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A documentary investigating the tar sands oil extraction project in Alberta, Canada. 8 selected students will head off to Canada to meet with the Beaver Lake Cree first nation who live right in the middle of the biggest industrial project on Earth. The documentary will follow each of the students through their investigations documenting their experiences, thoughts and emotions on seeing the impacts of tar sands oil extraction. Campbell Road Productions.
What happens when you send a request out to the world to chronicle, via video, a single day on Earth? You get 80,000 submissions and 4,500 hours of footage from 192 countries. Producer Ridley Scott and Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald took this raw material — all shot on July 24, 2010 — and created Life in a Day, a groundbreaking, feature-length documentary that portrays this kaleidoscope of images we call life. National Geographic is bringing it to theaters starting July 24, 2011. Prepare to be amazed. Locations: www.youtube.com/lifeinaday
On October 10th, 2010 (10/10/10), thousands of inspired individuals, representing every nation of the world, filmed their perspective and contributed their voice to a collaborative global film project. They amassed over 3,000 hours of footage on the day. Many filmed topics of beauty and culture, while others exposed us to challenges, both global and personal. Founded in 2008, ONE DAY ON EARTH is an online community, a video time capsule, and a media creation platform. It explores our planet’s identity and challenges in an attempt to answer the question: Who are we? www.onedayonearth.org
In this documentary that shadows an Emmy-winning sound recordist at work, writer-director Nick Sherman captures one man's solitary obsession with obtaining "natural" sounds in an aural world that's littered with noise. Recording sounds isn't just Gordon Hempton's occupation, a job he's performed passionately for the past 30 years; to him, it's also an art form -- and his preferred method of communication. "This is a remarkable journey: a quest for imperiled Nature by an artist who never stopped listening."-Ken Burns www.soundtrackerthemovie.com
Americans’ right to access fresh, healthy foods of their choice is under attack. Farmageddon tells the story of small, family farms that were providing safe, healthy foods to their communities and were forced to stop, sometimes through violent action, by agents of misguided government bureaucracies, and seeks to figure out why.
Filmmaker Kristin Canty’s quest to find healthy food for her four children turned into an educational journey to discover why access to these foods was being threatened. What she found were policies that favor agribusiness and factory farms over small family-operated farms selling fresh foods to their communities. Instead of focusing on the source of food safety problems — most often the industrial food chain — policymakers and regulators implement and enforce solutions that target and often drive out of business small farms that have proven themselves more than capable of producing safe, healthy food, but buckle under the crushing weight of government regulations and excessive enforcement actions.
We live in the Age of Plastic. It's cheap and practical, and it's everywhere -- even in our blood. But is it a danger to us?
This feisty, informative documentary takes us on a journey around the globe - from the Moroccan Sahara to the middle of the Pacific Ocean, from a factory in China to the highest peaks of the Alps - to reveal the far-flung reaches of our plastic problem. Interviews with the world's foremost experts in biology, pharmacology, and genetics shed light on the perils of plastic to our environment and expose the truth of how plastic affects our bodies and the health of future generations.
Teenager Juliette West's journey ro rescue a giant inspires a movement. Juliette is fourteen years old and she is on a mission to save elephants. After single-handedly raising funds Juliette embarks on a life-altering journey to South East Asia to work with her hero, The Elephant Lady. This is the passionate story of two women, one from the East, one from the West, coming together on common ground, saving elephants. Rattle the Cage Productions -- www.howibecameanelephant.com
In the suspenseful documentary BANANAS!*, filmmaker Fredrik Gertten sheds new light on the global politics of food.
Juan Accidentes Dominguez is on his biggest case ever. On behalf of twelve Nicaraguan banana workers he is tackling Dole Food in a ground-breaking legal battle for their use of a banned pesticide that was known by the company to cause sterility. This is a film under attack. DOLE sued the filmmakers but were forced to withdraw. www.bananasthemovie.com
Just Do It – a tale of modern-day outlaws , a feature documentary by acclaimed filmmaker Emily James offering a behind the scenes portrait of UK climate activists. The individuals in the film have picked up the mantle of civil disobedience and direct action – chaining themselves to Parliament, super-gluing themselves to bank trading floors, and attacking coal power stations en-mass.
Just Do It is crowd funded, freeing the film from the constraints of broadcasters. Through a totally unique production model that embraces crowd-funding and the power of working collectively, this film is breaking new ground in independent production. just-do-it.org.uk
The Big Uneasy, a film by Harry Shearer. The inside story on the flooding of New Orleans, the disaster that could have been prevented. The first documentary by long-time "mockumentarian" Harry Shearer (Spinal Tap/The Simpsons) follows three remarkable people – the leaders of two scientific investigation teams and one whistleblower from inside the Army Corps – as they reveal the story of why New Orleans flooded, and where it's on the verge of happening again. Learn more about the film and when you can see it at www.TheBigUneasy.com for more info watch the Democracy Now interview: www.youtube.com
Moving between a local microcosm and the global oil crisis, H2Oil weaves together a collection of compelling stories of people who are at the front lines of the biggest industrial project in human history: Canada's tar sands. H2Oil is a feature-length documentary that traces the wavering balance between the urgent need to protect and preserve fresh water resources and the mad clamouring to fill the global demand for oil. It is a film that asks: what is more important, water or oil? Will the quest for profit overshadow efforts to protect public health and the environment in Canada's richest province? www.h2oildoc.com
Can music and dance be weapons of peace? Director Lara Lee embarked on a two-year, five-continent trek to find out. From MALI, where the music of Tuareg resistance rises from the desert, to BURMA, where monks acting in the tradition of Gandhi take on a dictatorship, moving on to BRAZIL, where musicians reach out to slum kids and transform guns into guitars, and ending in PALESTINIAN refugee camps in LEBANON, where photography, music, and film have given a voice to those rarely heard, Cultures Of Resistance explores how art and creativity can be the ammunition in the battle for peace and justice.
Featuring: Medellín poets for peace, Capoeira masters from Brazil, Niger Delta militants, Iranian graffiti artists, women’s movement leaders in Rwanda, Lebanon’s refugee filmmakers, U.S. political pranksters, Argentina’s Madres de Plaza de Mayo, indigenous Kayapó activists from the Xingu, Israeli dissidents, hip-hop artists from Palestine, and many more... films.culturesofresistance.org
On May 17, 1832 the German ethnologist and naturalist Prince Maximilian zu Wied and the young Swiss artist Karl Bodmer set out on a long and adventurous journey into the vast prairies of North America to explore and document the Native Americans. Bodmer’s depictions of the tribal peoples he encountered are considered to be some of the most accurate and detailed western images of contemporary Indian life. They were incorporated into Maximilian’s published journal, “Travels in the Interior of North America.” Using entries from the journal, filmmaker Luke Gasser recreates Bodmer’s adventures. Shot on original location featuring the native Indian nations and tribes like the Lakota or Mandan. With interviews with Chief Crow Dog and Crow Dog jr and others. Directed by Luke Gasser.
Teaser of Black Wave, a documentary about the Exxon Valdez tragedy. In the early hours of March 24th 1989 the Exxon Valdez oil supertanker runs aground in Alaska. It discharges millions of gallons of crude oil. The incident becomes the biggest environmental catastrophe in Alaska's history. For twenty years, Riki Ott and the fishermen of the little town of Cordova, Alaska have waged the longest legal battle in U.S. history against the world’s most powerful oil company – ExxonMobil. They tell us all about the environmental, social and economic consequences of the black wave that changed their lives forever. This is the legacy of the Exxon Valdez. Official website: blackwavethefilm.com
David Suzuki, iconic Canadian scientist, educator, broadcaster and activist delivers a 'last lecture' -- what he describes as "a distillation of my life and thoughts, my legacy, what I want to say before I die". Filmed before a live audience, in front of a memory box of moving, distilled images, he articulates a core, urgent message: we have exhausted the limits of the biosphere and it is imperative that we re-think our relationship with the natural world. Suzuki looks unflinchingly at the strains on our interconnected web of life -- and out of our dire present circumstances, he offers up a blueprint for sustainability and survival. The film interweaves the lecture with scenes from the places and events in Suzuki's life. As such, the film is a biography of ideas -- forged by the major social, scientific, cultural and political events of the past 70 years.
Torn from his family at the tender age of two, Keiko spent 14 years in captivity as a performing tourist attraction before Hollywood discovered him for the title role in the 1993 blockbuster movie, “Free Willy.” When his millions of new fans around the globe, most of them children, realized that Keiko was not free like his on screen character, a crusade was launched to save him. The decision was ultimately made to return Keiko to his native waters off Iceland. He first spent two years in Oregon regaining his health. Keiko was finally airlifted to Iceland in fall 1998, becoming the first and only orca in captivity to make it back to the wild. Dir: Theresa Demarest.
Way of the Ocean: Australia, explores the connection between man and sea through a visual feast of poetic motion. The world's largest island provides a breathtaking backdrop to some of the best surfing found on the planet. Since it was first introduced in the early 1900's, surfing in Australia has become a mainstream pursuit and for this country devoted to the ocean lifestyle, it is more than a way of life. From the tropical paradise of the Great Barrier Reef down through the frigid Southern Ocean and up to the arid desert of the west, the film captures an intimate portrait of this unique land. Vibrant super 16mm and High Definition cameras bring to life the stunning visuals, set to a heart thumping original score. Directed by Matt Kleiner. Summer 2011.
This documentary film project and companion book is a collaboration of Brian Thomas Swimme and historian of religions Mary Evelyn Tucker. They weave a tapestry that draws together scientific discoveries in astronomy, geology, biology, ecology, and biodiversity with humanistic insights concerning the nature of the universe.
Swimme connects the birth of the cosmos 14 billion years ago – to the invisible frontiers of the human genome – as well as to our current impact on Earth’s evolutionary dynamics. Explaining the profound role we play in this intricate web of life. From the Big Bang–to the epic impact humans have on the planet today–this film is designed to inspire a new and closer relationship with Earth in a period of growing environmental and social crisis.
Director Tom Shadyac (Nutty Professor, Bruce Almighty, Ace Ventura) speaks with intellectual and spiritual leaders about what's wrong with our world and how we can improve both it and the way we live in it. Featuring Marc Ian Barasch, Coleman Barks, Noam Chomsky, Desmond Tutu, Howard Zinn.
HAPPY is a feature documentary that takes us on a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Calcutta in a search of what really makes people happy. Combining powerful interviews with the leading scientists in happiness research and real life stories of ordinary and extraordinary people around the world, HAPPY uncovers the secrets behind our most valued emotion. Director: Roko Belic