A dark look into our civilization's industrial past, present, and future.
Rooftop Films 2013: Industriance: Black Out (Short Films)The Old American Can Factory (232 Third St. at 3rd Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11215) Map it $13
Hanging on to old habits, hoping for new means, humanity begets change through technology and industry, labor and artistry. A striking program of short films, including Eva Weber’s illuminating documentary “Black Out.”
Some things are best forgotten, buried, destroyed. The labor system that chews people up and wreaks havoc on the environment, that leaves a working man sleeping in his truck in winter and remarking that others have it worse. Indeed, on the other side of the world, young people, hoping for a better life someday, study in the streets because their entire country has almost no electricity. Still, some things are worth holding on to, saving, celebrating: a farmland’s cultural history preserved in handmade furniture, a small town’s fallen-out-of-fashion motel. This challenging program (part of Rooftop Films and XO Projects’ INDUSTRIANCE ™ series of screenings, discussions, workshops and more) explores the changing landscape in industry, labor, agriculture and architecture, provoking thoughtful and passionate ideas about the way these changes affect individuals around the world.