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Affluenza

AFFLUENZA is a groundbreaking film that diagnoses a serious social disease - caused by consumerism, commercialism and rampant materialism - that is having a devastating impact on our families, communities, and the environment. We have more stuff, but less time, and our quality of life seems to be deteriorating. By using personal stories, expert commentary, hilarious old film clips, and "uncommercial" breaks to illuminate the nature and extent of the disease, AFFLUENZA has appealed to widely diverse audiences: from freshmen orientation programs to consumer credit counseling, and from religious congregations to marketing classes.

With the help of historians and archival film, AFFLUENZA reveals the forces that have dramatically transformed us from a nation that prized thriftiness - with strong beliefs in "plain living and high thinking" - into the ultimate consumer society.

The program ends with a prescription to cure the disease. A growing number of people are opting out of the consumer chase, and choosing "voluntary simplicity" instead. They are working and shopping less, spending more time with friends and family, volunteering in the communities, and enjoying their lives more.



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Awakening Universe, The
A film by Neal Rogin
 

Based on the book, The Universe Story by cultural historian Thomas Berry and Cosmologist Brian Swimme, this beautiful and inspiring film takes you on the ultimate journey, from the very birth of the Universe, through the arising of Galaxies, the formation of the Earth, the emergence of life, and finally to the development of human consciousness.

In a mere fifteen minutes, using awe inspiring images and a sweeping original musical score, this amazing film shows how science, spirit and ancient indigenous wisdom are now all converging to reveal that we stand in the very heart of that which created us. An entirely new context for human life is arising in our lifetime, with the potential to transform forever our sense of separation, isolation, and alienation into one of connection, commonality and communion.

 



 

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BHUTAN
Taking The Middle Path To Happiness

Imagine a country where happiness is the guiding principle of government. Imagine a people who see all life as sacred and the source of their happiness, a place with an abundance of clean and renewable energy, a nation committed to preserving its culture and whose progress is measured by obtaining Gross National Happiness for its people. Where is this Shangri-La? Bhutan. But can a place like Bhutan really exist? Can such ideals be realized? Can this small, geographically isolated country tucked away in the Himalayans truly protect its environment and culture as they open their doors to the West? The answer is rooted in the Bhutanese view of the world, anchored in Buddhism, with the simple message that happiness can only be found by taking the middle path the path that balances the needs of man with the powerful spirits of nature. 
--Bonus Feature - A short film in which His Holiness the Dalai Lama expresses his views on happiness. The interview took place in Dharamsala, India, where he resides in exile. The backdrop for the film is scenery from the documentary film Sacred Tibet The Path To Mount Kailash.



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Biomimicry
Directed by Paul Lang
Produced by Paul Lang & David Springbett
for CBC's "The Nature of Things"
Executive Producer: Michael Allder
Presented by David Suzuki
With Janine Benyus

The programs put us in touch with men and women who believe our teachers are all around us. These biomimics are learning from our fellow earthlings - the ecological survivors who have prospered for millions of years. They've survived and met their needs while creating conditions conducive to life for all others around them.

After decades of research into the lives of insects, bivalves, plants and mammals, biomimics are uncovering major insights into how life occurs. Their explorations of nature aren't so much "about" nature in order to circumvent or control her. Instead, biomimics are guided by humility as they begin to learn "from" nature so we can learn to fit in alongside the rest of nature, at last and for good.

After 3.8 billion years, `life' knows what works and what lasts on earth. Mimicking these designs and strategies - their recipes - could change the way we grow food, harness solar energy, run businesses, even the way we make materials.

The two programs introduce us to several scientists, businesspeople, and authors in this field. Featured in the first program are: Wes Jackson of The Land Institute in Texas; Ray Anderson, CEO of Interface, Inc.; Paul Hawken, author "Natural Capitalism"; and of course Janine Benyus, who co-hosts the program. In the second program we meet Herbert Waite, a biologist at USC - Santa Barbara; Robin Garrell, an organic chemist at UCLA; and Jeff Brinker of Sandia National Labs.

 



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Canticle to the Cosmos
With Brian Swimme

Canticle to the Cosmos tells the scientific story of the Universe with a feeling for its sacred nature. Brain Swimme, BS, PhD., featured in the BBS series Soul of the Universe along with Stephen Hawkins, hosts this classic series on the New Story of the Universe. Designed to be used as part of an academic curriculum, in small group study, or for individual enrichment.

12 -60 Minute Programs Include:

  1. The Story of Our Time

  2. The Primeval Fireball

  3. Feast of Consciousness

  4. Fundamental Order of the Universe

  5. Destruction and Loss

  6. A Magical Planet

  1. Sex, Death & Dreams

  2. The Nature of the Human

  3. Fire in the Mind

  4. The Timing of Creativity

  5. The Human Story

  6. A New Prosperity

Brian Swimme is a mathematical cosmologist of the graduate faculty of the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.
 


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Carbon Nation

Directed by Peter Byck
Starring Bill Kurtis, Richard Branson


An optimistic, solutions-based, non-preachy, big tent film that shows tackling climate change boosts the economy, increases national security and promotes health & a clean environment.



 

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Citizen Architect
Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio
 

In 1993 the late architect and MacArthur Genius Samuel Mockbee started the Rural Studio, a design/build education program, in which students create striking architecture for impoverished communities in rural Alabama. Guided by frank, passionate interviews with Mockbee, Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio shows how a group of students use their creativity, ingenuity and compassion to craft a home for their charismatic client, Jimmie Lee Matthews, known to locals as Music Man because of his zeal for old R&B and Soul records. The film reveals that the Rural Studio is about more than architecture and building. Mockbee's program provides students with an experience that forever inspires them to consider how they can use their skills to better their communities. Interviews with Mockbee s peers and scenes with those he s influenced infuse the film with a larger discussion of architecture s role in issues of poverty, class, race, education, social change and citizenship.



 

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Corporation, The

WINNER OF 26 INTERNATIONAL AWARDS! 10 Audience Choice Awards including the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.

Provoking, witty, stylish and sweepingly informative, THE CORPORATION explores the nature and spectacular rise of the dominant institution of our time. Part film and part movement, The Corporation is transforming audiences and dazzling critics with its insightful and compelling analysis. Taking its status as a legal "person" to the logical conclusion, the film puts the corporation on the psychiatrist's couch to ask "What kind of person is it?" The Corporation includes interviews with 40 corporate insiders and critics - including Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein, Milton Friedman, Howard Zinn, Vandana Shiva and Michael Moore - plus true confessions, case studies and strategies for change.



 

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Cosmic Voyage

Written and Directed by Bayley Silleck
Produced by Jeffrey Marvin and Bayley Silleck
Narrated by Morgan Freeman

The Academy Award nominee Cosmic Voyage combines live action with state-of-the-art computer-generated imagery to pinpoint where humans fit in our ever-expanding universe. Highlighting this journey is a "cosmic zoom" based on the powers of 10, extending from the surface of Earth to the largest observable structures of the universe, and then back to the subnuclear realm--a guided tour across 42 orders of magnitude!


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Cosmogenesis and Journey of a Silica Atom
 

Cosmogenesis
Using space images from Nasa, Elisabet Sahtouris weaves a moving and poetic story of the 15 billion years of cosmic evolution

 

Journey of a Silica Atom
In this intriguing take one experiences the incredible interconnectedness of all our planet's geology and biology in a single living system.

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Crude: The Real Price of Oil
 

The story of lawsuit by tens of thousands of Ecuadorans against Chevron over contamination of the Ecuadorean Amazon.
 

One of the largest and most controversial legal cases on the planet. An inside look at the infamous $27 billion "Amazon Chernobyl" case, CRUDE is a real-life high stakes legal drama set against a backdrop of the environmental movement, global politics, celebrity activism, human rights advocacy, the media, multinational corporate power, and rapidly-disappearing indigenous cultures. Presenting a complex situation from multiple viewpoints, the film examines a complicated situation from several angles while bringing a story of environmental peril and human suffering into focus.

 

 



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A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash

A 90 minute documentary on the planet's dwindling oil resources

OilCrash, produced and directed by award-winning European journalists and filmmakers Basil Gelpke and Ray McCormack, tells the story of how our civilization’s addiction to oil puts it on a collision course with geology. Compelling, intelligent, and highly entertaining, the film visits with the world’s top experts and comes to a startling, but logical conclusion – our industrial society, built on cheap and readily available oil, must be completely re-imagined and overhauled.

The film includes in-depth, thought-provoking interviews with Colin Campbell, Matt Simmons, Roscoe Bartlett, David Goodstein, Matt Savinar, Terry Lynn Karl, Fadhil Chalabi, Robert Ebel and many others.  Shot on location at oil fields in Azerbaijan, Venezuela, the Middle East and Texas, with original music by Daniel Schnyder and Philip Glass, the film provides not only questions, but possible solutions to the most perplexing and important economic, environmental and public policy issue of our time

http://www.oilcrashmovie.com/index2.html


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Dirt!: The Movie

DIRT! The Movie--directed and produced by Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow--takes you inside the wonders of the soil. It tells the story of Earth's most valuable and underappreciated source of fertility--from its miraculous beginning to its crippling degradation.

The opening scenes of the film dive into the wonderment of the soil. Made from the same elements as the stars, plants and animals, and us, "dirt is very much alive." Though, in modern industrial pursuits and clamor for both profit and natural resources, our human connection to and respect for soil has been disrupted. "Drought, climate change, even war are all directly related to the way we are treating dirt."

DIRT! the Movie--narrated by Jaime Lee Curtis--brings to life the environmental, economic, social and political impact that the soil has. It shares the stories of experts from all over the world who study and are able to harness the beauty and power of a respectful and mutually beneficial relationship with soil.

DIRT! the Movie is simply a movie about dirt. The real change lies in our notion of what dirt is. The movie teaches us: "When humans arrived 2 million years ago, everything changed for dirt. And from that moment on, the fate of dirt and humans has been intimately linked." But more than the film and the lessons that it teaches, DIRT the Movie is a call to action.

"The only remedy for disconnecting people from the natural world is connecting them to it again."

What we've destroyed, we can heal.

http://www.dirtthemovie.org


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Earth on Edge
 

Filmed in collaboration with the World Resources Institute, this Bill Moyers program assesses the state of the environment. Combining interviews with leading scientists and reports from Mongolia, British Columbia, Brazil, South Africa, and the state of Kansas, Moyers and his team of award-wining producers explore the impact that human activities have had on the planet while posing an urgent question: What is happening to Earth's capacity to support nature and civilization? Computer graphics enhance this gripping documentary.

 

 

 

 

 



 

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FLOW
How did a handful of corporations steal our water?

Irena Salina's award-winning documentary investigation into 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?"

Beyond identifying the problem, FLOW also gives viewers a look at the people and institutions providing practical solutions to the water crisis and those developing new technologies, which are fast becoming blueprints for a successful global and economic turnaround.

On December 10th, 2008 FLOW was invited to screen at the United Nations as part of the 60th Anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights. 

http://www.flowthefilm.com

http://www.flowthefilm.com/trailer



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Food for Thought

Do you know that many of the foods on our supermarket shelves - including most of the corn and soy and canola products - are genetically engineered? Did you know that scientists are crossing species that would never breed in nature, such as tomatoes and fish, or toads and potatoes? How do you feel about eating genetically altered food that actually is a pesticide?

None of these genetically engineered foods are tested or labeled by the government, yet many of us are unknowingly eating them every day. European countries are resisting what many people are branding as "Frankenfoods." Here in the U.S. the situation will only get worse until the American public demands the right to know which foods have been genetically altered.


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Food, Inc.

In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government's regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation's food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, herbicide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won't go bad, but we also have new strains of E. coli—the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults.

Featuring interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield's Gary Hirshberg and Polyface Farms' Joel Salatin, Food, Inc. reveals surprising—and often shocking truths—about what we eat, how it's produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here.

http://www.foodincmovie.com/about-the-film.php



 

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Forks Over Knives
starring T. Colin Campbell and Caldwell B. Esselstyn
 

FORKS OVER KNIVES examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the so-called "diseases of affluence" that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods. The major storyline in the film traces the personal journeys of a pair of pioneering yet under-appreciated researchers, Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn.

Dr. Campbell, a nutritional scientist at Cornell University, was concerned in the late 1960's with producing "high quality" animal protein to bring to the poor and malnourished areas of the third world. While in the Philippines, he made a life-changing discovery: the country's wealthier children, who were consuming relatively high amounts of animal-based foods, were much more likely to get liver cancer. Dr. Esselstyn, a top surgeon and head of the Breast Cancer Task Force at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic, found that many of the diseases he routinely treated were virtually unknown in parts of the world where animal-based foods were rarely consumed.

These discoveries inspired Campbell and Esselstyn, who didn't know each other yet, to conduct several groundbreaking studies. One of them took place in China and is still among the most comprehensive health-related investigations ever undertaken. Their research led them to a startling conclusion: degenerative diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even several forms of cancer, could almost always be prevented - and in many cases reversed - by adopting a whole foods, plant-based diet. Despite the profound implications of their findings, their work has remained relatively unknown to the public. The filmmakers travel with Drs. Campbell and Esselstyn on their separate but similar paths, from their childhood farms where they both produced "nature's perfect food"; to China and Cleveland, where they explored ideas that challenged the established thinking and shook their own core beliefs.

The idea of food as medicine is put to the test. Throughout the film, cameras follow "reality patients" who have chronic conditions from heart disease to diabetes. Doctors teach these patients how to adopt a whole foods plant-based diet as the primary approach to treat their ailments - while the challenges and triumphs of their journeys are revealed.





 

 



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Future of Food, The

There is a revolution happening in the farm fields and on the dinner tables of America -- a revolution that is transforming the very nature of the food we eat.

THE FUTURE OF FOOD offers an in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled U.S. grocery store shelves for the past decade.

From the prairies of Saskatchewan, Canada to the fields of Oaxaca, Mexico, this film gives a voice to farmers whose lives and livelihoods have been negatively impacted by this new technology. The health implications, government policies and push towards globalization are all part of the reason why many people are alarmed by the introduction of genetically altered crops into our food supply.

Shot on location in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, THE FUTURE OF FOOD examines the complex web of market and political forces that are changing what we eat as huge multinational corporations seek to control the world's food system. The film also explores alternatives to large-scale industrial agriculture, placing organic and sustainable agriculture as real solutions to the farm crisis today.

http://www.thefutureoffood.com/index.htm



 

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Garden, The
A film by Scott Hamilton Kennedy

The fourteen-acre community garden at 41st and Alameda in South Central Los Angeles is the largest of its kind in the United States. Started as a form of healing after the devastating L.A. riots in 1992, the South Central Farmers have since created a miracle in one of the country’s most blighted neighborhoods. Growing their own food. Feeding their families. Creating a community.

But now, bulldozers are poised to level their 14-acre oasis.

The Garden follows the plight of the farmers, from the tilled soil of this urban farm to the polished marble of City Hall. Mostly immigrants from Latin America, from countries where they feared for their lives if they were to speak out, we watch them organize, fight back, and demand answers:

Why was the land sold to a wealthy developer for millions less than fair-market value? Why was the transaction done in a closed-door session of the LA City Council? Why has it never been made public?

And the powers-that-be have the same response: “The garden is wonderful, but there is nothing more we can do.”

If everyone told you nothing more could be done, would you give up?

The Garden has the pulse of verité with the narrative pull of fiction, telling the story of the country’s largest urban farm, backroom deals, land developers, green politics, money, poverty, power, and racial discord. The film explores and exposes the fault lines in American society and raises crucial and challenging questions about liberty, equality, and justice for the poorest and most vulnerable among us.


http://www.thegardenmovie.com


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Gasland
Written by Sundance Film Festival

It is happening all across America-rural landowners wake up one day to find a lucrative offer from an energy company wanting to lease their property. Reason? The company hopes to tap into a reservoir dubbed the "Saudi Arabia of natural gas." Halliburton developed a way to get the gas out of the ground-a hydraulic drilling process called "fracking"-and suddenly America finds itself on the precipice of becoming an energy superpower.



 

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Gimme Green


Gimme Green is a humorous look at the American obsession with the residential lawn and the effects it has on our environment, our wallets and our outlook on life. From the limitless subdivisions of Florida to sod farms in the arid southwest, Gimme Green peers behind the curtain of the $40-billion industry that fuels our nation's largest irrigated crop-the lawn.



 

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GMO Trilogy

TWhiy Genetically modified organisms threaten your health, the environment and future generations

3 Dis Set

Unnatural Selection

Hidden Dangers in Kids' Meals

You're Eathing WHAT?

http://www.seedsofdeception.com/Public/TheGMOTrilogy/index.cfm



 

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Great Squeeze, The
Surviving the Human Project
directed by Christophe Fauchere

The Great Squeeze explores our current ecological and economic crisis stemming from our dependence on cheap and abundant energy. Although our actions have lifted our civilization to new heights, it has come at a tremendous price


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Green
The New Red, White and Blue
 

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman travels the globe to unravel the tangled web of where we get our energy and what we can do to change its effects on the planet. He visits the front lines of a revolution that is just now taking shape, and shows what is at stake for all of us.

Friedman starts with businesses whose products we use every day. At Google, he discovers one of the unexpected byproducts of internet searches: heat. This heat takes a lot of energy to cool. Google is finding new ways to solve this problem. At Wal-Mart, a new prototype green superstore is being planned. The new stores would save Wal-Mart billions of dollars, all while helping the Earth. From Main Street America to the highest offices in the country, we find out what can and is being done. Political leaders are getting smart to going green, too. In Montana, the governor is on a quest to clean up coal; the governor of California is helping pass some of the country's greenest laws.

Global warming may be an inconvenient truth, but there are solutions, and they are taking hold at a grassroots level. America is embracing the new green revolution sprouting from its red, white and blue roots. Reducing energy consumption and global warming begins at home. Just ask the greens.


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Great Story, The

49 minutes
Produced by Nancy Stetson and Penny Morrell
Edited by Emma Morris and Jane Zipp
Original Music by Gary Schreiner

The Great Story is a 50 minute documentary film for educational venues and public broadcast portraying the life and work of Thomas Berry. The film displays the beauty of the natural world as Berry tells the story of the universe emergence and highlights the critical environmental crisis we are currently facing.

At the heart of the film is Berry's experience of the universe as a cosmic liturgy. He reminds us that "we are not a collection of objects but a communion of subjects." His values were rooted in this sacred cosmology which includes the entire natural world. The mountains, rivers, birds, fish, all living organisms are not there for our use but for a union which is needed for us to become who we are. As Berry said, "I am not myself without everything else."


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Global Banquet, The
Politics of Food

Part 1 Who's Invited?: Giant corporations allowed to control the world's food system through free trade policies. Timely and provocative, this video examines how the corporate globalization of food threatens the livelihoods of small farmers in the U.S. and developing countries, and how free trade is the route to mounting hunger worldwide, despite an overabundance of food.

Part 2 What's on the Menu?: Mass produced, low-cost food imports to developing countries; cash crop exports that deplete natural resources and render developing countries unable to feed themselves; and some genetically modified crops. Farmers, laborers, environmentalists, animal rights activists, church groups and students work to rewrite unjust free trade policies. (2001)

Cine Golden Eagle Award Winner. Creative Excellence: U.S. International Film & Video Festival

Study Guides
http://www.olddogdocumentaries.com/dg_gb.pdf

http://www.maryknollmall.org/studyguides/129_38.pdf


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Half the Sky:
Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
 

Inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's groundbreaking book, HALF THE SKY: TURNING OPPRESSION INTO OPPORTUNITY FOR WOMEN WORLDWIDE takes on the central moral challenge of the 21st century: the oppression of women and girls worldwide.

Take an unforgettable journey with six actress/advocates and New York Times journalist Kristof to meet some of the most courageous individuals of our time, who are doing extraordinary work to empower women and girls everywhere. These are stories of heartbreaking challenge, dramatic transformation and enduring hope. You will be shocked, outraged, brought to tears. Most important, you will be inspired by the resilience of the human spirit and the capabilities of women and girls to realize their staggering potential.

HALF THE SKY is a passionate call-to-arms, urging us not only to bear witness to the plight of the world's women, but to help to transform their oppression into opportunity. Our future is in the hands of women, everywhere.
 



 

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Hidden Heart of the Cosmos, The
by Brian Swimme
80 minutes

What does it mean to be human, to be alive on planet Earth in the midst of the vast universe as it is now understood? Cosmologist Brian Swimme takes us on an exhilarating journey in search of the new story that is developing in answer to this question. From the Milky Way to the Virgo Cluster of galaxies. Drawing on 20th century discoveries in quantum physics and cosmology, he presents a stunning perspective.

Highly Recommended - 3½ Stars - Video Librarian
Inspiring to teachers, college classes and the philosophically inclined. - Booklist
Bronze Apple Winner - National Educational Media Award



 

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Inconvenient Truth, An

Humanity is sitting on a ticking time bomb. If the vast majority of the world's scientists are right, we have just ten years to avert a major catastrophe that could send our entire planet into a tail-spin of epic destruction involving extreme weather, floods, droughts, epidemics and killer heat waves beyond anything we have ever experienced. If that sounds like a recipe for serious gloom and doom -- think again. From director Davis Guggenheim comes the Sundance Film Festival hit, AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, which offers a passionate and inspirational look at one man's fervent crusade to halt global warming's deadly progress in its tracks by exposing the myths and misconceptions that surround it. That man is former Vice President Al Gore, who, in the wake of defeat in the 2000 election, re-set the course of his life to focus on a last-ditch, all-out effort to help save the planet from irrevocable change. In this eye-opening and poignant portrait of Gore and his "traveling global warming show," Gore also proves himself to be one of the most misunderstood characters in modern American public life. Here he is seen as never before in the media - funny, engaging, open and downright on fire about getting the surprisingly stirring truth about what he calls our "planetary emergency" out to ordinary citizens before it's too late.



 

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Journey of the Universe

Today we know what no previous generation knew: the history of the universe and of the unfolding of life on Earth. Through the astonishing combined achievements of natural scientists worldwide, we now have a detailed account of how galaxies and stars, planets and living organisms, human beings and human consciousness came to be. And yet . . . we thirst for answers to questions that have haunted humanity from the very beginning. What is our place in the 14-billion-year history of the universe? What roles do we play in Earth's history? How do we connect with the intricate web of life on Earth?

In Journey of the Universe Brian Thomas Swimme and Mary Evelyn Tucker tell the epic story of the universe from an inspired new perspective, weaving the findings of modern science together with enduring wisdom found in the humanistic traditions of the West, China, India, and indigenous peoples. They explore cosmic evolution as a profoundly wondrous process based on creativity, connection, and interdependence, and they envision an unprecedented opportunity for the world's people to address the daunting ecological and social challenges of our times.

Journey of the Universe transforms how we understand our origins and envision our future.



 

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Kilowatt Ours: A Plan to Re-Energize America

Award-winning film Kilowatt Ours: A Plan to Re-Energize America, is a timely, solutions-oriented look at one of America s most pressing environmental challenges: energy. Filmmaker Jeff Barrie offers hope as he turns the camera on himself and asks, How can I make a difference? In his journey Barrie explores the source of our electricity and the problems caused by energy production including mountain top removal, childhood asthma and global warming. Along the way he encounters individuals, businesses, organizations, and communities who are leading the way, using energy conservation, efficiency and renewable, green power all while saving money and the environment. This often amusing and always inspiring story shows you can easily make a difference and here's how!



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King Corn
You Are What You Eat
90 minutes

KING CORN is a fun and crusading journey into the digestive tract of our fast food nation where one ultra-industrial, pesticide-laden, heavily-subsidized commodity dominates the food pyramid from top to bottom corn. Fueled by curiosity and a dash of naiveté, college buddies Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis return to their ancestral home of Greene, Iowa to figure out how a modest kernel conquered America.

With the help of some real farmers, oodles of fertilizer and government aide, and some genetically modified seeds, the friends manage to grow one acre of corn. Along the way, they unlock the hilarious absurdities and scary but hidden truths about America s modern food system in this engrossing and eye-opening documentary. 

A graceful and frequently humorous film that captures the idiosyncrasies of its characters and never hectors (Salon), KING CORN shows how and why whenever you eat a hamburger or drink a soda, you are really consuming corn.

http://www.kingcorn.net/

http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/kingcorn/



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Next Industrial Revolution, The


Directed by Chris Bedford & Shelley Morhaim
Produced by Shelley Morhaim for Earthome Productions
Narrated by Susan Sarandon

While some environmental observers predict doomsday scenarios in which a rapidly increasing human population is forced to compete for ever scarcer natural resources, Bill McDonough sees a more exciting and hopeful future.

In his vision humanity takes nature itself as our guide reinventing technical enterprises to be as safe and ever-renewing as natural processes.

Can't happen? It's already happening...at Nike, at Ford Motor Company, at Oberlin College, at Herman Miller Furniture, and at DesignTex...and it's part of what architect McDonough and his partner, chemist Michael Braungart, call 'The Next Industrial Revolution.'

Shot in Europe and the United States, the film explores how businesses are transforming themselves to work with nature and enhance profitability.

Read More:
http://www.thenextindustrialrevolution.org/context.html


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No Impact Man

Follow the Manhattan-based Beavan family as they abandon their high consumption 5th Avenue lifestyle and try to live a year while making no net environmental impact.

Author Colin Beavan, in research for his next book, began the No Impact Project in November 2006.  A newly self-proclaimed environmentalist who could no longer avoid pointing the finger at himself, Colin leaves behind his liberal complacency and vows to make as little environmental impact as possible for one year.  No more automated transportation, no more electricity, no more non-local food, no more material consumption…no problem.  That is, until his espresso-guzzling, retail-worshipping wife, Michelle, and their two year-old daughter are dragged into the fray.  What began as one man’s environmental experiment quickly becomes an experiment in how much one woman is willing to sacrifice for her husband’s dreams.  Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein’s film provides both a front-row seat into the experiment that became a national fascination and media sensation, and a behind-the-scenes look at the marital challenges that result from Colin and Michelle’s radical lifestyle change. Click here for more information about the movie.

 

 

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OCA National Director Speaks Out on 'Farms Not Arms'

Ronnie Cummins is the Director of the Organic Consumers Association. Here he speaks at a Farms not Arms press conference in New York about the need to understand how the war is impacting the environment, social justice, organics and the sustainability movements. In this excerpt, Cummins focuses on the necessity for these various movements to join together into a united coalition.

http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_9317.cfm <http://alerts.organicconsumers.org/trk/click?ref=zqtbkk3um_1-f7x31f9x3343236&amp;>

 

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Owners of the Water
Conflict and Collaboration Over Rivers
34 Minutes
 

A collaboration between indigenous filmmakers (a central Brazilian Xavante and a Wayuu from Venezuela) and an anthropologist explores a campaign headed by the Xavante to protect the Rio das Mortes River Basin from the uncontrolled soy cultivation that brings deforestation and pollution to the watershed. The Xavantes’ May 25, 2006 blockade of a national highway in Mato Grosso raises awareness of their concerns and builds support for their efforts.

http://www.der.org/films/owners-of-the-water.html
http://www.der.org/films/owners-of-the-water-preview.html


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Planet Earth
Discovery Channel
 

More than five years in the making, Planet Earth redefines blue-chip natural history filmmaking and continues the Discovery Channel's mission to provide the highest-quality programming in the world. The series will amaze viewers with never-before-seen animal behaviors, startling views of locations captured by cameras for the first time, and unprecedented high-definition production techniques. Award-winning actress and conservationist Sigourney Weaver narrates.

Deserts                     Ice Worlds               Shallow Seas             Pole To Ple

Mountains                  Deep Ocean             Great Plains                Jungles

Fresh Water                Forests                 Caves


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The Power of Community - How Cuba Survived Peak Oil
 

When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990, Cuba's economy went into a tailspin. With imports of oil cut by more than half – and food by 80 percent – people were desperate. This film tells of the hardships and struggles as well as the community and creativity of the Cuban people during this difficult time. Cubans share how they transitioned from a highly mechanized, industrial agricultural system to one using organic methods of farming and local, urban gardens. It is an unusual look into the Cuban culture during this economic crisis, which they call "The Special Period." The film opens with a short history of Peak Oil, a term for the time in our history when world oil production will reach its all-time peak and begin to decline forever. Cuba, the only country that has faced such a crisis – the massive reduction of fossil fuels – is an example of options and hope.

http://www.powerofcommunity.org/cm/index.php


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Powers of the Universe
with Brian Swimme
An exploration of the powers coursing through the Universe and each of us.
11 programs, 9 hours

In The Powers of the Universe, cosmologist Dr. Brian Swimme takes you on a journey into the powers that have been active since the beginning of time and are available to you.

How are the powers of the Universe alive within you?

How can you align yourself with these powers?

Experience the joy of recognizing that you are the Universe

Develop a deeper intimacy with Earth,

an erotic relationship with Life.

"The cosmological powers of the Universe are coursing through us moment by moment. To become aware of these powers is to touch the source of Life"

-     - Brian Swimme

http://www.brianswimme.org/store/product.asp?pID=17&cID=1


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Processed People
 

Two hundred million Americans are overweight and 100 million are obese. More than 75 million Americans have high blood pressure. 24 million people are diabetic. Heart disease remains the No. 1 cause of death for men and women, followed by stroke and obesity-related cancers. Obesity is about to overtake tobacco as the No. 1 cause of preventable deaths in the United States.

60% of bankruptcies are caused by what has become known as “medical debt.”

Fast food, fast medicine, fast news and fast lives have turned many Americans into a sick, uninformed, indebted, “processed” people.

http://www.processedpeople.com


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Sacred Balance - TV Series

In the past half-century science and technology have worked wonders – healing disease, extending human lifespans, cloning life-forms, communicating instantaneously with the other side of the globe. But along with all this progress there have been terrible costs: environmental, social, and spiritual.

In Journey Into New Worlds, the opening episode of The Sacred Balance, David Suzuki travels to Arizona, England, Massachusetts and to the Pacific Northwest rainforest in search of a new vision of the Earth and our place on it - a worldview we once had but seem to have forgotten. In The Matrix of Life, Episode II of The Sacred Balance, David Suzuki travels around the world, exploring our intimate relationship with water and air. In part three fire and creation is the theme of exploration and part four is titled "Coming Home."

This four-part series explores science and spirit and rediscovers the human place in nature. Thoughtful, revelatory, eye-opening, brain-opening -David's experiences leave the viewer with a sense of wonder for life in all its diversity and magnificence.
http://sacredbalance.com/web/series.html



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Story of Stuff, The

From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It'll teach you something, it'll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.

http://www.storyofstuff.com/

 


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Super Size Me (2003)

From The New Yorker
Fascinating and nauseating. As a life-style stunt, the documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock eats only at McDonald's for thirty days. It's not a happy set of meals: he puts on twenty pounds, develops heart palpitations, and is rendered impotent (much to the smirking dismay of his vegan girlfriend). While even "heavy users" of McDonald's don't eat fast food as often as Spurlock does during the experiment, he becomes an overweight case in point that Big Macs and their brethren have contributed to the supersizing and the deteriorating health of Americans. Even more worrying are Spurlock's forays into school cafeterias, which have become nutritional wastelands. He tells this toxic story with visual flair and the statistical punch of an inspired muckraker. And, if you want to eat something after the movie, be sure to look away during the shots of stomach-reducing surgery. -Michael Agger
Copyright © 2006 The New Yorker

 


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Taking Root
The Vision Of Wangari Maathai

Taking Root tells the dramatic story of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai whose simpple act of planting trees grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights and defend democracy.


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Tapped

An award-winning documentary on DVD from the producers of "Who Killed the Electric Car?", Tapped explores the dark side of the bottled water industry. Human beings need clean drinking water to live. It is legal in some states for gigantic bottled water companies to suck public tap water sources dry (even when shortages force residents to ration water) then repackage and resell it at a gigantic markup - with infinitely less regulatory oversight than there is for tap water (and bottled water sold in the same state as it is pumped is virtually unregulated) - but is it ethical? Is the plastic used to create the water bottles truly safe for humans to put in their mouths? Perhaps worst of all is America's catastrophic overall failure to recycle plastic water bottles, resulting in an avalanche of non-biodegradable waste being pitched into landfills, or even straight into the ocean, where plastic bottles form a large part of a floating ocean garbage mound hundreds of square miles large. The bottle deposit laws of some states have been a proven, highly effective method to promote recycling - but because it incurs a minor expense the enormously profitable bottled water industry (an expense otherwise borne by everyone who has to cope with improperly disposed plastic bottle), corporations fight such legislative measures tooth and nail. Corporate control over public water supply, and corporate refusal to help shoulder the burden of recycling the mounds of plastic trash that are the byproducts of its profit, can only be combated by political activism - ordinary citizens getting involved and laying claim to their water rights, as well as their rights to a clean environment. A must-see, highly recommended documentary guaranteed to make viewers think twice before paying through the nose for what is essentially bottled (and smartly advertised) tap water. 75 and 54 minute versions of Tapped are available on the same DVD.

http://www.tappedthemovie.com/


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Thomas Berry  - The Great Story

As a pioneer in the field of spirituality and ecology, Thomas Berry created a quiet revolution. He was a monk, a cultural historian, an author, a teacher, and a mystic.

He saw his life work as waking us up to that sacred story. He called us "mad" for the way we are despoiling our home, our planet, its beauty, and its living systems. He was
a force that reminded us that we are living through the greatest extinction spasm of the past 65 million years. We are the ones responsible. Berry urged us to change our ways.

At the heart of the film is Berry's experience of the universe as a cosmic liturgy. He reminds us that "we are not a collection of objects but a communion of subjects." His values were rooted in this sacred cosmology which includes the entire natural world.
The mountains, rivers, birds, fish, all living organisms are not there for our use but for a union which is needed for us to become who we are. As Berry said, "I am not myself without everything else."

http://www.bullfrogfilms.com/catalog/tbhv.html

 


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Touching Peace

Thich Nhat Hanh is a well known Buddhist monk, scholar and poet. He served as Chair of the Vietnamese Buddhist Peace Delegation to the Paris Peace Talks and was nominated by Martin Luther King Jr. for the Nobel Peace Prize. Author of many books, including Being Peace, The Miracle of Mindfulness, and Peace is every step, he now lives in a small meditation community in France, where he writes, teaches, gardens, and helps refugees worldwide.

Here he speaks before and audience of 3,500 about arriving in each moment, getting in touch with our roots, community building, and learning true love.
 


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Tropical Green 2006

In February of 2006, EEI and MDC hosted a two-day conference exploring sustainability in the South Florida region.

If you are on an MDC campus, follow the link above to links to digitized recordings of the seminars and workshops that took place.



Keynote Speaker - William McDonough

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Unfolding Story, The

We live in a time when there is a great need for a story that has the power to connect all peoples. all cultures, all races and religions, a story that will communicate about the living universe which is the context for all life.

From ancient times there have been storytellers passing on wisdom to those whose footsteps would follow in the path of life. In this program scientists, authors, religious leaders, native people, and other visionaries relate the story that is now unfolding of an interconnected, interdependent living universe.

 


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Waste Land
directed by Lucy Walker
co-directed by João Jardi and Karen Harley


Filmed over nearly three years, WASTE LAND follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world's largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of "catadores" -- or self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz's initial objective was to "paint" the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives. Walker (Devil s Playground, Blindsight, Countdown to Zero) has great access to the entire process and, in the end, offers stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit.
 


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We Are Water
directed by Jill Heinerth

We Are Water is a passionate documentary exploring our spiritual and physical connection with water, the source of life. Breathtaking underwater footage from award winning filmmaker Jill Heinerth. This film labor of love and the continuation of many years of water advocacy. Region free will play in any modern DVD player or computer DVD drive


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Who Killed the Electric Car

With gasoline prices approaching $4/gallon, fossil fuel shortages, unrest in oil producing regions around the globe and mainstream consumer adoption and adoption of the hybrid electric car (more than 140,000 Prius' sold this year), this story couldn't be more relevant or important. The foremost goal in making this movie is to educate and enlighten audiences with the story of this car, its place in history and in the larger story of our car culture and how it enables our continuing addiction to foreign oil. This is an important film with an important message that not only calls to task the officials who squelched the Zero Emission Vehicle mandate, but all of the other accomplices, government, the car companies, Big Oil, even Eco-darling Hydrogen as well as consumers, who turned their backs on the car and embrace embracing instead the SUV. Our documentary investigates the death and resurrection of the electric car, as well as the role of renewable energy and sustainable living in our country's future; issues which affect everyone from progressive liberals to the neo-conservative right.

http://www.whokilledtheelectriccar.com/


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 Chandra links pulsar to historic supernova 

 

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