Curated Program by Katarina Benois Pittis
Sunday, May 6th, 5pm
As our cities, waste, and resource needs continue to expand, how can we be “cleaner” and “greener?” This collection of short films explores the relationship between humans and the natural world in order to question how we can “green” our urban environments. The screening will be followed by a panel with the filmmakers and other leading environmental advocates. Come watch films like:
WILD HORSES, DRAGGED AWAY (EXCERPT)
DIR. LUCY SMITH-WILLIAMS, 2018, DOCUMENTARY, 8:49 MIN
This excerpt from the full film explores the idea of oldest symbol of the
American West, the wild horse, which is not as free and powerful as it is so often depicted in popular culture. Recently the Bureau of Land Management has been put into the spotlight for their controversial management techniques from artists, animal activists and cow ranchers alike. This excerpt includes interviews from Roberto Dutesco, a photographer and wild horse advocate, and Simone Netherlands, the president of the Salt River Wild Horse Management group near Phoenix, Arizona.
DIR. CARMEN BOUYER, 2016, EXPERIMENTAL, 8:56 MIN
SEEDS was shot in New York City in Inwood Hill forest and Greenpoint waterfront in search for seeds and a celebration of trees. This collaboration with videographer Carlo Pangalangan Labrador is a poetic attend to grasp ways in which one can expand the experience of the self to embrace its wild environment. Becoming a seed protector and becoming one with a tree.
TRIBUTE IN LIGHT
DIR. CHRISTINE LIN, 2017, DOCUMENTARY, 2:06 MIN
NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY
Volunteers and scientists gather to watch the annual 9/11 memorial light show, ensuring that both birds and people can coexist in this time of remembrance.
Water as Industry (trailer)
DIR. KATARINA PITTIS, 2018, DOCUMENTARY, 6:38 MIN
An exploration of Newtown Creek, one of the highest polluted waterways in the U.S., and how communities have fought to preserve its’ health.
DIR. JIMMY BANTA, 2017, DOCUMENTARY, 3:49 MIN
Freshkills Landfill on Staten Island closed in 2001, but not before securing the title of world’s largest landfill. Now, New York City is taking Freshkills, a true testament to the wastefulness of the city, and turning it into something amazing.
City on the Water
DIR. JON BOWERMASTER, 2017, DOCUMENTARY, 18:33 MIN
OCEAN 8 FILMS
Waterways like Brooklyn’s Newtown Creek and Queen’s Flushing Meadow, once thought ruined forever by industrial and manmade pollution are making a comeback. From the Billion Oyster Project to Dragon Boat races, from the Gowanus Canal to the Harlem River, there is brand new activity on all of the waterways that surround NYC.