San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Art/Act: Maya Lin - Screening of Watermark
$10 Advance / $12 at the Door / $5 Students & Teachers
Watermark is a feature documentary from multiple-award winning filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nick de Pencier, and renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky, marking their second collaboration after Manufactured Landscapes in 2006. The film brings together diverse stories from around the globe about our relationship with water: how we are drawn to it, what we learn from it, how we use it and the consequences of that use. We see massive floating abalone farms off China’s Fujian coast and the construction site of the biggest arch dam in the world – the Xiluodu, six times the size of the Hoover. We visit the barren desert delta where the mighty Colorado River no longer reaches the ocean, and the water-intensive leather tanneries of Dhaka.We witness how humans are drawn to water, from the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach to the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, where thirty million people gather for a sacred bath in the Ganges at the same time. We speak with scientists who drill ice cores two kilometers deep into the Greenland Ice Sheet, and explore the sublime pristine watershed of Northern British Columbia.
About Reel to Real
The Brower Center further amplifies the power of art for social change through its new film program Reel to Real. Throughout the year, the Brower Center will present documentaries with critical, current insights into how we can create a more just and sustainable future. Films will address pressing issues that include climate change, social justice, conservation, and environmental education, as well as the intersections among them. Following each film, the Brower Center and its partners will provide a range of tools and resources for audiences to take real action beyond the reel.
About Art/Act: Maya Lin
Every fall, the Brower Center presents the Art/Act Award & Exhibition, created to honor established artists who have dedicated a significant part of their careers to using art’s unique transformative power in the service of activism. In 2014, the Center recognizes internationally acclaimed sculptor, architectural designer, and ardent environmentalist Maya Lin, known most widely for her Vietnam Veterans Memorial, but whose most recent work has focused on threatened ecosystems. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Lin was inspired to highlight the fragility of bodies of water around the world, creating abstract wall sculptures to represent entities like the San Francisco Bay and Tuolumne River, both of which will be featured at the Center. Art/Act: Maya Lin will also highlight the What Is Missing? project, dedicated to documenting vanishing species and environments around the world through an interactive website. As part of this year’s Art/Act, the Center is partnering with Heyday Books’s Malcolm Margolin to add an in-depth exploration of the Bay Area’s environmental history as a permanent contribution to the What Is Missing? project.
When & Where
David Brower Center
The David Brower Center provides a home for the environmental movement by advocating for the beauty, diversity and ecological integrity of Earth. The Brower Center accomplishes this mission through a distinctive combination of permanent infrastructure and ongoing programs in a unique civic institution that 1) informs the public about the environmental challenges we face and the bold actions we must take if ours is to remain a living planet; 2) inspires people to recognize their own power and responsibility to act on behalf of the Earth; and 3) connects individuals and organizations dedicated to social equity and ecological sustainability.