IMPACT 2012 is A Festival of Political Art presented by Culture Project in NYC.
Running now through August 26th, Culture Project’s festival consists of documentaries, satirical political comedy, music, theater and new art created by emerging and established artists along with provocative conversations focusing on subjects crucial to the decision making process and the preservation of our democracy and constitution.
Here are more details about the events happening as a part of next week's theme, The Corporate Agenda: Healthcare, Energy, & Environment:
Wednesday, August 1st at 7pm – Gasland screening
When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination. A recently drilled nearby Pennsylvania town reports that residents are able to light their drinking water on fire. This is just one of the many absurd and astonishing revelations of a new country called GASLAND. Part verite travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown.
Thursday, August 2nd at 7pm – Crude screening + The Story of Stuff Project
Three years in the making, this feature from acclaimed filmmaker Joe Berlinger (Brother’s Keeper, Paradise Lost, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster) is the epic story of one of the largest and most controversial legal cases on the planet. An inside look at the infamous $27 billion “Amazon Chernobyl” case, Crude is a real-life high stakes legal drama set against a backdrop of the environmental movement, global politics, celebrity activism, human rights advocacy, the media, multinational corporate power, and rapidly-disappearing indigenous cultures. Presenting a complex situation from multiple viewpoints, the film subverts the conventions of advocacy filmmaking as it examines a complicated situation from all angles while bringing an important story of environmental peril and human suffering into focus.
The Story of Stuff Project will lead the film screening with a few of their creative, short movies that explore some of the key features of our relationship with Stuff—including how we can make things better.
Visit the IMPACT 2012 Festival page for a listing of all the upcoming events throughout the festival.