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Next on POV: ‘The City Dark’

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POV presents the broadcast premiere of Ian Cheney’s The City Dark, a film that explores the physical and psychological effects of light pollution. The City Dark is a portrait of the world after dusk, and a meditation on the human relationship to the stars.

Still image from Ian Cheney's 'The City Dark'

'The City Dark' asks what we lose when we lose the night sky. Premieres July 5, 2012, on POV.

Watch the documentary on PBS stations starting this Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 10 PM. Check your local listings ».

When filmmaker Ian Cheney moves from rural Maine to New York City and discovers streets awash in light and skies devoid of stars, he embarks on a journey to America’s brightest and darkest corners, asking astronomers, cancer researchers and ecologists what is lost in the glare of city lights. Blending a humorous, searching narrative with poetic footage of the night sky, The City Dark The City Dark provides a fascinating introduction to the science of the dark and an exploration of our relationship to the stars.

View the trailer for the documentary The City Dark.
U.S. Broadcast Premiere: Thursday, July 5, 2012, on POV.

You can watch the film now, before it airs on PBS stations, on POV’s website and on PBS’s mobile apps for iPad or iPhone, then watch the film online, for a limited time, starting Friday, July 6, 2012.

Whether you watch the film on your mobile device, on our website or on television, visit POV’s The City Dark companion site for more interactive features — watch additional video, learn more about the effects of light pollution, download classroom and event resources, and gain insight into the documentary production process with director Ian Cheney.

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POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 300 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.
  • SF Ocean Edge

    Much Dark Sky is about to be lost over San Francisco’s western edge.  The Beach Chalet project will place 150,000 watts of sports lighting at Ocean Beach and near Lands End, one of San Francisco’s best star viewing areas.  But we can all do something about this, by writing to Mayor Ed Lee and the Board of Supervisors.  Let them know that this area must be kept dark!  Go to the website for SF Ocean Edge for more information.  (Or to Facebook SF Ocean Edge.)

  • T. Sartech

    I can’t wait to see the this show.  Recently I installed all dark sky lighting for outdoor needs to keep the sky dark.I do not “burn” outdoor light just for effect. Now I see that San Francisco is going to install 60 foot high flood lights on several acres of  sports fields that have no lighting now and is next to the beach / coast (Beach Chalet area);  and in Golden Gate Park no less.  So why did I spent more for lighting that keeps the sky dark? Mayor Lee, can the lights and can the sports complex. SF is lite enough as it is. 

  • TJ

    Too bad those who are collecting the bird carcass of all the thousands of bird that die by crashing into our lighted buildings haven’t figured out that THEY are contributing to the electric power usage, and creating additional buildings to house this ridiculous collection of dead birds. Take a picture and document them, but to store the bodies ? Get real……….