creation of the geodesic dome. As a progenitor of such issues as sustainability and conservation, Fuller was also a proponent of radical societal change through design and architecture.

MDC Live Arts will present two back-to-back performances of The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m., Saturday, March 22, at Colony Theatre in Miami Beach. Yo La Tengo will provide the live, sonically subtle and richly atmospheric, backdrop soundtrack for Green’s charismatic in-person cinematic narration as he delves deep into projecting film clips, photographs, letters, and blueprints from Fuller’s immense body of work.

“Fuller was ahead of his time, the values that his work and life encompassed are directly aligned with the global environmental movement of today,” said MDC Live Arts Executive Director Kathryn Garcia. “Whether or not people are familiar with him and his design legacy they will be fortunate to experience his life’s work through this captivating and creative reflection by Green and Yo La Tengo.”

A unique collaboration between two independent pioneers of film and music, The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller premiered May 1, 2012, at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art as a part of the 2012 San Francisco International Film Festival. The piece screened exclusively at select art venues, including the Time-Based Art Festival in Portland, OR, the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, OH, and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, MA.

About Sam Green

Sam Green is a San Francisco-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 recent “live documentary” Utopia in Four Movements premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and screened widely in the U.S. and abroad. His unique cinematic narration draws inspiration equally from old travelogues, Benshi tradition and Ted talks. Green was commissioned by Terry Riley and David van der Leer to create a portrait of Las Vegas for the exhibit “An Then it Became a City” at the Shenzhen Biennial of Architecture and Design. His other films include Utopia Part 3: The World’s Largest Shopping Mall, The Rainbow Man/John 3:16, N-Judah 5:30, and Pie Fight ‘69. 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 the Creative Capital, Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundations, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts.

About Yo La Tengo

Yo La Tengo is a critically acclaimed indie rock band formed in Hoboken, New Jersey, in 1984. Since 1992, the lineup has consisted of Ira Kaplan (guitars, piano, vocals), Georgia Hubley (drums, piano, vocals), and James McNew (bass, vocals). Yo La Tengo has been called "the quintessential critics' band" and maintains a strong cult following. They’ve recorded twelve studio albums, written soundtracks to the films Junebug, Shortbus, and Old Joy, and provided a score for the surrealist aquatic films of Jean Painlevé. Yo La Tengo’s unparalleled career has positioned them worldwide among indie rock’s most beloved and inspirational bands.

About R. Buckminster Fuller (1895 – 1983)

Buckminster Fuller was a grandiose and generous thinker, teeming with ideas He once put together a lecture series called “Everything I Know”—it was forty-two hours long. No notes. He was an early proponent of conservation and environmental stewardship as social justice; Fuller was interested in “doing more with less,” from bathrooms all the way up to entire cities, inspiring figures as diverse as Henry Kaiser, John Cage, and Stewart Brand. The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller explores this vision by looking at many of his concepts and projects, ranging from his signature invention, the Geodesic dome, to some of his more conceptual plans, including a proposal to build a huge dome over Midtown Manhattan to cut down on snow removal costs. Fuller’s projects were a collision between rational thinking and utopian idealism, made rich and complicated by the background noise of his cultural connections and tireless optimism.

Ticketsare $30 (plus fees) for general admission and $10 for MDC students with valid identification.  

 Created in 1990 as Cultura del Lobo, MDC Live Arts has a celebrated history of bringing exceptional national and international performing artists to Miami. Annually, the series offers an eclectic mix of performances, presenting today's most exciting artists while creating meaningful engagement between these artists, the students of MDC, and the community. MDC Live Arts seeks artists from across the globe who push boundaries and honor traditions relevant to Miami’s diverse community.  The series aims to offer audiences opportunities to discover new ideas, perspectives and forms of expression while encouraging dialogue and the desire to know more.

MDC Live Arts receives funding from the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; the National Endowment for the Arts; the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; the City of Miami Beach Department of Tourism and Cultural Development, Office of Cultural Affairs, the Miami Beach Mayor and City Commissioners; and John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. This project is also presented with the promotional support of Sweat Records.

Sam Green & Yo La Tengo in The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller

  • WHEN: Saturday, Mar. 22, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Saturday, Mar. 22, 9:30 PM - 11:30 PM
  • WHERE: Colony Theatre 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach

To purchase tickets, and learn more about the 2013-14 MDC Live Arts season, call 305-237-3010, or visit

MDC Live Arts Contact: Jenni Person, 305-237-7729,


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