The City Dark

Having moved from Maine to New York City, filmmaker Ian Cheney finds himself in an environment so flooded with artificial light that one can scarcely make out a star in the night sky. The City Dark follows Cheney as he seeks to learn the true impact of light pollution on people, animals, and the environment, and shines new light on the meaning of dark.

Directors

Ian Cheney

Country

USA 

Year

2011

Running Time

83 mins 

Watch the Film

thecitydark.com

 

 

SFGFF Film Program:

City_Dark_observatory.jpgFilmmaker 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. 

Screening: March 3, 2012 at New People Cinema. 

Discussion with: Ian Cheney, director