Film events and Master Classes
| 87 minutes | 2018
Anthropocene: the geological term describing the epoch where human activity is the main force of change to the terrestrial ecosystem. From metal in Siberia to colossal coal mines in Germany, from deforestation in Canada and Nigeria to the rising waters of Venice, from the concrete seawalls of the Chinese coast to the surreal lithium evaporation ponds of the Chilean deserts . . . Fire, stone, dust, sand, ice and machines explode onto the big screen in a strange ballet, terrifying yet enthralling. Anthropocene is a multidisciplinary initiative by the Art Gallery of Ontario and National Gallery of Canada combining film, photography and virtual reality.The film will be screened in its original version with french subtitles on October 6th and with english subtitles on October 13thThe screening on October 6 will be followed by a conversation with Bénédicte Ramade (Université de Montréal) et Geneviève Puskas (Équiterre). This conversation will be moderated by Krystel Papineau (Maison du Développement Durable).The screening on October 13th will be followed by a Q&A with Nicholas de Pencier.Presented by the Centre for Sustainable Development
Baichwal was born in Montreal, Quebec and raised in Victoria, British Columbia. She is the daughter of Krishna Baichwal Sr. a cardiothoracic surgeon, and Elvina Baichwal. Together they had four children Jennifer, Krishna Jr., Elizabeth and Kristine. She is of Indian and British heritage. In 1985, she traveled to Morocco and lived on a farm, inspired by the writing of Paul Bowles, who would become the subject of her first feature-length documentary. Baichwal studied philosophy and theology at McGill University, writing her Master's thesis on Reinhold Niebuhr and receiving her master's in arts in 1994. In 1995, Baichwal traveled with her family to India to scatter the ashes of their late father who had died from heart-related issues.Baichwal is married to cinematographer and director Nicholas de Pencier. They were brought together by Baichwal's classmate Canadian journalist Evan Solomon, after he had suggested de Pencier as she needed a cinematographer for her film. Together, they have two children, a son Magnus born in 2000 and a daughter Anna born in 2003. The couple started a production company in 2000, originally under the name Requisite Productions, now called Mercury Films.
Nicholas de Pencier is a Canadian cinematographer and filmmaker. The partner of filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal in Mercury Films, he is the cinematographer and producer on most of her films as well as codirector of the 2017 film Long Time Running. He also directed the 2016 documentary Black Code.He won a Genie Award in 2007, alongside Baichwal, Gerry Flahive, Daniel Iron and Peter Starr for Manufactured Landscapes and a Canadian Screen Award in 2011 alongside Baichwal, Iron and Edward Burtynsky for Watermark, and was an Emmy Award nominee for Outstanding Nature Programming in 2010 for "The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies", an episode of Nova.
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