Earth Day: Mass Movement to Mass Extinction
Earth Day Shorts Program
EARTH DAY: MASS MOVEMENT TO MASS EXTINCTION
The first annual Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970. A milestone for the emerging environmentalism movement at the time, Earth Day has grown into an international day of action and awareness. However, the small ecological victories of previous decades have been overshadowed by the looming catastrophe of global warming, largely due to the burning of fossil fuels. As we enter the anthropocene, an era of intense human impact on planetary eco-systems, the future has become less certain. This program is a meditation on the destructive tendencies of mankind, and the dystopian cinema that has emerged as a result.
In Marin County
dir. Peter Hutton, US, 1970, 16mm, 10 min.
"In Marin County approaches the subject of America's ecological disaster as a comic yet bizarre vision. The tradition of Old MacDonald's farm has long since disappeared and in its place are bulldozer and insect sprays. Our fascination with these mechanized wonders of civilization may well prove to be more lethal than we would have imagined. Peter Hutton has succeeded in making an important statement on ecology and the strange delight Americans take in destroying things." - Whitney Museum of American Art
dir. Leonard Henny, US, 1970, 16mm, 20 min.
"An ecology film which links together the issues of the survival of our environment, with the issues of corporate irresponsibility and the devastating effects of the war, both in S. E. Asia and at home. In Vietnam, we are destroying the countryside with our defoliation program. At home, we dump wastes from the production of herbicides into the communities of blacks and the poor who live in the neighbourhoods adjacent to the chemical companies that produce 2-4-5 T and 2-4 D components."
- noted ecologist Barry Commoner
dir. Anna Geyer, US, 1999, 16mm, color/b&w, 15 min.
As long as I can remember, I have had an affection for bulldozers — their power and their grandeur. My fascination with them continues to grow as I observe their ceaseless efforts. With this film, I explore the awe inspired by such a destructive force. Dozer features the bulldozer as an icon of American culture and examines the continuous reconstruction of our surroundings. An important point of focus is the impact the automobile and its infrastructure has on our society, environment, and general quality of life, as bulldozers exchange natural landscapes for freeways – landscapes of an industrialized society.
Portrait #2: Trojan
dir. Vanessa Renwick, US, 2006, video, 6 min.
The final days of Oregon’s Trojan nuclear power plant.
Mountain Fire Personnel
dir. Alex Tyson, US, 2015, video, 29 min. Philadelphia Premiere!
Mountain Fire Personnel is an experimental documentary that explores a wild fire near an evacuated mountain tramway in Southern California. Using amateur footage, internet media, and professional camerawork, the film surveys an area occupied by firemen and California State prisoners. The film has no interviews, but integrates dialogue recorded from radio systems used by fire crews, trucks, helicopter pilots, and air dispatchers.