SCIENCE ON SCREEN: Watermark (plus Q&A w/ Connor Everts, Southern California Watershed Alliance!)

“[E]legant, eye-widening 5K ultra-high-definition video visuals that astonish by showing us the world in a particularly immersive way.” — Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

Q&A to follow with Connor Everts, co-chair of the Southern California Watershed Alliance! The awe-inspiring, challenging, delicate, destructive and essential aspects of water is chronicled in this sensorially sweeping documentary tone poem, one akin to Baraka and Koyaanisqatsi in its visual beauty. Renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky and filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal first teamed for one of the most intense docs of the last decade: 2006’s Manufactured Landscapes, which followed Burtynsky photographing civilization’s materials and debris — quarries, recycling yards, factories, mines and dams. The same team joins once again to bring together diverse stories from around the globe: how we’re drawn to water, what we learn from it, how we use it and the consequences of that use. Soaring aerial perspectives show us massive floating abalone farms off China’s coast; the construction site of the world’s biggest arch dam; the barren delta where the Colorado River no longer reaches the ocean; the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach; the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, where thirty million people gather for a sacred Ganges bath. With Watermark, the viewer is immersed in a magnificent force of nature that we all take for granted — until it’s gone.
Dirs. Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky, 2013, DCP, 90 min.

Watch the trailer for “Watermark”!