Green received his master’s degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied documentary with acclaimed filmmaker Marlon Riggs. He currently teaches people film and video at the San Francisco Art Institute and the University of San Francisco.
Green's feature-length documentary film The Weather Underground focused on the group of young radicals of the same name, who during the late 1960s and '70s attempted to violently overthrow the United States government. The film premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for a 2003 Academy Award for Documentary Feature category. The award winning film interweaves extensive archival material with modern-day interviews to explore the story of the Weather Underground. The New York Times film critic Elvis Mitchell called the documentary a "terrifically smart and solid piece of film-making.
The Rainbow Man/John 3:16 focuses on the life of Rollen Stewart, who became famous during the 1970s by appearing at thousands of televised sporting events wearing a rainbow-colored wig. The film premiered at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival, where Trevor Groth said "More than an exploration one life, The Rainbow Man is a parable about alienation, the media, and the meaninglessness that often defines American life."
Green's other documentaries include lot 63, grave c (about Meredith Hunter); N-Judah 5:30; and Pie Fight ’69.
BOOKS: Thriller that asks killer questions; Flight 103 by Sam Green. Century. pounds 10. Reviewed by RODDY BROOKS.(Features)
Feb 16, 2008; Byline: RODDY BROOKS Pan Am Flight 103 was the subject of one of the most infamous terrorist attacks of all time. Or was it? Sam...
Three-in-a-Bed HEIRESS MURDER; FAMOUS FRIENDS: Sam with Greta Garbo on Corsica in 1972 and, below, with John and Yoko in Washington in 1977. Bottom: Julianne Moore with Barney Clark as the Young Tony DEADLY DEPRAVITY: Hugh Dancy, Centre, as Sam Green in the Films Shocking Sex Scene with Julianne Moore as Barbara and Eddie Redmayne as Her Son, Tony. Right: The Real Barbara in Hollywood in 1941
Jul 13, 2008; Byline: SAM GREEN There's a scene in the controversial new movie Savage Grace that theaudience finds especially uncomfortable....