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Finding Beauty in Dying Trees

Filmmaker fuses nature and humanity in multimedia project


Roberto Mighty (CAS’76) shows his latest project tonight in Newton. Photo by Roberto Mighty

Filmmaker and artist Roberto Mighty (CAS’76) finds spiritual meaning and ecological virtue in the rotting tree trunks of his hometown of Newton, Mass., in Trees of My City: Dormancy, Death. Decay. It’s All Good, being presented tonight at the Newton Free Library.

Trees of My City combines HD video, time-lapse and underwater photography, and surround-sound audio to “experience trees in unexpected, consciousness-raising ways,” according to its creator. The multimedia project, which includes commentary from arborists and scholars, will be exhibited at Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum, in Jamaica Plain, from January 22 to March 6, 2011.

Mighty, an adjunct professor in Emerson College’s visual and media arts department, will speak tonight about how the project flowed from autobiographical events, including his mother’s death this year, his daughter’s preparing to leave for college, and his late brother’s teaching him about nature. Among Mighty’s other works is Chinese Lessons, a short documentary about China’s top poetry translator, Feibai Wang.

Trees of My City runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. Admission is free.

Rich Barlow can be reached at barlowr@bu.edu.

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