New series of lunchtime screenings take a look at our environmental crisis


These days, a suitable lunch break can be difficult to find. Always, Critical ecology in cinema, a new series of lunchtime screenings presented by CUNY’s Mishkin Gallery, offers some incentive to get away from the daily grind, even if only for a short time.

Curated by Alaina Claire Feldman, the month-long series will bring together artists, academics and filmmakers for conversations about gripping films and videos that address the increasingly urgent climate crisis and issues of power and privatization. who as a result. Yarimar Bonilla, co-editor of the acclaimed book Aftershocks of a Disaster: Puerto Rico Before and After the Storm, will launch the series on April 8 with the screening of his eponymous film (co-directed with Juan Carlos Dávila), which addresses the aftermath of Hurricane María through a poetic mix of interviews, readings, etc.

A promotional image for Aftershocks of a Disaster: Puerto Rico Before and After the Storm (2019), dir. Yarimar Bonilla and Juan Carlos Davila

As Feldman explained via email, “Thanks to the work of contemporary artists and professors at [CUNY’s Baruch College], the program offers multiple perspectives for dealing with these problems and the myriad of forces from which they arise.

Stay tuned throughout the month of April for the next conversations and screenings with Dominique Knowles (with his video Tahlequah), Erik Blinderman and Lisa Rave (about their work Americium), and (drum roll, please) Apichatpong Weerasethakul, on his experimental film, Cactus river.

When: Weekly, starting April 8 at 1 p.m. EST
Online at the Mishkin Gallery

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Dessane Lopez Cassell is a New York-based editor, writer and film curator, as well as the former review editor at Hyperallergic. You can follow his work here. More Dessane Lopez Cassell


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