Documentary: The City Dark
In this short outtake of Ian Cheney’s documentary The City Dark, Ian looks locally at how artificial lighting, on the beaches of Palm Beach county, affects sea turtles. He also interviews Dr. Kirt Rusenko, the marine conservationist of the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton, Florida.
Ian’s documentary blends a humorous, searching narrative with poetic footage of the night sky, provides a fascinating introduction to the science of the dark, explores our relationship to the stars and asks
what is lost in the glare of city lights?
Winner, Best Score/Music Award, 2011 SXSW Film Festival. Produced in association with American Documentary | POV.
Watch The City Dark: How Lights Can Confuse Baby Turtles on PBS. See more from POV.
After having evolved to go toward the brightest sky (which was naturally over the ocean due to reflecting starlight) and after hatching, turtle hatchlings now struggle to make it to the ocean because the glow from electric lights is much stronger.
Check out the local PBS POV schedules for the full documentary:
WPBT airs POV: The City Dark on Thursday, July 5, 11:00pm.
WXEL airs POV: The City Dark Thursday, July 5, 10:00pm & Friday, July 6, 2:00am.