Basilica Non-Fiction Screening Series: WASTE LAND

July 22


// FREE // 
at the Greenville Drive-In
10700 NY-32, Greenville, NY 12083

Doors at 8PM
Screening at 9PM
Presented in collaboration with Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Olana State Historic Site and The Olana Partnership as part of Cross Pollination programming

Featuring pre-recorded introduction + closing remarks from Vik Muniz
& an opening short film from ALL ARTS series “Climate Artists”

Basilica Hudson returns to the Greenville Drive-In for the third installment of the Basilica Non-Fiction Screening Series with WASTE LAND, directed by Lucy Walker.

This event is free, with a suggested donation of $15 at the box office or made online to help sustain Basilica Hudson and support filmmakers.

Filmed over nearly three years, WASTE LAND 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.

Vik Muniz is one of the featured artists in the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Olana State Historic Site and The Olana Partnership’s Cross Pollination programming. In addition to an exlusice pre-recorded introduction from Vik Muniz, Carolyn Keogh, The Olana Partnership’s Director of Education and Public Programs, will be present for the beginning of the film to talk about Muniz’s work and the Cross Pollination exhibit.

The film will begin with introductory short from ALL ARTS’ series Climate Artists about the Kapu Collective, who create paintings on natural surfaces like icebergs or forest trees and let their works wash away from natural forces to demonstrate the urgency of climate change.

About Cross Pollination

Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and Our Contemporary Moment” is a new exhibition exploring the theme of “cross pollination” in art and the environment from the 19th century to the contemporary moment. The project stems from the artist Martin Johnson Heade’s 19th century painting series of hummingbird and habitats and includes major paintings by Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, and contemporary art by Nick Cave, Jeffrey Gibson, Paula Hayes, Vik Muniz, and more. The joint project is presented simultaneously as one exhibition at both Olana State Historic Site in Hudson, NY, and the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, NY, from June 12 to October 31, 2021. The two historic sites are connected by the Hudson River Skywalk, a scenic walkway across the Hudson River – with sweeping views of the Hudson Valley and the Catskill Mountains – that opened in June 2019. “Cross Pollination” is the second major collaborative project between Olana and the Thomas Cole Site and builds upon the success of the inaugural “River Crossings: Contemporary Art Comes Home” exhibition in 2015. Vik Muniz’s contemporary work drawing inspiration from Heade’s paintings are on view at Olana State Historic Site as part of the exhibit. Muniz was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil but currently works in both New York City and Rio de Janeiro. By appropriating Heade’s paintings, Muniz complicates a Brazilian subject while showing the continuing relevance of 19th-century landscape art.


This screening is part of Basilica Hudson’s Basilica Non-Fiction Screening Series, which explores the documentary genre through screenings and dialogue with visiting directors. Despite the fact that our screening room has temporarily closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, we remain committed to bringing independent film to the Hudson Valley. Basilica Hudson is thrilled to partner with the Greenville Drive-In to move the Basilica Non-Fiction Screening Series OUTDOORS for 2021.

Now in its 10th year, Basilica’s film program has displayed a long-standing commitment to bringing independent and innovative voices in film to the Hudson waterfront, through new and repertory film and video art, often with filmmakers and special guests in conversation.

This free screening is made possible by Leigh and Dwight of the Greenville Drive-in, The Olana Partnership & Thomas Cole National Historic Site. Basilica Hudson’s Film and Media program is generously supported, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, as well as the Alexander And Marjorie Hover Foundation.