Acquainted With the Night

Acquainted With the Night
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True Stories
Tuesday, January 11, 12:00 PM
Annenberg Auditorium
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Thursday, January 13, 1:00 PM
Camelot Theatres
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Saturday, January 15, 4:00 PM
Palm Canyon Theatre
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Acquainted With the Night
Canada, 2010, 80 Minute Running Time
US Premiere
Topics: Documentary, Environment
Program: True Stories
Language: English

In the hours between dusk and dawn: 20 million hungry bats, 700,000 watts of light beaming into space, 80,000 flaming rockets, 60,000 drunken club kids, 9,000 cemetery candles, 1000 miles of dark road, 600 desk lamps, 500 red umbrellas… City dwellers are only able to fully appreciate the magic of the night skies during blackouts. Inspired by one—and by Christopher Dewdney’s book— filmmaker Michael MacNamara travelled around the world exploring stories of nighttime phenomena, customs and rituals from sunset to sunrise. The result is enchanting.

From millions of bats filling the dusk skies of Austin Texas to a solitary conservationist measuring light pollution on a hilltop in Utah; from a team of warriors engaged in a midnight Easter “rocket war” in Greece to bicycle cops keeping the peace at closing time in Toronto’s Clubland; Acquainted With The Night is comprised of twelve chapters which correspond to the twelve hours of an "ideal" night, starting at 6PM and ending at 6AM. Each chapter serves as a point of departure for the stories of how the world changes when the sun sets, revealing the dark truths, beauty and the dangerous consequences of a world that never sleeps.

Director and Producer to attend screening on 1/11

DIRECTOR: Michael McNamara
Producer: Judy Holm, Michael McNamara
Editor: Rod Deogrades, Roland Schlimme
Screenwriter: Michael McNamara
Cinematographer: Mark Ellam, James Griffith, David Bradshaw
Music: Kurt Swinghammer
Filmography: 100 Films & a Funeral (2008), Radio Revolution: The Rise & Fall of The Big 8 (2003), The Cockroach That Ate Cincinnati (1997)
Print Source: Markham Street Films - www.markhamstreetfilms.com


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