Honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives. Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, this phenomenon has brought beekeepers to crisis in an industry responsible for producing apples, broccoli, watermelon, onions, cherries and a hundred other fruits and vegetables. Commercial honeybee operations pollinate crops that make up one out of every three bites of food on our tables. Vanishing of the Bees follows commercial beekeepers David Hackenberg and Dave Mendes as they strive to keep their bees healthy and fulfill pollination contracts across the U.S. The film explores the struggles they face as the two friends plead their case on Capital Hill and travel across the Pacific Ocean in the quest to protect their honeybees. Narrated by Oscar-nominated actress Ellen Page. Directed by George Langworthy and Maryam Henein.
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This visually moving film tells the story of the scientists, farmers and chefs tackling one of the greatest problems of our age: Western culture's love affair with meat and dairy. Through an extraordinarily personal and mouth-watering culinary journey we discover the wide range of medical and environmental benefits of eating our vegetables.
Lunch Line reframes the school lunch debate through an examination of the program's surprising past, present, and possible future. A history lesson explaining the complexities of the USDA's sorted relationship with the School Lunch Program. Lunch Line exposes how politics and private interests have gotten in the way of doing right by kids.
A compelling and transcendent narrative on the human costs of coal and strip-mining, the film follows the journey of a former coal miner and his neighbors. Unfolding as a modern-day David vs. Goliath tale, the residents of the Coal River Valley in West Virginia transform from so-called victims to fearless and informed experts on mountaintop removal.
Cell Phone Minerals are financing war in DR Congo
The main minerals used to produce cell phones are coming from the mines in the Eastern DR Congo. The Western World is buying these so-called conflict minerals and thereby finances a civil war that, according to human rights organisations, has been the bloodiest conflict since World War II: During the last 15 years the conflict has cost the lives of more than 5 million people and 300,000 women have been raped. The war will continue as long as armed groups can finance their warfare by selling minerals.
If you ask the phone companies where their suppliers get minerals from, none of them can guarantee that they aren’t buying conflict minerals from the Congo. Director Frank Poulsen gets access to Congo’s largest tin mine, which is being controlled by different armed groups, and where children work at gunpoint for days in narrow mine tunnels digging out the minerals that end up in our phones.
Blood in the Mobile is a film about our responsibility for the conflict in the Congo and about corporate social responsibility. www.bloodinthemobile.org
See also: Journeyman's film: Congo's Tin Soldiers www.youtube.com
Sorry, could not embed, must go to Peter Jackson's facebook page to watch: www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150223186041807&oid=141884481557
The first production diary video about the upcoming movie 'The Hobbit'.
In this 1997 anime epic from director Hayao Miyazaki, Prince Ashitaka (voiced by Billy Crudup) is infected with a lethal curse, and must travel to find a cure. On his journey, he discovers himself caught in a battle between a mining town and the animals of the surrounding forest. A girl raised by wolves (Claire Danes) leads the animals, but the forest harbors deadly supernatural powers. Reviews -- Critic Roger Ebert hailed the movie one of 1999's 10 best films. In 2009, A.O. Scott of the NY Times claimed this movie deals with the issue of the destruction of the environment better than any other he has ever seen. See his video review here: www.artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com
Not available streaming on-line at any reliable source.
Miramax owns the film.
Netflix has the DVD only.
Narrated by actress Bebe Neuwirth, this engaging documentary weighs the shortcomings of America's industrialized food system against a rising local-growth movement, whose proponents are shrinking the gap between farmland and dinner table. With chefs Alice Waters and Greg Higgins as guiding lights, growers, restaurateurs and consumers around the country, from Oregon to Harlem, New York, discuss their methods for bringing food production back home. Dierctor: Robert Bates.
Tiffany Shlain's documentary "Connected: An Autoblogography About Love, Death and Technology" uses animation and archival footage to tell the story of the human transition to modernization. Premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
“Tiffany Shlain demonstrates, with lyrical simplicity, our interdependence on one another and the interconnectedness of humanity with all life on earth. With a tightly synchronized dance between her powerful images and insightful words -- with humor, and with a creativity all her own, Tiffany illuminates the issues that affect us all— including environmental degradation, dizzying technological innovation and population growth—and helps us to understand our inter-relationship with the world in a way that is both freeing and inspiring.” --Al Gore
The feature film Forks Over Knives -- www.ForksOverKnives.com -- examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.
Coming to theatres May 6, 2011
Documentary Dance Film, Release Date, 2011
Plot Outline: to Educate, Entertain & Inspire...
Starring an Ensemble Cast of 100+
Directed By Kurt Soderling, Melinda Songer Soderling
Food Stamped is an informative and humorous documentary film following a couple as they attempt to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet on a food stamp budget. Nutrition educator Shira Potash teaches nutrition-based cooking classes to elementary school students in low-income neighborhoods, most of whom are eligible for food stamps. In an attempt to walk a mile in their shoes, Shira and her documentary filmmaker husband embark on the food stamp challenge where they eat on roughly one dollar per meal. Along the way, they consult with food justice activists, nutrition experts, politicians, and ordinary people living on food stamps, all in order to take a deep look at the struggles low-income Americans face every day while trying to put three-square meals on the table. 2010.
THE CITY DARK chronicles the disappearance of darkness. When filmmaker Ian Cheney (King Corn) moves to New York City and discovers skies almost completely devoid of stars, a simple question -- what do we lose, when we lost the night? -- spawns a journey to America's brightest and darkest corners. Astronomers, cancer researchers, ecologists and philosophers provide glimpses of what is lost in the glare of city lights; blending a humorous, searching tone with poetic footage of the night sky, what unravels is an introduction to the science of the dark, and an exploration of the human relationship to the stars.
Queen of The Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? is a profound, alternative look at the global bee crisis from Taggart Siegel, director of The Real Dirt on Farmer John. Taking us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive, this engaging and ultimately uplifting film weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world including Michael Pollan, Gunther Hauk and Vandana Shiva. Together they reveal both the problems and the solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature. Filmmaker: Taggart Siegel.
If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front tells the remarkable story of the rise and fall of an ELF cell (of the Earth Liberation Front), by focusing on the transformation and radicalization of one of its members. Part coming-of-age tale, part cops-and-robbers thriller, the film interweaves a verite chronicle of Daniel on house arrest as he faces life in prison, with a dramatic recounting of the events that led to his involvement with the group. And along the way it asks hard questions about environmentalism, activism, and the way we define terrorism. Makes you think. Premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival - best editing. 85 minutes, 2010. Director: Marshall Curry, Co-director: Sam Cullman.
BAG IT follows Jeb Berrier, an average American guy who is admittedly not a “tree hugger,” who makes a pledge to stop using plastic bags. This simple action gets Jeb thinking about all kinds of plastic as he embarks on a global tour to unravel the complexities of our plastic world. When Jeb’s journey takes a personal twist, we see how our crazy-for-plastic world has finally caught up to us and what we can do about it. Today. Filmmaker: Suzan Beraza. Lots of screenings going on across the country...
Why do we throw away so much? And how can we stop this kind of waste? Amazing but true: On the way from the farm to the dining-room table, more than half the food lands on the dump. Most of it before it ever reaches consumers. For instance every other head of lettuce or potato. A documentary by Valentin Thurn about the worldwide destruction of food, 2010.
Earth 2.0 Time to Upgrade.
The numerous ‘bugs’ in Earth 1.0 are causing the biosphere to crash. Earth 1.0 has caused, or at least exacerbated, climate change. Earth 1.0 has mismanaged the planet’s resources. Earth 1.0 has ravaged ecosystems and compromised the integrity of the web of life. Earth 1.0 has created opulent excess hand in hand with extreme poverty. Earth 1.0 has fuelled weapons of mass destruction and media of mass distraction. The road ahead is clear. To be sustained, our species must upgrade to Earth 2.0.
The four chief operating principles, or four pillars, of Earth 2.0 are: sharing, symbiosis, eco-consciousness and eco-technology. Director/Producer Frank Da Silva.
Mad City Chickens is a sometimes serious, sometimes whimsical look at the people who keep urban chickens in their backyards. From experts and authors to a rescued landfill chicken or an inexperienced family that takes the poultry plunge—it’s a humorous and heartfelt trip through the world of backyard chickendom. Produced and directed by Tashai Lovington & Robert Lughai. Check site for screenings.
Excellent Reviews! Every day, the world over, large amounts of high-level radioactive waste created by nuclear power plants is placed in interim storage, which is vulnerable to natural disasters, man-made disasters, and to societal changes. In Finland the world's first permanent repository is being hewn out of solid rock -- a huge system of underground tunnels - that must last 100,000 years as this is how long the waste remains hazardous. This documentary examines the technology designed to keep the waste safely sequestered for 100,000 years, this film also explores strategies for convincing future generations to leave the lethal material undisturbed. Filmmaker Michael Madsen directs. 2010 75 minutes.