CAMDEN — The Points North Institute and the Camden Opera House continue the 2019 CIFF Selects series, Wednesday, April 24, at 7 p.m., with Anthropocene: The Human Epoch, a cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive reengineering of the planet.
Anthropocene is co-presented by Sierra Club Maine and Camden Conservation Commission.
Four years in the making, this is the newest documentary from the team of Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky.
Anthropocene: The Human Epoch follows the research of an international body of scientists, the Anthropocene Working Group who, after nearly 10 years of research, are arguing that the Holocene Epoch gave way to the Anthropocene Epoch in the mid-twentieth century, because of profound and lasting human changes to the Earth.
At the intersection of art and science, Anthropocene: The Human Epoch bears witness to concrete seawalls in China that now cover 60% of the mainland coast, the biggest terrestrial machines ever built in Germany, psychedelic potash mines in Russia’s Ural Mountains, the devastated Great Barrier Reef in Australia, and surreal lithium evaporation ponds in the Atacama desert.
The filmmakers have traversed the globe using high end production values and state of the art camera techniques to document evidence and experience of human planetary domination.
“Anthropocene is a massive undertaking, and a truly unique cinematic experience from a filmmaking team known worldwide for their creative approach towards large-scale documentation of ecological devastation”, said Ben Fowlie, executive and artistic director of the Points North Institute and founder of the Camden International Film Festival, in a news release. “We are thrilled to partner with the Maine Chapter of the Sierra Club and the Camden Conservation Commission to bring this revealing meditation of our impact on the planet in honor of Earth Day.”
Upcoming CIFF Selects screening dates include May 29, June 26, July 24, August 28, September 25, and October 23. Q&As with filmmakers, either in person or via skype, will follow select screenings.
Tickets are $10 for adults and can be purchased on the day of show at the Camden Opera House box office, or in advance online at www.pointsnorthinstitute.org.
All screenings are free for students under the age of 18, or who present a valid college ID.
CIFF Selects is a program of the Points North Institute, and is sponsored by Bangor Savings Bank.
About the Points North Institute:
Established in 2016, the Points North Institute is a launching pad for the next generation of nonfiction storytellers, according to a news release. Building on the success of the Camden International Film Festival, which is now entering its 15th season, the Points North Institute’s mission is to bring together a unique, interdisciplinary community of filmmakers, artists, journalists, industry leaders and local audiences, forming a creative hub on the coast of Maine where new stories and talent are discovered, collaborations are born, and the future of nonfiction media is shaped.
Programs include the annual Camden International Film Festival and Points North Forum, as well as a year-round calendar of artist development initiatives that nurture the careers of diverse nonfiction storytellers and help them develop a stronger artistic voice.
Founded in 2005, the Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) brings the finest non-fiction cinema to the coast of Maine, showcasing nearly 80 documentary films from around the globe each fall.
Running concurrently with CIFF, the Points North Forum provides filmmakers and media artists with opportunities for professional development and creative inspiration. Past industry participants include representatives from HBO, A&E, BBC,CNN, Discovery, PBS, Ford Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Tribeca Film Institute, Sundance Institute, Vimeo and Kickstarter.
The 2019 Camden International Film Festival and Points North Forum will take place September 12 - 15 in Camden, Rockport and Rockland.
For more information, visit http://www. pointsnorthinstitute.org.