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Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky, Nicholas de Pencier

Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky, Nicholas de Pencier

Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

Edward Burtynsky

Edward Burtynsky is a contemporary fine art photographer and filmmaker; his remarkable photographic depictions of global industrial landscapes and their incursions into the natural landscape are included in the collections of over 60 major museums around the world.

He has been awarded numerous prizes for his work including the inaugural TED Prize, the title of Officer of the Order of Canada, the ICP Infinity Award for Art, along with multiple awards for the three documentaries on which he has worked with filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier, the third of which is part of their latest collaboration: The Anthropocene Project.

Jennifer Baichwal

Jennifer Baichwal has been directing and producing documentaries for 25 years. Her films have played all over the world and won multiple awards nationally and internationally, including an International Emmy, three Gemini Awards, and Best Cultural and Best Independent Canadian Documentary at Hot Docs, for features such as Let It Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles (1998), The Holier It Gets (1999), The True Meaning of Pictures (2002), Act of God (2009), and Payback (2012). Manufactured Landscapes (2006) won, among others, Al Gore’s Reel Current Award and was named as one of “150 Essential Works In Canadian Cinema History” by the Toronto International Film Festival in 2016. The feature documentary Watermark (2013) won the Toronto Film Critics Association prize for Best Canadian Film.

Nicholas de Pencier

Nicholas de Pencier is a documentary director, producer, and director of photography. Selected credits include Let It Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles, The Holier It Gets, The True Meaning of Pictures, Hockey Nomad, Act of God, and Manufactured Landscapes which have won prizes and played to audiences around the world. He was the producer and cinematographer of Watermark and of Black Code, which he also directed. De Pencier’s video art installations with Jennifer Baichwal include Watermark Cubed at Nuit Blanche 2014 in Toronto and most recently, they were in Katowice, Poland exhibiting film installations from The Anthropocene Project as part of COP24.

Long Now is honored to show Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier, Edward Burtynsky’s’s latest film, ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch on Sunday September 29, 02019 at 1:30pm at the historic Castro Theater. This special Sunday afternoon Seminar will feature the film screening, followed by a Q&A with Stewart Brand and all 3 filmmakers.

Watermark and Manufactured Landscapes, the other 2 films in this Anthropocene trilogy, will show the same day at 5:30pm and 9:00pm at the Castro Theater, with separate tickets required for each screening. Tickets to see the 2 additional films need to be purchased in person at the theater box office (open from noon to 9:30pm) on the day of the event.

About The Anthropocene Project:

A cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive reengineering of the planet, ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch is a documentary film from Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky. The film 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.

ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch is the third and final full-length documentary film of the The Anthropocene Project, a multidisciplinary body of work combining fine art photography, film, virtual reality, augmented reality, scientific research and educational programs, seeks to investigate human influence on the state, dynamic, and future of the Earth.

About the Filmmakers:

Jennifer Baichwal has been directing and producing documentaries for 25 years. Her films have played all over the world and won multiple awards nationally and internationally, including an International Emmy, three Gemini Awards, and Best Cultural and Best Independent Canadian Documentary at Hot Docs, for features such as Let It Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles (1998), The Holier It Gets (1999), The True Meaning of Pictures (2002), Act of God (2009), and Payback (2012). Manufactured Landscapes (2006) won, among others, Al Gore’s Reel Current Award and was named as one of “150 Essential Works In Canadian Cinema History” by the Toronto International Film Festival in 2016. The feature documentary Watermark (2013) won the Toronto Film Critics Association prize for Best Canadian Film.

Nicholas de Pencier is a documentary director, producer, and director of photography. Selected credits include Let It Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles, The Holier It Gets, The True Meaning of Pictures, Hockey Nomad, Act of God, and Manufactured Landscapes which have won prizes and played to audiences around the world. He was the producer and cinematographer of Watermark and of Black Code, which he also directed. De Pencier’s video art installations with Jennifer Baichwal include Watermark Cubed at Nuit Blanche 2014 in Toronto and most recently, they were in Katowice, Poland exhibiting film installations from The Anthropocene Project as part of COP24.

Edward Burtynsky is a contemporary fine art photographer and filmmaker; his remarkable photographic depictions of global industrial landscapes and their incursions into the natural landscape are included in the collections of over 60 major museums around the world. He has been awarded numerous prizes for his work including the inaugural TED Prize, the title of Officer of the Order of Canada, the ICP Infinity Award for Art, along with multiple awards for the three documentaries on which he has worked with filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier, the third of which is part of their latest collaboration: The Anthropocene Project.

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