(n) The proposed current geological epoch, in which humans are the primary cause of permanent planetary change.

We have reached an unprecedented moment in planetary history. Humans now arguably change the Earth and its processes more than all other natural forces combined. Climate change, extinctions, invasive species, technofossils, anthroturbation, terraforming of land, and redirection of water are all part of the indelible human signature.

The Anthropocene Project is a multidisciplinary body of work from world-renowned collaborators Nicholas de Pencier, Edward Burtynsky and Jennifer Baichwal. Combining art, film, virtual reality, augmented reality, and scientific research, the project investigates human influence on the state, dynamic and future of the Earth.






Soaking up Sundance: Canadian creators are Utah-bound

January 18, 2019

By T’cha Dunlevy | Montreal Gazette  The Sundance Film Festival, and its irreverent offshoot Slamdance, are coveted launch pads for any media project, as confirmed by the Canadian creators who will be travelling to Park City next week. Quebec auteurs are well served this year, with virtual-reality stars and Sundance regulars Felix & Paul premièring two…

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Toronto Film Critics name Anthropocene the year’s best Canadian film

January 9, 2019

By Norm Wilner | NOW Toronto But co-directors Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier surprised the room by giving away the $100,000 cash prize The Toronto Film Critics Association awarded Anthropocene: The Human Epoch the Rogers best Canadian film award – and a cash prize of $100,000 – last night. It’s a despairing documentary about humanity’s devastation of…

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ANTHROPOCENE grabs $100,000 Rogers Best Canadian Film Award

January 9, 2019

By Bruce Demara | Toronto Star ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch, a film that chronicles humankind’s devastating impact on the environment, has been awarded the $100,000 Rogers Best Canadian Film Award by the Toronto Film Critics Association. The award, the biggest annual prize in Canadian cinema, was given to filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier at the association’s…

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Show, don’t tell Beautiful environmental documentary opts for powerful visuals over facts and figures

January 5, 2019

By Alison Gilmor | Winnipeg Free Press The saturated colours, the rhythmic patterns, the sublime scale: Seen through the estheticizing lens of Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky, open-pit mines, mineral evaporation ponds and oil refineries take on a strange dystopian beauty. It’s disturbing that environmental devastation should be so stunning, but that’s the controversial paradox at the…

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Edward Burtynsky Depicts Our Alien Domain

December 29, 2018

By Louis Bury | Hyperallergic The power of Edward Burtynsky’s landscape photographs is undeniable. Their sweeping aerial perspectives are shot in a style that verges on abstraction without losing their figurative referent. The breathtaking, large-scale images depict landscapes altered and scarred by human industry and development. The stepped terraces and switchback roads of a dusty, Mars-red…

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Stirring Images of Our Impact on the Environment

December 21, 2018

By Amy Brady | Hyperallergic TORONTO — Standing in a spacious gallery at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) in Toronto, I held back tears as I watched piles of confiscated elephant tusks go up in flames. The moment had been captured by filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier. The poignant short film is as…

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Anthropocene Gets Exclusive 4K Engagement on iTunes

December 19, 2018

By Lauren Malyk | Playback Distributed by Mongrel Media, the hit doc will be available for a limited time in a premium format ahead of its Sundance screening. Read more:

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December 10, 2018

ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch, Ava and Maison du bonheur compete for Rogers $100,000 Best Canadian Film Award Read the full press release here. 

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‘It’s emotional. It’s visceral’: Jennifer Baichwal on the power of art to open up consciousness

December 6, 2018

CBC Arts At AGO Creative Minds, the Anthropocene director spoke about how art can help us survive in a time of climate Jennifer Baichwal’s Anthropocene project — a film and exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario created with Edward Burtynsky and Nicholas de Pencier — is an arresting look at how humans are leaving a terrifying signature on the…

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TIFF’s Top 10 Canadian Films names ‘Anthropocene’, Haida-language feature

December 5, 2018

CTV News TORONTO — A documentary about humanity’s impact on the Earth and a feature shot in the Haida language are among TIFF’s top 10 Canadian features of the year. The organization that runs the Toronto International Film Festival released its Top Ten lists of features and shorts of 2018. View the full list for…

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