Focus on Nature

Sep. 29–Oct. 27, 2016

This year’s Focus on Nature series includes a cross-section of stunning and highly original films about the beauty, power, and mystery of nature, and how we affect and preserve our world. Join us each week for a screening and discussion with special guests. We’ve got not one but two programs about the awe-inspiring insect world: Bugs, a culinary eye-opener and my favorite feature from this year’s Tribeca Film Festival (along with a conversation with world-renowned chef Mario Hernandez), and our family program, Learning to See, followed by a hands-on workshop at our Media Arts Lab. We’ll look closely at New York City’s Jamaica Bay, a valuable but neglected natural resource, and at what scientists are calling the Anthropocene Epoch in a film that reveals the indelible human footprint on our planet and the people working to address its impact. And we begin with a preview of the riveting new documentary The Eagle Huntress, one of two chronicles of how traditional Mongolian ways of living with nature are changing with the times. Plus an extraordinary exhibition of breathtaking photographs from Mongolia by photojournalist and filmmaker Hamid Sardar-Afkhami is on view in our Jane Peck Gallery throughout October.

—Series Programmer Karen Sloe Goodman

This series is presented in partnership with Scenic Hudson and Groundwork Hudson Valley and made possible through generous support from the Hoch family and the van Hengel Family Fund.

SERIES TRAILER

Tiger Tiger Oct. 8 The acclaimed new film follows the magnetic Alan Rabinowitz, one of the top big cat conservation biologists in the world,…
Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective Oct. 14 Introduction by Jonathan Demme. We hear a lot about the need to leave no footprints, to minimize our impact on…
Monsoon Oct. 20 This rich cinematic journey, filmed in ultra-high definition 4K, is part spectacle and part human drama. A thrilling documentary exploration…
How To Change The World Oct. 21 In 1971 a small group of Vancouver hippies, journalists, scientists, and activists, united in their opposition to a US atomic…
Mysteries Of The Unseen World Oct. 25 Explore a spectacular universe of scientific wonders that occur in the flash of a microsecond right in front of us,…
After the Spill Oct. 28 “The oil spill obviously was horrific, the worst environmental accident in US history. But that’s not the worst thing happening…
SEED: The Untold Story Sep. 25 Q&A filmmaker Taggart Siegel Focus on Nature Pre-Series event! SEED: The Untold Story is a feature-length documentary featuring Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbell,…
Learning to See: The World of Insects Oct. 1 Recommended for ages 8 and above Come explore the hidden world of Amazonian insects through the guiding eyes of nature photographer…
Taïga Oct. 6 Q&A filmmaker Hamid Sardar via Skype This breathtaking documentary is an intimate portrait of a group of sheep herders who live a nomadic life on the…
Anthropocene Oct. 13 Q&A and Book Sale We’re living in the Anthropocene, the time of large-scale human impact that many scientists believe constitutes a whole new epoch…
Saving Jamaica Bay Oct. 20 Q&A with Panel Discussion For many of us, Jamaica Bay is the anonymous body of water we fly over near JFK. But it’s New…
Bugs Oct. 27 Q&A Executive Chef Mario Hernandez Special Sneak Preview! Over the last few years, since the UN recommended edible insects as a resource to combat world…
The Eagle Huntress Nov. 11–Dec. 8 Eagle Huntress was the smashing sell-out opening night of our Focus On Nature series, and we’ve been deluged by requests…

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