The City Dark - For Immediate Release

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER IAN CHENEY TO ATTEND SCREENING OF HIS DOCUMENTARY ‘THE CITY DARK’ AT THE PIAZZA, CO-PRESENTED BY THE AWESOME FEST & ROOFTOP FILMS

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For Immediate Release:
AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER IAN CHENEY TO ATTEND SCREENING OF HIS DOCUMENTARY ‘THE CITY DARK’ AT THE PIAZZA, CO-PRESENTED BY THE AWESOME FEST & ROOFTOP FILMS

(PHILADELPHIA, PA) June 7, 2011 – The Awesome Fest, in partnership with Rooftop Films, continues its 2011 summer series at the Piazza this Sunday, June 12 with a screening of the documentary The City Dark, which recently premiered in competition at the SXSW Film Festival. The film will begin at 8pm, with a pre-film presentation produced by sponsor Scrapple.tv airing at 7:30pm.

Filmmaker Ian Cheney, whose film King Corn (2007) won a Peabody Award, will be in attendance at Sunday’s screening in order to lead a post-film Q&A. For a documentary primarily focused on exploring man’s relationship to the night sky, and the impact its loss has on humanity, we anticipate a very engaging Q&A to take place in our open-air venue, where barely a dozen stars can be viewed on a clear night.

ABOUT THE FILM:
The City Dark is a feature documentary about light pollution and the disappearing night sky, premiering in competition at the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival. 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.

ABOUT THE FILMMAKER:
Ian Cheney is a Brooklyn-based documentary filmmaker. He grew up in New England and earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Yale. After graduate school he co-created and starred in the Peabody Award-winning theatrical hit and PBS documentary King Corn (2007), directed the feature documentary The Greening of Southie (Sundance Channel, 2008), and co-produced the Planet Green film Big River (2009). Ian maintains a 1/1000th acre farm in the back of his '86 Dodge pickup, which is at the center of his recent film Truck Farm (2011). He has been featured in the New Yorker, the New York Times, on CNN and on Good Morning America. An avid astrophotographer, he travels frequently to show his films, lead discussions and give talks about sustainability, agriculture, and the human relationship to the natural world.

ABOUT THE AWESOME FEST:
The Awesome Fest was created as an outlet to bring the most cutting edge and just plain awesome titles from both the independent festival circuit, as well as Hollywood's finest, to play some of the most unique venues and non-traditional spaces in the city. YEAR ROUND!
We do awesome things with awesome movies. Our Outdoor Summer Series is completely FREE!
Find us on the web at www.theawesomefest.com

ABOUT ROOFTOP FILMS:
Rooftop Films (NYC) is known internationally as one of the most dynamic film festivals in the world. In 2011, we will screen more than 25 feature films, almost all of which are New York, U.S. or World Premieres. We'll also show over 150 short films in themed programs, which have received accolades for being smart, entertaining, and filled with astonishing movies. This combination of brilliant, original programming and stunning outdoor venues makes Rooftop Films one of the best-attended film festivals in New York. We have also begun to expand to other cites. In 2010, Rooftop screened films outdoors in Toronto, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Harrisburg, Calicoon, and Camden, Maine. At Rooftop Films, we bring the underground outdoors.

ABOUT SCRAPPLE.TV:
Scrapple TV is a pirate, punk rock, psycho-mental, Philly based DIY internet TV – made for the gut, brain, heart, and soul. From the mind of famed Philly artist, Marc Brodzik, Scrapple TV is routinely featured on G4TV’s Attack of The Show.