Maine, August 2023
From director Ian Cheney, executive producer Werner Herzog and Academy-nominated Sandbox Films, The Arc of Oblivion is an unexpectedly playful search for an answer to a deeply existential question: In a universe that erases its tracks, why are we so hellbent on leaving a trace?
On his quest to explore and illuminate the strange world of archives, record-keeping and memory, Cheney, with the help of his family and neighbors, built a full-size ark in a field in Maine. The ark forms the centerpiece of the film, inside which experts in the fields of science, culture and art – including documentarians Werner Herzog and Kirsten Johnson – reflect and reveal how nature inspires the human drive behind filmmaking.
While the film continues to play international festivals to rave reviews (SXSW, CPH:DOX, Sydney), Sandbox Films invite audiences to encounter ‘The Arc of Oblivion’ in a wholly unique way: inside the ark itself. Across four weekends in August, Cheney’s ark becomes the Ark Light Theatre, offering a cinema experience that will bring viewers into the very heart of the director’s quixotic project, inviting connection and contemplation on our human instinct to make a mark.
Tickets for each screening of ‘The Arc of Oblivion’ at the Ark Light Theatre in Maine are available to members of the public, fellow filmmakers and press. The director and special guests will be in attendance to facilitate a conversation following each screening. Refreshments and light bites will be provided, as well as a token/souvenir from the film.
- Saturday August 5th
- Saturday August 12th
- Saturday August 19th
- Saturday August 26th
The ark is located ~15 minutes drive from Rockland, Maine.
5:00pm-6:00pm Arrivals & pre-screening drinks
6:00pm-7:45pm Film screening
7:45pm-8:15pm Q&A / Discussion
8:15pm – Event concludes
“Clever, thoughtful, curious… THE ARC OF OBLIVION is here to blow your mind”
Liz Whittemore, Real News Daily
“Maybe the most thought-provoking documentary I’ve seen this year to date”
Clint Worthington, The Spool
“Deeply philosophical, poignant, and profound.”
Rob Rector, Film Threat