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The City Dark

Title (Spanish): The City Dark
Title (English): The City Dark
Country of Origin: USA
Year of Completion: 2011
Duration: 84 minutes
Format: DVD
Language: English
Subtitles: Spanish

Wednesday 09/09/2012 -- 6:00 PM Saturday 09/08/2012 -- 7:00 PM

Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña (UNPHU)
Santo Domingo

Galerías PUNTACANA
Punta Cana

II Muestra de Cine Medioambiental Dominicana, 5-9 de Septiembre 2012

Film SynopsisThe Dark City chronicles the disappearance of darkness. When filmmaker Ian Cheney moves to New York City and discovers skies almost completely devoid of stars, a simple question arises – what do we lose, when we lose the night? The film spawns a journey to America’s brightest and darkest corners. Astronomers, cancer researchers, ecologists and philosophers provide glimpses of what is lost in the glare of city lights; blending a humorous, searching tone with poetic footage of the night sky. What unravels is an introduction to the science of the dark, and an exploration of the human relationship to the stars.

Film Credits:

Director/Writer: Ian Cheney
Producers: Ian Cheney, Colin Cheney, Julia Marchasi y Tamara Rosenberg
Editing: Frederick Shanahan y Ian Cheney
Cinematography: Ian Cheney y Taylor Gentry

Director's Biography:

Ian Cheney is a Brooklyn-based documentary filmmaker. He grew up in New England and earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at Yale University. He co-created and starred in the Peabody Award-winning theatrical and PBS documentary King Corn (2007); directed the feature documentary The Greening of Southie (Sundance Channel, 2008); co-produced the Planet Green documentary Big River (2009); and directed the whimsical, 2011 documentary Truck Farm, which featured the farm Cheney planted in the back of his '86 Dodge pickup. He has been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post and Men's Journal, as well as on CNN, MSNBC and ABC's Good Morning America.

Cheney is a co-founder of FoodCorps, a national service program launched in 2011 that places young people in communities that require assistance in planting and tending school gardens. They also provide nutrition education and information on healthy food sources for school cafeterias. In 2011, Cheney and longtime collaborator Curt Ellis received the Heinz Award for their innovative approach to environmental advocacy.

An avid astro-photographer, Cheney travels frequently to show his films, lead discussions
and give talks about sustainability, agriculture and the human relationship to the natural world. He is currently working on two projects: The Search for General Tso, a documentary about the cultural history of Chinese food in America, and BLUESPACE, a feature documentary about the degradation and renewal of urban waterways and the search for water in outer space.

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