Parrish Art: Documentary ‘This Changes Everything’ / November 2

The Parrish Art Museum will screen This Changes Everything—a documentary based on Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller on climate change—on Friday, November 2, at 6pm. This Changes Everything, filmed in 211 days over the course of four years and spanning nine countries in five continents, presents powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond. Following the screening, Thaddeus Pawlowski, Director at the Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, will discuss the film’s topics with Corinne Erni, Senior Curator for ArtsReach and Special Projects at the Parrish.

“I’m excited to screen this inspiring film and hear Mr. Pawlowski’s advice on how we can all get involved, and to learn how experts like him are working hand in hand with leaders and policymakers to mitigate the increasingly devastating effects of climate change,” said Erni.

Directed by Avi Lewis, This Changes Everything (2015, USA, 90 min), is a formidable attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change. The extraordinary detail and richness of the cinematography provides an epic canvas for this exploration of the critically important global issue.

Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that the existential crisis of climate change can be the lynchpin to transform a failed economic system. Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that caused it, weaves around profound, personal stories.

The film introduces viewers to people on the front lines of the issue. Crystal, a young indigenous leader in Tar Sands country, fights for access to a restricted military base in search of answers about an environmental disaster in progress. Mike and Alexis, a Montana goat ranching couple, respond to the consequences of a broken oil pipeline by organizing against fossil fuel extraction in the Powder River Basin, and forming a new alliance with the Northern Cheyenne tribe to bring solar power to the nearby reservation.

Housewife Melachrini becomes part of a powerful social movement in Northern Greece where economic crisis is used to justify mining and drilling projects that threaten the mountains, seas, and tourism economy. Along with her fellow villagers, Jyothi, a matriarch in Andhra Pradesh, India, fights a proposed coal-fired power plant that will destroy a life-giving wetland, helping to ignite a nationwide movement.

Naomi Klein

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, columnist and author of the New York Times and international bestsellers, No is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics andWinning the World We Need (2017), This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate (2014), The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (2007) and No Logo (2000).

Thaddeus Pawlowski

Thaddeus Pawlowski is an urban designer who integrates resilience and climate change adaptation into the long-term development patterns of cities through the design of projects, policies, and programs. In a partnership with 100 Resilient Cities and the Rockefeller Foundation, he helped to establish the Resilience Accelerator which brings together local leaders and global experts to drive the implementation of resilient projects around the world. Pawlowski planned for disasters at NYC Office of Emergency Management, worked to reduce the likelihood and impact of disasters at NYC Planning, and helped the City recover from Hurricane Sandy at the NYC Mayor’s Office. He also has extensive global experience as an expert in cities facing the hazards of climate change.

Friday Nights are made possible, in part, by the generous support of The Corcoran Group, BNB Bank, and Sandy and Steven Perlbinder.



Friday, November 2, 6:00pm

This Changes Everything

(2015, USA, 90 min)

Directed by Avi Lewis  

Followed by a talk with Thaddeus Pawlowski and Corinne Erni

$15 | $5 for Members, Children, and Students



Parrish Art Museum 


Inspired by the natural setting and artistic life of Long Island’s East End, the Parrish Art Museum illuminates the creative process and how art and artists transform our experiences and understanding of the world and how we live in it. The Museum fosters connections among individuals, art, and artists through care and interpretation of the collection, presentation of exhibitions, publications, educational initiatives, programs, and artists-in1residence. The Parrish is a center for cultural engagement, an inspiration and destination for the region, the nation, and the world.


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