[SBIMC-general] MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES - environmental feature film - UCSB Campbell Hall - April 5 only - please distribute widely
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> From: Peter Lackner <peterlackner at mac.com>
> Date: March 31, 2007 4:26:57 PM PDT
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> Subject: [sb-news] MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES - environmental feature
> film - UCSB Campbell Hall - April 5 only - please distribute widely
> Dear Friends -
> On Thursday, April 5, 2007 at 7:30 pm, the film MANUFACTURED
> LANDSCAPES will be shown at UCSB Campbell Hall.
> If you missed the recent showings at the Santa Barbara Film
> Festival, this may be the only opportunity to see this multiple
> award-winning film before its commercial release in the USA.
> Approaching environmental consciousness and the impact of human
> activity on nature in a startlingly unique, powerful and beautiful
> way, MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES has frequently been defined as a an
> invaluable supplement to Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth".
> Premiering in Canada, it has already won awards as "Best Canadian
> Feature Film" and "Best Documentary" at the Toronto Film
> Festival, and awards at the Atlantic Film Festival and festivals in
> Calgary and Halifax. The US premiere just took place at the
> Sundance Film Festival, followed by two showings at the Santa
> Barbara International Film Festival.
> Lucas Lackner, my brother, is Associate Producer, but I would be
> recommending this film most highly even without the family
> connection. See this week's SB Independent for an excellent
> Please spread the word by forwarding this message and telling
> others about it.
> Thanks very much -
> Peter Lackner
> Manufactured Landscapes
> Thursday, April 5, 2007 @ 7:30 PM, Campbell Hall
> Link to website
> “… a highly unusual viewing experience that stimulates the
> senses and the conscience simultaneously.” The Hollywood Reporter
> This award-winning documentary follows artist Edward Burtynsky,
> internationally acclaimed for his large-scale photographs of
> “manufactured landscapes” – quarries, recycling yards,
> factories, mines and dams – through China as he creates
> surprisingly beautiful art from civilization’s materials and
> debris. Capturing the evidence and effects of the country’s
> massive industrial revolution, Burtynsky’s photographs are a
> reflective meditation on human industrial endeavors and their
> impact on the environment. Winner of the Best Canadian Feature Film
> Award at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival.
> (Jennifer Baichwal, 2006, 86 min.)
> General public $6.00 / UCSB Students $5.00
> more info at:
> MOVIE REVIEW: Manufacturing change - Documentary follows
> photographer capturing China's boom economy and mangled environment
> By Ted Mills, NEWS-PRESS CORRESPONDENT
> March 30, 2007 10:54 AM
> Jennifer Baichwal's film begins with a long tracking shot along a
> factory floor in China, peering down aisle after aisle at besmocked
> and handkerchiefed workers assembling an unseen consumer good. Just
> when the audience thinks the shot is over, it continues on: more
> aisles, more workers, and never a clue as to what they're making.
> This brave opening statement, absent of music and voice-over until
> much later when the audience has grown restless, sums up the
> terrifying wonder of globalization explored in "Manufactured
> Landscapes," showing Thursday night at Campbell Hall.
> Our guide through China and Bangladesh is Edward Burtynsky, a large-
> scale photographer of man-made landscapes who documents how
> industry and globalization change the earth. Some of the images are
> grim, some strangely beautiful, but they always make the viewer
> stop and consider the impact of our industrial behavior.
> Those who have followed China's economic rise will find much of
> interest here. Since the late 1970s, China has been moving toward a
> more market-driven economy, and has become the fourth largest
> economy in the world when measured by nominal Gross Domestic
> Product. Those at the bottom of the econmic ladder who suffered in
> one way, now suffer in another. They remain replaceable parts in a
> huge oil-stoked and smoke-belching machine.
> In terms of ratios, this economic shift has been staggering.
> According to Burtynsky, under Mao Zedong China was 90 percent
> agrarian and 10 percent urban. The plan under the post-Deng
> Xiaoping leaders is for China to become 30 percent agrarian and 70
> percent urban.
> Burtynsky travels to small villages where companies from all over
> the world ship computer parts to be recycled. It sounds
> environmentally conscious, until we see villagers exposing
> themselves to the toxic chemicals that escape when circuit boards
> are heated for valuable metals. Cadmium, phosphorus and other
> toxins have made the villagers' water supply an undrinkable
> chemical soup.
> China's Three Gorges Dam, which will be the largest dam in the
> world when complete, has displaced more than a million villagers.
> In an ironic twist that Gogol or Kundera would find dark and
> delicious, villagers are paid by the brick to knock down and
> "recycle" their own homes, essentially erasing their own existence,
> before the waters come.
> Elsewhere, the upwardly mobile, newly rich Chinese find themselves
> caught up in the progress that is tearing down centuries-old
> neighborhoods in Shanghai to make room for more and more
> skyscrapers. Baichwal shows one well-to-do real estate agent in her
> gaudy mansion, displaying her bookcase full of Chinese antiquities.
> "The wood is colored red. Red means happiness," she says in an
> unhappy voice.
> Burtynsky is aware his own profession wouldn't be possible without
> the raw materials used to make his camera or the silver used in the
> film emulsion. All he can do is document what is happening and make
> people think, without being stridently political. "Manufactured
> Landscapes" does the same thing by following and observing the
> photographer at work. With its disturbing images and music, the
> film grabs both heart and brain and won't let go.
> MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES
> Length: 1 hour, 30 minutes; Rated: Unrated; Playing at: 7:30 p.m.
> Thursday at UCSB's Campbell Hall
> All Content Copyright © 2007 Santa Barbara News-Press / Ampersand
> Publishing, LLC unless otherwise specified.
> more links and info:
> Manufactured Landscapes
> Canada 80 minutes
> DIRECTOR: Jennifer Baichwal
> [ show times ]
> Jennifer Baichwal's latest documentary, MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES, is
> ostensibly a portrait of Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky,
> who specializes in large-scale studies of industrial vistas. But
> the film offers far more than just a straightforward snapshot of
> the artist. Indeed, MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES is as much about the
> aesthetic, social and spiritual dimensions of industrialization and
> globalization as it is about Burtynsky’s work.
> His interest in humanity's impact on nature led Burtynsky to China,
> where most of the world's raw materials - and much of its waste -
> wind up. The film follows his trips to China and Bangladesh, where
> young men immerse themselves in toxic sludge while tearing apart
> giant ships.
> Burtynsky's photographs tend to emphasize the aesthetic dimension
> of overhauled landscapes, stressing the lurid and curious beauty of
> these metamorphoses. In Burtynsky's photos, human beings only make
> appearances as lone figures or in massive choreographed groups. At
> the same time, the film focuses on the human cogs in the machine,
> contrasting Burtynsky's epic photographs with the tedium the
> workers endure.
> Conceived with a startling awareness of the repercussions of
> humanity’s mania to control and repackage our environment,
> MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES is a beautifully shot and profoundly
> unsettling look at contemporary existence.
> - Steve Gravestock
> Site with a link to trailer video excerpts:
> Manufactured Landscapes - a feature documentary by Jennifer Baichwal
> MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES is a feature length documentary on the
> world and work of renowned artist Edward Burtynsky. Burtynsky makes
> large-scale photographs of ‘manufactured landscapes’ –
> quarries, recycling yards, factories, mines, dams. He photographs
> civilization’s materials and debris, but in a way people describe
> as “stunning” or “beautiful,” and so raises all kinds of
> questions about ethics and aesthetics without trying to easily
> answer them.
> The film follows Burtynsky to China as he travels the country
> photographing the evidence and effects of that country’s massive
> industrial revolution. Sites such as the Three Gorges Dam, which is
> bigger by 50% than any other dam in the world and displaced over a
> million people, factory floors over a kilometre long, and the
> breathtaking scale of Shanghai’s urban renewal are subjects for
> his lens and our motion picture camera.
> Shot in Super-16mm film, Manufactured Landscapes extends the
> narrative streams of Burtynsky’s photographs, allowing us to
> meditate on our profound impact on the planet and witness both the
> epicentres of industrial endeavour and the dumping grounds of its
> waste. What makes the photographs so powerful is his refusal in
> them to be didactic. We are all implicated here, they tell us:
> there are no easy answers. The film continues this approach of
> presenting complexity, without trying to reach simplistic
> judgements or reductive resolutions. In the process, it tries to
> shift our consciousness about the world and the way we live in it.
> 2006, Canada, 90 mins.
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