Fall 2016 FIlm Series

In collaboration with Cinema Studies, PPEH organizes its first film series, ECOTIME, as another dimension of the Timescales (un)conference, the core of which takes place on October 20-22, 2016. ECOTIME brings together different genres of film to create discussions around perceptions of the nonhuman environment. The films comment on the clashes/co-minglings between urban and rural landscapes, delayed reaction times to environmental disaster and extinction, and issues of different ecological timescales.      

In recent decades, concepts like “Anthropocene” and “slow violence” have emerged in response to an increasing need to address the temporal aspects of global ecological concerns: Where in time do we place the origin of anthropogenic environmental change? How quickly (or slowly) do environments toxify, adapt, transform, or heal? How soon before we exceed irrevocable concentrations of atmospheric CO2, and what then?

These questions demand alternative modes of temporal engagement at the intersection of the arts, humanities, and natural and social sciences. The urgency of climate change means it is no longer sufficient for environmental scholarship to describe or explain our complex relationship to the natural world: it must—through visual modeling, storytelling, and public engagement—compel a response.

ECOTIME is thus the result of a modest effort to collaborate with and exchange ideas across various communities, voices, and stakeholders. Each of these films documents different temporalities, geographies, as well as human and nonhuman characters facing ecological disruption. Each screening will be followed by a panel discussion and public Q&A session. 

Racing Extinction (2015)

Dir. Louie Psihoyos 

October 20, 2016, 6:00-8:00pm, International House 

Matto Grosso (1931) 

University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology 

October 27, 2016, 6:00-8:00pm, Rainey Auditorium, Penn Museum 


Shored Up (2013)

Dir. Ben Kalina

December 5, 2016, 5:00-7:00pm, Fisher Bennett Hall, 401