The Virginia Western Community College Sustainability Committee and the Roanoke Valley Astronomical Society invite the public to a free showing of The City Dark: A Search for Night on a Planet that Never Sleeps.

The City Dark is a feature documentary about light pollution and the disappearing night sky. It premiered in competition at the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival, where it won the Jury Prize for Best Score/Music. After moving to light-polluted New York City from rural Maine, filmmaker Ian Cheney asks: “Do we need the dark?” Exploring the threat of killer asteroids in Hawai’i, tracking hatching turtles along the Florida coast, and rescuing injured birds on Chicago streets, Cheney unravels the myriad implications of a globe glittering with lights—including increased breast cancer rates from exposure to light at night, and a generation of kids without a glimpse of the universe above. Featuring stunning astrophotography and a cast of eclectic scientists, philosophers, historians, and lighting designers, The City Dark is the definitive story of light pollution and the disappearing stars. For more information, visit:


Tuesday, November 13; 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. (Abridged classroom version – 58 minutes), 7 p.m. (Full, feature-length version – 84 minutes)

Wednesday, November 14, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. (Abridged classroom version – 58 minutes)


Whitman Theater, Virginia Western Community College (Directions and Campus Map)