The City Dark (2012)


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After moving to New York City from rural Maine, filmmaker Ian Cheney asks a simple question, "Do we need the stars?" Exploring the threat of killer asteroids in Hawaii, 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. -- (C) Official Site

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Poetic, at times profound...

Apr 5, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

An illuminating documentary about what constant exposure to artificial light does to our bodies, our minds and the natural world.

Jan 19, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A documentary about light pollution that is entertaining and thought-provoking? It hardly seems possible, but that's what Ian Cheney has made in "The City Dark."

Jan 17, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Cheney is welcome to his anxiety, but not to the specious science of societal collapse by street lamp.

Jan 17, 2012 | Full Review…

The failure to mention the environmental consequences of energy overload, even in passing, seems a particularly grievous oversight.

Jan 17, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

An informative, well-rounded look at light pollution told with a star-gazing enthusiast's passion for his subject.

Nov 2, 2011 | Full Review…
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