The city dark [videorecording] /
Bullfrog Films presents ; Rooftop Films + Edgeworx Studios present ; a Wicked Delicate production ; a film by Ian Cheney ; written, produced + directed by Ian Cheney.
Olney, PA : Bullfrog Films, c2011.
1 videodisc (ca. 83 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
1937772071, 9781937772079
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Olney, PA : Bullfrog Films, c2011.
contents note
Original version (83 min.) -- Classroom version (58 min.).
credits note
Music by The Fishermen Three, Ben Fries ; cinematography by Ian Cheney, Taylor Gentry ; edited by Ian Cheney, Frederick Shanahan ; astrophotography by Ian Cheney.
Irving Robbins, Roger Ekirch, Larry Birnbaum, Sam Storch, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Matty Holzhacker, Ann Druyan, Mark Van Baalen, Jim Alexander, Camilla Alexander, Jack Newton, Chris Impey, Jeff Kuhn, JD Armstrong, John Tonry, Nick Kaiser, Kirt Rusenko, Annette Prince, Jen Nevis, Susan Elbin, David Willard, Chad Moore, Steven Lockley, Richard Stevens, George Brainard, David Blask, Suzanne Goldklang, Jon Shane, Jane Brox, Howard Brandston, William Sharpe, Hervé Descottes, Don Pettit, Peter Lord, Stephanie Clement, Anne Krieg.
"The City Dark chronicles the disappearance of darkness. The film follows filmmaker (and amateur astronomer) Ian Cheney who moves to New York City from Maine and discovers an urban sky almost completely devoid of stars. He poses a deceptively simple question, 'What do we lose, when we lose the night?"--Container.
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With optional English subtitles for the hearing impaired.
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technical details
DVD ; NTSC format.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2012-11-01:
The dark of night (or, more specifically, the dark of the night sky) is something we think we know. But do we? As a result of nighttime light pollution, especially in major urban centers, the night sky we see is increasingly a shadow of its true nature, a notion expertly explored in this documentary. Losing our awareness of the night sky's inherent character has wide-ranging implications on everything from the search for killer asteroids to the migratory habits of birds to possibly even human health. There's also the increasing disconnection from our spiritual and cultural roots, which often include creation myths and beliefs involving the lights in the sky that we're ever less able to see. Yet solutions to this growing problem are possible if we are willing to implement them, for example, using outdoor lighting in different ways. VERDICT This film offers a clear, concise, well-documented exploration of a seldom-considered issue while simultaneously proposing answers to help offset it. Those concerned about the environment, wildlife, human health, and our vanishing cultural heritage will find The City Dark an enlightening view.-Brent Marchant, Chicago (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Main Description
After moving to light-polluted New York City from rural Maine, filmmaker Ian Cheney asks: "Do we need the dark?" Exploring the threat of killer asteroids in Hawai'i, tracking hatching turtles along the Florida coast, and rescuing injured birds on Chicago streets, Cheney unravels the myriad implications of a globe glittering with lights_including increased breast cancer rates from exposure to light at night, and a generation of kids without a glimpse of the universe above. Featuring stunning astrophotography and a cast of eclectic scientists, philosophers, historians, and lighting designers, THE CITY DARK is the definitive story of light pollution and the disappearing stars.

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