Feature Film Program

Rooftop Selects: The Arc of Oblivion

The Arc of Oblivion explores a quirk of humankind: in a universe that erases its tracks, we humans are hellbent on leaving a trace.


Tue Aug 1 8:00 PM

The Film

The Arc of Oblivion

Ian Cheney | US | 98

Set against the backdrop of the filmmaker's quixotic quest to build an ark in a field in Maine, the film heads far afield—to salt mines in the Alps, fjords in the Arctic, and ancient libraries in the Sahara–to illuminate the strange world of archives, record-keeping, and memory. Playfully weaving stop-motion animation, spellbinding cinematography and fascinating interviews from the director's inner circle and experts in the fields of science, culture and art–including documentarians Werner Herzog and Kirsten Johnson–The Arc of Oblivion reveals how nature inspires the human drive behind filmmaking.

Event Details

8:00 PM
Doors Open and Reception
9:00 PM
Film Begins
10:40 PM
Q&A with filmmaker Ian Cheney

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Brooklyn Grange Sunset Park

850 Third Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11232

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