The Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) will honor ANTHROPOCENE: THE HUMAN EPOCH co-director Jennifer Baichwal with the Director Spotlight Award at the upcoming 43rd edition of the festival. The purpose of the Director Spotlight Award program is to showcase directors with distinguished careers by featuring a retrospective of their past work and screenings of their most recent film available.
Baichwal has been a favorite among CIFF audiences since her film MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES screened at CIFF31 in 2006.
The Festival will screen ANTHROPOCENE: THE HUMAN EPOCH (2018), WATERMARK (2013), and MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES (2006).
Her most recent work, ANTHROPOCENE: THE HUMAN EPOCH, is the third film in a documentary trilogy that explores the relationship between industrialized societies and the natural landscapes they dominate. Her two preceding films, MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES and WATERMARK, have each received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Documentary in 2006 as well as 2013.
Over her 25-year career, Baichwal has produced and directed ten feature documentaries, along with numerous other installations and lens-based projects. Her work has been screened and exhibited all over the world, and it has received multiple awards internationally.
In addition to directing films, Baichwal runs her own production company, Mercury Films, which she created in 2000 with her husband and creative collaborator, cinematographer Nicholas de Pencier.
The 43rd Cleveland International Film Festival will be held March 27 – April 7, 2019