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Feature Films and Documentaries
THE 11TH HOUR • Subject: Political; Documentary; Environment • 2007 • 93 minutes • Warner Independent Pictures • Colour Director: Leila Conners Petersen, Nadia Conners Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio (narrated by) “The 11th Hour” is the last moment when change is possible. The film explores how weʼve arrived at this moment -how we live, how we impact the earthʼs ecosystems, and what we can do to change our course. Featuring ongoing dialogues of experts from all over the world, including former Soviet Prime Minister Mikhail Gorbachev, renowned scientist Stephen Hawking, former head of the CIA R. James Woolsey and sustainable design experts William McDonough and Bruce Mau in addition to over 50 leading scientists, thinkers and leaders who discuss the most important issues that face our planet and people.
ADDICTED TO PLASTIC • Subject: Social Justice, Environment • 2008 • 85 minutes • Mongrel Media• Colour Director: Ian Connacher For better and for worse, no ecosystem or segment of human activity has escaped the shrinkwrapped grasp of plastic. ADDICTED TO PLASTIC is a global journey to investigate what we really know about the material of a thousand uses and why there`s so darn much of it. On the way we discover a toxic legacy, and the men and women dedicated to cleaning it up.
THE AGE OF STUPID • Subject: Climate Change; Energy • 2009 • 92 minutes • Colour • Mongrel Media Director: Franny Armstrong Cast: Jamila and Adnan Bayyoud, Alvin DuVernay, Piers Guy, Layefa Malini, Fernand Pareau, Pete Postlethwaite, Jeh Wadia This ambitious documentary, drama, animation hybrid stars Pete Postlethwaite as an archivist in the devastated world of the future, asking the question: "Why didn't we stop climate change when we still had the chance?" He looks back on footage of real people around the world in the years leading up to 2015 before runaway climate change took place.
ARCTIC TALE • Subject: Environment, Children • 2007 • 85 minutes • Paramount Vantage • Colour Director: Sarah Robertson Cast: Preston Bailey, Kwesi Boakye, Queen Latifah (Narrator), Christina Robinson Two narratives -- the life cycle of a mother walrus and her calf, and the life of a polar bear and her cubs -- are used to illustrate the harsh realities of existence in the Arctic.
BARAKA • Subject: Environment 1992 • 119 minutes • TVA International • Colour Director: Ron Fricke A specially designed and computer constructed, time-lapse controlled, camera was utilized in the world-encompassing sweep of film locations from the tropics to the In frozen Himalayas. capturing the glories and violent calamities that nature and man have brought to planet earth, "Baraka" tells the spellbinding story of the tumultuous interaction of earth and man.
SUPER SIZE ME • Subject: • 2004 • 99 minutes • Alliance Films Inc. • Colour Director: Morgan Spurlock Cast: Morgan Spurlock, Daryl Isaacs, Lisa Ganjhu, Stephen Siegel, Bridget Bennett, Eric Rowley, Mark Fenton In 2002, director Morgan subjected Spurlock himself to a diet based only in McDonald's fast food three times a day for thirty days and without working out. His objective was to prove why most of the Americans are so fat, with many cases of obesity. He began the shootings submitting himself to a complete check-up with three doctors, and along the weeks, he compared his weight and results of exams, coming through a scary conclusion.
BATTLE IN SEATTLE • Subject: Political; Social Justice; Environment • 2007 • 98 minutes • Alliance Films Inc • Colour Director: Stuart Townsend Cast: Martin Henderson, Michelle Rodriguez, Woody Harrelson, Charlize Theron, Jennifer Carpenter, André Benjamin, Ray Liotta, Connie Nielsen Its November 1999, and five days are about to rock the world as tens of thousands of demonstrators take to the streets of Seattle in protest of the World Trade Organizations Ministerial Meeting. Among them are Django (Andre Benjamin), Sam (Jennifer Carpenter), Lou (Michelle Rodriguez) and Jay (Martin Henderson). Each has a unique story, but they're united in a common desire to be heard and to make a difference in the world. For these four protesters, this is very personal and the stakes are higher than mere politics.
BLACK GOLD: A FILM ABOUT COFFEE AND TRADE • Subject: Environment; Social justice • 2005 • 82 minutes • Mongrel Media • Colour Director: Marc and Nick Francis Multinational coffee companies dominate an industry worth over $80 billion, making coffee the most valuable trading commodity in the world after oil. But while we continue to pay for our lattes and cappuccinos, the price paid to coffee farmers remains low. Nowhere more evident is this paradox than in Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee. Tadesse Meskela is one man on a mission to save his 75,000 struggling coffee farmers from bankruptcy. As his farmers strive to harvest some of the highest quality coffee beans on the international market, Tadesse travels the world in an attempt to find buyers willing to pay a fair price. Against the backdrop of Tadesseʼs journey to London and Seattle, the more powerful sides of the international trading system begin to unfold. New York coffee traders, auction houses and the double dealings of trade ministers at the World Trade Organisation reveal the enormity of Tadesseʼs task to find a long term solution for his farmers.
THE BLUE GOLD: WORLD WATER WARS • Subject: Environment; Water • 2008 • 89 minutes • Mongrel Media • Colour Director: Sam Bozzo Cast: Sam Bozzo (narration) Wars of the future will be fought over water, not oil, as the source of all life enters center stage on the global political arena. Corporate giants, private investors, and corrupt governments all vie for control of our dwindling fresh water supply. Is there enough water for everyone? Based on the groundbreaking book by Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke and narrated by Malcolm McDowell, Blue Gold will make you thirsty for action!
Feature Films and Documentaries
BURNING THE FUTURE • Subject: Enviromental • 2008 • 120 minutes • Mongrel Media • Colour David Novack Cast: Maria Gunnoe, Bill Raney, Rocky Hackworth, Chrystal Gunnoe, Ben Stout, Jim Hecker, Roger Lilly, Ed Hopkins, Joe Haynes West Virginia provides coal to produce electricity for half the nation. Ironically, while preserving jobs, coal disfigures mining mountainsides, destroys plant and animal species and spreads toxic groundwater. Yet so effective is the coal industry`s public relations campaign promoting "clean coal" that these long-term environmental disasters remain largely unreported. In response, documentary filmmaker David Novack provides an impassioned, harsh exposé of big coal. "As upsetting as it is informative" New York Times.
CHERRY BLOSSOMS • Subject: General • 2008 • 127 minutes • Mongrel Media • Colour Director: Doris Dörrie Cast: Elmar Wepper, Hannelore Elsner, Aya Irizuki, Maximilian Brückner, Nadja Uhl, Birgit Minichmayr, Felix Eitner, Floriane Daniel When Trudi learns that her husband Rudi is dangerously ill, she suggests visiting their children in Berlin without telling him the truth. As Franzi and Karl don`t care much about their parents, Trudi and Rudi go to the Baltic Sea, where Trudi suddenly dies. Rudi is thrown out of gear, even more when he learns that his wife wanted to live a totally different life in Japan...
THE CORPORATION • Subject: Environment; Social Justice; Poverty • 2003 • 145 minutes • Mongrel Media • Colour Director: Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott Cast: Jane Akre, Ray Anderson, Maude Barlow, Chris Barrett, Carlton Brown, Smedley Darlington Butler, Noam Chomsky, Víctor Hugo Daza, Peter Drucker, Samuel Epstein Explore the nature and spectacular rise of the dominant institution of our time. Footage from pop culture, advertising, TV news, and corporate propaganda illuminates the corporation`s grip on our lives. Taking its legal status as a "person" to its logical conclusion, the film puts the corporation on the psychiatrist`s couch to ask "What kind of person is it?" Provoking, witty, sweepingly informative, THE CORPORATION includes 40 interviews with corporate insiders and critics - including Milton Friedman, Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein, and Michael Moore plus true confessions, case studies and strategies for change.
A CRUDE AWAKENING: THE OIL CRASH • Subject: Environment; Climate Change; Energy • 2007 • 85 minutes • Mongrel Media • Colour Director: Basil Gelpke, Ray McCormack Cast: Wade Adams, Abdul Samad Al-Awadi, Fadhil J. Al-Chalabi, Roscoe Bartlett, Robert Bottome, Colin J. Campbell, Marcello Colitti Supported by a powerful mix of archival footage, NASA shots of burning oil fields, and, often unintentionally hilarious, historical film excerpts, Oil Crash guides us on an exotic, visual journey from Houston to Caracas, the Lake of Maracaibo, the Orinoco delta, Central Asia's secretive republic of Azerbaijan with its ancient capital Baku and the Caspian Sea, via London & Zurich. Oil Crash visits cities around the world to learn of our future from such leading authorities as oil investment banker Matthew Simmons, former OPEC chairman Fadhil Chalabhi, Caltech's head of physics, Professor David Goodstein, Stanford University political scientist, Terry Lynn Karl, peak oil expert, Matthew Savinar and many more.
CRUDE IMPACT • Subject: Environment; Oil • 2007 • 90 minutes • Mongrel Media • Colour Director: James Wood Cast: Thom Hartmann, William Rees, Richard Heinberg, Michael Economides, Christopher Flavin, Michael Klare, Terry Lynn Karl, Guy F. Caruso, Steve Donziger A powerful and timely exploration of the interconnection between human domination of the planet and the discovery and use of oil, CRUDE IMPACT exposes our deep-rooted dependency on the availability of fossil fuel energy and examines the dire implications of the pending threat of global peak oil.
DARFUR NOW • Subject: Social Justice; Human Rights • 2007 • 99 minutes • Warner Independent Pictures • Colour Director: Ted Braun Cast: Don Cheadle, Hillary Rodham Clinton, John McCain, Sam Brownback, Adam Sterling, John Prendergast, Wayne Sterling, Vanessa Haas, Musa Sharif DARFUR NOW is a story of hope in the midst of one of humanity's darkest hours – a call to action for people everywhere to end the catastrophe unfolding in Darfur, Sudan. In this documentary, the struggles and achievements of six different individuals from inside Darfur and around the world bring to light the tragedy in Sudan and show how the actions of one person can make a difference to millions.
THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW • Subject: Environment • 2004 • 124 minutes • 20th Century Fox • Colour Director: Roland Emmerich Cast: Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sela Ward, Tamlyn Tomita, Austin Nichols, Arjay Smith In INDEPENDENCE DAY Roland Emerich brought you the near destruction of the earth by aliens. Now, in THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW, the enemy is an even more devastating force — nature itself. In this special-effects packed, highly anticipated event motion picture, an abrupt climate change has cataclysmic consequences for the entire planet.
DEAR ZACHARY • Subject: Documentary, Social Justice • 2008 • 95 minutes • Mongrel Media • Colour Director: Kurt Kuenne Cast: Kurt Kuenne, Zachary Andrew, David Bagby, Dr. Andrew Bagby, Kathleen Bagby On the evening of Nov. 5, 2001, Dr. Andrew Bagby was murdered in a parking lot in western Pennsylvania. The prime suspect, his ex- girlfriend Dr. Shirley Turner, promptly fled the United States for St. Johns, Newfoundland -- where she announced that she was pregnant with Andrew's child. She named the little boy Zachary. Filmmaker Kurt Kuenne, Andrew's childhood friend, originally began this film as a way for little Zachary to learn about his father -- until Shirley Turner, whom Canada allowed to walk free on bail while awaiting extradition to the United States, took matters into her own hands...
THE DEVIL CAME ON HORSEBACK • Subject: Documentary, Human Rights • 2007 • 85 minutes • Mongrel Media • Colour Director: Ricki Stern, Annie Sundbert Cast: Brian Steidle THE DEVIL CAME ON HORSEBACK exposes the tragedy taking place in Darfur as seen through the eyes of an American witness who has since returned to the US to take action to stop it. Using the exclusive photographs and first hand testimony of former U.S. Marine Captain Brian Steidle, THE DEVIL CAME ON HORSEBACK takes the viewer on an emotionally charged journey into the heart of Darfur, Sudan, where an Arab run government is systematically executing a plan to rid the province of its black African citizens. As an official military observer, Steidle had access to parts of the country that no journalist could penetrate. Ultimately frustrated by the inaction of the international community, Steidle resigned and returned to the US to expose the images and stories of lives systematically destroyed.
Feature Films and Documentaries
FAST FOOD NATION • Subject: Political; Food • 2006 • 106 minutes • Fox Searchlight • Colour Director: Richard Linklater Cast: Erinn Allison, Patricia Arquette, Mitch Baker, Tim Brown, Bobby Cannavale, Michael D. Conway, Paul Dano A dramatic feature based on material from the incediary novel Fast Food Nation, a no-holds-barred exploration of the fast food industry that ultimately revealed the dark side of the "All
SICKO • Subject: Social Justice, Political • 2007 • 123 minutes • Alliance Films Inc. • Colour Director: Michael Moore Cast: Michael Moore, Tony Benn, George W. Bush, Reggie Cervantes, Bill Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton, John Graham Documentary look at health care in the United States as provided by profit-oriented health maintenance organizations (HMOs) compared to free, universal care in Canada, the U.K., and France. Moore contrasts U.S. media reports on Canadian care with the experiences of Canadians in hospitals and clinics there. He interviews patients and doctors in the U.K. about cost, quality, and salaries. He examines why Nixon promoted HMOs in 1971, and why the Clintons' reform effort failed in the 1990s. He talks to U.S. ex-pats in Paris about French services, and he takes three 9/11 clean-up volunteers, who developed respiratory problems, to Cuba for care. He asks of Americans, "Who are we?"
HEAVEN ON EARTH • Subject: Social Justice; Feminism • 2008 • 106 minutes • Mongrel Media • Colour Director: Deepa Mehta Cast: Preity Zinta, Balinder Johal, Rajinder Singh Cheema, Gourrav Sihan, Vansh Bhardwaj, Geetika Sharma, Orville Maciel, Ramanjit Kaur Chand (Preity Zinta) is a young woman who travels from India to Canada to marry Rocky (Vansh Bhardwaj), a man she has never met. Her dream of a new life morphs into a nightmare as marriage to Rocky and his family becomes a numbing spiral of confusion and pain. Chand finds hope in her friendship with Rosa (Yanna McIntosh), a street-smart woman from Jamaica who works with Chand at a laundry factory. Rosa gives Chand a magical root and promises that it will make Rocky fall deeply in love with her. The experiment ends in a surreal parallel life that mirrors an Indian fable involving a King Cobra.
FLOW: FOR LOVE OF WATER • Subject: Environment, Water • 2008 • 93 minutes • Mongrel Media • Colour Director: Irena Salina Cast: Maude Barlow, Shelly Brime, Anthony Burgmans, Dr. Kent Butler, Michel Camdessus, CharlesLouis de Maud'huy, Ashwin Desai, Siddharaj Dhadda, Shripad Dharmadhikary Water is the very essence of life. It sustains every living being on this planet and without it, there would be nothing... FLOW - Irena Salina's award-winning documentary investigates what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st Century - The World Water Crisis. Salina builds a case against the growing privatization of the world's dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights, and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel. Interviews with scientists and activists intelligently reveal the rapidly building crisis, at both the global and human scale, and the film introduces many of the governmental and corporate culprits behind the water grab, while begging the question 'CAN ANYONE REALLY OWN WATER?'
and his dream of changing the world.
GARBAGE WARRIOR • Subject: Environment • 2007 • 86 minutes • Mongrel Media • Colour Director: Oliver Hodge Cast: Dennis Weaver Garbage Warrior is a feature-length documentary film telling the epic story of maverick US architect Michael Reynolds and his fight to radically introduce sustainable housing. An extraordinary tale of triumph over bureaucracy, Garbage Warrior is above all an intimate portrait of an extraordinary individual
GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK • Subject: Political • 2005 • 93 minutes • TVA International • B/W Director: George Clooney Cast: Rose Abdoo, Alex Borstein, Robert John Burke, David Christian, Patricia Clarkson, George Clooney, Jeff Daniels, Reed Diamond, Tate Donovan "Good Night, And Good Luck." takes place during the early days of broadcast journalism in 1950's America. It chronicles the real-life conflict between television newsman Edward R. Murrow and Senator Joseph McCarthy and the Permanent Sub-committee on Investigations (Government Operations Committee). With a desire to report the facts and enlighten the public, Murrow, and his dedicated staff - headed by his producer Fred Friendly and Joe Wershba in the CBS newsroom - defy corporate and sponsorship pressures to examine the lies and scaremongering tactics perpetrated by McCarthy during his communist 'witch-hunts'. A very public feud develops when the Senator responds by accusing the anchor of being a communist. In this climate of fear and reprisal, the CBS crew carries on and their tenacity will prove historic and monumental.
THE GREAT DEBATERS • Subject: Race Relations; Human Rights • 2007 • 126 minutes • Alliance Films Inc • Colour Director: Denzel Washington Cast: Denzel Washington, Nate Parker, Jurnee Smollett, Denzel Whitaker, Jermaine Williams, Forest Whitaker, Gina Ravera, John Heard, Kimberly Elise Marshall, Texas, described by James Farmer, Jr. as "the last city to surrender after the Civil War," is home to Wiley College, where, in 1935-36, inspired by the Harlem Renaissance and his clandestine work as a union organizer, Professor Melvin Tolson coaches the debate team to a nearly-undefeated season that sees the first debate between U.S. students from white and Negro colleges and ends with an invitation to face Harvard University's national champions. The team of four, which includes a female student and a very young James Farmer, is tested in a crucible heated by Jim Crow, sexism, a lynch mob, an arrest and near riot, a love affair, jealousy, and a national radio audience.
AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH • Subject: Political; Environment • 2006 • 100 minutes • Paramount Vantage • Colour Director: Davis Guggenheim Cast: Al Gore Davis Guggenheim eloquently weaves the science of global warming with Mr. Gore's personal history and lifelong commitment to reversing the effects of global climate change. A longtime advocate for the environment, Gore presents a wide array of facts and information in a thoughtful and compelling way. "Al Gore strips his presentations of politics, laying out the facts for the audience to draw their own conclusions in a charming, funny and engaging style, and by the end has everyone on the edge of their seats, gripped by his haunting message," said Guggenheim. An Inconvenient Truth is not a story of despair but rather a rallying cry to protect the one earth we all share. "It is now clear that we face a deepening global climate crisis that requires us to act boldly, quickly, and wisely," said Gore.
JIMMY CARTER MAN FROM PLAINS • Subject: Political • 2007 • 120 minutes • Mongrel Media • Colour Director: Jonathan Demme Cast: Jimmy Carter, Rosalynn Carter Last year, Former President Jimmy Carter dove headfirst into the most controversial topic in international politics, publishing the book Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid. Following the path of Carter's recent book tour, Academy Award winner Jonathan Demme reveals a complex individual who, with the gusto and determination of a youngster, criss-crosses the county to get his message of peace across, even as that message creates a media onslaught in which his credibility and judgement are called into question.
Feature Films and Documentaries THE KITE RUNNER • Subject: Social Justice • 2007 • 125 minutes • Paramount Vantage • Colour Director: Marc Forster Cast: Shaun Toub, Khalid Abdalla, Mason Hsieh, Atossa Leoni, Homayon Ershadi, Ahmad Khan Mahmidzada, Laurie Burke, Ismail Bashey After spending years in California, Amir returns to his homeland in Afghanistan to help his old friend Hassan, whose son is in trouble.
LET'S MAKE MONEY • Subject: Social Justice • 2008 • 110 minutes • Mongrel Media • Colour Director: Erwin Wagenhofer Cast: Antonio Baena Perez, George Belton, John Christensen, Yves Delisle, Ramón Fernandéz Durán, Joseph James, Antonio Jinanez, Kalvilselven, Francis Kologo The financial crisis is sending shockwaves all over the world, yet most of us have no idea where our money is. The only sure thing is that it`s not in the bank to which we entrusted it. The bank has submitted it for circulation in the global money market. Following the tracks of money through the world-wide finance system, Let`s Make Money points out the consequences of our greed for money.
LIFE AND DEBT • Subject: Social Justice, Human Rights, Globalization • 2001 • 86 minutes • Mongrel Media • Colour Director: Stephanie Black Cast: Belinda Becker, Buju Banton, Horst Köhler, Michael Manley, Stanley Fischer, Michael Witter, David Coore Jamaica - land of sea, sand and sun. And a prime example of the complexities of economic globalization on the developing world's countries. Using conventional and non-conventional documentary techniques, this searing film dissects the "mechanism of debt" that is destroying local agriculture and industry in Third World countries while substituting sweat-shops and cheap imports. With a voice-over narration written by Jamaica Kincaid, adapted from her non-fiction book "A Small Place", LIFE AND DEBT is an unapologetic look at the "new world order," from the point of view of Jamaican workers, farmers, government and policy officials who see the reality of globalization from the ground up.
MARCH OF THE PENGUINS • Subject: Environment • 2005 • 80 minutes • Maple Pictures • Colour Director: Luc Jacquet Cast: Voices of Charles Berling, Romane Bohringer, Morgan Freeman, Jules Sitruk The cycle of life the Emperor's penguins is in this disclosed wonderful documentary. Every autumn, these animals leave the safety of the ocean and march along twenty days to a place called "Oamack". Once there, they select their mates, they procreate, protect and feed their offspring and after months they return to the sea. Later, their progeny go to the ocean, where they stay for four years, and when they reach their adult life, they follow the same pattern of their parents.
MAXED OUT • Subject: Economy • 2006 • 90 minutes • Mongrel Media • Colour Director: James D. Scurlock Cast: Chris Barrett, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Robin Leach, Luke McCabe, Mark Mumma Dave Ramsey, Dan Rather Maxed Out takes viewers on a journey deep inside the American style of debt, where things seem fine as long as the minimum monthly payment arrives on time. With coverage that spans from small American towns all the way to the White House, the film shows how the modern financial industry really works, explains the true definition of "preferred customer" and tells us why the poor are getting poorer while the rich keep getting richer. Hilarious, shocking and incisive, Maxed Out paints a picture of a national nightmare which is all too real for most of us.
MILK • Subject: Human Rights • 2008 • 128 minutes • Alliance Films Inc • Colour Director: Gus Van Sant Cast: Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, Josh Brolin, Diego Luna, James Franco, Alison Pill, Victor Garber, Denis O'Hare, Joseph Cross Upon moving to San Francisco from New York City in 1972, forty year old Harvey Milk gains focus in his life as a gay activist in the city's Castro district. Gay rights activism turns to political activism as Milk decides he can be a more effective voice for the gay community as a politician, elected or not. Through several elections and losses both for a city seat and a state assembly seat, Milk becomes the first openly gay man in the United States to be elected to political office when he wins a San Francisco supervisor seat in 1977. His many political battlefronts include one with the national anti-gay Save the Children crusade, led and fronted by singer Anita Bryant. Closer to home, Milk has a continuing struggle with his fellow supervisor, Dan White, a staunch social conservative.
NORTH COUNTRY • Subject: Social Justice; Feminism • 2005 • 126 minutes• Warner Brothers • Colour Director: Niki Caro Cast: Charlize Theron, Jillian Armenante, John Aylward, Sean Bean, Catherine Campion, Marcus Chait, Thomas Curtis, Linda Emond, Kyle Falls A fictionalized account of the first major successful sexual harassment case in the United States -Jenson vs. Eveleth Mines, where a woman who endured a range of abuse while working as a miner filed and won the landmark 1984 lawsuit.
PAY IT FORWARD • Subject: General; Social Justice • 2000 • 122 minutes • Warner Brothers • Colour Director: Mimi Leder Cast: Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt, Haley Joel Osment A boy creates a scheme as a class project. It involves helping three people who must each help three people and so on until everyone is doing something nice for someone. He put his plan into action and it actually works, though not in the way the boy anticipated, and not until his own world is forever changed for better and worse.
POLYTECHNIQUE • Subject: Human Rights; Feminism • 2009 • 77 minutes • Alliance Films Inc • B/W Director: Denis Villeneuve Cast: Karine Vanasse, Sébastien Huberdeau, Maxim Gaudette, Evelyne Brochu, PierreYves Cardinal, Johanne Marie Tremblay Based on the true events that occurred on December 6, 1989, at the Montreal's Polytechnique School, the movie tells us about that specific day thru the eyes of two students, Valérie and Jean-Franéois, for whom their life has been changed forever, when a young man entered the school with one idea in mind : kill himself and take with him as many women as possible.
Feature Films and Documentaries
WHO KILLED THE ELECTRIC CAR? • Subject: Environment; Climate Change; Political • 2006 • 91 minutes • Mongrel Media • Colour Director: Chris Paine Cast: Martin Sheen, Reverend Gadget, Dave Barthmuss, Ed Begley Jr., Jim Boyd, Alec N. Brooks, Alan Cocconi, John R. Dabels It was among the fastest, most efficient production car ever built. It ran on electricity, produced no emissions and catapulted American technology to the forefront of the automotive industry. The lucky few who drove it never wanted to give it up. So why did General Motors crush its fleet of EV-1 electric vehicles in the Arizona desert? WHO KILLED THE ELECTRIC CAR? chronicles the life and mysterious death of the EV-1; examining the cultural and economic ripple effects caused by its conception and how they reverberated through the halls of government and big business.
SYRIANA • Subject: Energy; Climate Change • 2005 • 126 minutes • Warner Brothers • Colour Director: Stephen Gaghan Cast: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Amanda Peet, Michelle Monaghan, Susan Allenback, Nicholas Art, Jay Barber, Luke Barnett, Randall Boffman, Robert Randolph Caton, David Clennon A first-person account of the CIA's false confidence concerning the future of Middle East after the end of the Cold War.
FOOD, INC. • Subject: Environment • 2009 • 94 minutes • Alliance Film Inc • Colour Director: Robert Kenner You are what you eat. It is a simple expression that bears scary implications as you watch the acclaimed documentary, FOOD, INC. Director Robert Kenner draws upon the searing reportage of authors Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation) and Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma) to explore how modern developments in food production pose grave risks to our health and environment. These writers aren't radicals or even vegetarians (Schlosser admits that his favourite meal is a hamburger and fries), but they are crusaders when it comes to exposing problems and naming offenders. There are stories of heartbreak and outrage, but the film carefully channels these emotions towards opportunities for activism. Watching FOOD, INC. gives you a strong appetite for better meals.
THE ROAD TO GUANTANAMO • Subject: Social Justice; Human Rights •2006 • 95 minutes • Alliance Films Inc • Colour Director: Mat Whitecross, Michael Winterbottom Cast: Riz Ahmed, Farhad Harun, Waqar Siddiqui, Afran Usman, Shahid Iqbal, Sher Khan, Jason Salkey, Jacob Gaffney, Mark Holden In 2001, four Pakistani Britons, Ruhal Ahmed, Asif Iqbal and Shafiq Rasul and another friend, Monir, travel to Pakistan for a wedding and in a urge of idealism, decide to see the situation of war torn Afganistan which is being bombed by the American forces in retaliation for the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Once there, with the loss of Monir in the wartime chaos, they are captured by Northern Alliance fighters. They are then handed them over the American forces who transport them to the prison camps at the Guantanamo Bay base in Cuba. What follows is three years of relentless imprisonment, interrogations and torture to make them submit to blatantly wrong confessions to being terrorists. In the midst of this abuse, the three struggle to keep their spirits up in that face of this grave injustice.
TAKING ROOT: THE VISION OF WANGARI MAATHAI • Subject: Environment • 2008 • 81 minutes • Mongrel Media • Colour Director: Alan Dater, Lisa Merton One person can make a difference! TAKING ROOT tells the dramatic story of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai whose simple act of planting trees grew into Kenya`s "Greenbelt Movement" — a globally recognized movement for which this charismatic woman became an iconic inspiration. TAKING ROOT details how Maathai mobilized women to rally against deforestation, poverty, embedded economic interests, and government corruption ... becoming a national political force that helped to bring down Kenya`s 24year dictatorship. TAKING ROOT captures a world view in which nothing is perceived as impossible ...
FAHRENHEIT 9/11 • Subject: Social Justice • 2004 • 122 minutes Alliance Films Inc. • Colour Director: Michael Moore Cast: Michael Moore, Ben Affleck, Stevie Wonder, George W. Bush, James Baker III, Richard Gephardt, Tom Daschle, Jeffrey Toobin, Al Gore, Condoleezza Rice, Donald Rumsfeld, Saddam Hussein ''Fahrenheit 9/11'' is Michael Moore's reflections on the current state of America, including the powerful role oil and greed may have played after the 9-11 attacks. In this provocative exposé, Moore will tell the one story no one has dared to tell as he reveals the events that led the US into that apocalyptic September 11th moment and why the country is now at war.
THE SOLOIST • Subject: Mental Illness; Homelessness; Poverty • 2009 • 109 minutes • DreamWorks • Colour Director: Joe Wright Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Catherine Keener, Stephen Root, Jamie Foxx, Justin Martin, Nelsan Ellis, Tom Hollander, Angela Featherstone, Rachael Harris A schizophrenic (Jamie Foxx), is a homeless musician from Skid Row, Los Angeles who dreams of playing at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Through "chance," he meets a journalist (Robert Downey Jr.), who tries to help this mentally disturbed man get "back on his feet" and make his dreams come true.
to the top ranks of political power.
W. • Subject: Political •2008 • 129 minutes • Maple Pictures • Colour Director: Oliver Stone Cast: J. Grant Albrecht, Sayed Badreya, Elizabeth Banks, David Born, Dennis Boutsikaris, Jesse Bradford, Jonathan Breck Josh Brolin stars as George W. Bush in this Oliver Stone biopic that traces the head of state's rise to power from a privileged alcoholic to a born-again Christian whose belief in religious destiny helped move him
THE COVE • Subject: Environment • 2009• 91 minutes Maple Pictures • Colour Director: Louie Psihoyos Cast: Charles Hambleton, Mandy-Rae Cruickshank, Richard O'Barry Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renown dolphin trainer Ric OʼBarry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health.
Feature Films and Documentaries
GOD GREW TIRED OF US • Subject: Documentary • 2006 • 89 minutes Alliance Films Inc. • Colour Director: Christopher Dillon Quinn, Tommy Walker Cast: Panther Bior, John Bul Dau, Nicole Kidman, Daniel Abol Pach Winner of both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, GOD GREW TIRED OF US explores the indomitable spirit of three “Lost Boys” from the Sudan who leave their homeland, triumph over seemingly insurmountable adversities and move to America, where they build active and fulfilling new lives but remain deeply committed to helping the friends and family they have left behind.
CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY • Subject: Documentary, Financial, Globalization • 2009• Alliance Films Inc • Colour Director: Michael Moore Cast: Michael Moore A look at the global financial crisis and the U.S. economy during the transition between the Obama incoming Administration and the outgoing Bush Administration.
THE END OF THE LINE • Subject: Environment • 2009• 90 minutes Mongrel Media • Colour Director: Rupert Murray Can you imagine a world without fish? Scientists predict that if we continue fishing as we are now, we will see the end of most seafood by 2048. In The End of the Line, we see firsthand the effects of our global love affair with fish as food. The film examines the imminent extinction of blue fin tuna brought on by increasing western demand for sushi, the impact on marine life resulting in huge overpopulation of jellyfish, and the profound implications of a future world with no fish....
INVICTUS • Subject: Social Justice • 2009 • 133 minutes • Warner Brothers • Colour Director: Clint Eastwood Cast: Matt Damon, Morgan Freeman, Scott Eastwood, Langley Kirkwood, Robert Hobbs, Tony Kgoroge, Grant Roberts, Bonnie Henna, Patrick Holland The film tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of South Africa's rugby team to help unite their country. Newly elected President Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa's rugby team as they make their historic run to the 1995 Rugby World Cup Championship match.
INSIDE HANA'S SUITCASE • Subject: Social Justice • 2009 • 88 minutes Alliance Films Inc. • Colour Director: Larry Weinstein Cast: Lara Brady, George Brady, Fumiko Ishioka INSIDE HANA'S SUITCASE is the poignant story of two young children who grew up in Czechoslovakia on the eve of World War II and the terrible events that they endured just because they happened to be born Jewish. Based on the internationally acclaimed book "Hana's Suitcase" which has been translated into 40 languages, the film is an effective blend of documentary and dramatic techniques. In addition to tracing the lives of George and Hana Brady in the 1930's and 40's, Inside Hana's Suitcase tells the present-day story of "The Small Wings", a group of Japanese school children, and how their passionate and tenacious teacher, Fumiko Ishioka, helped them solve the mystery of Hana Brady, whose name was painted on an old battered suitcase recovered from Auschwitz, the notorious Nazi death camp built in Poland.
BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE • Subject: Social Justice • 2002• 120 minutes Alliance Films Inc. • Colour Director: Michael Moore Cast: Michael Moore, George W. Bush, Dick Clark, Charlton Heston, Marilyn Manson, John Nichols, Matt Stone The United States of America is notorious for its astronomical number of people killed by firearms for a developed nation without a civil war. With his signature sense of angry humor, activist filmmaker Michael Moore sets out to explore the roots of this bloodshed. In doing so, he learns that the conventional answers of easy availability of guns, violent national history, violent entertainment and even poverty are inadequate to explain this violence when other cultures share those same factors without the equivalent carnage. In order to arrive at a possible explanation, Michael Moore takes on a deeper examination of America's culture of fear, bigotry and violence in a nation with widespread gun ownership. Furthermore, he seeks to investigate and confront the powerful elite political and corporate interests fanning this culture for their own unscrupulous gain.
DAY AFTER PEACE • Subject: Social Justice • 2008 • 83 minutes • Mongrel Media • Colour Director: Jeremy Gilley Cast: Jude Law, Angelina Jolie, the Dalai Lama, Kofi Annan, Annie Lennox, Jonny Lee Miller Following the infectiously idealistic Jeremy Gilley - a British actor-turnedactivist and founder of the Peace One Day organization - The Day After Peace charts his attempts to create a day of simultaneous global ceasefire and nonviolence in the conflict hot-spots of the globe. A day where people put down their weapons for 24 hours and experience calm and peace, perhaps for the first time.
BLIND SPOT: HITLER'S SECRETARY • Subject: Social Justice, Political • 2002• 90 minutes Mongrel Media • Colour Director: André Heller In Blind Spot - Hitler's Secretary, Traudl Junge describes on camera for the first time her experience working as one of Adolf Hitler's private secretaries from 1942 until his suicide in 1945. After keeping quiet for nearly 60 years, Frau Junge tells the riveting story of working alongside Hitler until the final collapse of the Nazi regime. Frau Junge is one of only a handful of witnesses to Hitler's last days in his fortified bunker as the Third Reich was collapsing above them. In his final hours, he dictated his final will and testament to her. Frau Junge also worked with Hitler at Wolf's Lair (his field headquarters in East Prussia), at his Bavarian residence at Berchtesgaden and on the Führer's special train. In Spring 2001, André Heller met Traudl Junge and was able to persuade her that it would be fascinating as well as historically important to make a record of her unique experiences... and of her present attitudes to that time, after years of contemplation and self-analysis
SHARKWATER • Subject: Environmental • 2007• 89 minutes Mongrel Media • Colour Director: Rob Stewart Cast: Patrick Moore, Erich Ritter,Rob Stewart, Paul Watson, Boris Worm For filmmaker Rob Stewart, exploring sharks began as an underwater adventure. What it turned into was a beautiful and dangerous life journey into the balance of life on earth. Driven by passion fed from a life-long fascination with sharks, Stewart debunks historical stereotypes and media depictions of sharks as bloodthirsty, man-eating monsters and reveals the reality of sharks as pillars in the evolution of the seas..
Feature Films and Documentaries
NO END IN SIGHT • Subject: Political • 2007 • 102 minutes • Mongrel Media • Colour Director: Charles Ferguson Cast: Campbell Scott, Gerald Burke, Ali Fadhil, Omar Fekeiki, Robert Hutchings, Paul Hughes Marc Garlasco, George Tenet The first film of its kind to chronicle the reasons behind Iraq's descent into anarchy, NO END IN SIGHT is a lucid, jawdropping, insider's tale of wholesale incompetence, recklessness and venality. Based on over 200 hours of footage, the film provides a candid retelling of the events following the fall of Baghdad in 2003 by high ranking officials such as former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, Ambassador Barbara Bodine (in charge of Baghdad during the Spring of 2003), Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff to Colin Powell, and General Jay Garner (in charge of the occupation of Iraq through May 2003), as well as Iraqi civilians, American soldiers and prominent analysts. NO END IN SIGHT examines the manner in which the principal errors of U.S. policy largely created the insurgency and chaos that engulf Iraq today.
IRAQ IN FRAGMENTS • Subject: War, Political • 2006• 94 minutes • Mongrel Media • Colour Director: James Longley Cast: Mohammed Haithem, Suleiman Mahmoud An opus in three parts, Iraq In Fragments offers a series of intimate, passionately-felt portraits: A fatherless 11-year-old is apprenticed to the domineering owner of a Baghdad garage; Sadr followers in two Shiite cities rally for regional elections while enforcing Islamic law at the point of a gun; a family of Kurdish farmers welcomes the US presence, which has allowed them a measure of freedom previously denied. American director James Longley spent more than two years filming in Iraq to create this stunningly photographed, poetically rendered documentary of the war-torn country as seen through the eyes of Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds. 2007 Academy Award® nominee for Best Documentary.
THE FOG OF WAR • Subject: War, Political • 2003• 107 minutes • Mongrel Media • Colour Director: Errol Morris Cast: Robert McNamara The Fog of War is a 20th century fable, a story of an American dreamer who rose from humble origins to the heights of political power. Robert S. McNamara was both witness to and participant in many of the crucial events of the 20th century: the crippling Depression of the 1930s; the industrialization of the war years; the development of a different kind of warfare based on air power and the creation of a new American meritocracy. He was also an idealist who saw his dreams and ideals challenged by the role he played in history. Although strictly speaking, neither a work of biography nor a work of history, The Fog of War has produced important, new biographical and historical material. - Errol Morris
THE DIGNITY OF THE NOBODIES • Subject: Social Justice • 2005 • 120 minutes • Mongrel Media • Colour Director: Fernando E. Solanas Once a thriving country the agricultural with capacity to feed hundreds of millions, Argentina has been devastated by an orgy of exploitation at the hands of multinational corporations and lending institutions. Stories and testimonials paint a harrowing picture of globalization, while examples of organized resistance inspire, as documentarian Fernando Solanas chronicles the struggle of the "nobodies": the workers, the small farmers and the indigenous people who are teaming up to fight for their dignity and for their future.
WHY WE FIGHT • Subject: Political • 2005 • 98 minutes • Mongrel Media • Colour Director: Eugene Jarecki Cast: Ken Adelman, John Ashcroft, Osama Bin Laden, George Bush "Why We Fight," the film by Eugene Jarecki which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, is an unflinching look at the anatomy of the American war machine, weaving unforgettable personal stories with commentary by a "whoʼs who" of military and beltway insiders. Featuring John McCain, Gore Vidal, William Kristol, Chalmers Johnson, Richard Perle and others, ʻWhy We Fightʼ launches a bipartisan inquiry into the workings of the military industrial complex and the rise of the American Empire. Inspired by Dwight Eisenhowerʼs legendary farewell speech (in which he coined the phrase "military industrial complex"), filmmaker Jarecki ("The Trials of Henry Kissinger") surveys the scorched landscape of a half-centuryʼs military adventures, asking how - and telling why - a nation of, by, and for the people has become the savings-and-loan of a system whose survival depends on a state of constant war.
IN THE REALMS OF THE UNREAL • Subject: Documentary • 2004 • 81 minutes • Mongrel Media • Colour Director: Jessica Yu Cast: Larry Pine, Dakota Fanning, Frier McCollister, Wally Wingert, Janice Hong Henry Darger was an elderly recluse who spent his childhood in an Illinois asylum for feeble-minded children and his adulthood working as a janitor. To the outside world he lived a quiet, nearly solitary existence, but in his mind he'd created a haunting, fantasy dreamscape. When Henry Darger died alone at the age of 81, his landlords discovered hundreds of brilliant and disturbing paintings, some over 10 feet long, and a 15,000 page illustrated novel (The Realms of the Unreal), which told the epic story of the virtuous Vivian Girls, seven angelic sisters who lead a rebellion against, goddless, child-enslaving men. Featuring the voices of Dakota Fanning (I AM SAM, CAT IN THE HAT) and Larry Pine (THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS, THE ICE STORM), the music of Emmywinning composer Jeff Beal and the work of a team of animators, this wholly original film tells the story of a hidden universe.
OUTRAGE • Subject: Political • 2009 • 90 minutes Mongrel Media • Colour Director: Kirby Dick Cast: Tony Kushner, Larry Kramer, Barney Frank, Michelangelo Signorile, Andrew Sullivan, Jim McGreevey, Tammy Baldwin, Rodger McFarlane Academy Awardnominated filmmaker Kirby Dick ("This Film Is Not Yet Rated") delivers a searing indictment of the hypocrisy of closeted politicians who actively campaign against the LGBT community they covertly belong to. "Outrage" boldly reveals the hidden lives of some of our nation`s most powerful policymakers, details the harm they`ve inflicted on millions of Americans, and examines the media`s complicity in keeping their secrets.
GUNNER PALACE • Subject: War, Political • 2004• 85 minutes • Mongrel Media • Colour Director: Michael Tucker, Petra Epperlein Cast: Bryant Davis, Devon Dixon, Javorn Drummond, Elliot Lovett PALACE GUNNER reveals the complex realities of the situation in Iraq not seen on the nightly news. Told firsthand by our troops, 'Gunner Palace' presents a thought provoking portrait of a dangerous and chaotic war that is personal, highly emotional, sometimes disturbing, surprisingly amusing ... and thoroughly fascinating. Filmmaker Michael Tucker, who lived with 2/3 Field Artillery, a.k.a. "The Gunners" for two months, captures the lives and humanity of these soldiers whose barracks are the bombed-out pleasure palace of Uday Hussein (nicknamed Gunner Palace), situated in the heart of the most volatile section of Baghdad. With total access to all operations and activities, Tucker's insider footage provides a rare look at the dayto-day lives of these soldiers on the ground -- whether swimming in Uday's pool and playing golf on his putting green or executing raids on suspected terrorists, enduring roadside bombs, mortar attacks, RPGs and snipers. GRIZZLY MAN • Subject: Environmental • 2005 • 103 minutes Maple Pictures • Colour Director: Werner Herzog Cast: Franc G. Fallico, Amie Huguenard, Timothy Treadwell A devastating and heartwrenching take on grizzly bear activists Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, who were killed in October of 2003 while living among grizzlies in Alaska.
Feature Films and Documentaries
END OF SUBURBIA: OIL DEPLETION & COLLAPSE OF AMERIAN DREAM • Subject: Environment; Climate Change; Energy • 2004 • 78 minutes • Electric Wallpaper Co. • Colour With brutal honesty and a touch of irony, The End of Suburbia explores the American Way of Life and its prospects as the planet approaches a critical era, as global demand for fossil fuels begins to outstrip supply. World Oil Peak and the inevitable decline of fossil fuels are upon us now, some scientists and policy makers argue in this documentary.
DEEP SEA 3-D • Subject: Environmental • 2006• 41 minutes • Warner Brothers • Colour Director: Howard Hall Cast: Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet Deep sea 3D, a new underwater adventure from the filmmakers behind the successful IMAX 3D film Into the Deep, transports audiences deep below the ocean surface to swim alongside some of the most exotic creatures on the planet, from the bizarre rainbow nudibranch to the giant pacific octupus. Though the magic of IMAX and IMAX 3D, moviegoers will be introduced to a cast of characters, as they depend on one another for survival admist their unique personalities, to witness their humorous, threatening and sometimes peculiar behavior.
BIG RIVER MAN • Subject: Enviromental • 2009 • 100 minutes • Mongrel Media• Colour Director: John Maringouin Cast: Matthew Mohlke, Borut Strel, Martin Strel
NO IMPACT MAN • Subject: Enviromental • 2009 • 93 minutes • Mongrel Media • Colour Director: Laura Gabbert, Justin Schein Cast: Colin Beavan, Michelle Conlin
“Finally an environmental advocacy film for those of us who have the best of intentions but a weakness for … takeout dinners and an occasional Marc Jacobs sale, to say nothing of a dependence on toilet
- Betsy Sharkey , Los Angeles Times
Colin Beavan decides to completely eliminate his personal impact on the environment for the next year. It means eating vegetarian, buying only local food, and turning off the refrigerator. It also means no elevators, no television, no cars, busses, or airplanes, no toxic cleaning products, no electricity, no material consumption, and no garbage. No problem – at least for Colin – but he and his family live in Manhattan. So when his espresso-guzzling, retailworshipping wife Michelle and their two-year-old daughter are dragged into the fray, the No Impact Project has an unforeseen impact of its own.
A GREENER WORKPLACE: PLANNING & MANAGING SUSTAINABILITY • Subject: Enviromental • 2009 • 18 minutes • Training Point.Net Colour The green approach to life started as a grassroots, community-based movement. It has now permeated the mainstream to the point where businesses across the globe realise that adopting an environmentally sound philosophy is essential not only to maintain credibility and protect the bottom line, but also to attract the best employees. People expect business to be at the fore with regard to sustainability to lead changes in thinking and behaviour. This program discusses the benefits of green workplaces. The lead must come from the top - managers and business owners find themselves needing to be increasingly in tune with sustainable and ecological thinking. We hear from leading business people and sustainability experts about environmental corporate culture and practices and gain an insight into how to effectively implement a policy and strategy. Featured in the program are Geoff Gourley a leading business environmentalist and consultant, representatives from Fujitsu, and Australian Environment Minister, Peter Garrett - Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
wonder he fits on the screen.
The pivotal figure in the excellent American documentary “Big River Man,” from the resourceful young director John Maringouin (his only other feature is “Running Stumbled”), has so much personality itʼs a
- Manohla Dargis, Ny Times
In February 2007 Martin Strel began an insane attempt to be the first person to swim the entire length of the world's most dangerous river, the mighty Amazon. Martin is an endurance swimmer from Slovenia, who swims rivers - the Mississippi, the Danube and the Yangtze to date - to highlight their pollution to the world. Martin is also a rather overweight, horseburger loving Slovenian in his fifties who drinks two bottles of red wine a day... even when swimming. THE HURT LOCKER • Subject: Social Justice, War • 2009 • 131 minutes • Maple Pictures • Colour Director: Kathryn Bigelow Cast: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Guy Pearce, Ralph Fiennes, David Morse, Evangeline Lilly, Christian Camargo
"The Best Reviewed Picture of 2009" - Metacritic.com
An intense portrayal of elite soldiers who have one of the most dangerous jobs in the world: disarming bombs in the heat of combat. When a new sergeant, James, takes over a highly trained bomb disposal team amidst violent conflict, he surprises his two subordinates, Sanborn and Eldridge, by recklessly plunging them into a deadly game of urban combat. James behaves as if he's indifferent to death. As the men struggle to control their wild new leader, the city explodes into chaos, and James' true character reveals itself in a way that will change each man forever.
DEADLY CURRENTS • Subject: Social Justice • 1991• 114 minutes • Alliance Films Inc. • Colour Director: Simcha Jacobovici Cast: Hanan Ashrawi, Nurit Galron, Michael Greenspan, Ragheb Kasas, Juliano Mer The Romans dispersed the Jews from Judaea in 70 AD; Islam became the religion of Palestine 1300 years ago. The film focuses on Gaza and the West Bank where soldiers and youths are caught up in the Intefada, and on the clash of history and ideas in regions to which both peoples have historical claims. The film intersperses in-the-street footage with interviews with academics, journalists, soldiers, artists, family members of prisoners, and victims of violence. With emphasis on the lives of the refugees and settlers, and following a "Golani" platoon of Israeli soldiers led by Lt. Kobi Motiv, the film dramatizes the irreconcilable positions of many on both sides.
PETROPOLIS • Subject: Enviromental • 2009 • 43 minutes Colour • Mongrel Media Director: Peter Mettler
“While this is clearly an opinionated doc with an environmental bent, it is also most distinctly a Peter Mettler film. As he repeatedly casts his lens over the tar sands, he reminds us of the undeniable power and responsibility inherent in capturing an image. Petropolis makes for one of those very rare experiences: an aesthetically beautiful film that also packs a social conscience. - Matthew Hays, Toronto international film festival
Shot primarily from a helicopter, filmmaker Peter Mettler's "Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands" offers an unparalleled view of the world's largest industrial, capital and energy project. Canada's tar sands are an oil reserve the size of England. Extracting the crude oil called bitumen from underneath unspoiled wilderness requires a massive industrialized effort with far-reaching impacts on the land, air, water, and climate. It's an extraordinary spectacle, whose scope can only be understood from far above. PRECIOUS • Subject: Social Justice • 2009 • 109 minutes Maple Pictures • Colour Director: Lee Daniels Cast: Gabourey 'Gabby' Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz, Sherri Shepherd, Nealla Gordon
"Nothing quite prepares you for the rough-cut diamond that is Precious. A rare blend of pure entertainment and dark social commentary, this shockingly raw, surprisingly irreverent and absolutely unforgettable story." - Los Angeles Times Betsy Sharkey
Claireece Precious Jones endures unimaginable hardships in her young life. Abused by her mother, raped by her father, she grows up poor, angry, illiterate, fat, unloved and generally unnoticed. So what better way to learn about her than through her own, halting dialect.
Programs for Children and Youth
BE PREPARED FOR GLOBAL WARMING • Subject: Environment; Energy • 2003 • 51 minutes • Films Media Group • Colour to many According scientists, global warming is irreversible - but its progress can be slowed, its impact managed. This program examines strategies, many of them in operation, designed to protect land and populations made vulnerable by rapidly rising worldwide temperatures. From lifesaving weather forecast methods in Mozambique to fishery replenishment systems in Vietnam, a range of innovations are studied - but the focus is not only on the developing world. Detailing struggles against drought and violent climate in the United States, Australia, and the Netherlands, Be Prepared clearly shows that global warming recognizes no national boundaries. BUILDING GREEN • Subject: Environment; Energy • 2008 • 360 minutes • WGBH • Colour Host Kevin Contreras an interactive leads exploration of green building techniques and alternatives, from the eyepopping extreme to the green mainstream, all while demonstrating that healthy choices don't mean sacrificing style or comfort. Follow the stepby-step construction of Kevin's green dream home in Santa Barbara, with practical advice and expert guidance on a range of topics like straw bale construction, breathable paints, blue jean insulation and much more. Signature weekly segments like "Inside the Design," "Saving Green," and "The Green Extreme" feature visits from leading experts and hands-on instructions. The final result is a Zen modernist house that is not only earthquake safe and energy efficient, but an exquisite example of the art of the ecopossible - a healthier home that leaves a lighter footprint and a brighter legacy.
CAR OF THE FUTURE • Subject: Environment • 2008 • 54 minutes • WGBH • Colour Tom Magliozzi has a problem. The wacky cohost of NPR's Car Talk needs to replace his beloved 1952 MG roadster. But where do you turn to in today's car market? Join Tom and brother Ray as they take a light-hearted but shrewd look at America's fourwheeled future. "Click and Clack" explore everything from a glitzy Detroit auto show to the earnest homebuilders of Boston's AltWheels Festival, from a hydrogenpowered bus fleet in Iceland to a green think tank in Colorado. They check out hybrids that plug in to a household outlet and an electric sports car that goes 0 to 60 in 4 seconds. Tom and Ray meet experts in biofuels and lithium batteries, mixing sharp observation, slapstick, and probing interviews. With soaring prices at the pump and worries about the global greenhouse, it's no laughing matter. But the car guys turn an expert, comic eye on the promise and pitfalls of tomorrow's auto tech.
ENVIRO GIRL • Subject: Conservation; Energy: Climate Change • 2008 • 32 minutes • TV Ontario • Colour Enviro Girl showcases how anyone can be a superhero by conserving electricity. Professor Atlas is the leader of the League of Super Citizens and together with Atomic Guy and energy-saving Enviro Girl, they are sworn to protect all that is good, just, and green. Sixteen lighthearted episodes show kids that saving energy is important, easy, and fun, as they discover energy-saving tips they can practice at home.
ECO-KIDS EXPLORE SERIES
ETHANOL • Subject: Environment • 2008 • 13 minutes • Landmark Media With today's high fuel costs, it's time to look beyond petroleum at renewable resources to power our vehicles. Ethanol is a clean-burning fuel derived from plants - primarily corn. The corn is ground, cooked, fermented, distilled and dehydrated, then ready for use. Ethanol is combined with gasoline to produce a cleaner fuel that doesn't emit as many greenhouse gases as pure gasoline. Pure ethanol has not yet been approved to fuel our vehicles, but it is the fuel of choice for racecars. Indy cars operate on 100% ethanol fuel. By mixing gasoline with ethanol we can extend our fuel supply. Join us as the Eco Kids explore the production of ethanol.
GEOTHERMAL ENERGY • Subject: Environment • 2008 • 11 minutes • Landmark Media Simply put, geothermal energy is derived from heat produced by the core of the earth. Geothermal energy is one of the oldest, renewable resources used by humans. It has been used since Ancient Roman times as a heat source. Recently, we have begun to harness that energy as a source of power. Geothermal power plants take heat from the earth and bring it to the surface to create steam that spins a turbine. We have a constant supply of heat from the earth; the challenge is finding where it is strongest and bringing it to the surface. The Eco Kids will guide us through this process and explain the different ways that geothermal power plants operate.
HYBRID CARS • Subject: Environment • 2008 • 12 minutes • Landmark Media The first hybrid car was introduced in 1905. It had two distinct power sources working together to make it run - gas and electric power. Because gasoline was cheap the hybrid car was not further developed or promoted until recently. As gasoline is now recognized as a nonrenewable resource and costs are increasing, the hybrid car is now making a comeback. Hybrid cars are operated by a computer system called the Digital Drive Line. When you step on the gas pedal, you are telling the system how fast you need to go and the car decides whether to use gas, electric power or both. The benefit of the hybrid is that instead of running on gas for an entire trip, it uses non-polluting electric power whenever possible. The hybrid car is ideal for city driving and traffic.
SOLAR POWER • Subject: Environment; Energy • 2008 • 17 minutes • Landmark Media Solar power is defined as the energy produced by converting sunlight into heat or electricity. It is one of the most abundant and affordable sources of energy available; however, it is difficult to harness and impractical in some parts of the world. It is important to explore the process of converting sunlight to power in-depth. The three primary ways to produce solar power on a large scale are solar power generating plants, photovoltaic cells and solar thermal heaters. The Eco Kids will take us through each process of energy conversion to help us better understand this clean energy technology.
WIND POWER • Subject: Environment; Energy • 2008 • 17 minutes • Landmark Media Wind is a natural resource that is readily available, virtually everywhere. Wind power is defined as the process of turning the kinetic energy of the wind into electrical energy. Humans have been harnessing the power of the wind for around 2,000 years. The Dutch made the windmill famous. Find out how large wind turbines are built using a simplistic design and modern technology. They operate completely autonomously by rotating with the force of the wind. The blades turn on a rotor that is connected by a shaft to a generator that creates electricity. With the Eco Kids, we explore how the use of wind power is growing and becoming widely used throughout the world.
ECO-KIDS ELEMENTARY SERIES
ECO-KIDS ELEMENTARY: HOW ECO ARE YOU? • Subject: Environment • 2008 • 15 minutes • Landmark Media • Colour This program challenges students to conduct an "Eco-Investigation" of their homes, schools and communities to determine which of our daily routines waste resources or are harmful to the environment. We examine our use of grocery bags, the packaging of products, what we eat and drink, water consumption, the safety of cleaning products and energy usage in our homes. We also take a closer look at paper and other material usage in schools, as well transportation in our communities. When students understand how individuals contribute to the problem, they can become part of the solution to eco-friendliness.
ECO-KIDS ELEMENTARY: THE EARTH NEEDS YOUR HELP • Subject: Environment • 2008 • 14 minutes • Landmark Media • Colour The Earth Needs YOUR Help discusses some of the things that are hurting the planet. Students learn common terminology used when talking about the environment, such as climate, ozone, fossil fuels, and carbon dioxide. We'll explore the issues of air pollution, the greenhouse effect, renewable resources and water usage while studying the factors contributing to all of them.
ECO-KIDS ELEMENTARY: THE THINGS YOU CAN DO • Subject: Environment • 2008 • 14 minutes • Landmark Media • Colour program urges This to become students "power police" to put a stop to the wasteful things people do everyday and promote the use of Green Power. We cover what can be done in the home such as buying energyefficient appliances, recycling cans, growing a garden, taking shorter showers and eating organic foods. It explores the things we can change in schools such as reusing paper and batteries. It also suggests changes that can be made in the community such as minimizing driving, boycotting bad products and writing petitions for change. Students are encouraged to spread the word about becoming eco-friendly and help our Earth recover.
GASLAND • Subject: Enviromental • 2010 • 107 minutes • Mongrel Media • Colour Director: Josh Fox Cast: Josh Fox, Dick Cheney, Pete Seeger, Richard Nixon, Aubrey K. McClendeon
The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States. The Halliburtondrilling developed technology of "fracking" or hydraulic fracturing has a "Saudia unlocked Arabia of natural gas" just beneath us. But is fracking safe? When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination. A recently drilled nearby Pennsylvania town reports that residents are able to light their drinking water on fire. This is just one of the many absurd and astonishing revelations of a new country called GASLAND. Part verite travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown.
COMING SOON WAITING FOR SUPERMAN • Subject: Social Justice • 2010 • 102 minutes • Paramount Vantage • Colour Director: Davis Guggenheim Cast: The Black Family, Geoffrey Canada, The Esparza Family, The Hill Family, George Reeves, Michelle Rhee, Bill Strickland, Randi Weingarten
For a nation that proudly declared it would leave no child behind, America continues to do so at alarming rates. Despite increased spending and politiciansʼ promises, our buckling public–education system, once the best in the world, routinely forsakes the education of millions of children. Oscar® -- winning filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH) reminds us that education “statistics” have names: Anthony, Francisco, Bianca, Daisy, and Emily, whose stories make up the engrossing foundation of WAITING FOR "SUPERMAN." As he follows a handful of promising kids through a system that inhibits, rather than encourages, academic growth, Guggenheim undertakes an exhaustive review of public education, surveying "drop -- out factories" and "academic sinkholes," methodically dissecting the system and its seemingly intractable problems. However, embracing the belief that good teachers make good schools, Guggenheim offers hope by exploring innovative approaches taken by education reformers and charter schools that have --in reshaping the culture -- refused to leave their students behind.
Programs for Children and Youth
ECO-KIDS ELEMENTARY SERIES
ECO-KIDS MIDDLE SCHOOL: HOW ECO ARE YOU? • Subject: Environment • 2008 • 15 minutes • Landmark Media • Colour How Eco are You? The episode challenges students to conduct an of "Eco-Investigation" their homes, schools and communities to determine which of our daily routines waste resources or are harmful to the environment. We examine our use of grocery bags, the packaging of products, what we eat and drink, water consumption, the safety of cleaning products and energy usage in our homes. We also take a closer look at paper and other material usage in schools, as well transportation in our communities. Once students understand how individuals contribute to the problem, they can become part of the solution to eco-friendliness. ECO-KIDS MIDDLE SCHOOL: THE EARTH NEEDS YOUR HELP • Subject: Environment • 2008 • 14 minutes • Landmark Media • Colour he Earth Needs YOUR Help discusses some of the things that are hurting the planet. Students learn common terminology used when talking about the environment, such as climate, ozone, fossil fuels, and carbon dioxide. We'll explore the issues of air pollution, the greenhouse effect, renewable resources and water usage while studying the factors contributing to all of them. ECO-KIDS MIDDLE SCHOOL: THE THINGS YOU CAN DO • Subject: Environment • 2008 • 16 minutes • Landmark Media • Colour This program urges students to become "power police" to put a stop to the wasteful things people do everyday and promote the use of Green Power. We cover what can be done in the home such as buying energyefficient appliances, recycling cans, growing a garden, taking shorter showers and eating organic foods. It explores the things we can change in schools such as reusing paper and batteries. It also suggests changes that can be made in the community such as minimizing driving, boycotting bad products and writing petitions for change. Students are encouraged to spread the word about becoming eco-friendly and help our Earth recover.
ENERGY FOR LIFE • Subject: Environment; Energy • 2002 • 15 minutes • Allegro Production • Colour Our atmosphere is filled with different gases that evolved over a period of 4.5 billion years. One gas, oxygen, is vital for survival. This colourless, ordorless, and tasteless element is found in all
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE FOR STUDENTS SERIES
AIR QUALITY • Subject: Environment • 2008 • 23 minutes • Schlessinger Media • Colour Do you know the quality of the air that you breathe? Air pollution from both natural sources and human activity can affect humans, plants and animals in many ways. Learn about primary and secondary sources of air pollution, explore how outdoor air quality is monitored by government agencies and see how climate, geography, industry, automobiles and other factors can contribute to the formation of photochemical smog. Does your community face air quality issues? The enormous challenge of regulating and reducing air pollution can be tackled at local, national and international levels. From green roofs to the Clean Air Act to the Kyoto Protocol, improving air quality in one part of the world can have a positive effect the world over. GREEN ENERGY • Subject: Environment; Climate Change; Energy • 2008 • 23 minutes • Schlessinger Media • Colour Energy has powered the advancement of civilizations and the growth of technology throughout history from the nonrenewable energy sources that helped to power the Industrial Revolution to the utilization of renewable energy sources. Discover what green energy is and learn about its potential to meet our energy needs in an ongoing, sustainable way. Green energy includes solar power, wind turbines, biomass fuels and much more. Some forms of green energy are more suited to certain locations than others. Observe how geothermal energy helps to power much of ReykjavÍk, Iceland, and see elements of green energy, sustainable design and conservation in action at the headquarters of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in Maryland. From the choices and efforts of an individual to that of an entire city, rethinking where we get our energy and how we use it is important in ensuring that energy needs of future generations will be met.
SUSTAINABILITY IN THE 21ST CENTRURY • Subject: Environment • 2008 • 23 minutes • Schlessinger Media • Colour Sustainability refers to the capacity to provide for the needs of the world's current population without harming the ability of future generations to provide for themselves. Explore some of the challenges and successes of sustainability starting in one of the world's most diverse habitats the rainforest. Then, consider some factors that can affect sustainability: carrying capacity, population density and ecological footprint. Weigh the impact of suburban sprawl, and visit Portland, Oregon, to see how this city has worked to combat sprawl through smart-growth policies. Observe sustainability in action at a school that has employed green building practices from their playing field made from recycled plastic and rubber tires to the photovoltaic panels on the roof. By studying and understanding the idea of sustainability and putting that concept into practice, we can begin working toward building a responsible and sustainable future.
GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE • Subject: Environment; Climate Change; Energy • 2008 • 23 minutes • Schlessinger Media • Colour Dive into an in-depth exploration of global climate change, and see how both natural events human activity, and particularly since the Industrial Revolution, have played a role in changing our climate. See how climate data is collected, learn about the role of the greenhouse effect and discover some familiar and some unexpected sources of greenhouse gases. Consider experts views on the potential effects of global warming from relatively mild changes in the weather to more extreme scenarios, such as intense storms, warming oceans and melting ice caps. Investigate efforts to combat climate change at international, national and local levels. Weigh the effects of these efforts and consider what else can be done because the fact remains that global climate change could possibly be one of the most important issues of the 21st century!
SOIL QUALITY • Subject: Environment • 2008 • 23 minutes • Schlessinger Media • Colour Although soil may seem plentiful, it can be polluted and depleted by natural and human activities. Examine sources of soil pollution and discover some of the efforts taken to prevent this, such the construction of sanitary landfills and the long-term storage of hazardous waste. Visit Love Canal, an area dramatically affected by soil pollution, and see the state of that community today. Although soil erosion is natural and necessary, human activity can hasten and magnify this process. Learn how "America's Bread Basket" was transformed into the "Dust Bowl" during the 1930s, and see what farming methods have been implemented as result. Finally, travel to Shirley Plantation in Virginia, and observe how several ambitious projects have reclaimed degraded land to transform potential wastelands into valuable farmlands. Soil is much more than dirt beneath our feet. It is an essential component of life on Earth.
WATER QUALITY • Subject: Environment • 2008 • 23 minutes • Schlessinger Media • Colour More than two-thirds of the planet is covered by water. Because water is vital to all life, both the quality and availability of this precious nature resource is critical. Investigate point and non point sources of pollution, consider the potential environmental, economic and health effects of water pollution, and see what scientists look for when they test the water quality of North America's largest estuary the Chesapeake Bay! When the supply of available fresh water is overused, polluted or affected by climate change, a whole new problem arises water scarcity. Learn what can happen when an area's water supply dwindles, and see how conservation and innovation can help to combat this problem. From the passing of the Clean Water Act in 1972 to the building of desalination plants, discover some of the tremendous strides that have been made in maintaining the quality and quantity of the world's water supply.
Programs for Children and Youth GREEN DESIGN • Subject: Environment • 2009 • 21 minutes • Phoenix Films • Colour This program explores the exciting race to design greener products of all sorts. You can work toward a green career as a furniture maker, interior industrial designer, engineer, or product designer within a myriad of businesses. This is a race that will reward those who can envision or help the greener create mousetraps of tomorrow. Jobs profiled in this program include: Architect, Interior Designer, Consultant, and Landscape Designer WATER MANAGEMENT • Subject: Environment • 2008 • 20 minutes • Phoenix Films • Colour This program presents an overview of job opportunities in water management such as flood control, reservoir levee management, and repair, design designing and operating dams and sewer systems, river management and restoration, monitoring populations, fish protecting habitats and endangered species, maintaining natural resources, water conservation, irrigation, landscape design, and more. Water management is a fast-growing job opportunity. State, federal, and local governments spend billions of dollars a year on water management, and employ thousands of trained workers to conserve and distribute water while protecting the environment. You can't have a green world without water. SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE • Subject: Environment • 2008 • 22 minutes • Phoenix Films • Colour This program provides an inside look at an organic farm and an organic retail store and discusses the day-to-day challenges and rewards of working in this field. Organic farming includes a wide range of jobs in production, marketing and distribution
ENERGY FROM EARTH'S INTERIOR • Subject: Environment; Energy • 2002 • 15 minutes • Allegro Production • Colour An alternative to fossil fuels lies in the heat below the earth's crust. This SCIENCE SCREEN REPORT FOR KIDS explores how huge granite bodies that are two to three miles under the earth's surface may be used as heating elements for future geothermal power plants. Students will see how these hot rocks are formed, and the technology that is used to locate them and allow them to be mined for heat.
GLOBAL WARMING AND THE GREENHOUSE EFFECT • Subject: Environment; Climate Change • 2001 • 20 minutes • EVN • Colour Learn what creates the Greenhouse Effect and discover how it affects weather patterns all over the world. Understand that we must take the threat of global warming seriously to ensure the continued survival of our species.
GREEN CAREERS SERIES
BUILDING GREEN • Subject: Environment • 2008 • 20 minutes • Phoenix Films • Colour This program presents an of job overview opportunities in this booming industry where there is a high demand for trained professionals, designers, and workers to improve the help efficiency of commercial and residential buildings through better design of new buildings and smart improvements to existing structures. Making our homes and offices more energy efficient is an enormous challenge, but the potential cost savings and benefits for the environment are significant. Government mandates, tax credits, and rebates are adding additional incentives. A job in a "green" construction trade can enable a young person, with a minimal amount of training, to get a foot in the door of the green economy.
RECYCLING • Subject: Environment • 2008 • 22 minutes • Phoenix Films • Colour This program introduces opportunities in job recycling including a profile of an electronics recycling start-up and a San Francis comunicipal program to recycle cooking oil into bio diesel fuel. Job opportunities in include recycling collection, transportation, receiving and sorting, disassembly, handling materials, hazardous scheduling, operations, and plant management. Recycling provides opportunities for young people to start with a temporary or part-time job, then move up to supervisory and management responsibilities.
RESTORING THE LAND: HAZARDOUS WASTE MANAGEMENT • Subject: Environment • 2008 • 20 minutes • Phoenix Films • Colour In this program, we visit a naval air station where a from the team Environmental Protection Agency manages a massive program to remove a half-century of hazardous waste, and profile jobs such as a hazardous-waste technician, chemist, toxicologist and EPA project manager.
CLEAN ENERGY SOLAR POWER • Subject: Environment • 2009 • 20 minutes • Phoenix Films • Colour This program looks at the entire range of jobs to make solar power a reality from research and development, design and marketing, and financial analysis to construction and project management. Engineers, analysts and managers share how they work in this emerging green industry and how they found the opportunity to be part of the clean energy solution.
NOBELITY: A LOOK AT THE FUTURE THROUGH THE EYES OF NOBEL LAUREATES • Subject: Environment • 2006 • 84 minutes • Monterey Media • Colour Filmed across the U.S., and in France, England, India, and Africa, Nobelity Combines The Insights of nine distinguished Nobelists with a firstperson view of world problems and the children who are most challenged by them. Our children's future is in your hands.
ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE • Subject: Environment • 2009 • 21 minutes • Phoenix Films • Colour This program examines how staffers at non-profit agencies work with lawyers, lobbyists and other concerned citizens to advocate for environmental protection and strategies for sustainable growth. Jobs profiled in this program include: Environmental Attorney, Research Associate, Press Secretary, Community Organizer, EPA Attorney
GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES • Subject: Environment • 2004 • 23 minutes • Schlessinger Media • Colour With world population growing and global climate change threatening to affect us all, never has that balance been more important. Today, the developed world uses much of the world's energy resources to fuel its modern lifestyle and contributes to the majority of global greenhouse gases. However, billions of people in the developing world crave the same material benefits, leading to such fears as resource shortages and increased global warming. Students will learn about the positive and negative effects of industrialization, and how international efforts, such as the Kyoto Treaty, are attempting to manage economic development in order to protect the global environment.
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GO GREEN AROUND YOUR HOME • Subject: Conservation; Energy • 2008 • 20 minutes • Learning Zone • Colour Sustaining the world's resources for future generations can start with small changes around your home. Watch as a group of students - The Go Green Team - go into action after they learn statistics about waste. See how they come up with ways to reduce, reuse and recycle products to create a
Programs for Children and Youth
GOING GREEN: REAL-WORLD SOLUTIONS FOR THE ENVIRONMENT • Subject: Environment; Climate Change; Energy • 2007 • 45 minutes • Films Media Group • Colour It's easy to talk about environmental stewardship, but quite another matter to practice it. This compilation of 12 ABC News stories shows how governments, businesses, and individuals around the world are taking concrete, eco-friendly action. Each engaging example of "going green" offers an opportunity for class discussion, further study, and perhaps even genuine change. GREEN ENCYCLOPEDIA • Subject: Environment • 2008 • 20 minutes • Films Media Group • Colour What can one person, one business, or one town do to improve the precarious state of the planet? Check The Green Encyclopedia, 100 video clips (1 minute 10 seconds each) that information, provide ideas, and simple suggestions on how best bring sustainable to practices into our daily lives - and make the Earth a much better place in the process. Perilous implications of the Greenhouse Effect are also discussed. Filmed in Europe, these clip-tips are equally valuable here in North America. 2-part series, 47-70 minutes each.
IF THE WORLD WERE A VILLAGE • Subject: Social Justice; Environment • 2006 • 30 minutes • 9 Story Entertainment • Colour Based on the best selling and award-winning book, the program delivers an important message using a magical metaphor: what if the world with six billion people were a village of just 100 people. If the World Were a Village offers a unique and objective resource. By exploring the lives of the 100 villagers, children will discover that life in other nations is often very different from their own. The shrunk-down statistics some surprising, some shocking, and David Smith's tips on building worldmindedness will encourage viewers to embrace the bigger picture and help them to establish their own place in the global village.
JUNK FOOD WARS • Subject: Food; Health • 2005 • 30 minutes • Films Media Group • Colour Healthy eating is a challenge - sometimes, it's even a battle. With vending machines, convenience stores, and fast food restaurants almost everywhere, nutritional value can go down in defeat. This highenergy video shows how to defend against the dangers of junk food. Straightforward discussions and dramatizations arm students with a wealth of information on the updated 2005 food pyramid, the different kinds of fats and sugars, how to read ingredients labels, and how to control what foods are available. Commentary from nutrition and food policy experts provides backup, with insights into junk food packaging and advertising tactics. Stop losing battles! Join the Junk Food Wars. A viewable/printable teachers guide is available at www.cambridgeeducational.com. Correlates to National Health Education Standards.
AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY • Subject: Environment; Climate Change • 2007 • 30 minutes • Annenberg Media • Colour Will world population outrun food resources? The "Green Revolution" of the 20th century multiplied crop yields, in part through increasing inputs of pesticides and fertilizers. How can farmers reduce their use of agricultural chemicals and still produce enough food?
ATMOSPHERE • Subject: Environment; Climate Change • 2007 • 30 minutes • Annenberg Media • Colour The atmosphere is what makes the Earth habitable. Heat-trapping gases allow ecosystems to flourish. While the NOAA Global Monitoring Project documents the fluctuations in greenhouse gasses worldwide, MIT's Kerry Emanuel looks at the role of hurricanes in regulating global climate.
ATMOSPHERIC POLLUTION • Subject: Environment; Climate Change • 2007 • 30 minutes • Annenberg Media • Colour Once released, air pollutants react chemically with each other under solar radiation to become even more dangerous secondary pollutants. A company in the Northeast U.S. tracks the emission of pollutants at street level, while an international long-term study follows plumes of pollution from Mexico City across the continent and beyond.
BIODIVERSITY DECLINE • Subject: Environment; Nature • 2007 • 30 minutes • Annenberg Media • Colour Species are being lost at a rapid rate in rainforests and coral reefs. Yet many species still have not been discovered. Tropical scientists struggle to keep ahead of the bulldozers as they work to understand this complex ecosystem. And an ocean biologist predicts the death of life and the "rise of slime" in the sea. How can we protect the biodiversity of these vulnerable ecosystems?
EARTH'S CHANGING CLIMATE • Subject: Environment • 2007 • 30 minutes • Annenberg Media • Colour Tropical glaciers are the world's thermometers; their melting is a signal that human activities are warming the planet. A California project tries to predict whether natural ecosystems will be able to absorb enough additional carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in the next 50 years to mitigate the full impact of human-induced greenhouse gas emissions.
MAN OF THE GLACIERS: ANTARCTIC RESEARCHER CLAUDE LORIUS • Subject: Environment: Climate Change • 2008 • 52 minutes • Films Media Group • Colour Much of our knowledge of climate change and the state of the Earths polar ice is due to the work of French glaciologist Claude Lorius. This program documents several of his missions to Antarctica and his primary innovation: heavy-hydrogen analysis of drilled ice core samples. Detailed interviews with Lorius and with several of his colleagues are interwoven with astonishing, rarely seen archival footage steeping viewers in the lore and scientific findings of the 1957 Charcot mission, the long-range 1959 expedition headed by Frans Guus van der Hoeven, the challenges of drilling at Dome C, and Lorius dogged collaboration with Soviet scientists at the height of the Cold War.
ECOSYSTEMS • Subject: Environment; Climate Change • 2007 • 30 minutes • Annenberg Media • Colour Scientists from the Smithsonian Center for Tropical Research document the astounding abundance of diversity in tropical rainforests to discover why so many species coexist that are competing for the same resources. In North America, the Yellowstone Wolf Reintroduction project explores why removing just one species dramatically changed the distribution of plants and animals up and down the food web. ENERGY CHALLENGES • Subject: Environment; Climate Change; Energy • 2007 • 30 minutes • Annenberg Media • Colour Global energy use increases by the day. Polluting the atmosphere with ever more carbon dioxide is not a viable solution for our future energy needs. Can new technologies such as carbon sequestration and ethanol production help provide the energy we need without pushing the concentrations of CO2 to dangerous levels?
HUMAN POPULATION DYNAMICS • Subject: Environment; Climate Change • 2007 • 30 minutes • Annenberg Media • Colour The human population of our planet now exceeds 6.5 billion and is rising. Much of this growth is projected for the most environmentally fragile regions of the world. Will studying the history of the world's population growth help predict the Earth's "carrying capacity"? OUR GLOBAL EXPERIMENT • Subject: Environment; Climate Change • 2007 • 30 minutes • Annenberg Media • Colour Earth's essential systems are being stressed in many ways. There are many tipping points in the environment, beyond which there could be serious consequences. Will human ingenuity, resiliency, and cooperation save us from the worst outcomes of our global experiment?
RISK, EXPOSURE & HEALTH • Subject: Environment; Climate Change • 2007 • 30 minutes • Annenberg Media • Colour We all require food, air, and water to survive - which are contaminated to some extent by man-made pollutants. Two studies, one in a rural western mining town and another in a dense urban population, reveal how these exposures impact health, and what can be done to reduce the risks. THE NEW GREEN REVOLUTION • Subject: Environment; Energy; Climate Change; Econom • 2007 • 59 minutes • Films Media Group • Colour What will it take to create an eco-friendly global economy? This program addresses the financial, technological, and organizational obstacles that must be overcome before human society and planet Earth can truly coexist. Drawn from the series Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy and futurist Hazel Henderson's book by the same title, the program contains powerful insights from engineers, energy experts, venture capitalists, and product development specialists - all of whom are committed to building a greener world.
Programs for Children and Youth
NATURE KNOWS BEST SERIES • Subject: Environment • 1997 • 13 x 25 minutes • Landmark Media Inc. • Colour "Nature Knows Best" highlights environmental concerns and solutions. Thoroughly researched, these programs approach both local and global ecological problems in a positive way. Albert, the host, is knowledgeable and enthrals children with his ability to tunnel his way into any situation. Filled with high-quality animation, characters and content, this series deals with major modern day issues in a humorous and effective way.
Includes: • Animal Factory • Earth's Alive • Energy - There Are Better Ways • Food For All Seasons? • It's Everywhere • The Never Ending Cycle • The Oceans - Save The Wave • Rain Forests - Long May They Reign • Rubbish And Waste: A Boomerang • Sound And Noise: Unplugged • A Tree Is More Than Just A Tree • The Value Of A Bird • Water And Weather
NOBELITY: A LOOK AT THE FUTURE THROUGH THE EYES OF NOBEL LAUREATES • Subject: Environment • 2006 • 84 minutes • Monterey Media • Colour Filmed across the U.S., and in France, England, India, and Africa, Nobelity Combines The Insights of nine distinguished Nobelists with a firstperson view of world problems and the children who are most challenged by them. Our children's future is in your hands.
THINK GREEN SERIES • Subject: Environment • 2006 • 40 x 24 minutes • World Wide Entertainment • Colour The series provides information on educational requirements for entering various fields and highlights high-demand jobs for students from a wide range of academic disciplines, with a wide variety of interests.
STOP THE SMOGGIES: EPISODES 1 & 2 • Subject: Environment • 2007 • 2 x 50 minutes • Cookie Jar • Colour Leader of The Pack Theme: Endangered Species The Smoggies turn a pack of whales against the Suntots. When the whales beach themselves, the Suntots come to the rescue. Don't Bug The Bugs Theme: Misuse of Pesticides To protect themselves from the annual invasion of the Bitty Bugs, the Smoggies spray their breeding grounds. The pesticide causes the Bitty Bugs to grow into giant nuisances.
STOP THE SMOGGIES: EPISODES 3 & 4 • Subject: Environment • 2007 • 2 x 50 minutes • Cookie Jar • Colour A Hair Raising Tale Theme: Misuse of Chemicals A potion created by Captain Clarence accidentally causes Polluto to lose what little hair he has. After their drinking water is polluted by the same chemical, the Suntots also turn bald. Size Isn't Everything Theme: Endangered Birds The Smoggies plot to increase Little Suntot's size. The plan misfires and finds Polluto ten times his normal height and on an egg-smashing rampage. STOP THE SMOGGIES: EPISODES 5 & 6 • Subject: Environment: Nature • 2007 • 2 x 50 minutes • Cookie Jar • Colour Double Talk Theme: Forest Management The Smoggies' wasteful destruction of Echo-trees for a youth potion causes the forest vines to engulf Suntotown. Coral Cup Theme: Clean vs Dirty Energy The Smoggies cheat in an attempt to win the Annual Coral Cup Sailing Race.
VOX: THE ARCTIC • Subject: Environment • 2005 • 58 minutes • TV Ontario • Colour Imagine kayaking past icebergs while whales swim along beside you. Sound like a dream? It's not. It's the Arctic. And ten students from across North America ventured there for an expedition of a lifetime. But it's not just about awe-inspiring scenery... it's about coming to terms with the fragility of our global ecosystem. It's also about no running water, no heat, freezing conditions, 24-hour sunlight, roaming wildlife, and snacking on seals' eyeballs. Could you handle it? VOX: The Arctic is a special presentation of VOX, TVO's acclaimed magazine series for teens.
STOP THE SMOGGIES: EPISODES 7 & 8 • Subject: Environment • 2007 • 2 x 50 minutes • Cookie Jar • Colour A Smoggie's Birthday Theme: Endangered Species Emma wants a fur coat for her birthday, so Clarence plans to use the pink fur of the last of the "Cuddle-Ups" on Coral Island. A Long Way From Home Theme: Returning Animals to their Natural Habitat %A lost Kiwi flees from both the Smoggies and the Suntots, causing a wild chase.
STOP THE SMOGGIES: EPISODES 9 & 10 • Subject: Environment: Nature • 2007 • 2 x 50 minutes • Cookie Jar • Colour Goodbye Engine No. 9 Theme: Preserving Our Past Uncle Boom wants to prematurely replace the old but faithful Suntot train, Engine Number Nine, with the not-yet-perfected Zoom-Engine. The Big Heat Theme: The Greenhouse Effect Smoke from the Stinkypoo billows out of control into the upper atmosphere, causing a great increase in temperature on Coral Island. When the icebergs begin to melt the sea level rises, threatening Suntotown.
STOP THE SMOGGIES: EPISODES 11 & 12 • Subject: Environment • 2007 • 2 x 50 minutes • Cookie Jar • Colour Emma's Green Thumb Theme: Ecological Balance of Plants Emma wants to win the Suntot's Flower Contest, but her cheating ways cause trouble. Which Is Witch? Theme: Prevention of Forest Fires Emma masquerades as a witch. She frightens off the Suntots, causing them to abandon their campfire. A huge forest fire results, and it takes all the Suntots' ingenuity to control it.
WHO'S GOT THE POWER? • Subject: Environment • 2007 • 52 minutes • Landmark Media Inc. • Colour This forceful documentary addresses, head on, the reality of global warming, caused by the burning of fossil fuels, coal, oil and gas, its attendant dangers in the form of carbon dioxide emissions - and presents genuine and workable solutions. This program proposes that the use of renewable energy - solar, wind, biomass and geothermal, are viable alternatives to our dependence on fossil fuels that bring about the dangerous climate changes that result in global warming. From the vantage points of world-renown scientists, environmental activists, physicians, financial advisers, designers, builders, coal miners and others, the global warming debate unfolds. In addition, inner city and suburban consumers in America, Germany and Japan share their personal experiences with solar-powered housing. From the coal-scarred hills of Appalachia to the sun drenched suburbs of Los Angeles, to three Category 5 hurricanes within three months in 2005 in the Southeast, eight days of nonstop rain in the Northeast, record breaking heat globally, people are becoming increasingly vocal about the hazards of global warming. They are demanding practical and achievable solutions, in particular, championing the development and use of renewable energy resources to safeguard the earth for future generations.