Radiant City: A Film About Suburban Sprawl opens in Calgary


RADIANT CITY: A Film About Suburban SprawlOpens in Calgary Theatres March 30

Sprawl is eating the planet. Across the continent the landscape is being levelled — blasted clean of distinctive features and overlaid with a zombie-like monoculture. Politicians call it growth. Developers call it business. The Moss family calls it home. Welcome to Radiant City.View the trailer at: http://www.radiantcitymovie.com

"Suburbs are the greatest misallocation of resources in the history of the world."— James Howard Kunstler, author of The Long Emergency and The Geography of Nowhere

In Radiant City, Gary Burns - Canada’s king of surreal comedy - hooks up with journalist Jim Brown to tell an entertaining and startling family chronicle of the Late Suburban Age. A chorus of cultural prophets, urban designers, planners and architects provide insight on the spectacle. Stunning cinematography transforms drab suburbia into great painterly cloudscapes, mesmerizing rivers of traffic and eerie tableaux of dystopia, while the soundtrack features songs from Joey Santiago of The Pixies.

"A city that propagates a suburban model is a city that propagates pure private space as opposed to any notion of public space. And when you only advocate private space, you get to the point where people cannot tolerate one another."Marc Boutin, architect and professor, University of Calgary

Go Viral! Radiant City CampaignIs your community being invaded by cookie-cutter developments and big box stores? Forest and farm bulldozed for housing pods and highway slabs? How do we balance growth with affordability and sustainability? And how the hell do we get out of our cars? These questions are at the heart of Radiant City, a droll stroll into 21st century suburbia with a bitter twist. Check out our campaign page to send an email or add one of our fun facts-about-sprawl campaign buttons to your website. Get involved in the campaign and we’ll add you to our supporters and link to your site. www.HelloCoolWorld.com/RadiantCity Email us at: radiantcity [at] hellocoolworld [dot] com

"People have been talking about the slyly embedded surprise that jumps out at you at the conclusion of Radiant City - and makes you want to see it again"Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star

Something’s happening on the edge of town. They call it Radiant City. Welcome to the neighbourhood.