|**News and Events: June 5: Sundance Channel features Subhankar Banerjee in America's Arctic|
|Wed, May 30, 2007 10:38 AM|
June 5: Sundance Channel features Subhankar Banerjee in America's ArcticSundance Channel features Subhankar Banerjee in America's Arctic|
Tuesday, June 5
9 p.m. on the Sundance Channel (check your local listings)
Subhankar Banerjee's photographs of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge are now world-famous. His story should be well known to Mountaineers members, but in case you're unfamiliar with Banerjee, the Sundance Channel is featuring him and his work on June 5. Their series Big Ideas for a Small Planet sounds like an interesting program, even beyond the fact that they are showcasing Subhankar. Here's Subhankar's own words:
"As you may already know, the Sundance Channel is going to be the first TV channel in America that will introduce extensive GREEN programming on primetime. This initiative will open with a 13-part original documentary series entitled, Big Ideas for a Small Planet that will premier on April 17th. The eigth episode titled Create will air on June 5th that will feature my work from America's arctic, especially our visit to Arctic Village in January 2007, a Gwich'in community who depend on the Porcupine River Caribou herd. The Gwich'in Nation opposes oil drilling in the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the calving ground of the caribou.
Here is the website that has just been launched, more information and schedules will be added in the coming days... Please share with students and activists, friends and family...
Big Ideas for a Small Planet Website"
And here's the program description from the Sundance Channel:
Big Ideas for a Small Planet: Create
Tuesday, June 5th
Artists are often the first people to sit up and take notice of the world around them and find compelling ways to show us what they see. The resulting works can have a huge impact, whether it's a photograph that encapsulates an issue in a single image, or artwork made from what is commonly seen as trash. The artists profiled in "Create" include: photographer Subhankar Banerjee, who has spent six years documenting the effects of global warming on biodiversity and indigenous cultures of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; Alyce Santoro, who recycles discarded cassette audiotapes into Sonic Fabric, a highly functional material that can be heard as well as seen; and architect David Hertz, whose latest, audacious example of "upcycling" involves using a retired 747 airplane to create a client's eco-friendly dream house.