The Oklahoma City Museum of Art, in collaboration with the Urban Land Institute of Oklahoma, presents five new films that explore the effects of urbanization on modern life. The film series “Urbanology” runs Thursday-Sunday and will conclude with a panel discussion about Oklahoma City’s urban development. All screenings will take place in the Oklahoma City Museum of Art’s Noble Theater.
In this Wednesday Video Spotlight, check out the trailers for some of these films.
At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, the film “Urbanized” will kick off the series. The feature-length documentary looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world’s foremost architects, pioneers, policymakers, builders and thinkers. By exploring a diverse range of urban design projects around the world, the film frames a global discussion on the future of cities.
The documentary “Surviving Progress” will screen at 5:30 p.m. Friday. The provocative film explores the concept of progress in our modern world, guiding us through a sweeping but detailed survey of the major “progress traps” facing our civilization in the arenas of technology, economics, consumption and the environment.
“Battle for Brooklyn” provides an intimate look at the very public and passionate fight waged by the residents and business owners of Brooklyn’s historic Prospect Heights neighborhood, who are facing condemnation of their property to make way for the polarizing Atlantic Yards project, a massive plan to build 16 skyscrapers and a basketball arena for the New Jersey Nets. “Battle for Brooklyn” screens at 8 p.m. Friday and will be followed by a Skype Q&A with director Michael Galinsky.
St. Louis’ controversial modernist public housing project is the subject of the documentary “The Pruitt-Igoe Myth,” which screens at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
The film :The City Dark” will show at 8 p.m. Saturday. Filmmaker Ian Cheney chronicles the disappearance of the night sky in New York City, leading viewers on a quest to understand how light pollution affects people and the planet.
The film festival concludes at 2 p.m. Sunday with a second screening of “Urbanized.” The screening will be immediately followed by a panel discussion titled “Milestones vs. Millstones,” moderated by George McQuistion. Panelists include Leslie Batchelor, Urban Land Institute & the Center for Economic Development Law; Ed Shadid, OKC Ward 2 City Councilman; Blair Humphreys, Institute for Quality Communities; and Richard McKown, City Center Development, LLC.
General admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students and $5 for museum members. For more information, go to www.okcmoa.com.