SUMMER 2012: STAY TUNED FOR UPCOMING EVENTS!
Lysander's Song at The Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, April 25 2012
The Lensic and WildEarth Guardians present: The Future of Wild: Elephants and Wolves, featuring the short documentary film, Lysander's Song by Cyril Christo & Marie Wilkinson. The Lensic Theatre on April 25th, 2012 in Santa Fe, NM. The program begins at 7 pm and a Q & A will follow.
The Lensic and WildEarth Guardians present an evening dedicated to the future of wild elephants and wolves on April 25. The event features the short documentary, Lysander’s Song, directed by the photo-documentarians Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson. The film explores the complex and deeply-rooted relationships between the native tribespeople of Kenya and the elephant.
The husband and wife team have exposed the degradation of the natural world since 1996, first with the book, Lost Africa (2004), on the tribes of East Africa, and Walking Thunder (2009), about the decimation of the African elephant. Their work brought the slaughter of Africa’s elephants to the attention of the editors at Vanity Fair. In August 2011, the magazine published the searing investigative feature, Agony and Ivory, by writer Alex Shoumatoff about the tens of thousands of elephants massacred because of the demand for ivory amongst China’s newly rich.
Today, the couple is screening Lysander’s Song at select venues around the U.S. The film addresses the question, “What does the future of the elephant have to do with the future of childhood?” The answer: “Everything.” Combining wildlife footage with the concerns and legends of indigenous people in Kenya, the film explores their unique relationships to and with the elephant. Elaborating on the Samburu people’s totem and the unique role the elephant plays in their belief system, Lysander’s Song emphasizes the essential role of the non-human in the human mind and spiritual ecology. The film considers wildlife to be an essential part of our identity.
“The inspiration was our son, Lysander, his love for elephants and the wild,” Cyril told Vanity Fair. “Without the elephants, we will self-cannibalize. We cannot afford to tell the children of the future, ‘This is where the wild things were.’”
Carol Norton, Associate Director of WildEarth Guardians will provide an introduction and a short film presentation of the video, Restoring the Wolf, Restoring the Wild, a photo essay narrated by Alan Arkin. A discussion with Lysander's Song filmmakers Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson follows the program.
All proceeds benefit WildEarth Guardians and the Lysander’s Song project.
Running time: Lysander’s Song, 25 minutes. GO TO LENSIC FOR TICKETS
Photographs on Exhibit as part of Theater Grottesco's new production STORM at CCA in Santa Fe
Cyril Christo & Marie Wilkinson will exhibit a collection of their large photographs in conjunction with Theatre Grottesco's upcoming production of STORM at the Center for Contemporary Art. STORM is a play about environment and a journey into the social paradigms that prevent the world from taking action. STORM and the exhibition will be up from February 17 through 25, 2012
Lysander's Song to Screen at The Environmental Film Festival in Washington DC
Cyril Christo & Marie Wilkinson to screen "Lysander's Song" as part of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital on March 25th, 2012 at the Carnegie Institution of Science. The film will be screened as part of a program of shorts on International environmental issues and will start at 2:00 pm.
Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson to Speak on Endangered African Elephant at the Annenberg Space for Photography
Renowned photographers and documentarians Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson will be speaking about their life's work saving the elephant from extinction at the Annenberg Space for Photography on November 11, 2010 at 7 PM. IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF GIANTS: The Last Stand of the African Elephant will outline Christo and Wilkinson's work with the dwindling elephant population and their struggle to convey the message of this dire situation to the world at large.
CYRIL CHRISTO is a poet, photographer and documentary filmmaker, whose film, A STITCH FOR TIME (an anti-nuclear documentary), was nominated for an Academy Award in 1988. MARIE WILKINSON is an architect, planner, and photographer. Together, the two have documented their passion for the elephant most recently in a book entitled WALKING THUNDER: IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE AFRICAN ELEPHANT (Merrell 2009), which placed in the top two for Nature Photography Book at the 2010 International Photography Awards and is the first all black and white manifesto dedicated to the elephant. In 2008, their book, LOST AFRICA: THE EYES OF ORIGIN (Assouline 2004), also placed in the top two for Fine Art Photography Book at the International Photography Awards. A documentary entitled THE LAST STAND OF THE AFRICAN ELEPHANT is now in the works.
When asked why this has become their life's work, Christo states, "Humans may have followed elephants along ancient migration paths out of Africa. Like us, elephants recognize who they are...They have influenced us biologically, culturally, and mythically for hundreds of thousands of years. When we stare into their eyes, we stare into the eyes of origin. Without the elephants, we lose our ballast. We have this decade to stop the slaughter of the innocents. Their future is our fate."