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CityTerrace, The Long Center- THE MEASURE OF ALL THINGS

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015


Positions0 Remaining
Close DateAny time before the event ends or when space runs out.
The Measure of All Things is a new live-cinema performance from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Sam Green (The Weather Underground). The project, which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, continues Green’s exploration of a form he calls “live documentary.” These projects deconstruct the elements of a documentary film and rebuild them as a live event: Green narrates the piece onstage and cues images—photos, film footage, interview clips—while a live band performs the soundtrack. It’s all the elements of a film, but live, and there is something in the ephemerality and serendipity of the performance that creates a profound collective experience in the theater.The Measure of All Things is a meditation on fate, time, and the outer contours of the human experience. Inspired very loosely by the Guinness Book of Records, the film 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 in Southern California), the woman with the longest fingernails, the oldest living person (116), and the person with the world’s longest name. Each portrait is a poem. Some are funny—the world’s most powerful supercomputer, circa 1992, for example. (It boasted 32 MB of memory!) Others are poignant: “Roy Sullivan was struck by lightning a record six times. He eventually took his own life. Friends said he was ‘unlucky in love.’”

The Measure of All Things resolutely avoids the silly or freak-show side of the Guinness Book of Records. Instead, the portraits add up to a poignant meditation on the mysteries of existence, our individual and collective search for meaning, and the beauty and tragedy of human folly.

Drawing inspiration from forms as diverse as old travelogues, the Benshi tradition, and TED talks, The Measure of All Things was developed with creative collaborator Annie Dorsen (Passing Strange, Magical, A Piece of Work).

The film will be screened with a live soundtrack performed by the acclaimed chamber group yMusic.
PerksAs a volunteer you will be able to sit in and watch most of the performances and events you'll be helping out on and you'll receive a vintage Fusebox Festival T-Shirt.
For those of you able to commit to 3 shifts or more you will receive the official Fusebox volunteer sweatband.
CausesArts & Culture Community
11 Positions Filled | 7 Impacts | 27 Hours

Location: 701 W Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78704

Shifts (4)

Name & TimeDescriptionPositions
Start: Wed, Apr 01, 6:00PM
End: Wed, Apr 01, 9:00PM
Register attendees for Fusebox bucks.1/1Over
Start: Wed, Apr 01, 6:30PM
End: Wed, Apr 01, 10:30PM
Greeting people, and general front of house duties.
Please wear your Fusebox tshirt, and find the venue manager upon arrival.
Start: Wed, Apr 01, 6:30PM
End: Wed, Apr 01, 10:30PM
Reporting to Heather Mapstone 734- 223- 8843 (text is best). To set up, and sell Fusebox merchandise pre-show, handle money, and reconcile the bank.
Please wear your Fusebox t-shirt, and, find Heather upon arrival at the Long Center Terrace (up the stairs).
Start: Wed, Apr 01, 6:30PM
End: Wed, Apr 01, 10:30PM