Tuesday, April 22, 2014

TFF2014 Day 7: On Earth Day, 'Misconception' Gives the People a Voice and Platform

THE Earth can hold only so many people.

Few would disagree with this assertion. In fact, many believe that there are too many people on the planet right now. Of course, humans should stop reproducing. But how to go about it?

Jessica Yu's “Misconception” addresses these issues and more. It is fitting that the film has the second screening of its world premiere run at the “13th Annual Tribeca Film Festival” today, the 43rd Annual Earth Day.

There are a lot of good (and bad ideas) out there about population control. Various and sundry stakeholders are working toward the same goal but have vastly divergent ways of reaching that goal. This has caused myriad conflicts and stalemates. And it does not help the cause that decisionmakers seem incapable of articulating their vision in a way that results in coherent, translatable public policy.

JY, an Oscar-winning director (“Breathing Lessons"), doesn’t simply populate her documentary with policy wonks speaking from admirable — and sometimes laughably self-interested — positions, she goes to the grassroots. (See video at top).

In featuring regular folk in her examination of this very important matter, she brings the problem of overpopulation and population control down to Earth where it belongs.

Elsewhere, Roman Polanski weighs in with "Venus in Fur," an adaptation of David Ives’ Tony Award-winning play of the same name. In the film, making its North American premiere today, two artists with a capital A (played by Matthieu Almaric and Emmanuelle Seigner), set about transforming a Leopold von Sacher-Masoch novel into a work for the stage. (See video above).

Other films/events on today's TFF2014 schedule: “Shorts: Handle With Care,” "Ice Poison,” “Electric Slide,” “Indigenous, ”Love & Engineering,” “The Overnighters,” “Journey to the West,” “Venus in Fur” and “Loitering With Intent.”

Visit http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival to learn more about it and the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, including tickets and schedule.

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