Film, performance chronicles book of world records
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NORTH ADAMS, MA— Inspired by a fascination with the Guinness Book of World Records, filmmaker Sam Green traveled across the world to gather footage of record-holding (and nearly record-holding) people and places. The result is a live documentary film and performance titled “The Measure of All Things” at MASS MoCA on Saturday, July 12, at 8:30 pm, featuring Green’s narration and an original score by indie-classical chamber ensemble yMusic.

Academy-Award-nominated filmmaker Green scoured the globe to compile a series of compelling portraits of unusual natural occurrences. Among them is the world’s tallest man (7 feet, 9 inches), the world’s oldest living thing (5,000-year-old bristlecone pine), and the man struck by lightning the most times (seven!), along with more miraculous illustrations of spontaneous anomalies that are altogether beautiful. Green provides live narration detailing his chronicle. No two presentations are exactly alike.

The indie-classical ensemble yMusic accompanies Green’s narration throughout the performance, playing an original score developed for the film. yMusic is a sextet of progressive young performers who shape the future of classical music by overlapping its boundaries with those of pop music. The group serves as a ready-made collaborative unit for bands and songwriters, working with marquee musicians such as Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), and The National.

Tickets are available at (413) 662-2111, ext. 1, during box office hours or at www.massmoca.org.
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