Touchstones Presents – Eyes In The Forest w/ Manufactured Landscapes

Part of their Art and Activism  Event Series, Touchstones is offering a great pairing of films to be screened at the Civic Theatre on Wednesday July 17th at 7pm.

Kootenay-made Eyes In The Forest: The Portraiture of Jim Lawrence offers a rare and stunning look into the world of well-known Kootenay wildlife photographer Jim Lawrence.  Having screened at over fifteen festivals in Canada and internationally over the past year, Eyes In The Forest makes its long-awaited Nelson debut.  Filmmaker Miriam Needoba and photographer Jim Lawrence will be on hand after the screenings for a question and answer period with the audience.

Eyes in the Forest interweaves the startling imagery of Jim Lawrence’s still photography with Needoba’s sublime cinematography of the West Kootenays. The film is both a restrained study of landscape and wildlife, and a conversation between two artists and their art forms.

In Manufactured Landscapes Jennifer Baichwal’s cameras follow Edward Burtynsky (1955- ) as he visits what he calls manufactured landscapes: slag heaps, e-waste dumps, huge factories in the Fujian and Zhejiang provinces of China, and a place in Bangladesh where ships are taken apart for recycling. In China, workers gather outside the factory, exhorted by their team leader to produce more and make fewer errors. A woman assembles a circuit breaker, and women and children are seen picking through debris or playing in it. Burtynsky concludes with a visit to Shanghai, the world’s fastest growing city, where wealth and poverty, high-rises and old neighborhoods are side by side. Written by J. Hailey

Pre-purchase tickets available at Touchstones.

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