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Filmmaker Ian Cheney discusses how moving to New York City from rural Maine and discovering a night sky devoid of stars inspired him to make the documentary The City Dark.

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By thinking critically about lighting design, it becomes possible to reduce light pollution and also conserve energy.

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A look into the ongoing research that is exposing a potential link between exposure to light at night and cancer risk.

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Turtle hatchlings struggle to make it to the ocean because of light pollution.


Is darkness becoming extinct? Exploring 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.

  • Updated on November 2, 2015

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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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