THE CITY DARK is a feature documentary film about light pollution and the disappearing night. After moving to New York City from rural Maine, filmmaker Ian Cheney asks a simple question, "Do we need the stars?" Blending a humorous tone with cutting-edge science and poetic footage of the night sky, Cheney unravels the myriad implications of a globe glittering with lights - including increased breast cancer rates, disrupted ecosystems, and a generation of kids without a glimpse of the universe above. Featuring astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, author Ann Druyan and NASA astronaut Don Pettit, THE CITY DARK is the definitive story of the earth's disappearing night sky.
Being a city kid I guess I never really thought about it all that much. Over the past half-century the world has become a substantially brighter place. Due to the intrusion of high intensity artificial lighting our nights are being transformed while some of the darkest places on earth are being impacted in ways that we could not possibly have anticipated. Some call it progress but a growing cadre of scientists and concerned citizens believe that the phenomenon known as "light pollution" … more