The City Dark


East Coast Premiere

THE CITY DARK chronicles the disappearance of darkness. When filmmaker Ian Cheney (director of KING CORN) moves to New York City and discovers skies almost completely devoid of stars, a simple question – what do we lose, when we lost the night? – spawns a journey to America’s brightest and darkest corners. Astronomers, cancer researchers, ecologists and philosophers provide glimpses of what is lost in the glare of city lights; blending a humorous, searching tone with poetic footage of the night sky, what unravels is an introduction to the science of the dark, and an exploration of the human relationship to the stars.

Discussion to follow with director Ian Cheney, author & inventor Bob Crelin, epidemiologist Richard Stevens, and Robert Zinn, Yale Professor of Astronomy. Moderated by Michael Faison, Director of Yale University’s Leitner Family Observatory and Planetarium.

About the Filmmaker

Ian Cheney is a Brooklyn-based documentary filmmaker. He grew up in New England, co-created and starred in the feature documentary KING CORN, directed THE GREENING OF SOUTHIE and the upcoming feature documentary THE CITY DARK. He currently leads Wicked Delicate, a documentary and advocacy project in Brooklyn, runs the TRUCK FARM project, and is one of the founders of FOOD CORPS. He is a graduate of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.

Preceded by: The Herd

Ireland, 4 min. Directed by Ken Wardrop. A farmer finds a deer befriending his herd of cattle.

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Wednesday, March 30th, 7:00pm
Whitney Humanities Center

Genre: Documentary
Year: 2010
Running Time: 84 minutes


Director: Ian Cheney
Producer: Ian Cheney
Editors: Ian Cheney, Frederick Shanahan
Director of Photography: Taylor Gentry

2011 Films & Events

· African Cats
· Bag It
· Connected
· EFFY After Dark 2011
· Filmmaking Workshop with Ian Cheney
· If A Tree Falls
· Journey of the Universe
· Queen of the Sun
· Short Films
· The City Dark
· Waste Land
· YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip