The Anthropologist considers the fate of the planet from the perspective of an American teenager. Over five years, she travels alongside her mother, Susie Crate, an anthropologist studying the impact of climate change on indigenous communities. Their journey parallels that of renowned anthropologist Margaret Mead, who for decades sought to understand how global change affects remote cultures.
Seth Kramer, one of the film's directors, and Susie Crate will attend the screening and will be available for questions following the film.
The Anthropologist world premiered at DOC NYC in 2015 as a co-presentation with the American Museum of Natural History. The film has since been selected by more than 30 film festivals, including Cleveland, Dallas, IFFBoston, St. Louis, Greenwich International Film Festival and San Francisco Green. It was invited by the United Nations to show at the COP21 Paris Climate Conference; and screened simultaneously at more than 30 universities to celebrate World Anthropology Day. The Anthropologist was selected as opening night film of the Santa Cruz Film Festival where it won the EarthVision Environmental Feature Award, and the Arizona International Film Festival, where it won Best Documentary.
"I don't think we can change the world. I think that we change, and that changes the world," counsels Susie Crate. She is one of the protagonists of the documentary "The Anthropologist", which shows the impact of climate change on indigenous communities globally. Straight after its premiere at the DOC NYC Film Festival on 13 November 2015, it was shown at the 2015 Paris Climate Conference COP21 and now, on 26 September 2016, at Ciné-ONU Vienna.
The film follows the parallel stories of two popular Anthropologists; Margaret Mead who popularized cultural anthropology in America; and Susie Crate, an environmental anthropologist and is told from the unique perspective of their daughters. Mead and Crate demonstrate a fascination with how societies are forced to negotiate the disruption of their traditional ways of life, whether through encounters with the outside world or the unprecedented change wrought by melting permafrost, receding glaciers and rising tides. Crate's daughter, Katie, as well as Margaret Mead's daughter, Mary now 76, offer a fresh look not only at anthropology, but also the challenges of climate change. Filmed over the course of seven years, the Anthropologist is a meditation on change, both individual and societal.
The screening was followed by a discussion with the Co-director of the film, Seth Kramer, Professor Peter Schweitzer from the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology of the University of Vienna and Johanna Kuchling, Campaigner and Project Coordinator from the Society for Threatened Peoples. The Director of the United Nations Information Service (UNIS) Vienna, Martin Nesirky, moderated the discussion.
Seth Kramer, spoke about making the film and the unique challenge working with a teenager. On one occasion he had to find his way to a Siberian village in the middle of nowhere, one of the field sites where Susie had done research. When he finally arrived, Katie, her daughter, decided she had a bad hair day and didn't want to be on camera. Creating a documentary on a serious topic like climate change can be a risk he said because you will never know how it will be perceived by the audience, but he added: "Even though climate change is a serious topic the movie is sometimes funny and not made in a vacuum." The story is not just a tragic story without hope. The film shows "human beings have the ability to change" which was interesting for him to learn during the shooting of it.
Professor Schweitzer talked about the challenges of being an anthropologist. "You have to be willing to be the child that learns. There is no place where it is easy, so you have to be ready to humiliate yourself". He spoke about his field experiences and how we can cope with the impact of climate change: "If anything is going to save us, it is local innovations".
Johanna Kuchling from the Society for Threatened Peoples raised awareness about the situation of indigenous peoples and that we have to be careful when approaching their communities: "Indigenous peoples already have sustainable ways to use their lands. We have to embrace that knowledge, we can learn a lot from them."
The Vienna screening was the film premiere of "The Anthropologist" in Austria, organized by the United Nations Information Service (UNIS) Vienna in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of the United States of America to the United Nations (Vienna), This Human World (THW) Film Festival and Topkino.
In September, members of the Academy’s Documentary Branch got an overwhelming homework assignment: DVD screeners of 90 different non-fiction films.
That works out to four and a half hours a day of movie viewing, seven days a week, all month long.
Mind you, nobody in the branch is actually expected to watch all of those films before voting in the Oscars’ Best Documentary Feature category. Instead, each person was randomly assigned 15-20 of those films as required viewing so that every film will be viewed by a chunk of the branch, which consists of more than 250 members.
In today's programme: Professor Florian Bieber gives his analysis of yesterday's controversial referendum in the Republic of Srpska, Colman OCriodain, the WWF Internationals Policy Expert on Wildlife Trade, explains what needs to be done to protect elephants from poaching, our Washington DC correspondent David Smith outlines the preparation strategies of the Trump and Clinton campaigns ahead of tonight's much anticipated televised debate, and director Seth Kramer talks about his documentary "The Anthropologist", which is showing at the Top Kino in Vienna tonight.
The Anthropologist follows the stories of daughters of the anthropologists, Margaret Mead and Susie Crate, around the world as they document the very real effects of climate change. The realisation this touching and personal film brings is how problems being experienced in remote parts of the world will soon land on our own doorsteps. As anthropologists, they study how the people living in the most effected regions learn to cope with their lands literally falling apart under their feet.
Amidst the haunting images of cattle sinking into permafrost in Siberia or villagers standing chest-deep in the sea where their town hall used to be, the film explores the resilience of human beings in the face of extreme change and what positive impacts we can result from a disaster situation.
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– Gravitas Ventures announced have acquired North American rights to “The Anthropologist,” the hit documentary by Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, and Jeremy Newberger of Ironbound Films. The features explores climate change like no other film before, using the perspective of American teenager Katie Crate as she travels alongside her mother Susie, an anthropologist studying the impact of climate change on indigenous communities. Their journey parallels that of renowned anthropologist Margaret Mead, who for decades sought to understand how global change affects remote cultures. The film will be released by Gravitas Ventures across all platforms in the US and Canada this fall. “Gravitas Ventures champions eclectic films with heart. They are the perfect partners to help introduce ‘The Anthropologist’ to cultures everywhere,” said Daniel A. Miller, producer, director, and writer for Ironbound Films.
Distributor Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American rights to environmental documentary The Anthropologist (pictured).
Directed by Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, and Jeremy Newberger of Ironbound Films, the doc follows an anthropologist and her teenage daughter as they study the impact of climate change on indigenous communities around the world. Read realscreen’s story on the doc here.
The El Segundo, California-based company will release the film across all platforms in the U.S. and Canada this fall. The Anthropologist world premiered at DOC NYC in November as a co-presentation with the American Museum of Natural History.
In other doc distribution news, Zeitgeist Films has acquired the U.S. theatrical and non-theatrical rights to David Schisgall’s Theo Who Lived, about American journalist Theo Padnos who was kidnapped in Syria by Islamic militants and held for 22 months.
The distributor will open the doc theatrically on September 30 at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas in New York City and roll it out in select U.S. cities later in the fall.
Gravitas Ventures just acquired North American rights to The Anthropologist, the documentary that explores climate change from Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, and Jeremy Newberger of Ironbound Films. In the film, the fate of the planet is considered from the perspective of American teenager Katie Crate. Over the course of five years, she travels alongside her mother Susie, an anthropologist studying the impact of climate change on indigenous communities. Their journey parallels that of renowned anthropologist Margaret Mead, who for decades sought to understand how global change affects remote cultures. The film will be released by Gravitas Ventures across all platforms in the U.S. and Canada this fall. The film has been selected by more than 30 film festivals across the nation. The deal was negotiated by Dan Fisher for Gravitas Ventures and Daniel A. Miller for Ironbound Films.
20.05.2016 – “If we can’t stop the change that is coming, will we be able to change ourselves?” This question, core to the narrative of The Anthropologist, was discussed during Ciné-ONU’s post screening panel discussion on 19 May, an event which marked the 2016 Paris Climate Agreement.
Ciné-ONU screened yet another gripping documentary to an audience of over 300, this time focusing on the shocking impact of climate change on indigenous peoples. No sooner was the grand theatre of the Italian Cultural Institute plunged into darkness than we were swept on board the compelling journey of a young American teenager and her mother, an anthropologist, who together roamed the world for five years, studying the impact of climate change on the most vulnerable and hardest hit communities.
The Greenwich International Film Festival (GIFF) has announced its Opening Night Films and Closing Night Films in addition to its full film slate, and special programs for its second edition. The festival will open with narrative feature "Little Boxes" and documentary offering "The Anthropologist." The festival will close out with screenings of "Claire In Motion" and "Since: The Bombding of Pan Am Flight 103." The fest previously announced its centerpiece picks, including "The Fundamentals of Caring," "My Blind Brother" and "Newtown." The festival has also announced its plans to host a Ondi Timoner Retrospective and a Jewish Film Series as part of its rapidly expanding slate. The festival takes place in Greenwich, CT from June 9-12. You can check out more information on the festival here.
The Greenwich International Film Festival (GIFF) today announced its Opening Night Films and Closing Night Films in addition to its full film slate, and special programs for its second edition, taking place June 9-12. The festival previously announced its Centerpiece Film Program, including THE FUNDAMENTALS OF CARING, MY BLIND BROTHER, and NEWTOWN as well as this year’s Changemaker Honorees, Trudie Styler and Abigail Breslin.
GIFF will kick off on June 9th with Opening Night screenings of LITTLE BOXES and the Connecticut Premiere of THE ANTHROPOLOGIST. LITTLE BOXES follows Clark, the new-in-town biracial kid in a sea of white. Discovering that to be cool he needs to act ‘more black,’ he fumbles to meet expectations, while his urban intellectual parents Mack and Gina also strive to adjust to small-town living. The Opening Night Documentary Feature, THE ANTHROPOLOGIST explores indigenous communities that are hit hardest by climate change.
It opens with clips of a woman pulling home movies out of a shelter. And for most of the runtime, that’s what The Anthropologist’s three directors provide: a halfway-natural look at the lives of a family on the move. Their subject is anthropologist Susie Crate (she’s focused on the effect of climate change on traditionalist cultures) and her teenaged daughter Katie (who agrees with her Mom’s politics but often seems annoyed by her work); the former takes the latter along for every field trip, be it Siberia, Peru, or the South Pacific for Christmas. Intersecting those clips are interview segments with Mary Catherine Bateson, daughter of famed mid-century anthropologist Margaret Mead. She has tenure, and so she digresses as she sees fit: At one point she speaks about the science of psychological change, and later she pontificates about how cool it is that President Obama’s mother was an anthropologist. Three generations of interconnected women give their take on the work that defines their lives, while the three directors try to create a sense of cultural exchange between their varied eras: On the soundtrack is a cover of “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” then it’s “Don’t You Forget About Me,” and after that it’s EDM.
We've found five must-see movies at the Independent Film Festival Boston, in town from April 27 to May 4, with star casts including locals like John Krasinski and Anna Kendrick, and Friends producer Kevin S. Bright.
The Anthropologist tells the stories of two women; Margaret Mead, who popularized cultural anthropology in America, and Susie Crate, an environmental anthropologist currently studying the impact of climate change. May 1 at 5:15 p.m. Somerville Theater, 55 Davis Sq., Somerville
Katie doesn’t exactly want to be following her mom around the world, especially during Christmas.
The Anthropologist, which follows the mother-daughter duo from Siberia to the south Pacific, tracks the pair over a four-year period beginning when Katie is 14.
“I have great respect for what my mom is doing, but that doesn’t mean I want to be like her,” she says at one point in the film. But it’s their mostly supportive relationship that anchors the piece as the two learn about the ways climate change negatively impacts the lives of poor people worldwide.
The film also features the daughter of famous anthropologist Margaret Mead, which leads to some initial discord in the viewer’s mind because it isn’t exactly clear where the film will focus. With periodic personal details from Mead’s daughter, her role is more than that of an expert commentator but falls far below the focal point of the main pair, creating some confusion.
But now that you know that, you’ll be able to watch The Anthropologistwith no hang-ups, trailing along for meetings with the Navy or hiking for glacial ice in South America. And just as interesting, viewers witness Katie’s growth and transformation with the benefit of her own insight.
The Anthropologist screens on April 14 at 7:30 p.m. at A/perture 2.
The Anthropologist: Directed by Daniel Miller Any film that opens with Walter Murphy’s “A Fifth of Beethoven” is off on the right foot, and this engrossing documentary explores the life and career of noted anthropologist Margaret Mead, as told in the words of her daughter Mary Catherine Bateson, while simultaneously exploring the work being done by anthropologist Susie Crate, a single mother often accompanied by her own daughter Kate. As well as addressing various environmental concerns (with a particular emphasis on climate change), the film also works as a portrait of a working anthropologist and a teen-aged daughter who has crisscrossed the globe in her young life – thereby giving her a unique insight into various cultures – but who also, inevitably, butts heads with mom. That adds a nice personal touch to the proceedings (and the film’s message) … and love those end credits!
Our globe never ceases to change, falter, adapt, and thrive. Thanks to those dedicated to study these transitions, what we learn from our past can help dictate the choices we make for our future. Daniel Miller, director of the 2008 film “The Linguists,” a film documenting languages on the verge of extinction, seeks to bring social sciences to life yet again with “The Anthropologist.”
“Anthropology is how we learn about changes through people,” Miller says. “This film brings a human face to climate change.”
#4 The Anthropologist profiles the lives of renowned anthropologists, Margaret Mead and Susan Crate, through the eyes of their daughters. While Mead’s groundbreaking work shaped the past, Crate’s work is the future. She has dedicated her career to studying the impact climate change has on indigenous people and their communities. The film follows Crate and her teenage daughter, Kathryn, who gains a unique cultural education through their travels. Mead’s daughter, Mary Catherine Bateson ( now in her seventies), followed in her mother’s footsteps as well, publishing several books and teaching anthropology at Harvard University and George Mason University. This compelling documentary shines a light on an often underrated discipline that’s incredibly vital to understanding the world around us. As these brilliant women demonstrate here, it’s also an important asset in enacting change. Seeing how they’ve passed the torch is inspiring; their passion for what they do is truly contagious. Through its footage of Crate’s expeditions, the film also paints a beautiful portrait of the cultural diversity of our planet.
Films eligible for the Silver Heart Award (Presented by the Embrey Family Foundation and bestowed on an individual or film for their dedication to fighting injustices and/or creating social change for the improvement of humanity. The Silver Heart Award winner receives a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of the Embrey Family Foundation) include: Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, and Jeremy Newberger’s THE ANTHROPOLOGIST, Fulton and Pepe’s THE BAD KIDS, Blair and Lange’s FARMER/VETERAN, Wang’s HOOLIGAN SPARROW, Dimmock and LaMarca’s THE PEARL, Maghami’s SONITA, and Jackson and Jackson’s UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT.
Through March 20. The Denver Film Society's year-round Women + Film program culminates with this week's Women + Film Festival, a six-day celebration (which began March 15) of documentaries, features and shorts highlighting the best in women-centric filmmaking. This weekend's highlights include tonight's Filmmaker Focus Panel presented by the Colorado Office of Film, Television, and Media, the late-addition comedy "Maggie's Plan" and provocative titles such as "The Babushkas of Chernobyl" (March 19) and "Trapped" (March 20). A full schedule of the fest, which wraps up March 20, is at denverfilm.org. $100 festival pass or $12 per film. Sie FilmCenter, 2510 E. Colfax Ave. 303-595-3456.
The South African Eco Film Festival is back this March with a mixture of local surprises and global award-winners in the bag. Now in its third year, it would be within the festival’s rights to develop a bit of an eco (see what we did there?). The festival, convened by NPO While You Were Sleeping, has expanded steadily annually, and this year is no exception. But how important are such initiatives, who are they reaching, and are we thinking about environmental education in the right way?
Anthropologist Karen Holmberg and Professor Susan Crate will lead a discussion Friday night on climate change and its affect on native cultures at a film screening hosted by the Mathews Film Society.
Crate is a professor of Anthropology at George Mason University, according to a news released from the film society. Her work is the subject of“The Anthropologist" - a five year journey around the globe observing a variety of cultures, including a stop on Gloucester County.
The RiverRun International Film Festival has announced three films to be showcased during the upcoming Festival ( to run April 7-17). These films, part of RiverRun’s Films With Class educational outreach program, will be privately screened by Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School students as well as shown to the general public during the Festival. RiverRun will announce the full film lineup for this year’s Festival on March 7, 2016, which will be accessible to the public the following day.
On March 28, the Long Island Museum will host a screening of “The Anthropologist,” a film that tells the stories of anthropologists Margaret Mead and Susie Crate through their daughters’ perspectives. The film highlights how people all over the world, from Siberia to the Chesapeake, deal with changes in culture and the environment. The documentary won the Best Environmental Film award at the Nevada International Film Festival. The film is presented in six different languages. Director Daniel Miller will speak after the screening.
The University of Rhode Island’s anthropology department celebrated World Anthropology Day on Thursday, Feb. 18, by screening a special film.
“The Anthropologist” made it’s world premiere that day, highlighting the role that current anthropologists play today in addressing the effects of climate change towards indigenous communities. The film followed Anthropologist Susan Crate and her daughter Katie over the course of five years during their travels to indigenous communities all over the world.
The RiverRun International Film Festival announced three documentaries that will be a part of its “Films With Class” educational outreach program this year.
The films are: “The Anthropologist,” which examines cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead and environmental anthropologist Susie Crate; “Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi,” about the search for a missing college student who was later misidentified in connection to the 2013 Boston bombing; and “My Love Affair with the Brain: The Life and Science of Dr. Marian Diamond,” about a doctor who studies the human brain.
Filmmaker Daniel Miller is especially excited to have his film “The Anthropologist” — “a climate change and coming-of-age film” — shown at the mountaineering center on Feb. 18. Not only is it a “mountain film,” Miller said, it coincides with World Anthropology Day. The main screening will take place at the festival in Golden, he said, but “The Anthropologist” will also be screened at 22 universities and theatres worldwide on that same day.
Join the worldwide screening of THE ANTHROPOLOGIST on February 18, 2016 in association with the American Anthropological Association. To set up a screening contract Daniel A. Miller at email@example.com.
"The Anthropologist," a new film from director Seth Kramer, will be screened on Friday at 8 p.m. at MONDO Summit, at an event curated by The Film Society of Summit. The film "considers the fate of the planet from the perspective of an American teenager" — Katie, the daughter of environmental anthropologist Susie Crate. Crate looks at how indigenous people cope with climate change. The film also includes a look at the work of famed anthropologist Margaret Mead and her daughter, Mary Catherine Bateson, also an anthropologist. Kramer will answer questions after the screening. $12-$14. Friday, 8 p.m. MONDO Summit, 426 Springfield Avenue, Summit. 973-969-4535.