Butte’s Berkeley Pit: New Life Emerges from Its Toxic Waters

Anna Sagatov | 5 min | USA | 2016

The Berkeley Pit, an abandoned pit mine flooded with highly toxic water in Butte, Montana, has transformed innocuous yeast and fungi growing in the waters into bizarre iterations of their previous forms that produce compounds that are useful in human medicine. This evolution brings about questions of life’s ability to adapt to conditions that we have never encountered before.

Analytical Landforms
3:00 PM | Saturday, October 14, 2017
The New School, Room UL104
63 5th Ave, New York, 10003

Director/Producer | Anna Sagatov
Camera Operator | Nick Hill
Drone Operator | Hugo Sindelar

Anna has always been fascinated by the intersections of art and science. A native of Vienna, Virginia, Anna graduated from College of the Atlantic, a small liberal arts school on Mt. Desert Island off the coast of Maine where she studied Human Ecology with a focus on communicating science and art. Currently, she is an MFA candidate for a degree in Science & Natural History Filmmaking at Montana State University. She enjoys exploring all kinds of artistic mediums including film, podcasts, music, drawing, and writing.