posted February 4, 2011

Knickerbocker Theatre Schedules Additional Showings of “Waste Land”

The Hope College Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland has scheduled additional showings of the film "WasteLand" for Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 7-8, at 7:30 p.m.

The film is also showing on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 4-5, at 7:30 p.m.  "WasteLand" was originally scheduled for Monday-Wednesday, Jan. 31-Feb. 2, and Friday and Saturday, Feb. 4-5, but the Feb. 1-2 showings were canceled because of the recent blizzard.

Filmed over nearly three years and directed by Lucy Walker, "WasteLand" follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world's largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of "catadores" - self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz's initial objective was to "paint" the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives. "WasteLand" is unrated and has a runtime of 98 minutes.

The film is part of the Knickerbocker's 2011 spring film series.  The remaining films in the series are "Another Year," showing Monday-Saturday, March 14-19, and "The Illusionist," showing Monday-Saturday, April 4-9.

Tickets for all of the films are $6 for regular admission and $5 for senior citizens and children. Updated information may be obtained by calling the Knickerbocker Information Line at (616) 395-7403 or visiting www.hope.edu/arts/knick. The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 E. Eighth St.