Monthly Archives: August 2011

Eventful week!

Last Thursday, THE CITY DARK made its Washington, DC, theatrical premiere at Landmark’s E Street Cinema. Presented by the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, the premiere and Q&A drew a packed house!

From DC, Ian and THE CITY DARK (and thankfully, only a little blustery weather from Hurricane Irene) traveled down to the Rappahannock Independent Film Festival in Fredericksburg, VA. THE CITY DARK won Best in Show (!) and was honored with a beautiful metal statue crafted by Virginia-based Rodrigue Studios.


(Ian would also like to thank the Greater Fredericksburg Tourism Partnership for his sweet George Washington mask.)


This weekend, WD heads a bit further afield, for a few days of shooting plus a screening in Doha, Qatar!





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THE CITY DARK coming to theatres

With its festival run going strong and a theatrical release gearing up, THE CITY DARK has already screened for terrific theatre audiences in Maine and North Carolina.

Tomorrow night, August 25, THE CITY DARK makes its Washington, DC, theatrical premiere at the Landmark E Street Cinema. Ian will be there for a Q&A after the screening, and folks from Lights Out DC will be on hand to talk about their important local work.

Get tickets to tomorrow’s screening and more information HERE!

Thanks to Jim Browne and the team at Argot Pictures for spearheading THE CITY DARK’s theatrical release. Stay tuned for news about theatrical premieres of THE CITY DARK in New York, Boston… and a city near you!


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Scenes from a recent shoot

The Wicked Delicate team spent a few days this month in beautiful Michigan to continue shooting for MISSING MODERNIST, a short film about modern architect Robert Metcalf, long-time professor and then dean of the University of Michigan Department of Architecture. Metcalf-designed houses and businesses can be found all over the state, and dozens were built in Ann Arbor alone. Last year, the University held an exhibition of Metcalf’s architectural plans, renderings of his designs, and other records of an extraordinary career and commitment to modern design.

Bob Metcalf is known for his close attention — to detail, to the construction process, and to his clients. On this trip we interviewed two of Metcalf’s former clients about their experience working with him on a renovation to their home, originally one of Metcalf’s first projects as a draftsman in the 1950s. From there, we filmed an a2modern walking tour of the dozen or so mid-century gems found in a single Ann Arbor neighborhood. A2modern is working to expand awareness and appreciation of modern architecture in Michigan.


We also spent a lot of time with the architect himself, driving with Bob, our navigator, through various Ann Arbor neighborhoods to talk about the built environment and look at his houses, many of which remain true to the original design. Where there have been renovations or additions, Bob can trace each change (and his opinion about it), and on our drive, each sighting of a house he designed prompted stories of its original owner, the year, and factors that influenced the design. Back at Bob’s own home, which he built with his wife from the ground up, he walked us through some records (the majority of which now live at the Bentley Library) of past projects: sketches, plans, photographs, and still more stories behind each one.

Such a pleasure.


More photos from the Michigan shoot are on Flickr. We aim to wrap up MISSING MODERNIST this fall — stay tuned!


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FoodCorps launches today!

FoodCorps made its official launch today, as the first class of 50 service members hit the ground in Wisconsin for a week of training. From there, members will report to host sites across ten different states to work for a year building school gardens and developing Farm to School programs.

After co-creating KING CORN and BIG RIVER, Ian and Curt helped found FoodCorps as a nonprofit organization to address childhood obesity and diet-related disease. Curt now serves FoodCorps full-time as its executive director. Read about the rest of the FoodCorps team and find out how to become a FoodCorps service member!



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Wicked Delicate team double feature!

This Sunday, August 7, THE CITY DARK screens at the University of Michigan Biological Station with Parasites: A User’s Guide, a short film by Sharon Shattuck, Wicked Delicate’s own botanist-in-residence and animator extraordinaire. Check out Parasites from 4:30-5pm and The City Dark at 7:30pm. Sharon and Ian will both be in attendance for Q&As.

Emmet County, Michigan, is a co-sponsor of the event, and its Headlands property was recently designated an International Dark Sky Park!


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THE CITY DARK at the Guggenheim Lab

The mobile, experimental BMW Guggenheim Lab launched today in New York City, where it will be until October 16. The Lab’s programs and other happenings will bring together international practitioners and interested public across architecture, art, design, science, technology, education, invention, and sustainability, to engage in conversations about urban life.

We’re thrilled that the Lab’s upcoming events include a screening of THE CITY DARK and Q&A with Ian on August 17 at 6pm.


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TRUCK FARM DVDs for sale

Head on over to Amazon to pick up (no pun intended) a home-use DVD of TRUCK FARM. Educational DVD coming soon. Check out the trailer:



Want to host a TRUCK FARM screening in your town? Visit our Screenings page to learn how.


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Awards for TRUCK FARM

Since its world premiere at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival in January 2011, TRUCK FARM has been honored by some great awards. Thanks to all who have watched and voted so far!


Jury Honorable Mention - Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Jury Award and Audience Award - Green Film Festival in Seoul

Best Green Film - Cape Fear Independent Film Festival

Most Uplifting Film - Cinema Verde Environmental Film Festival

Official Selection - Mountainfilm in Telluride, Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital


Want to host a TRUCK FARM screening? Visit our Screenings page to learn how.


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Awards for THE CITY DARK

Ian Cheney and Simon Beins, of The Fishermen Three, at SXSW 2011

Since its world premiere at the 2011 South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival in Austin, THE CITY DARK has been honored by some great awards. Thanks to everyone who has watched and voted so far!


Best Score/Music - SXSW Film Festival (Music by The Fisherman Three and Ben Fries)

Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature  - Environmental Film Festival at Yale

Best Professional Documentary - Real to Reel Film Festival

Best Documentary - Hardacre Film Festival

Audience Award - Kandy International Film Festival in Sri Lanka

Best in Show - Rappahannock Independent Film Festival

Official Selection - SXSW, Mountainfilm in Telluride, Geek Film Festival, Indianapolis Film Festival, Woods Hole Film Festival, Maui International Film Festival, Bryce Canyon Astronomy Festival, Independent Film Festival Boston


Stay tuned for info on our theatrical run and community screenings campaign.


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New additions to the WD team

This summer Wicked Delicate welcomes two new members to the team:



Laura Tolkoff, graduate of the Tufts University’s master’s program in Urban and Environmental Policy, joins us as Director of Screenings and Special Projects to coordinate our Truck Farm Fleet, community screenings campaigns, and development and fundraising partnerships.







Amanda Murray, most recently a curator with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and a graduate of Brown University’s master’s program in Public Humanities, joins us as Producer on a range of new films and works in progress.





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