Matter Out of Place
Co-presented with Carnegie Mellon University Green Practices
Co-sponsored by the Global Studies Center and the European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh, and the Documentary Salon
Supported by CMU Explorers Club, CMU Engineers without Borders, Environment and Water Resources Institute CMU, and CMU Sustainable Earth
Directed by Nikolaus Geyrhalter
Run Time: 105 mins
Language: Swiss German, Albanian, Nepali, English
Nikolaus Geyrhalther’s documentary follows the path of human waste across the planet, discovering where the trash we “dispose” of ultimately ends up. The impression of untouched scenery cripples before the viewer's eyes as immense amounts of waste come into view. Accompanied by beautiful cinematography of blooming life and detritus, this film underscores our efforts to remove waste and maintain our perception of “clean.” Will humanity keep its head above its mounting waste?
"In the mesmerizing and strangely beautiful documentary “Matter Out of Place” … Austrian director Nikolaus Geyrhalter looks at how we dispose of our trash. But, taking a broader view, he is trying to gain a better understanding of mankind, and the impact it is having on the planet" – Variety
Community Discussion hosted by Noah Theriault, Professor of Anthropology, CMU
Followed by catered reception
Nikolaus Geyrhalther has worked as a director, producer, writer, and cinematographer for countless documentaries. Born in Vienna, Austria in 1972, Geyrhalter started his own film production company at age 22. He directed his first documentary, Washed Ashore, in 1994, following life on the Danube. Geyrhalter’s work captures reality, in all its forms and from all its angles, through the use of well-paced and mesmerizing shots.
Winner of Pardo Verde WWF Award, Locarno Film Festival, Concorso Internazionale
Winner of Best Director, Más Allá Competition, Black Canvas Festival de Cine Contemporáneo, México
Winner of Best Feature Length Documentary, Festival dei Popoli Florence