“ ‘A Thousand Thoughts,’ filmmaker Sam Green will readily point out, is a difficult project to explain,” writes Troy Reimink in Monday’s (4/8) Detroit Free Press. “It’s a live documentary film. It’s a concert. It’s a lecture. It’s all three of them. ‘A Thousand Thoughts’ is a film experience about legendary classical music group the Kronos Quartet. It’s presented live, with Green narrating and cuing up pieces of film. The quartet itself performs the score—its own music from throughout its nearly five-decade career—as the images and film clips unfold…. ‘A Thousand Thoughts,’ which will be presented at the Detroit Film Theatre at the Detroit Institute of Arts on Friday night… It premiered at last year’s Sundance Film Festival and since has become a touring phenomenon…. Green likened the format of ‘A Thousand Thoughts’ to screenings in the silent-film era whose scores were performed live…. ‘I’m drawn to this odd form in many ways because it is ephemeral,’ Green said. ‘You can’t see it on Netflix. You can’t watch it on Hulu or iTunes. You have to be there.’ … For the time being, that’s the only way ‘A Thousand Thoughts’ will exist. Performances are booked years in advance.”

Posted April 12, 2019