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Projecting Change Film Festival

Don’t miss out on the 5th Annual Projecting Change Film Festival.  Bringing like-minded individuals together to connect, converse and communicate – this festival is forum for film and dialogue about social and environmental issues.

This four-day event features inspiring, eye-opening, and often award-winning films from around the globe, each followed by a dynamic speaker and panel discussion.  The unique festival format is a platform for audience engagement, with all proceeds donated back to local initiatives.

To view this year’s schedules of movies and speakers, click here.  Be sure to get tickets before it’s too late!

26/05/2011 at 5:00 am Leave a comment

The Greatest Movie That Ever Sold

Boundary-pushing Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Morgan Spurlock explores the world of product placement, marketing and advertising in POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, a film that was fully financed through product placement from various brands, all of which are integrated transparently into the film.

While using brands in film promotion is not new for Hollywood, it certainly is new territory for the documentary format.  Spurlock exploits the phenomenon to new heights, with everything from branded pizza boxes and in-flight film promotions to branded-everything in-film.

With humor and insight, POM Wonderful Presents: THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER SOLD unmasks the marketing process to bring audiences behind closed doors directly into the pitch meetings and marketing presentations which ultimately inform our everyday entertainment decisions.

In theatres this Friday, April 22nd.

19/04/2011 at 10:25 am Leave a comment

Gasland

Flammable tap water.  Mysterious ailments.  Pits of toxic water.  Fouled air.

Scenes from the documentary “Gasland” are sure to ignite debate as small communities throughout America consider the future of natural gas drilling.

“Gasland” highlights the damage gas drilling has caused across the country, especially when it involves hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling.  Commonly called fracking, the process entails breaking rock with a slurry of water, sand and toxic chemicals to release the gas.  Critics say fracking can pollute drinking water and isn’t properly regulated.

The energy industry contends that fracking has been safely used for decades, and says “Gasland” is flawed and more about fear than facts.

A New York Times review called this documentary “maddening,” appealing to those who are “predisposed to distrust big business and the bureaucrats that regulate it.”  (Okay, that means it only appeals to about 99% of the American population.)

Winner of Special Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival and nominee for best documentary at both the Academy Awards and the Oscars…..pick up a copy tonight and decide for yourself who’s telling the truth.

24/02/2011 at 6:30 am Leave a comment

180° South

180° South – Conquerors of the Useless follows Jeff Johnson as he retraces the epic 1968 journey of his heroes Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins to Patagonia.  Chouinard is the founder of outdoor gear Patagonia, a passionate environmentalist and is a leader in the forefront of the sustainable textile movement.  Tompkins, the co-founder of North Face, along with his wife Kris are now committed to extraordinary conservation efforts in South America.

Throughout Johnson’s journey,  he gets shipwrecked off Easter Island, surfs the longest wave of his life – and prepares himself for a rare ascent of Cerro Corcovado.  Jeff’s life turns when he meets up in a rainy hut with Chouinard and Tompkins who, once driven purely by a love of climbing and surfing, now value above all the experience of raw nature – and have come to Patagonia to spend their fortunes to protect it.

Enjoy this inspirational, must-see documentary!

21/10/2010 at 6:45 am Leave a comment

The Power of Collapse

 

Shot over a two day period last March, Collapse centres around the theories and ideas of a man named Michael Ruppert, a former member of the LAPD turned investigative journalist, author and nation wide lecturer.  Ruppert essentially outlines the various ways in which he believes the world’s total economic collapse is not only possible but inevitable.

Directed by documentary filmmaker Chris Smith, the film consists mostly of Ruppert speaking about the dangers of peak oil and the looming catastrophe that declining oil reserves could bring.

“The power of ‘Collapse’ is that Ruppert never sounds like a crackpot,” Entertainment Weekly critic Owen Gleiberman wrote after the movie’s Toronto International Film Festival premiere in September. “You may want to dispute him, but more than that you’ll want to hear him, because what he says—right or wrong, prophecy or paranoia—takes up residence in your mind.”

Collapse is in firm company with hardline leftist “crisis of capitalism” conspiracies. Might be worth a look for entertainment value, in any case.

23/11/2009 at 8:00 am Leave a comment


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