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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
UNITY is a philosophical film about how we perceive one another (human, animal or tree), and what we generally spend our lives focusing on ... brief as those lives may be. And though you won't see it in this particular clip, UNITY is filled with animal awareness and advocacy. In short, UNITY is about all expressions of life. By Shaun Monson.
Get Real! Wise Women Speak features extraordinary women, including Jane Fonda, Nikki Giovanni, Della Reese, Marianne Williamson, Susan L. Taylor, Jody Williams and others, who are using their time and talent to benefit the world. Nobel laureates, indigenous elders artists, grandmothers, scientists, activists, and educators speak about their journey to the wise woman years and the inner fire that propels them to make the most of their wisdom and experience.
An Inuit search for solutions to the chemical poisoning of the world.
A silent assassin is destroying the Inuit community in Greenland. Chemical residues from all over the world accumulate here invisibly, poisoning humans and animals. Via currents in the ocean and attached to snow, pesticides like DDT are carried northbound into Inuit land, causing illness and premature death. Silent Snow is a documentary project investigating, together with the people who are affected the most, what turns out to be a structural pollution of the entire global environmental system.
Film by Jan van den Berg and Pipaluk Knudsen-Ostermann
Filmmakers Mark MacInnis, Leila Conners (writer/director of "The 11th Hour") and Mathew Schmid tell the powerful story of a group of dedicated Detroiters working tirelessly to fulfill their vision for locally grown, sustainably farmed food in a deserted, collapsed city cut off from real food and limited to processed fast food. These urban farmers have taken on the enormous task of taking charge of their future and shaping a new world.
This visually moving film tells the story of the scientists, farmers and chefs tackling one of the greatest problems of our age: Western culture's love affair with meat and dairy. Through an extraordinarily personal and mouth-watering culinary journey we discover the wide range of medical and environmental benefits of eating our vegetables.
Lunch Line reframes the school lunch debate through an examination of the program's surprising past, present, and possible future. A history lesson explaining the complexities of the USDA's sorted relationship with the School Lunch Program. Lunch Line exposes how politics and private interests have gotten in the way of doing right by kids.
A compelling and transcendent narrative on the human costs of coal and strip-mining, the film follows the journey of a former coal miner and his neighbors. Unfolding as a modern-day David vs. Goliath tale, the residents of the Coal River Valley in West Virginia transform from so-called victims to fearless and informed experts on mountaintop removal.
Cell Phone Minerals are financing war in DR Congo
The main minerals used to produce cell phones are coming from the mines in the Eastern DR Congo. The Western World is buying these so-called conflict minerals and thereby finances a civil war that, according to human rights organisations, has been the bloodiest conflict since World War II: During the last 15 years the conflict has cost the lives of more than 5 million people and 300,000 women have been raped. The war will continue as long as armed groups can finance their warfare by selling minerals.
If you ask the phone companies where their suppliers get minerals from, none of them can guarantee that they aren’t buying conflict minerals from the Congo. Director Frank Poulsen gets access to Congo’s largest tin mine, which is being controlled by different armed groups, and where children work at gunpoint for days in narrow mine tunnels digging out the minerals that end up in our phones.
Blood in the Mobile is a film about our responsibility for the conflict in the Congo and about corporate social responsibility. www.bloodinthemobile.org
See also: Journeyman's film: Congo's Tin Soldiers www.youtube.com
Sorry, could not embed, must go to Peter Jackson's facebook page to watch: www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150223186041807&oid=141884481557
The first production diary video about the upcoming movie 'The Hobbit'.
In this 1997 anime epic from director Hayao Miyazaki, Prince Ashitaka (voiced by Billy Crudup) is infected with a lethal curse, and must travel to find a cure. On his journey, he discovers himself caught in a battle between a mining town and the animals of the surrounding forest. A girl raised by wolves (Claire Danes) leads the animals, but the forest harbors deadly supernatural powers. Reviews -- Critic Roger Ebert hailed the movie one of 1999's 10 best films. In 2009, A.O. Scott of the NY Times claimed this movie deals with the issue of the destruction of the environment better than any other he has ever seen. See his video review here: www.artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com
Not available streaming on-line at any reliable source.
Miramax owns the film.
Netflix has the DVD only.
Narrated by actress Bebe Neuwirth, this engaging documentary weighs the shortcomings of America's industrialized food system against a rising local-growth movement, whose proponents are shrinking the gap between farmland and dinner table. With chefs Alice Waters and Greg Higgins as guiding lights, growers, restaurateurs and consumers around the country, from Oregon to Harlem, New York, discuss their methods for bringing food production back home. Dierctor: Robert Bates.
Tiffany Shlain's documentary "Connected: An Autoblogography About Love, Death and Technology" uses animation and archival footage to tell the story of the human transition to modernization. Premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
“Tiffany Shlain demonstrates, with lyrical simplicity, our interdependence on one another and the interconnectedness of humanity with all life on earth. With a tightly synchronized dance between her powerful images and insightful words -- with humor, and with a creativity all her own, Tiffany illuminates the issues that affect us all— including environmental degradation, dizzying technological innovation and population growth—and helps us to understand our inter-relationship with the world in a way that is both freeing and inspiring.” --Al Gore