Manufactured Landscapes

Arts in Action will officially launch with a screening of Manufactured Landscapes an award winning documentary film about the work of photographer and 2005 TED Prize winner Edward Burtynsky.

 WHEN:  Thursday 12th May 2011

WHERE:  Basement @ Donkey Wheel House

ADDRESS: 673 Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000 (near the corner of Spenser Street)

TIME: 7.30pm Doors open at 7pm

TICKETS: $20 tickets available online through Greentix Seats are limited so BOOK NOW!

Read about Greentix’s environmental initiatives

COLLABORATORS

1 Camera 1000 Smiles Kids Camera Project

A camera drive in support of the 1 camera 1000smiles project will also be held on the night, so please bring along any old unused cameras and photographic equipment which will be donated to the kids camera project. On Friday 4th March 2011 I had the pleasure of interviewing project founder Richard Piscioneri at his Urban Artistry photography studio in Collingwood. Due to fly out to Bali early in the next week, Richard generously made time to answer questions and share his vision and goals for the 1 camera 1000 smiles project. He speaks with warmth, passion and spirit about how it all started and where the project is at right now. I was specifically interested in finding out what type of support the project needs to move forward and how people can contribute. He also shares his thoughts about the power of photography to create change and talks about his passion for teaching/education and his interest in environmental issues, particularly recycling and redistribution of resources. Finally he tells us what it is about this project that makes him smile! Click here for an interview with project founder Richard Piscioneri.

Catering

The Good Brew Company will be supplying, beer, cider and/or wine brewed with a minimun carbon footprint. All inclusive, so come along bring your old cameras and toast the opening of Arts in Action with a good brew! Or if a Good Brew is not your cup of tea, then enjoy a STREAT coffee instead!

Difference Makers Segment

A series of short clips and documentaries will be presented after the main feature. The purpose of this segment is to shine a spotlight on local people, projects and businesses that use sustainable principles and practices. Click here to find out more about our collaborators

SYNOPSIS

MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES is a feature length documentary on the world and work of renowned artist Edward Burtynsky. Internationally acclaimed for his large-scale photographs of “manufactured landscapes”—quarries, recycling yards, factories, mines and dams—Burtynsky creates stunningly beautiful art from civilization’s materials and debris. The film follows him through China, as he shoots the evidence and effects of that country’s massive industrial revolution. With breathtaking sequences, such as the opening tracking shot through an almost endless factory, the filmmakers also extend the narratives of Burtynsky’s photographs, allowing us to meditate on our impact on the planet and witness both the epicenters of industrial endeavor and the dumping grounds of its waste.

MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES powerfully shifts our consciousness about the world and the way we live in it, without simplistic judgments or reductive resolutions.

WATCH THE TRAILER

[blip.tv http://blip.tv/play/hNlDwYFgAg%5D

AWARDS

  • Best Documentary – 2007 Genie Awards
  • Best Canadian Film – Toronto International Film Festival
  • Best Canadian Film & Best Documentary – Toronto Film Critics Association Awards
  • Nominated for Grand Jury Prize – 2007 Sundance Film Festival
  • Won the Reel Current Award (presented by Al Gore) – 2007 Nashville Film Festival

Listen to the Q&A with Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky at New York’s Film Forum

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