Hosted Event | Premiere Screening: 1988
Buffalo Youth Media Institute
Tuesday, August 20, 2019, 6–8 pm
1988 is a speculative documentary revolving around the subject of climate change. The film takes place in a dystopian alternate reality 2019 where everyone is immersed in a stream of television programming. All communications and media channels are controlled by the Obsolete Corporation, which also produces most of the consumer products for the world. The Corporation's signal is jammed by the Activist International, a group of young activists fighting back against this accepted reality by calling out for change. The title of the film is taken from the year when a group of climate scientists spoke to Congress and warned of the impending climate crisis. Through a series of satirical skits and sobering interviews, 1988 delves deeply into the complicated and urgent topic of global warming.
This film is made possible with support from Erie County and the Marks Family Foundation. This project is also funded by the Global Warming Art Project Grant (from Ben Perrone and the "Environment Maze" project donors); administered by Arts Services Initiative of WNY.
Buffalo Youth Media Institute (est. 2005) is a collaboration between Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center and Buffalo Center for Arts & Technology and is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and Children’s Foundation of Erie County, with exhibition and venue support from Burchfield Penney Art Center