Presented by the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
THE CITY DARK (2011, USA, 84 min.) is a feature documentary about light pollution and the disappearing night sky, which premiered in competition at the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival. After moving to New York City from rural Maine, filmmaker Ian Cheney asks a simple question, "Do we need the stars?" Exploring the threat of killer asteroids in Hawaii, tracking hatching turtles along the Florida coast, and rescuing injured birds on Chicago streets, Cheney unravels the myriad implications of a globe glittering with lights including increased breast cancer rates from exposure to light at night, and a generation of kids without a glimpse of the universe above. Featuring stunning astrophotography and a cast of eclectic scientists, philosophers, historians and lighting designers, THE CITY DARK is the definitive story of light pollution and the disappearing stars.
DISCUSSION WITH FILMMAKER IAN CHENEY FOLLOWS SCREENING. Ian Cheney is the co-creator of 2007 Festival selection KING CORN and director of 2011 Festival selection TRUCK FARM.
Tickets: $15 are available starting at 6:00 PM at E Street Cinema. Cash only.
7:00 PM Thursday, August 25, 2011 E Street Cinema, 555 11th St., NW (entrance on E St. between 10th & 11th Sts.) (Metro: Metro Center, 11th & G Sts. exit or Gallery Place/ Chinatown, 7th & F Sts. exit. Blue, Orange, Green, Yellow and Red lines) (Metrobuses: 42, 63, 64, P6, P17, P19, S2, S4, W13, A11)
WINNER: Jury Prize for Best Score/Music at SXSW Film Festival Grand Jury Prize, Environmental Film Festival at Yale
OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2011 SXSW Film Festival 2011 Independent Film Festival Boston 2011 Environmental Film Festival at Yale 2011 Geek Film Festival 2011 Indianapolis Film Festival 2011 Woods Hole Film Festival 2011 Mountain Film in Telluride 2011 Bryce Canyon Astronomy Festival 2011 Maui International Film Festival
E Street Cinema
555 11th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004