Sat 03.03 // 8:00 PM
SF Film Society Cinema, 1748 Post St.
THE CITY DARK
USA, 2011, 84 min.
In Person: Ian Cheney
Filmmaker Ian Cheney ponders what the impact of a world without night would be. Having moved from Maine to New York City, Cheney discovers himself in a place so ﬂooded with light that it is hard to make out a star in the night sky. The curiosity of what is lost with the darkness of night, in an environment with such dense light pollution, leads him to startling revelations including the impact of light pollution on human health, animal migration, and the safety of our planet from asteroids.
Told in six chapters, through expert interviews, a strong personal narrative, stunning astrophotography, and music that garnered the ﬁlm the Jury Prize for best Score/Music at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival The City Dark provides a holistic view of the relationship between humans and the sky and shines new light on the meaning of the dark. ~ Ambika Jain
Preceded by: Tuned In, Kevin Gordon, USA, 2010, 5 mins. In person: Kevin Gordon.
Yelp: With Apologies to Allen Ginsberg’s ‘Howl, Tiffany Shlain, USA, 2011, 3 mins.
Co-presented with the Bay Area Science Festival and Chabot Space & Science Center.