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SUNDANCE FILM REVIEW: ANTHROPOCENE: THE HUMAN EPOCH

January 25, 2019

By Alexander Ortega | Slug Magazine ANTHROPOCENE: THE HUMAN EPOCH SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL Directors: Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier, Edward Burtynsky Imagine yurt-like structures made of elephant tusks. Then shift your vision to bright-green pools of lithium in a middle-of-nowhere desert, with pipes flowing the alien-looking liquid from one area to an adjacent one. Grimy machinery…

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Sundance 2019 Women Directors: Meet Jennifer Baichwal – “Anthropocene: The Human Epoch”

January 22, 2019

By Sophia Stewart | Women and Hollywood Jennifer Baichwal has been directing and producing documentaries for over 20 years. Her award-winning films include “Let It Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles,” “Watermark,” and “Act of God.” Her film “Manufactured Landscapes” was named as one of 150 Essential Works In Canadian Cinema History by the Toronto…

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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: http://playbackonline.ca/2018/12/19/anthropocene-gets-exclusive-4k-engagement-on-itunes/#ixzz5a9UKSeSi

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[PRESS RELEASE] TORONTO FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES 2018 AWARDS

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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Aerial Photographs Convey Humanity’s Devastating Effects on Nature

December 4, 2018

By Lev Feigin  | Hyperallergic “If we view ourselves from a great height, it is frightening to realize how little we know about our species, our purpose and our end,” wrote the novelist W.G. Sebald in Rings of Saturn. From the window of a plane above an urban sprawl, we witness among geometries of rooftops, factories, and…

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Anthropocene art installation explores human impact on the environment

December 3, 2018

CBC News: The National  Three artists have made it their mission to put humanity’s impact on the environment on display. CBC’s Adrienne Arsenault spoke to the artists to discuss Anthropocene, the documentary and multimedia exhibit. Watch the segment here.

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Creative Minds: As the climate teeters on the edge, can art help us survive?

December 3, 2018

CBC Arts Robert F. Kennedy Jr, Jennifer Baichwal, Brian Jungen and Tanya Talaga discuss art amid ecosystem collapse Our planet is reaching a tipping point. As global temperatures rise, the effects of climate change are accelerating around us. From melting polar ice caps to deadly storms to catastrophic floods to raging wildfires, the world is…

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See the Anthropocene on the Great Lakes

November 29, 2018

By Krystyn Tully | Great Lakes Guide The planet around you is changing. It’s happening quickly, and it’s happening in dramatic ways. From the land we walk on to the waters we drink, your earth today is very different from your grandparents’ Earth. People have altered the Earth in such profound, lasting ways that scientists say…

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The Anthropocene—Coming Soon to a Theater (and Museum, and Bookshelf) Near You

November 28, 2018

By Clara Chaisson | OnEarth Anthropocene is a clunky word for an even more unwieldy concept. But props to the Merriam-Webster team who have given us a dictionary definition that’s easy enough to follow. Anthropocene: (n.) The period of time during which human activities have had an environmental impact on the earth regarded as constituting a distinct geological age. Try to…

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The Sundance Film Festival’s anticipated premieres include the Canadian documentary Anthropocene and a making-of doc about Alien

November 28, 2018

By Peter Howell | Toronto Star The 2019 Sundance Film Festival will take moviegoers from the Earth to the moon and to the deepest part of space where no one can hear you scream. Robert Redford’s annual independent film showcase in Park City, Utah, running Jan. 24 to Feb. 3, could be called a “Triple A”…

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A review of documentary film Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

November 14, 2018

By Suresh Nellikode | MeriNews We’re living, living precariously, sometimes, hopelessly too! The stunning images and shocking ironies in connection with human inflicted realities make this documentary film, Anthropocene: The Human Epoch, a memorable one. A beautiful film with unbelievable examples of human greed without any concerns of life the posterity is going to face. The overweening and…

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The Art Gallery of Ontario puts human destruction on display and calls for change

November 14, 2018

By Fatima Syed | National Observer When you first walk into the Anthropocene exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario, you stop to watch a man with mismatched boots trudging slowly over a 50-year-old landfill just outside Nairobi, Kenya that was declared full in 2001 and shut down. You watch the man walk through what looks…

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Edward Burtynsky – An earthen canvas.

November 13, 2018

By Deirdre Kelly | Nuvo Magazine Edward Burtynsky has made his name standing behind the lens. But today he is out front and in focus as the man who would save us from ourselves. It’s mid-morning at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and as the Canadian master photographer strolls through The Anthropocene Project, the acclaimed multidisciplinary exhibition combining…

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Art and the Environment: Museums Adjust to a New Climate

November 9, 2018

By Greg Morrison | Sotheby’s Museum Network “We cannot take action together on something we don’t discuss,” says Miranda Massie, director of New York’s Climate Museum. She’s referring to the fact that although 65% of Americans purport to be anxious about climate change, only about 5% speak about it. Her institution, founded in 2015, is working…

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Edward Burtynsky & The Big Picture

November 7, 2018

By Holly Hughes | PDNOnline Edward Burtynsky thinks big. Since the 1980s, he has been making large-format images of the extraction and exploitation of natural resources and the impact of these vast operations on the environment. His latest project is his most ambitious to date. In two exhibitions on view now at the National Gallery of Canada in Toronto…

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The Visual Language of Documentary Film: In Conversation with Jennifer Baichwal

November 5, 2018

By Amy Anderson | BeatRoute Canadian filmmaking trio Jennifer Baichwal, Nick de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky recently completed a trilogy of films that chronicle human impact upon the planet. Their most recent film, Anthropocene: The Human Epoch, identifies a new era in which human influence is the most dominate factor determining the Earth’s form. The…

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PODCAST: Ep. 3 – Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

November 1, 2018

TVO Podcasts “There’s no black and white here… there’s no easy answer to this dilemma we find ourselves in of tipping the Earth outside its natural limits.” — Jennifer Baichwal The team behind Manufactured Landscapes and Watermark is back with a new film that explores the ways human activity has fundamentally changed the planet. Colin sat down with filmmakers…

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Review – Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

October 31, 2018

By Gideon Forman | Alternatives Journal To watch Anthropocene is to be saddened and overwhelmed. Overwhelmed by our remaking of the Earth’s surface through extractive industries; by the destruction of living creatures on land and at sea; and by the injury inflicted on humans, especially the poor, as they participate in these processes. Earlier societies harnessed and harmed…

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Landmark Moment: We have our own geologic period. But it’s nothing to be proud of

October 25, 2018

By Jorge Ignacio Castillo | Planet S Magazine   Anthropocene: The Human Epoch Roxy Theatre Opens Friday 26 Anthropocene: The Human Epoch is more than a film. It’s part of a larger project that includes art exhibitions, virtual and augmented reality, a coffee table book with photographs and essays by filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky and Nicolas de…

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The Artist Capturing How Industry is Transforming the Natural World

October 17, 2018

By Alexander Hawkins | AnOther Magazine “Beauty” is not a word Edward Burtynsky wants associated with his large-format photographs of breathtaking industrial landscapes. Nevertheless, the Canadian photographer has been accused of aestheticising disaster. For almost 40 years, Burtynsky’s unsettling work has taken a bird’s-eye-view on how industry is spectacularly transforming nature, and our world. His interest, he insists,…

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People vs the Planet

October 15, 2018

By Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky and Nicholas de Pencier | The Walrus Forests are indispensable to life on this planet. Nearly 1.6 billion people rely on them as sources of food, income, or shelter. Humans have altered over 75 percent of ice-free land on the planet with agriculture, mining, urbanization, and industrialization. And around half of the…

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Edward Burtynsky surveys the devastating scale of man’s footprint on the planet

October 15, 2018

By Tom Seymour | Wallpaper* he Anthropocene photographs are huge, imposing and impossibly detailed, designed to stimulate in us a sense of awe – both of the beauty of the natural world, and the destruction our species has wrought upon it. They are images, the photographer says, ‘of a predator species run amok’. But few realise how personal…

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