Living In the Anthropocene Age
A Film Seires

(Film screenings are FREE unless otherwise noted)

photo+sphere team member Ann Batchelder, in conjunction with some of our +and community partners, will be screening films that explore, challenge and inspire human interactions related to the environment.


OCT 30

The Human Element

Emmy award-winning filmmaker and National Geographic photographer James Balog’s new film is structured around the four elements – earth, air, fire and water – and adds a fifth: the human element. His visually stunning images reveal how environmental problems are affecting the lives of average Americans and remind us that people can destroy as well as solve our current environmental crisis.

Co-hosted by photo+sphere and The Collider

Refreshments and beer provided by Oskar Blues Brewery


The Collider
1 Haywood Street
Asheville, NC 28801

Free (donations appreciated)




Watermark, by award winning filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal and renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky looks at water as a global community issue, bringing together diverse stories from twenty countries to explore the ways humans interact with, use, and control our most valuable resource. In Watermark, the viewer is immersed in a world defined by a magnificent force of nature that we all too often take for granted - until it's gone.

Watermark is an immersive experience, with stunning visual language, that will transform the way we think about water and our relationship to it.” - Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

Co-hosted by photo+sphere and Mountain True

FILM: 7:00PM

New Belgium Brewing Company
21 Craven Street
Asheville, NC 28806

Free (donations appreciated—all proceeds to Mountain True)



Short Films

Curated by Ann Batchelder

A presentation of short art films focusing on fresh perspectives related to the earth and the use of photography and film to address environmental concerns. Films include:
Anointed—A powerful poem video by Dan Lin and Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner about the legacy of the US atomic bomb tests on the Pacific's Marshall Islands and the Runit dome nuclear waste site in the Enewetak Atoll.
ElectrosmogJean-Pierre Aube creates a "documentary in sound" of Montreal using electromagnetic activity to capture snapshots of the density of the city and its cultural, political and economic issues.
Drowning World—A stunning description of climate change by photographer Gideon Mendel through portraits of flood survivors (photo above by Mendel).
The Standing March—Renowned French artist JR and filmmaker Darren Aronofsky collaborated on a major public video to remind leaders that the world is watching as they gather for the United Nation's COP21 climate conference.
EarthriseEmmanuel Vaughan-Lee tells the story of the iconic photograph taken in 1968 by Apollo 8 astronauts: our first view of the Earth from space.

FILM: 7:30PM

UNC Asheville’s STEAM Studio at the RAMP
821 Riverside Drive
Asheville, NC 28801


NOV 11

The Devil We Know

A 2018 Sundance Film Festival premiere documentary, this film is an exposé of the DuPont corporation, whose decades-long effort to deny the adverse effects of chemicals used in Teflon has resulted in birth defects, cancer, and death.

Hosted by Blue Spiral 1 and Fine Arts Theater in conjunction with photo+sphere

FILM: 1:00PM
Q+A with co-director Jeremy Seifert following screening

Fine Arts Theatre
36 Biltmore Ave
Asheville, NC 28801
Ticket fee: $5 at the box office

for the film and Blue Spiral 1 exhibition From Sea to Shining Sea: The Decay of America

Blue Spiral 1
38 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801