Friday Film Fest Series Announcement


There are so many environmental resources – blogs, books, magazines, and films.  I have spent lots of time reading blogs, books and magazines.  Haven’t seen many films though.  I have been hearing about so many “must see’s” lately that I decided to make a list and start checking them off.  So, here is the beginning of a new series on The Greening Of Westford – Friday Film Fest.

Each Friday, I will write my thoughts on one of these films.  If you have any to share, please do!  I have also created a  pinterest board – Films to See – listing these films.  Most of these are recommendations from The Good Human.

  1. Bag It (August 10) – Suggested by a wonderful fan of The Greening Of Westford – Patty Neary.  It is also suggested by Beth Terry, author of the book Plastic Free: How I kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too and the blog My Plastic-free Life.  Fantastic book BTW.
  2. Forks Over Knives  (August 17) “Focusing on research by two food scientists, this documentary reveals that despite broad advances in medical technology, the popularity of animal-based and modern processed foods have led to epidemic rates of obesity, diabetes and other diseases.”
  3. Fresh (September 14)”This absorbing documentary surveys American farmers’ and researchers’ pioneering efforts to develop efficient systems for growing food. All of those profiled share a common goal of limiting pollution while creating healthier products.”
  4. Plastic PlanetThis documentary examines the ways in which plastic saturates our modern lives, and how our dependency on this petroleum product harms ourselves and our planet. See how plastic’s toxic chemicals enter the food chain and other disturbing secrets.”
  5. Food, IncDrawing on Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation and Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma, director Robert Kenner’s provocative, Oscar-nominated documentary explores the food industry’s detrimental effects on our health and environment.”
  6. The Story Of Stuff  “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.”
  7. The Future Of Food “Before compiling your next grocery list, you might want to watch filmmaker Deborah Koons Garcia’s eye-opening documentary, which sheds light on a shadowy relationship between agriculture, big business and government. By examining the effects of biotechnology on the nation’s smallest farmers, the film reveals the unappetizing truth about genetically modified foods: You could unknowingly be serving them for dinner.”
  8. Dirt: the Movie “Dirt takes center stage in this entertaining yet poignant documentary from Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow, which unearths our cosmic connection to soil and explores how diverse groups of people are uniting to save the natural resource. Drawing inspiration from William Bryant Logan’s book Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth, the filmmakers combine lively animations with personal accounts from farmers, scientists, activists and more.”
  9. King Corn “In Aaron Woolf’s thought-provoking documentary, friends Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis move back to America’s Corn Belt to plant an acre of the nation’s most-grown and most-subsidized grain and follow their crop into the U.S. food supply.”
  10. The Story of Bottled Water “The Story of Bottled Water, released on March 22, 2010 (World Water Day) employs the Story of Stuff style to tell the story of manufactured demand—how you get Americans to buy more than half a billion bottles of water every week when it already flows from the tap. Over five minutes, the film explores the bottled water industrys attacks on tap water and its use of seductive, environmental-themed advertising to cover up the mountains of plastic waste it produces.”
  11. No Impact Man: The Documentary “In this engaging documentary, a Fifth Avenue family goes green when writer Colin Beavan leads his wife, Michelle Conlin, and their baby daughter on a yearlong crusade to generate no trash and otherwise make no net impact on the environment.
  12. GasHole “An unsettling wake-up call to all Americans, this documentary dissects the country’s dependence on foreign pipelines, exposes rich oil companies’ devious dealings, and explores alternative fuels as a viable solution to our global energy crisis. Narrated by actor Peter Gallagher, the film includes interviews with government officials, scientific experts, academics and politicians from both sides of the aisle.”
  13. Tapped “The high cost — to both the environment and our health — of bottled water is the subject of this documentary that enlists activists, environmentalists, community leaders and others to expose the dark side of the bottled water industry. Americans may rethink their obsession with bottled H20 when they learn of the unregulated industry’s willingness to ignore environmental and health concerns, and the problems that arise as a result.”
  14. A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash “In this straight-from-the-headlines documentary, award-winning filmmakers Basil Gelpke and Ray McCormack examine the world’s dependency on oil and the impending chaos that’s sure to follow when the resource finally runs dry.”
  15. The Story Of Change “Can shopping save the world? The Story of Change urges viewers to put down their credit cards and start exercising their citizen muscles to build a more sustainable, just and fulfilling world.”
Care to join me?  Most of these movies can be found on Netflix.  I’ll be streaming these to my TV or computer.  All of “The Story of…” films can be found on The Story Of Stuff Project under the Movies tab.  
To make things easy, I’ll go in this order.  So we’ll start with Bag It on Friday August 10.

The descriptions of the films in quotes are taken from Netflix or the films website.

10 Responses to Friday Film Fest Series Announcement

  1. Shai Smith August 6, 2012 at 3:58 pm #

    I’m in!!!! I just have to remember to come back here and comment! 😀 ‘The Story of…’ movies are amazing – we watch them in class all the time. ♥

  2. Kristina (The Greening Of Westford) August 6, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

    Yeah!!! I’ll try to post on FB to remind you. What classes are you taking?

  3. CelloMom August 6, 2012 at 7:15 pm #

    Sweet! will look for you on FB now…

  4. everymanzerowaste August 6, 2012 at 9:00 pm #

    Are there any you would recommend would be OK for young kids – not too heavy but good awareness raising?

    Another film Trashed is out soon –

    Even the trailer is shocking.

    PS – found you through Reduce Footprints blog 🙂

    Everyman Zero Waste

    • Kristina (The Greening Of Westford) August 6, 2012 at 10:16 pm #

      Great to meet you everymanzerowaste! Good question! I haven’t seen any of these films, so I can’t say. The Story of Stuff ones are pretty tame, but depending on the ages of your children, I wonder how much they will understand. I’ll keep that in mind and comment on child-appropriateness (or lack thereof) as I watch these.

  5. What A Card August 7, 2012 at 12:13 am #

    Great idea–many of these are on my netflix queue and could use a kick in the pants to watch them. As for recommendations for young kids, my 7-year olds watched the Story of Stuff (and the other Story Of…movies for that matter) last year. It was great, good conversation starter for the things they didn’t quite understand. Food, Inc, on the other hand, I’ve seen but definitely wouldn’t show the kids yet as some of the animal cruelty parts are sickening and more graphic than I’d want them to see.

    • Kristina (The Greening Of Westford) August 7, 2012 at 1:51 am #

      That is a good point about starting conversations on topics they don’t understand. My kids are so funny now – there is a McDonald’s commercial out now trying to make McD seem healthy because they offer apples and milk. My kids laugh so hard! They totally know better.

  6. rewinn August 7, 2012 at 4:44 am #

    Thanks SO much for the “Story of Stuff” link in particular – what a super resource.

  7. Small Footprints August 9, 2012 at 12:06 am #

    I’ve seen most of the “Story of Stuff” films and will be interested in your take on the others. Thanks so much! 🙂

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