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Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival

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Anthropocene: The Human Epoch Documentary Screening
Presenting Sponsors:
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University and Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival
Co-Presenter: WHYY/ Pulse

Wednesday, September 25, 7 p.m.
at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
$15 Public
$12 Academy Members
Purchase tickets at ansp.org

One Night Only!

Timed to coincide with the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York, the Academy of Natural Sciences and the Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival join institutions around the nation in screening Anthropocene: The Human Epoch. This new environmental documentary is a stunning sensory experience and cinematic meditation on humanity's massive reengineering of the planet. Years in the making, the film follows the research of an international body of scientists, the Anthropocene Working Group, arguing that as a result of profound and lasting human changes to the earth, the Holocene Epoch gave way in the mid-20th century to the Anthropocene Epoch. At the intersection of art and science, Anthropocene makes the case that we are witnessing a critical moment in geological history and brings a provocative and unforgettable experience of our species' breadth and impact. Check out the trailer!

Stay after the screening for a discussion and audience Q&A with experts from Drexel University and the Academy of Natural Sciences, Scott Knowles and Stephanie Kroll. Moderated by Maiken Scott, host of WHYY’s The Pulse.

More on the film:

A stunning sensory experience and cinematic meditation on humanity's massive reengineering of the planet, Anthropocene: The Human Epoch is a years-in-the-making feature documentary from the award-winning team behind Manufactured Landscapes (2006) and Watermark (2013). Narrated by Alicia Vikander, the film follows the research of an international body of scientists, the Anthropocene Working Group which, after nearly 10 years of research, argues that as a result of profound and lasting human changes to the earth, the Holocene Epoch gave way in the mid-twentieth century to the Anthropocene Epoch.

From concrete seawalls in China that now cover 60% of the mainland coast, to the biggest terrestrial machines ever built in Germany, to psychedelic potash mines in Russia's Ural Mountains, to metal festivals in the closed city of Norilsk, to the devastated Great Barrier Reef in Australia and massive marble quarries in Carrara, the filmmakers have traversed the globe using state-of-the-art camera techniques to document the evidence and experience of human planetary domination. At the intersection of art and science, Anthropocene makes the case that we are witnessing a critical moment in geological history -- and brings a provocative and unforgettable experience of our species’ breadth and impact.

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Fourth Annual Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival
In Partnership with the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
April 2–5, 2020

Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival brings the planet to Philadelphia through the power of environmental films. The Festival showcases exceptional new shorts and features about the beauty and fragility of the earth that entertain, inform and inspire personal action. For more information and updates on the upcoming 2020 Festival, check ansp.org for period updates and visit philaenvirofilmfest.org to subscribe to the Fest newsletter.