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The City Dark

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Encore Broadcast Date: August 12, 2013

PBS Premiere: July 5, 2012


Is darkness becoming extinct? 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 provides a fascinating introduction to the science of the dark and an exploration of our relationship to the stars. Winner, Best Score/Music Award, 2011 SXSW Film Festival. Produced in association with American Documentary | POV.

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TAGS: astronomy, dark sky, darkness, electricity, light, light pollution, lightbulb, nature, night, preservation, sky, stars

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Film Information

The City Dark (60 min.)

Premiere Date: July 5, 2012

Encore Broadcast Date: Aug. 12, 2013

Streaming Dates: Expired

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Trailer: Link | Embed

Filmmaker: Ian Cheney Bio | Interview | Statement

Press: Press Release Fact Sheet | Critical Acclaim | 2013 Emmy Nomination Press Release | 2013 Encore Press Release

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