CARBON NATION - A New Documentary On Climate ChangeAugust 10, 2011


CARBON NATION - A New Documentary On Climate Change

Gravitas

On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies on demand from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: CARBON NATION (Gravitas Ventures).

 

CARBON NATION - A New Documentary On Climate Change
By Scott Zaretsky

 

I have to admit, I’m a little “documentary filmed–out” these days. The thought of sitting thru and screening a “climate change” film after a day at the “office” wasn’t quite the movie-mojo I had signed up for. That said, I found Award-winning director Peter Byck’s CARBON NATION to be the best film on climate change I have ever seen.

You might laugh aloud thinking … well if you’ve “seen one, you seen ‘em all” … and I saw AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH --- while eye-opening, it wasn’t exactly exciting. CARBON NATION is engaging, funny, daunting and most importantly, non-preachy all packaged nicely with production value, great aesthetics, and good all-around rhythm and flow.

Folks, the bottom line is that we have a problem with the environment whether you believe it or not. You don’t even have to question glaciers melting and what’s the cause (as that debate gets boring after five minutes), you can just ask the question … can I get useful, everyday survival stuff like gas and electricity for less without taxing the environment?

 



With narration by Bill Kurtis and appearances that include NY Times columnist Thomas Friedman, VIRGIN Group CEO Sir Richard Branson, Former CIA Director James Woolsey and several Energy CEO’s and environment afficianados, the film is filled with hope and optimism rooted in solutions not problems. Traveling across the country and hearing stories from the “Red State” folk makes you realize very quickly that we are not as divided a country as we may think, but somehow, the media and Washington like to play the division game.

CARBON NATION is a film that celebrates the solutions that are out there, the inspiration that exists and the action that people are taking. It’s a movie that has no political affiliation, is purely non-partisan and quite frankly, inspiring enough to think about a career change - “going green” is good for business a the film points out. Green is good and Green is profitable.

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IF A TREE FALLS: A STORY OF THE EARTH LIBERATION FRONTAugust 31, 2011


IF A TREE FALLS: A STORY OF THE EARTH LIBERATION FRONT

Oscilliscope Labs

On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies on demand and from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: IF A TREE FALLS: A STORY OF THE EARTH LIBERATION FRONT (Oscilliscope).

 

IF A TREE FALLS: A STORY OF THE EARTH LIBERATION FRONT

By John Werner
 

The FBI called the Earth Liberation Front, or ELF, one of the most dangerous groups in the country. To illustrate that point, Academy-award nominated director, Marshall Curry opens his documentary with a series of news reports about domestic terrorism. A ski resort burns to the ground, a lumber mill engulfed in flames, more buildings scorched and a press conference by law enforcers celebrating the end of ELF activities.

Daniel McGowan, one of fourteen members of ELF arrested, was working for Marshall Curry’s wife when he was busted. It’s how the director was introduced to his subject.

At first, I thought McGowen wasn’t what you might expect a domestic terrorist to look or sound like. In fact, this unlikely, (and for me unlikable,) protagonist of “IF A TREE FALLS,” initially seems like a pretty ordinary guy. Raised by a NYC cop in Queens, a catholic high school track star, he’d never even been camping until about the time he became an Eco-Terrorist.

 

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