Burning the Future: Coal in America
Burning the Future: Coal in America dramatically documents the devastating environmental, health and social impact our addiction to coal has on West Virginia, where mountaintop removal mining has obliterated 1.4 million acres of mountains and polluted the groundwater. The film profiles the courageous West Virginians who challenged the powerful coal industry, and launched a valiant fight to arouse the nation's help in protecting their mountains, saving their families, and preserving their way of life.
Featuring both coal and mining advocates as well as opponents, this is the preeminent film on the coal controversy. The DVD package includes considerable supplemental material: short films, printed information, web resources and discussion questions--perfect for courses on energy, the environment, social movement and related issues.
Crude Impact is a powerful and timely story that explores the interconnection between human domination of the planet, and the discovery and use of oil. The documentary film exposes our global, deep-rooted dependency on fossil fuel energy and examines the future implications of peak oil--the point in time when the amount of petroleum available worldwide begins a steady, inexorable decline.
In Crude Impact, modern experts predict how quickly global peak oil will become a reality and discuss its many serious implications for our way of life and our world. Impacts discussed range from the environmental to the cultural, examining how global oil dependency is impacting everything from human rights practices, world population, renewable energy technologies, political agendas, global wildlife habitats and of course global economy.
Forever Wild celebrates America's commitment to wilderness and its preservation. Shot in high definition, the film captures the glory of undeveloped, wild places through visually stunning images. It also profiles America's modern wilderness heroes--individuals who have volunteered countless hours and immeasurable energy to ensure that these wild places remain forever wild.
Today, energy development, sprawl, timber harvesting, and motorized recreation threaten to overrun many of America's unprotected wild places. Forever Wild, produced by First Light Films, renews our understanding of the majesty of wild lands, the ecological necessity of protecting them, and the important role individual Americans continue to play in preserving a legacy of wilderness for all to enjoy. To view a trailer, click here.
Oil on Ice
Beginning with an intimate view of the natural history and indigenous cultures of northeastern Alaska, Oil on Ice, a Dale Djerassi and Bo Boudart Production, looks at the role of oil in Alaska's history and culminates with the national battle over plans to drill oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Shot in a stunning place, the film features the dramatic wildlife that adapted to his environment and the cultures of the Gwich'in Athabascan Indians and Inupiat Eskimos that rely on this wildlife for their subsistence.
Oil on Ice exposes the risks of oil extraction in this extreme environment. The film is a vivid, compelling and comprehensive documentary connecting the fate of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to decisions America makes about energy policy, transportation choices, and other seemingly unrelated matters. To view a trailer, click here.
This film is an inspiring documentary about how Native American communities across the West are leading the transition to alternative energy sources. Ten percent of America's energy comes from Native American lands, including a third of the U.S. coal deposits and hydroelectric dams that feed the grid. These coal mines and plants brought jobs to the region, but also brought pollution, cancer and environmental destruction.
Power Paths chronicles the efforts of several tribes as they fight to end the harmful use of coal and work to bring clean, renewable energy projects into their communities, including wind and solar power. As Power Paths reveals, many Native American tribes are not waiting for the government to act. Instead, they are actively seeking investors and a way to control their own energy and sell the rest to the power companies.
River of Renewal
River of Renewal tells the story of conflict over the resources of California and Oregon's Klamath Basin. Over the years, different dominant groups have extracted its minerals, trees, and water with disastrous consequences, including the collapse of industries and wild salmon populations.
The film follows Jack Kohler, a Yurok/Karuk Indian who grew up in San Francisco, on a journey of self-discovery in the land of his ancestors. Jack learns about the ancient cultural traditions of his people and also their modern-way struggles to defend tribal rights and the Klamath River. River of Renewal documents protest and acts of civil disobedience as Indian tribes, farmers, and commercial fishermen defend their ways of life.
Rock the Boat
On July 25th, 2008, a dozen intrepid Angelenos took to their boats and kayaks and embarked on an ambitious and absurd mission to navigate the entire length of the L.A. River. Rock the Boat follows this controversial kayaking expedition down the cemented-in L.A. River, and looks at how the transformation of Los Angeles from a "dream city of endless possibility" to the nightmare sprawl it is today arose from our habit of using, managing and re-imagining nature in a single-minded quest for more.
How do we transform our city landscapes to actually benefit the environment? How do we manage our natural resources to create livable, sustainable cities in our immediate future? These are some of the questions the film grapples with, all the while looking at L.A. as both a model of urban technology and home to a new environmental awareness.
Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives
What prompts this film is recognition of our deep dependence on the natural world and the significant threat to that world posed by war and preparations for war.
We can no longer maintain silence bout the environmental impact of war on the grounds that such scrutiny is "inconvenient" or "callous" at a time when human life is so endangered. If we cannot eliminate war, we can at least require a fuller accounting of war's costs and consequences, and demand that destructive forces used in our name and leave a lighter footprint on this highly vulnerable planet. It is to this change in values and actions that this documentary film is directed.
White Water, Black Gold
White Water, Black Gold is an investigative point-of-view documentary that follows David Lavallee on his three-year journey across western Canada in search of answers about the activities of the world's thirstiest oil industry: the tar sands.
As a mountaineer and hiking guide, David is on the front lines of climate change. Over the past fifteen years he has worked in the Columbia ice fields of the Canadian Rockies, and has noticed profound changes in the mountains: climate change is rendering these landscapes unrecognizable. White Water, Black Gold is a sober look at the untold costs (to water and people) associated with developing the second largest deposit of "oil" in the world.