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.
Elemental is a feature documentary that tells the story of three individuals united by their deep connection with nature and driven to confront some of the most pressing ecological challenges of our time.
Visit www.elementalthefilm.com for screening info and more.
A documentary film about one man's resilient struggle with the NYPD to enforce a 38 year old anti-engine idling law in order to reduce air pollution and battle global warming. www.idlethreatmovie.com
A documentary that follows former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich as he looks to raise awareness of the country's widening economic gap.
Robert Reich is a best-selling author of thirteen books, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, former Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration, and a foremost expert on economics. inequalityforall.com
Money has long played a starring role in politics. But the Supreme Court’s 2010 landmark ruling in Citizens United v. FEC marked seismic shift in how America’s elections are fought and financed.
From Tia Lessin and Carl Deal, the Oscar-nominated filmmakers who made Trouble the Water, winner of the 2008 Sundance Grand Jury Prize for best documentary, comes Citizen Koch, a story about money, citizenship, and democracy.
By detailing the personal and political consequences of a broken electoral system, Citizen Koch lands the issue of the influence of money in politics squarely on the kitchen table of all Americans. The film asks who really has the power in America, the wealthiest donors or the voting public? The answers call into question the very meaning of citizenship. www.citizenkoch.com
Read more: 'A Word form our Sponsor' by Jane Mayer of the New Yorker.
CONTINUUM is a feature length documentary telling the story of where we came from, who we are, and the possiblities of our future. The film features interviews with poets and astronauts, physicists and storytellers, anthropologists and Tibetan lamas, and stunning cinematography from around the world. The many voices of the film share a unified vision: we must start acting as a planetary civilization.
The film is almost finished – search on Kickstarter.com, share the project, join the movement.
Peter Russell – physicist and author of ‘The Global Brain’ and ‘Waking Up In Time’
David Loy – Buddhist scholar and author of ‘The World is Made of Stories’ and ‘Money, Sex, War, Karma’
Joanna Macy – environmental activist and author of ‘World as Lover, World as Self’
Wade Davis – anthropologist and author of ‘The Serpent and the Rainbow’
Paul Hawken – environmentalist and author of ‘Blessed Unrest’
H.H. 17th Gyalwa Karmapa – spiritual teacher of the Tibetan people
Janine Benyus – natural sciences writer and expert on biomimicry
Ron Garan – NASA astronaut and founder of Fragile Oasis
Sean Kelly – author of ‘Coming Home: The Birth and Transformation of the Planetary Era’
Cynthia Brown – writer and teacher of Big History
Barry Lopez – environmental writer, artist and journalist
Anam Thubten – Buddhist teacher in the Nyingma tradition
Bill McKibben – environmentalist, author and founder of 350.org
Alan Senauke – social activist and Zen Buddhist teacher
Drew Dellinger – social activist and poet
Bernie Glassman – American Zen Buddhist and co-founder of the Zen Peacemakers
Lawrence Ellis – complexity science consultant and spiritual activist
Wes Nisker – writer, comedian and editor of ‘Inquiring Mind’ journal
Sam Mickey – environmental ethics professor at the University of San Francisco
“Bidder 70” tells the story of University of Utah economics student Tim DeChristopher, who bid on oil and gas rights on federal land to prevent drilling on them. DeChristopher was charged with misrepresenting himself at the auction and has been serving a two-year sentence, and is to be released spring of 2013. "Bidder 70" is about an act of civil disobedience demanding government and industry accountability.
Symphony of the Soil is a 104-minute documentary feature film that explores the complexity and mystery of soil. Filmed on four continents and sharing the voices of some of the world's most esteemed soil scientists, farmers and activists, the film portrays soil as a protagonist of our planetary story. Using a captivating mix of art and science, the film shows that soil is a complex living organism, the foundation of life on earth. Yet most people are soil-blind and "treat soil like dirt." Through the knowledge and wisdom revealed in this film, we can come to respect, even revere, this miraculous substance, and appreciate that treating the soil right can help solve some of our most pressing environmental problems. In addition to the feature film, there are several short films, Sonatas of the Soil, that delve deeply into soil-related topics, and several short clips, Grace Notes, that are available to stream on the film's website.
Produced and Directed by Deborah Koons Garcia. www.symphonyofthesoil.com
Yann Arthus-Bertrand's 90 minute documentary film A THIRSTY WORLD, directed by Thierry Piantanida and Baptiste Rouget-Luchaire proposes another journey around the world.
This time, the famous photographer is looking at one of the major challenges to human survival: WATER. Today, against a backdrop of sharply increasing demand, growth in the world population and the growing impact of an unsettled climate, water has become one of the most precious natural resources of our planet.
Faithful to Yann Arthus-Bertrand's reputation, A THIRSTY WORLD, filmed in some 20 countries, reveals the mysterious and fascinating world of fresh water through spectacular aerial images shot in regions that are difficult to reach and rarely filmed, like Southern Sudan or Northern Congo. It also lets us discover the most beautiful landscapes on our planet, the lakes, rivers and wetlands created by water.
A THIRSTY WORLD attempts to bring together Yann Arthus-Bertrand's trademark aerial view of the world with the harsh, everyday reality of all those people who are deprived of water and may even die for lack of it, the people engaged in the daily struggle to find water, purify it or bring it to those who need it.
The film is built up on a host of encounters. A shepherd from north Kenya looks us in the eye and says he has killed for water and would do so again. Women dance when water finally arrives in their village. An atypical United Nations ambassadress talks about her combat to make governments too commit to providing access to water and the most modern purification techniques to guarantee the survival and health of the poorest populations.
Reportages filmed in Europe, Africa, Asia and America invite comments from the people working and innovating to bring water to those who need it, use it more intelligently, purify it, or, better still, stop polluting it.
Yann Arthus-Bertrand www.yannarthusbertrand.org
Fondation GoodPlanet www.goodplanet.org
Who controls the future of your food? GMO OMG explores the systematic cor- porate takeover and potential loss of humanity's most precious and ancient inheritance: seeds.
GMO OMG tells the story of a father's discovery of GMOs through the symbolic act of poor Haitian farmers burning seeds in defiance of Monsanto's gift of 475 tons of hybrid corn and vegetable seeds to Haiti shortly after the devastating earthquake of January 2010. After a journey to Haiti to learn why hungry farmers would burn seeds, the real awakening of what has happened to our food in the US, what we are feeding our families, and what is at stake for the global food supply unfolds in a trip across the United States and other countries in search of answers. Are we at a tipping point? Is it time to take back our food? The encroaching darkness of unknown health and environmental risks, seed take over, chemical toxins, and food monopoly meets with the light of a growing resistance of organic farmers, concerned citizens, and a burgeoning movement to take back what we have lost. Today in the United States, by the simple act of feeding ourselves, we unwittingly participate in the largest experiment ever conducted on human beings.
What is a Genetically Modified Organism (GMO)?
The World Health Organization Defines a GMO as: Organisms in which the genetic material (DNA) has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally.
The most common genetically modified crops are: Corn, Soy, Canola, Cotton, Sugar Beets, Alfalfa, Papaya, Zucchini and Yellow Summer Squash.
GMOs are in nearly 80% of all processed foods in the United States and the most common sources of gmos are:
High-Fructose Corn Syrup, Soy Lecithin, Amino Acids, Aspartame, Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Ascorbate, Vitamin C, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Ethanol, Flavorings ("natural" and "artificial"), Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Lactic Acid, Maltodextrins, Molasses, Monosodium Glutamate, Sucrose, Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP), Xanthan Gum, Vitamins, Yeast Products.
Over 60 countries require labeling of GMOs, including Russia, India, and China.
In the United States, GMOs are not labeled on the federal or any state level, despite the fact that 96% of Americans polled want mandatory labeling of GMOs.
Written , Directed, and Produced by Jeremy Seifert
Trailer by Joseph Lindquist
Music by Jubilee Singers
Mission of Mermaids represents both the spectacular beauty and current plight of the world’s ocean. Subtitled “A love letter to the ocean,” the film uses the archetype of the mermaid, a mythical creature that is evocative of the ocean’s beauty and mystery, to bring the audience into the intimate world of the seas, rekindle an appreciation and love for them, and awaken the audience to the urgent need to respect and care for them before it’s too late.
Susan Cohn Rockefeller decided to make this film sparked by her own belief in the power of myth and beauty to awaken our imaginations and inspire us to action.
Combined with spectacular images of the ocean and its underwater creatures, historical references and scientific facts, MOM evokes the archetype of the mermaid, a mythical creature that embodies the ocean’s enduring mystery. The film honors the women and men who live from and for the seas—artists, activists, performers, divers, fishermen, and sailors. And all of us who have dreamed on beaches, reveled in the ocean’s waters, or nourished ourselves in her depths.
For a screening see: missionofmermaids.com
Acclaimed National Geographic photographer James Balog was once a skeptic about climate change. But through his Extreme Ice Survey, he discovers undeniable evidence of our changing planet. In Chasing Ice, Balog deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Traveling with a team of young adventurers across the brutal Arctic, Balog risks his career and his well-being in pursuit of the biggest story facing humanity. As the debate polarizes America, and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Chasing Ice depicts a heroic photojournalist on a mission to deliver fragile hope to our carbon-powered planet. www.chasingice.com