Saturday, September 27, 2008
The last time I saw my friend, Josh Wallaert, in Minnesota in 2005, he was talking about his plans to make a film with his friend and colleague, Grant Aaker, about the Hanford nuclear site in southeastern Washington State. This piece of land, where sixty years ago the government produced plutonium for the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, is currently the focus of the largest environmental cleanup in history. And now, Josh is the co-director of an award-winning, exhaustively researched and beautifully filmed documentary feature called Arid Lands that is being shown in the New York Peace Film Festival at the Anthology Film Archives on Sunday September 28th.
According to their press release, Arid Lands takes us into a world of sports fisherman, tattoo artists, housing developers, ecologists, and radiation scientists living and working in the area. It tells a story of how people changed the landscape over time, and how the landscape affected their lives. Marked by conflicting perceptions of wilderness and nature, Arid Lands is a moving and complex essay on a unique landscape of the American West.
For more information about Arid Lands, please visit: www.sidelongfilms.com