Arts in Action Official Launch with Screening of Manufactured Landscapes @ the Donkey Wheel House

April 19, 2011 in Art, Calendar, Film, Melbourne+VIC, Photography, Screening, Sustainable

May 12, 2011

Arts in Action is a Melbourne based film screening initiative that presents local and international art and social documentary films which focus on creating social change, in particular the work of art and video activists, photo philanthropists, videographers, street, and other artists whose work makes a difference by challenging perceptions and raising awareness of social, health and environmental issues.

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.

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. 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!

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!

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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 clips from the documentary.

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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