Angela Sun's journey of discovery to one of the most remote places on Earth, Midway Atoll, to uncover the truth behind the mystery of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Along the way she encounters scientists, industry, legislators and activists who shed light on what our society's vast consumption of disposable plastic is doing to our oceans, and what it may be doing to our health.
After years of wading through red tape, Sun finally makes it to the famed "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" and puts herself on the front lines as she crashes a convention to secretly interview the people behind plastics manufacturing, and gets her blood tested for BPA after deliberate exposure via a store receipt. In the seven years it took to make the film, Sun met the best of environmental preservationists and the worst of corporations hell-bent on keeping plastic production alive. The result is a film that moves the grassroots and has the audience thinking twice before grabbing a straw to go with a beverage.
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Residents of a community in South Asheville fight for clean drinking water as the contaminated soil of an old manufacturing plant continues leaking carcinogens into their water more than twenty years after the threat was first reported to the Environmental Protection Agency. Residents were drinking high levels of contaminated water for years and not knowing what was making them sick.
When the site finally became designed a Superfund site and was ranked among the worst contaminated sites in the nation, the community expected a cleanup and safe water, but instead the site seemed to enter a perpetual state of tests and evaluation with little, to no action.
Emmy award winning writer and director Katie Damien is producer. Award winning editor and filmmaker Jaime Byrd is editing. My Toxic Backyard has been funded in part by crowd sourcing through Kickstarter. www.mytoxicbackyard.com
Food Forward showcases innovators and pioneers – food rebels – transforming the way we grow and eat our food. We meet farmers, chefs, teachers, scientists, fishermen and ranchers in more than 50 cities and towns across the country who are all providing new solutions to help combat America’s growing food challenges. Many of their innovative techniques emulate a return to more traditional—and sustainable—methods of farming, fishing, and ranching.
Food Forward TV is a PBS series about people transforming the way we eat in America. foodforwardtv.com
Set in a future where a failed global-warming experiment kills off all life on the planet except for a lucky few that boarded the Snowpiercer. The train travels around the globe, via a perpetual-motion engine. A class system evolves. When cryptic messages incite the passengers to revolt, the train thrusts full-throttle towards disaster.
Climate change is taking place. Will we have the wisdom to survive? The film features leaders and activists in the realms of science, economics and spirituality. The focus: how we can live creatively and even joyfully in the face of this catastrophe.
Featured in the film: Bill McKibben, Joanna Macy, Gus Speth, Roger Payne, & more...
Antibiotics were first massed-produced in the 1940s. Their ability to fight and kill bacteria revolutionized medicine and had profound effects on everything from agriculture to the Armed Forces. After only 70-years, however, these miracle drugs are failing. Just one kind of antibiotic resistant infection kills more people each year than emphysema, HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, and homicide combined, and there are now dozens of these so-called Superbugs each with its own challenges and costs. How did this happen? Using microscopic footage, harrowing personal stories, and expert insights RESISTANCE clarifies the problem of antibiotic resistance, how we got to this point, and what we can do to turn the tide.
This documentary tells a story of how marine debris is affecting the people of Ikema, a tiny and beautiful island in southern Japan, known for its stunning coral reefs.
Because of the geographical location of the island, tons of trash from South East Asia washes up on their
beaches. The amount of marine debris increased 10 times from 1998 to 2005. The people of Ikema are committed to keeping the beaches clean and free from marine debris. They do this to prevent trash from going back into the ocean after storms, and to preserve tourism. But most importantly, they do this because of their spiritual commitment to the island. www.itseverybodysoceanmovie.com
Fed Up. Upending the conventional wisdom of why we gain weight and how to lose it, Fed Up unearths a dirty secret of the American food industry; far more of us get sick from what we eat than anyone has previously realized. FED UP blows the lid off everything we thought we knew about food and weight loss, revealing a 30-year campaign by the food industry, aided by the U.S. government, to mislead and confuse the American public, resulting in one of the largest health epidemics in history. From Katie Couric, Laurie David (Oscar winning producer of AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH) and director Stephanie Soechtig, FED UP will change the way you eat forever. fedupmovie.com
Rio 2, a blue macaw raised in America tries to fit in with the indigenous macaws of the Amazon, as a logging corporation threatens to destroy their forest paradise with steam shovels and deforestation. http://www.riomovies.com/
Following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Nailah Jefferson's VANISHING PEARLS chronicles the untold story of personal and professional devastation in Pointe a la Hache, a close-knit fishing village on the Gulf coast. Four years after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, an African American oyster fishing village on the Gulf coast remains devastated. The new documentary "VANISHING PEARLS" chronicles how Pointe a la Hache and its 300 residents struggle to survive. After 49 Million barrels of oil settled in the once vibrant coastal waters, a generations-old community of African-American fishermen pledge to fight for justice, accountability and their way of life.
Generations of small business owners, workers, and residents of the fishing village of Pointe à la Hache in Louisiana can tell you the effects of BP's Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 have eliminated many small businesses and incomes as well as their entire way of life. And yet, who will pay?
VANISHING PEARLS is an official selection of the 2014 Slamdance Film Festival. In theaters April 18, 2014. www.affrm.com
Unacceptable Levels examines the results of the chemical revolution of the 1940s through the eyes of affable filmmaker Ed Brown, a father seeking to understand the world in which he and his wife are raising their children. To create this debut documentary, one man and his camera traveled extensively to find and interview top minds in the fields of science, advocacy, and law. Weaving their testimonies into a compelling narrative, Brown presents us with the story of how the chemical revolution brought us to where we are, and of where, if we're not vigilant, it may take us. Pre-order here: http://bit.ly/KkuHf7
Passive House buildings use 80-90% less heating and cooling energy—a reduction far greater than any other available construction standard can deliver. www.communitysolution.org
When a rural West Virginia community comes to believe that the illnesses that almost killed them may not be an act of God but of environmental wrongdoing, locals take on major coal company Massey energy over contaminated water that they charge is the cause of widespread sickness.
In 2006, 16-year-old Sam Spitz of Chicago was sickened by chicken contaminated with campylobacter. He battled the pathogen for months, ultimately losing 30 pounds before making a full recovery. Antibiotics completely failed to cure him. The experience inspired his family to become passionate advocates for a safer, more sustainable food system that is not reliant an antibiotic overuse. The Spitzes’ journey is documented in a new film, “Food Patriots,” which shows the family’s often-hilarious and poignant quest to raise food in their back yard while meeting other sustainable-food activists along the way.
Free online premiere at 8 p.m. (EST) on Wednesday, February 26. Right after the screening, join Sam, his parents, Jennifer and Jeff, and other food and health advocates for a Twitter chat (#FoodPatsChat) about how you can become a Food Patriot and help create a more sustainable food system. foodpatriots.com
Ra Paulette digs cathedral-like, 'eighth wonder of the world' art caves into the sandstone cliffs of Northern New Mexico. Each creation takes him years to complete, and each is a masterwork. But patrons who have commissioned caves have cut off nearly all of his projects due to artistic differences.
Fed up, Ra has chosen to forego commissions altogether and create a massive, 10-year project, his Magnum Opus.
Rent the 38 minute doc here: vimeo.com
While South Africa is hotly debating gas extraction in the Karoo desert, Botswana has quietly opened up vast areas, including delicate ecosystems, to unchecked development. This can have serious impacts on the rights of the people and the health of the ecosystems they depend on.
This film uncovers what America's export of fracking and natural gas technology means to southern Africa and the global community. Although it brings short term benefits to a small few -- damage to water resources, dangerous air pollution and contamination of plants and animals are the long term outcome of this technology. Cheap gas has hidden costs.
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Toxic Hot Seat Trailer, Airing November 25th
HBO Documentary Film, toxichotseatmovie.com
"Set against the backdrop of the award-winning 2012 Chicago Tribune investigative series "Playing With Fire," TOXIC HOT SEAT threads together an intricate story of manipulation that details how Big Tobacco skillfully convinced fire safety officials to back a standard that, in effect, requires all furniture to be filled with toxic flame retardants. The film continues to untangle how the chemical companies obscure the risks to public health and misrepresent chemical safety data by paying "experts" to alarm legislators and the public about the deadly risk of removing chemical flame retardants from our homes.
Through the personal stories of a cancer-surviving firefighter, a renowned chemist whose work helped remove fire retardants from kid's pajamas in the 1970s, and a brave and determined young Maine legislator and mom, TOXIC HOT SEAT reveals the courage of brave citizens willing to fight for the truth against a shadowy nexus of money and politics."
See also NYTimes article:
Danger Lurks in That Mickey Mouse Couch
"There’s a logic at work in the motivated, morality-jarring animal-rights documentary “The Ghosts in Our Machine”: If animals have emotions, and if we see that human actions cause them sadness, anger and fear, then we will become moved to help. I can’t imagine anyone not feeling moved during “Ghosts”: shots of foxes at an illegal fur farm, cowering in cages, covering one another for comfort; monkeys, holding each other, eyes tilted upward in terror; cattle trudging on misshapen hooves through their inevitable chutes to slaughter." David DeWitt
92 minute documentary featuring Jo-Anne McArthur, Canada.
National Geographic gets up close and inside natural phenomenon you can't see with your own eyes with this Imax 3D nature film. A Louie Schwartzberg film.
Our eyes are highly advanced tools honed over millennia to capture much of the world’s extraordinary visual beauty, a priceless evolutionary gift. Even so, layer upon layer of visual information exists that remain hidden to our eyes — mysterious and exotic colors, shapes and textures only visible by creatures whose eyes have evolved to recognize them, such as the infrared field visible to mosquitos or ultraviolet light seen by bees. These layers belong to an unseen world filled with mystery just beyond the curtain of our own world.
Upcoming releases of the film include the Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh, NC; the Perot Museum in Dallas on Nov. 13; the American Museum of Natural History in New York City on Jan. 1, 2014; the Carnegie Center in Pittsburgh on Jan. 2, 2014; and the Putnam Museum of History and Natural Science in Davenport, IA in February. movingart.com
The Happy Poet is an all-organic, mostly vegetarian comedy about Bill, a struggling poet who pours his heart, soul, and last few dollars into starting a healthy food stand, surprising friends and customers with his dry wit and offbeat passion. Motivated by help from a rag-tag group of supporters and a budding romance with a poetry-loving customer, Bill strives to make a difference in the world, until surprising complications jeopardize his new friendships and threaten Bill's dreams for a hot dog-free future. The Happy Poet cleverly re-works the classic American film story of the underdog struggling against the system, adding a dose of deadpan humor and a fresh take on a young generation's interest in the intersection of a social conscience and the food we eat. On Netflix, June 2013.