+ ANTHROPOCENE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Principal photography has commenced
on Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky's
feature documentary ANTHROPOCENE
Toronto, ON – January 8, 2016 – The third film in a trilogy that includes multiple award-winning films Manufactured Landscapes and Watermark, Anthropocene is again a collaboration among co-director Jennifer Baichwal and producer/cinematographer Nick de Pencier of Mercury Films, and world-renowned photographer and co-director Edward Burtynsky.
The film follows scientists from the Anthropocene Working Group and their inquiry into the overwhelming evidence that we are now living in the Anthropocene (or Human) Epoch. Using their signature high-end production values and cutting-edge camera technologies, the filmmaking team will traverse the globe, going up in the sky, underwater and underground, to document evidence of human planetary domination.
The film will be accompanied by a museum show incorporating virtual reality, a photographic exhibition and a book. Expected release date is fall of 2017.
“As we inch closer to what may be a tipping point for the planet through human activity, the Anthropocene film, book and museum exhibition will add another voice to the critical dialogue that will define this century and beyond,” says Edward Burtynsky. Jennifer Baichwal adds: “The argument that the Anthropocene Epoch is in full force is very powerful. Our past two films have taken us to places we as humans are responsible for but would never normally experience. Anthropocene will continue that journey of exploring the largest human incursions on the planet, and their repercussions.”
Follow on Twitter:
Anthropocene Film – @anthropocene
Edward Burtynsky – @edwardburtynsky
Nick de Pencier – @nickdepencier
+ RIP NOLA
We are deeply saddened by the news that Nola, one of
the last northern white rhinos, died on Sunday at the San Diego Zoo
Safari Park. Nick and Jennifer visited Nola just a few weeks ago on a shoot
for their upcoming documentary. There are now only three of her kind
remaining in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya.
+ CAITLYN JENNER DOCUMENTARY
A short film on Caitlyn Jenner, who was one of the honorees of the
2015 Glamour Women of the Year Awards. The documentary premiered on
November 9th at Carnegie Hall in NYC. Watch it online here.
Jennifer Baichwal and Nick de Pencier’s Group of Seven-inspired
video installation accompanied live performances by Canada’s rock legends
the Rheostatics at the AGO from September 4-6, 2015.
+ Darryl Varga's essay "On True Meaning(s) and the Impossibility of Documentary
in the Films of Jennifer Baichwal" is available here.
Published via Brno Studies in English - issue 2 - The Five Senses of Canadian Cinema
+ WATERMARK is now screening in the UK! Visit Soda Pictures to find out more details.
+ Jennifer Baichwal is honoured at the 2014
+ FANDOR discusses the work of Jennifer Baichwal
+ Just Add Water. The Chicago Tribune reviews WATERMARK.
+ LA WEEKLY reviews WATERMARK
+ Check out Burtynsky-Water.com for all US theatre listings.
WATERMARK is a New York Times Critics Pick!
Variety.com reviews WATERMARK
+ WATERMARK wins Best Documentary at the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards!
+ Check out the Berlin Film Festival website for updates on WATERMARK
and all festival activity!
+ WATERMARK CUBED at Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. Footage from the film Watermark was projected on a Cube to tens of thousands of enthralled viewers at Nuit Blanche in Toronto. Installation by Brian Moore of The Mustard Shop: http://bit.ly/GBDY1c
+ Live: a conversation with Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky and Nick de Pencier
at Planet in Focus October 12. More info here
+ Northern shoot
+ Payback is being released on dvd/vod in Canada and the US today!
+ At the U.S. Open of Surfing in Los Angeles
+ Las Vegas Bellagio Fountains shoot
Filming Bellagio Fountains at night.
Bellagio Fountains pump room, Las Vegas.
+ Payback opening in San Francisco & Berkeley May 18th!
+ Wanda's Picks with Wanda Sabir – interview with Jennifer Baichwal
Listen here (segment with starts at about 64:00)
Read the article here
+ With Martin Tielli (composer) at Kitchener opening of Payback!
Upcoming openings: Calgary, Saskatoon, Sudbury and San Francisco
+ PAYBACK HELD OVER AT THE CARLTON: FIFTH SMASH WEEK!
Click here for more details.
+ From the abalone farms off the Fujian coast.
+ PAYBACK 4th smash week! Now at the Carlton Cinema and Sheppard Grand in Toronto! Held over at the Granville in Vancouver! More info here.
+ Payback has been held over at the Varsity for a third week! Now at the Granville 7 in Vancouver!
More info here
What is debt? In this cinematic philosophical inquiry inspired by Canadian author Margaret Atwood’s book Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth, several disparate notions of payback are explored and interwoven, from the “ecological debt” human beings owe to the planet to the “psychic debt” inherent in notions of revenge. Those expecting a straightforward documentary, with facts and figures, about economic debt crises or the inequities of the IMF should look elsewhere. Payback is a meditative, thoughtful exercise that’s far subtler. Directed by Jennifer Baichwal, known for her stunning 2006 documentary Manufactured Landscapes, which examined environmental catastrophe through the work of artist Edward Burtynsky, Payback is similarly sophisticated, both visually and intellectually, taking on global issues through an artful lens. – Screen International
March 16 Toronto [Varsity]
March 23 Vancouver [Fifth Avenue]
March 25 Victoria [Cinecenta]
April 20 Ottawa [Bytowne]
April 25 New York [Film Forum]
April 27 Edmonton [Metro]
April 27 Winnipeg [Winnipeg Cinematheque]
May 3 Waterloo [Princess]
May 12 Saskatoon [Broadway]
+Payback premieres in World Documentary Competition at Sundance.
+23 1/2 hours has reached over 2 million hits on Youtube.
+WATER – A DOCUMENTARY
Nick and Jennifer are collaborating with Edward Burtynsky on a feature documentary about water along with old friend and producing partner Daniel Iron. The film will explore water on a global scale, focusing in particular on how humans have transformed this vital force into a resource, and the repercussions of our actions. From massive dams to crop irrigation, from aquaculture to aqueducts, from drought to floods, the film will create a space for us to think about water in political, cultural and ecological connections. They have already filmed in Texas, California, Mexico, Denver and Copenhagen and will be travelling to China in April.