Films and Shorts
A catalogue of films and shorts, on-line and off, old and new, serious and funny, obvious and obscure, that deal with aspects of behavioural change, climate change, food, oil, CO2, biodiversity, consumerism etc.
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In no particular order (but feel free to arrange them if you wish!) and please add locations of the films (if they are online or available to hire/buy/borrow locally) …
Docu: Future of Food series (BBC2, 3x1hr episodes)
Docu: A Farm for the Future
Docu: Pig Business
Film/Doc: The End of the Line
Film/Doc: The Age of Stupid
Film/Doc: The Yes Men Fix the World
Wake Up, Freak Out, Then Get a Grip (Leo Murray animation) ONLINE
Act on CO2 ad. ONLINE
Permaculture shorts. DUNCAN has on DVD
BBC4 Climate Chaos Season (8 shorts of warming, species change and flooding)
Open University piece on Transition Town Totnes. BONNIE has the DVD.
Wallace and Gromit and the Ware Rabbit
Jar Head â€“ to me portrayed the stupidity and destruction of a war over oil. Truly amazing and horrendous shots of burning oil wells in the Gulf.
The Day after Tomorrow A Hollywood blockbuster about a climate catastrophe which plunges the world into an ice age.
Dogora: Bizarre Japanese film about a monster that eats carbon (coal/diamonds). Not directly about peak oil but maybe an amusing take?!
The Power of Community. DUNCAN has the DVD
An Inconvenient Truth
The Luckiest Bean in the World. Recommended by Jessica Currie (Fairtrade)
Waste(?) Warrior. I can’t remember the title correctly! Duncan what was that fil you were talking about??
Uj Eldorado: Foreign language film (Romanian?) about open cast mining. BONNIE has the DVD.
Mine Your Own Business: The Dark Side of Environmentalism. A critique of smug, non-progressive environmentalists. Might be controversial but will certainly provoke discussion.
PLUS – with more info @ Open Democracy.Net:
Affluenza: A 1997 PBS documentary about consumerism, emphasising how much of the worldâ€™s fossil fuel supply is consumed by the United States.
The Air We Breathe: Connects asthma and other respiratory diseases with air pollution and suburban sprawl.
Baked Alaska: Looks at the battle over the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in the context of Alaskaâ€™s accelerated warming.
Arctic Warning: Over the centuries many explorers have died battling the icy wastes which stretch 3,000 kilometres across the North Pole, but now itâ€™s the Arctic pack ice that faces defeat at the hands of mankind.
Big Spuds, Little Spuds: Takes a close look at the potato to examine the effects of climate change and monoculture on one of the worldâ€™s most important foods.
Cooperating for Clean Air:Swedenâ€™s all-out assault on acid rain and global warming.
Emission Impossible: Ian Henschkeâ€™s film starts in the United States, a major source of greenhouse gases. He contrasts the US with Europe and Latin America, travelling to Costa Rica and his native Australia.
End of Suburbia: A dozen diverse experts speculate on how rising oil prices will change our lives with decline of suburbs, higher food prices, and economic stagnation, especially in the global economy.
The Great Warming: Told through stories of real people around the world, the film â€“ narrated by Keanu Reeves and Alanis Morrisette â€“ explores the science, consequence and solutions of climate change, and looks at exciting ideas and technologies that will create a truly sustainable future.
The Harriman Alaska Expedition Retraced: Documents war, the prosperity of Alaskan natives, and the repatriation of indigenous artefacts, as well as looking at the boom and bust of industry, global warming, endangered species, the state of natural resources, and the influx of tourism to the pristine edges of the world.
In Hot Water: Examines the issue of global climate change and how it relates to the oceans. Locations include the Arctic, Chesapeake Bay and South Pacific islands.
Observations on Climate Change: Warming is coming so fast that the Inuit do not have words in their language to describe the events and wildlife they now see.
Once and Future Planet: An easy-to-understand explanation of what causes global warming.
Rising Waters: Global Warming and the Fate of the Pacific Islands Shows that global warming is already hurting the Pacific Islands.
Save Our Land, Save Our Towns: Examines the causes, effects of, and remedies for suburban sprawl, tapping into a growing concern among ordinary Americans. Gives logical reasons why Americaâ€™s towns can be rebuilt and its countryside preserved from strip malls and subdivisions.
Silent Sentinels: Was the unprecedented mass coral bleaching in 1998 proof of global warming?
Subdivide and Conquer: The myth of the American west includes majestic scenery, but its modern reality resembles most places in America â€“ a region under siege by unplanned low-density development. What are the solutions?
Taken For a Ride: Explains why Americaâ€™s transit system is the worst in the industrialised world. Two generations ago, Americans depended on thriving privately owned streetcar lines across the nation, but then the auto and oil industry, led by General Motors, bought and dismantled the streetcar lines. The private auto stopped being a luxury and became a necessity.
Turning Down the Heat: The New Energy Revolution Renewable energy sources and energy conservation are the solution to global warming. Narrated by David Suzuki.
USA â€“ Change in the Air: Earth Report travels throughout the US, from the dying pine forests of Alaska to cyclone-savaged Florida, to examine the link between unwanted environmental changes and pollution.
We Are All Smith Islanders: Produced by the Chesapeake Climate Change Network.
Reach for the Sky: A whirlwind tour of the growing activism against the Labour governments plans to expand nearly all British airports despite the growing threat of climate change.
The Venus Theory: About the possibility of a sudden catastrophic climate change and the greenhouse effect spiralling out of control on the Earth.
The Future of the Great Barrier Reef â€“ Bleak or Bright?: About coral bleaching as a result of climate change.
Oil on Ice: A comprehensive documentary connecting the fate of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to energy policy, transportation choices, and other seemingly unrelated matters.
The Day the Oceans Boiled: Examines the real strength of the scientific arguments behind the global warming hypothesis; and investigates just how great the risk of a flip to an entirely new and possibly uninhabitable climate really is.