These days, a proper lunch break can be hard to come by. Still, Critical Ecology on Film, a new lunchtime screening series presented by CUNY’s Mishkin Gallery, offers some incentive for stepping away from the daily grind, even if only for a short while.

Organized by Alaina Claire Feldman, the month-long series will gather artists, academics, and filmmakers for conversations about striking films and video works that address the increasingly urgent climate crisis and attendant issues of power and privatization. Yarimar Bonilla, co-editor of the acclaimed book Aftershocks of Disaster: Puerto Rico Before and After the Storm, will kick off the series on April 8 with a screening of her eponymous film (co-directed with Juan Carlos Dávila), which broaches the aftermath of Hurricane María via a poetic blend of interviews, readings, and more.

A promotional image for Aftershocks of Disaster: Puerto Rico Before and After the Storm (2019), dirs. Yarimar Bonilla and Juan Carlos Dávila

As Feldman explained over email, “Through both the work of contemporary artists and faculty at [CUNY’s Baruch College], the program provides multiple perspectives on confronting these issues and the myriad of forces they result from.” 

Stay tuned throughout April for forthcoming conversations and screenings with Dominique Knowles (featuring his video Tahlequah), Erik Blinderman and Lisa Rave (concerning their work Americium), and (drumroll, please) Apichatpong Weerasethakul, on his experimental film, Cactus River.

When: Weekly, starting April 8 at 1pm EST
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Dessane Lopez Cassell is a New York based editor, writer, and film curator, as well as the former reviews editor at Hyperallergic. You can follow her work here.