CIFF Selects continues with documentary that intersects art, science

Apr 15, 2019
“Anthropocene: The Human Epoch” (2018, USA) shows April 24 at the Camden Opera House, 29 Elm St.

CAMDEN — The Points North Institute and the Camden Opera House, 29 Elm St., continue the 2019 CIFF Selects series on Wednesday, April 24, at 7 p.m., with “Anthropocene: The Human Epoch” (2018, USA), a cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive reengineering of the planet. “Anthropocene” is co-presented by Sierra Club Maine and Camden Conservation Commission.

Four years in the making, this is the newest documentary from the multiple-award winning team of Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky. “Anthropocene: The Human Epoch” follows the research of an international body of scientists, the Anthropocene Working Group who, after nearly 10 years of research, are arguing that the Holocene Epoch gave way to the Anthropocene Epoch in the mid-twentieth century, because of profound and lasting human changes to the Earth.

At the intersection of art and science, “Anthropocene: The Human Epoch” bears witness to concrete seawalls in China that now cover 60% of the mainland coast, the biggest terrestrial machines ever built in Germany, psychedelic potash mines in Russia’s Ural Mountains, the devastated Great Barrier Reef in Australia, and surreal lithium evaporation ponds in the Atacama desert. The filmmakers have traversed the globe using high end production values and state of the art camera techniques to document evidence and experience of human planetary domination.

“‘Anthropocene’ is a massive undertaking, and a truly unique cinematic experience from a filmmaking team known worldwide for their creative approach towards large-scale documentation of ecological devastation,” said Ben Fowlie, Executive and Artistic Director of the Points North Institute and Founder of the Camden International Film Festival. “We are thrilled to partner with the Maine Chapter of the Sierra Club and the Camden Conservation Commission to bring this revealing meditation of our impact on the planet in honor of Earth Day.”

Upcoming CIFF Selects screening dates include May 29, June 26, July 24, August 28, September 25 and October 23. Q&As with filmmakers, either in person or via Skype, will follow select screenings.

Tickets are $10 for adults and can be purchased the day of the show at the Camden Opera House box office, or in advance online at All screenings are free for students under the age of 18, or who present a valid college ID. CIFF Selects is a program of the Points North Institute, and is sponsored by Bangor Savings Bank.

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