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Adventures of Wayan and the 3 R's
Running Time: 15 minutes
G PR-5
Sally Bentley, Camille Cellucci
15 page study/activity guide

 

 

 

-Excerpts aired on "Sesame Street"

 

-Chicago International Children's Film Festival

This enchanting video inspires creative recycling and reuse projects. One day while playing, six-year old Wayan is upset to find plastic litter scattered around his lush, green village on the island paradise of Bali. That night, the shadow puppet master performs a play about a king who cleans up his domain by learning to reduce, reuse and recycle garbage.

Wayan decides to lead an effort to tidy his village by practicing the three "R's." He and his friends celebrate their success with a surprise parade featuring musical instruments constructed from discarded plastic. This cultural treat shows trash as a global issue that even kids can tackle.


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Afghanistan Through Women's Eyes
Running Time: 20 minutes
G 9-Adult
Velcrow Ripper

 

"Recommended. Arresting in its composition and editing,"
- Educational Media Reviews Online

 

 

 


Afghanistan through Women's Eyes offers an intimate portrait of Afghanistan's silenced women as we see the conflict and history of Afghanistan through their eyes. The film visits the secret schools, orphanages and clinics of RAWA, the Revolutionary Afghan Women's Association, a feminist group that has been working both inside and outside of Afghanistan for many years, struggling for women's rights. Their revolution is through ideas, education and health, and they will not let their voices go unheard.

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Against the Grain
Running Time: 13 minutes
G 9-Adult
Britt Bailey

 

"Marc Lappe and Britt Bailey provide an invaluable, scientifically-grounded skepticism of a global experiment with the world's food supply - an experiment that places the profits of agribusiness before human and environmental needs."
- Sheldon Krimsky, Professor, Department of Urban & Environmental Policy, Tufts University

"Highly recommended...a capable introduction to the potential consequences of a new and rapidly expanding technology."
- Educational Media Reviews Online

 

 

 

Against the Grain slashes through biotechnology's propaganda, revealing the science and politics behind "transgenic" foods to show how biotech companies increasingly engineer what you eat to be compatible with their chemicals, but not necessarily good for human health. Marc Lappe and Britt Bailey reveal how companies like Monsanto, Dupont, Rhone-Poulenc and Dow have been introducing genes more to promote pesticides and build monopolies than to feed the world. In the words of the African delegation to the United Nations, "biotechnology companies have exploited the image of the poor and hungry to push a technology that is neither safe, environmentally friendly nor economically beneficial to us."

Against the Grain will forever alter your walk down the supermarket aisles. Fortunately, Lappe and Bailey are breaking the silence cloaking the massive changes being made to the world's diet, giving consumers the information they need to decide for themselves.

Included: A three-page summary of the 160-page book by the same name.


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Amazonia: Voices from the Rainforest
Running Time: 70 minutes
G 8-Adult
Monti Aguirre, Glenn Switkes
Includes detailed 92 Page study guide.

 

"***** Five stars. A powerful documentary that explores the lives of those who are being most directly affected by the destruction of the rainforest."
- Video Rating Guide for Libraries

"Compelling....A powerful statement about the plight of the indigenous Indian tribes (and) a global warning...."
- Hollywood Reporter

"Highly Recommended...a fascinating story."
- Video Librarian

"Well written, informative...An excellent resource on this timely environmental topic."
- School Library Journal

 

- Golden Gate Award for Best Environmental Film, San Francisco International Film Festival
- Merit Award, International Wildlife Film Festival
- International Environmental Award

 

 

For 500 years the indigenous people of the Amazon have defended their homeland against the invasion that has brought the mass extinction of over 700 tribes and destruction of the rainforests in which they live. Amazonia gives voice to these native people, as well as the riverine dwellers, rubber tappers, and small farmers, all of whom depend on the rainforests along the Amazon River.

This uniquely crafted film blends vivid first-person accounts of the struggle for survival in the forests with stunning cinematography. The film ncludes a 92-page resource book which gives an almanac of rainforest facts, profiles Amazonian cultures, lists additional resources and provides an extensive directory of organizations dedicated to preserving rainforests.

Original music score by famed Brazilian composer Egberto Gismonti.


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Ancient Futures
Running Time: 59 minutes
G 9-Adult
Steve Gorelick

 

"**** Four stars. Highly Recommended."
- Video Rating Guide for Libraries

"Quiet and compelling...Ladakh's growing pain and confusion is a mirror of the emptiness at the very heart of the 'developed' world. What they are losing so painfully, we let go long ago."
- Utne Reader

 

 

 

Ancient Futures is a remarkable look at the root causes of our environmental and social crises, and a powerful challenge to re-examine what we mean by "progress."

Ladakh, or "Little Tibet," is a harsh, beautiful land high in the Western Himalayas of India. A model of sustainable living, the traditional Ladakh culture has prospered, virtually free of crime and pollution. Now, centuries of ecological balance and social harmony are eroding as the result of western influences.


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Running Time: 26 minutes
G Pre-5
Sandra Carter

 

 

 

 

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Lost Cubs features two curious polar bears who become so involved in their playful antics that they forget the importance of listening to what their mother told them. This results in an unexpected encounter with the sea.

The Bully is a western-style show-down in cactus country that shows what happens when a mean-spirited turtle intimidates the animals in the surrounding area with his bullying tactics.

Each of these stories concludes with a visit to a zoo where we learn more about the "animal actors" and their habitats, natural defenses and survival techniques. This video comes with a teacher's activity guide that will delight any early childhood educator.


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Arctic Quest
Running Time: 56 minutes
G 7-Adult
Jeff Barrie, Tyson Miller

 

"Highly Recommended."
- Educational Media Reviews Online

 

 

 

- East Lansing Film Festival
- Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival

At the Youth Environmental Summit, 300 environmentally-concerned high school students vote to restict oil drilling in the Alaskan national wilderness. Five of them then raise the money to travel to Alaska "in search for the truth." Accompanied by videographer Jeff Barrie, they interview residents of large towns and small indigenous villages, governmental employees, and environmentalists.

We are introduced to the complexity of the issue. Most local residents support development because it provides jobs and strengthens the local economy. We then hear the voice of an environmentalist who states that if "locals" to every region in America had had their way, not one of America's natural treasures such as the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, or Yellowstone would be in existence today. The visitors also see magnificent vistas and thousands of caribou and visit the Gwich'n people who are fighting to maintain their heritage and culture.

They also explore the massive destruction of the land at Prudom Bay, the center of the oil industry's operations. We are introduced to Amory Lovins, the foremost energy consultant in the United States, who points out that the $50,000,000,000 now being spent annually to protect oil in the Middle East could be put to better use by retrofitting homes in the U.S. and developing cars that use renewable power sources.

This film provides a detailed, gripping and thought-provoking introduction to the heated issue of oil drilling in Alaska and its larger environmental implications. It also gives the viewer a first hand look at the human implications of global warming and helps us identify with populations who face the threat of becoming environmental refugees. We also hear the inspiring voices of those who are working constantly to minimize the impact of global warming, examine its causes, and encourage change.


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Arctic Quest ARC-946-D
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Running Time: 30 minutes
G 9-Adult
Rory O'Connor

 

 

 

 

This program features several of the major human rights hot spots around the world and examines the ongoing debate over how to support human rights most effectively. These segments can be used separately or together.

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Back From the Brink
Running Time: 14 minutes
G 10-Adult
Mark Sugg

 

 

 

 

A warning from military generals that we and the Russians are still on a hair-trigger nuclear alert was twice misinterpreted as a nuclear attack, and Clinton and Yeltsin were alerted. When President Clinton criticized the Russians for their bombardment of Chechnya, Yeltsin was visiting China. If you saw Yeltsin waving his fist and declaring, "Just remember, we have nuclear weapons too!" you might have been surprised by the suggestion that tension between the U.S. and Soviet Union over nuclear threats were subsiding.

In this insightful video, Admiral Stanfield Turner and a Russian general give illustrations of how de-alerting can safely take place so that a radar blip is not mistaken for an incoming missile once again.


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Barren's Quest
Running Time: 44 minutes
G 10-Adult
Lisa Malcolm, Jack Silberman

 

 

 

 

A pristine wilderness area the size of France now stands on the brink of irreversible change. The Barren's Quest explores the environmental impact of mineral development on Canada's Northwest Territories through the moving story of one man's determined quest to locate the fabled breeding grounds of a near extinct bird - the Eskimo Curlew. This bird once flew in the millions and was the second most numerous game bird in all the Americas.

The video looks into the complex changes facing the North, and makes a moving and compelling case for planned conservation in one of the last unspoiled wilderness regions of the world.


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Running Time: 26 minutes
G 9-Adult
Ed Schehl

 

 

 

 

Can scientists uncover what is killing southern sea otters and reverse this trend in time to save this magnificent and charismatic creature? This video features beautiful, never before seen footage. Learn about the southern sea otter and how the campaign to save sea otters is connected to an understanding of ocean health and human health.

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Between Dreams and History:The Making of Shimon Attie's Public Art Projects
Running Time: 37 minutes
G 9-Adult
Judy Irving, Chris Beaver

 

"This film is fascinating, provocative, and powerful. Don't miss it."
- Ronnie Friedland, Jewish Family Life

 

 

 

Between Dreams and History is a film profiling American artist, Shimon Attie, as he creates his first work of public art in the United States after six years of artistic success in Europe. His major theme: how to make human memory visible in the present. To achieve this goal, Attie interviews today's residents of New York's Lower East Side.

Using the residents' own languages, Yiddish, English, Spanish, and Chinese, he projects their hand-written memories, hopes, dreams, and prayers onto the walls and buildings of the neighborhood. Ronnie Friedland of Jewish Family Life adds, "We see joyful, amazed, and proud reactions of residents of the neighborhood when they recognize familiar thoughts and memories, in their own language, that are validated by being projected onto the public space of their neighborhood."

Original, inspiring and thought provoking, Between Dreams and History is sure to leave a lasting impression.


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Between Dreams and History:The Making of Shimon Attie's Public Art Projects BET-617
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Running Time: 46 minutes
G 10-Adult
Franco Pante

 

 

 

 

Blood Makes the Grass Grow raises critical questions for those considering enlistment, for service people contemplating conscientious objection, and for anyone concerned with basic issues of militarism in a democratic society. This film features four men and two women who were among the 2,500 U.S. soldiers who attempted to become conscientious objectors during the Gulf War.

They joined the military for the same reasons that nearly 400,000 recruits sign up each year - to get a job or money for college, to fulfill a sense of duty, to "be all they can be." The stories of the objectors illuminate the striking transformations they underwent - from raw teenage recruits to responsible adults, willing to take a moral stand despite the personal consequences. Their resistance was met with threats ranging from dishonorable discharge to the death penalty.


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Running Time: 80 minutes
G 9-Adult
Velcrow Ripper

 

"A Koyanisquaatsi meets Natural Born Killers...the true stars are the photography, editing and the music that turns it into the cine-poem that the doc's flak claims it to be."
- Adrian Lackey, Edmonton Vue

"Lyrical, visually gorgeous...this prize winner is a must-see ..employs cutting edge techniques to remind us that time in the natural world is different from the human invention called time."
- Hawaii International Film Festival

 

- Genie Award
- Best Feature Documentary Canadian Academy of Cinema and Television
- Best Feature Film in 4 categories, Hot Docs Canadian National Documentary Awards
- Special Jury Award, Hawaii International Film Festival

 

 

Bones of the Forest is told through the eyes of both native and non-native elders, placing deforestation into the context of colonization. Maintaining an even-handed tone, the filmmakers incorporate the views of loggers, alternative forestry practitioners, a former VP of logging giant MacMillan-Blodell, native elders and longtime protesters. The plight of loggers and their families, made redundant due to over-foresting, is included as yet another damaging social consequence of forestry policy.

Interwoven throughout the film is the dramatic experience of the sights and sounds of the threatened forest. Utilizing a host of cinematic techniques, from time-lapse photography to animation, and a gloriously descriptive and evocative soundscape, the power of Bones of the Forest grows from its quietly stated commitment to the significance of these lands and its respectful granting of a platform to those involved in the crisis. This second feature for Ripper and first for Frise is a major cinematic achievement and a powerful contribution in the fight for global environmental sense.


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Running Time: 22 minutes
G 10-Adult
Brian Yeoman, Patsy Northcutt

 

"Lip service is cheap; action has real value. Here is an organization that is letting its actions do the talking."
- Ray Anderson, CEO Interface, Inc. and Co-Chair, President's Council for Sustainable Development

 

- Honorable Mention, Earthvision Film & Video Festival
- Bronze Award, 2000 Worldfest-Houston Festival

 

 

The World Commission on Environment and Development has defined sustainability as "meeting the needs of present generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

Guided by the scientific principles of the Natural Step, the University of Houston Health Science Center is designing one of the most ecologically-friendly large scale buildings ever constructed. In order to achieve this, great care is being put into planning and collaboration between the faculty, students, architects, and engineers. Experts in lighting, renewable resources, life cycles, climate control, recycling, composting, and energy conservation are also involved.



Available in Spanish upon request.


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Running Time: 28 minutes
G 9-Adult
Merran Smith

 

"Superb...weaves together the links between the environment, the economic system and respect for human rights...An effective case study for many Third World nations."
- Grahame Russell, Central American Human Rights Commission

"Informs students and adults about relationships between political, economic, and social factors in developing nations. "
- Video Rating Guide for Libraries

 

- Best of Show, NAAEE Film Festival
- Winner, Films De Femmes Festival France

 

 

Burning Rivers examines the links between the damaged environment and the social crisis in Guatemala. Rainforests are cut, polluted rivers burn, and pesticides poison farm workers.

This video presents compelling evidence that these serious environmental problems stem from the unequal distribution of wealth. Burning Rivers is an excellent resource for discussing how environmental problems in developing countries are connected to economic and social issues.


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Running Time: 25 minutes
G 8-Adult
Lisa Malcolm, Jack Silberman

 

"Burns Bog is one of a vanishing kind... a special bit of nature as it has been for millennia. It should be left completely alone."
- David Suzuki

 

- Honorable Mention, Columbus International Film Festival

 

 

Located on the southern fringes of Vancouver, Burns Bog is one of the world's most precious ecosystems. Home to nearly 200 species of mammals and birds, it is also a vital stop for migrating waterfowl. For 5000 years the bog has sheltered a diverse range of plant and animal life. Embedded in its deep layers of peat lies a record of all major local events, both natural and human. No one has fully explored the secrets it holds.

But Burns Bog is faced with imminent destruction as the needs of the area's mushrooming human population eat away at its edges. This video explores an urgent question: How do we define the worth of land and water, peat and plant, when there is a profit to be made?


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Burning the Future: Coal in America
Running Time: 89 minutes
Plus 56 minute Public Television Version
Gr. 6-Adult
David Novack
Coal Action Toolkit available on DVD-ROM

 

"Starred Review. Classes across the curriculum can utilize this film to explore the issues of clean coal and the politics of coal, and examine their own usage of electricity—powered by coal."
- School Library Journal

"Highly Recommended. Burning the Future casts a critical but fair-minded eye on coal mining in West Virginia."
- Video Librarian

"The flawless beauty of Novack's coverage of dynamited mountains, slurry pools and rapidly churned-out coal underscores the inexorability of the practice and the devastation in its wake."
- VARIETY, Ronnie Scheib

"Such a rich sense of place that it rips you up in ways that other, less-rooted documentaries don't. I cannot recommend it too highly."
- NEW YORK MAGAZINE, David Edelstein

"As upsetting as it is informative."
- NEW YORK TIMES, Matt Zoller Seitz

"A totally engaging exploration of an important and sensitive environmental issue...alongside An Inconvenient Truth, makes a major contribution to the sustainability debate."
- International Visual Communications Association Clarion Award

“A superbly balanced, focused, visual and personal narrative….This brilliant documentary does not tell us WHAT to think, but it demands that we DO engage and join the profoundly important discussion about the shape of our energy future.”
– Society of Environmental Journalists

 

-Pare Lorentz Award Winner, Best Social Documentary of 2008
- Outstanding Beat/In-Depth Reporting, Television Society of Environmental Journalists
-Clarion Award Winner for Communication of Diversity, Sustainable Development and Ethical Debate

 

Link TV 2008

 

All prices include DVD and PPR

Public Libraries-Circulation Only: $24.95
K-12 Schools & Public Libraries w/PPR: $79
Colleges, Universities, & Gov't: $195
Colleges, Universities, & Gov't (with DSL): $495



BONUS DISC: 56 Minute Public Television version also included.

Check out the 30-minute version

Featuring both coal and mining advocates as well as opponents, this is the preeminent film on the coal controversy.

Every eleven and one-half days, the explosive equivalent of the Hiroshima atomic bomb is unleashed upon the mountains of southern West Virginia and eastern Kentucky - for coal.

Burning the Future: Coal in America challenges the concept of “clean coal”, documenting the devastating ecological, social and health impact of coal mining and mountain-top removal. The film follows the explosive forces that have set in motion a groundswell of conflict between the coal industry and residents of West Virginia, where over 1.4 million acres of mountains have been destroyed and groundwater polluted.

Confronted by a US energy policy that favors coal without sufficient regard for the negative impact its extraction causes, local activists organize to arouse the nation and help protect their health, their communities and their way of life.

The DVD package includes considerable supplemental material: short films, printed information, web resources and discussion questions, perfect for courses on energy, the environment, social movements and related issues.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES

Short films on:

• Coal and Energy - Overview of the role coal plays in the US economy and a snapshot of the coal and utilities industry influence on public policy.

• Coal and Climate Change -  Documents how coal is the number one contributor of greenhouse gases.

• Pollution and Public Health - Illustrates how coal-fired power contributes to toxic water, air pollution and mercury poisoning.

• Democracy and Action - Documents how grassroots social movements are the primary force for change in America.

Also included:

• Coal Impact Guide - written information about coal's effects on health, the environment, global warming, and how people can make a difference in their daily lives.

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Running Time: 25 minutes
G 9-Adult
Nancy Bickel

 

"An excellent introduction to pollution prevention techniques - a source of inspiration to get toxics under control in businesses."
- Jo Chapman, East Bay Municipal Utility District, Oakland CA

 

 

 

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Vol. 2 Cleaning Up Toxics in Business
This program shows small businesses attempting to protect the environment and comply with stricter environmental regulations. Photo finishers, dry cleaners, and auto mechanics talk about toxics reduction and its effect on production and profits.

Fascinating examples of positive changes in bed-frame production, termite control and dry cleaning demonstrate the potential for economic and environmental benefits for businesses. This video may be shown in three segments.


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Running Time: 50 minutes
G 9-Adult
Nancy Bickel

 

"These videos are a great resource...for every public library, and strongly recommended for school and special libraries as well."
- Library Journal

"**** Four stars. Positive, insightful, and important."
- Video Rating Guide for Libraries

 

 

 

This title is currently offered on VHS, but can be converted to DVD upon request.

Vol. I Cleaning Up Toxics at Home
This program gives simple and practical advice on how we can protect our families from the toxic hazards found in our homes. The video emphasizes safe use, proper disposal, recycling and reduction of the most common household toxics: motor oil, paints, strippers, pesticides, automotive products and heavy-duty cleaners. Highlights include community programs that recycle or dispose of oil, pesticides and paint; a demonstration of simple ways to prevent poisoning and injury from the misuse of household chemicals; and tips from professional housecleaners who use non- toxic and inexpensive cleaning products.

Vol. 2 Cleaning Up Toxics in Business
Small businesses of all kinds are making remarkable changes to protect our environment. Cleaning Up Toxics in Business shows how businesses can use a variety of innovative solutions to comply with increasingly strict environmental regulations. Neighborhood dry cleaners are investing in new equipment that recaptures and reuses virtually all toxic chemicals in their shops. From a brass bed factory to a termite control service, businesses are finding ways to stop pollution before it starts - substituting less hazardous materials or techniques.


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Running Time: 25 minutes
G 9-Adult
Nancy Bickel

 

"Highly Recommended. Its practical value cannot be overstated."
- Science Books and Films

"A must see...of the recent crop of hands-on environmental action videos, this is the best."
- Library Journal

 

 

 

Vol. I Cleaning Up Toxics at Home
Here's practical advice on protecting our families from the toxic hazards found in homes. This video emphasizes safe use, proper disposal, recycling and reduction of the most common household toxics: motor oil, paints, strippers, pesticides, automotive products and heavy-duty cleaners.

Highlights include community programs that recycle or dispose of oil, pesticides and paint; a demonstration of simple ways to prevent poisoning and injury from the misuse of household chemicals; and tips from professional house-cleaners who use non-toxic and inexpensive cleaning products.


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Coal Crisis Series
Running Time: 119 minutes
Gr. 6-Adult
multiple producers

 

 

 

 

Purchase Burning the Future and Fighting Goliath together, for an outstanding value on a comprehensive media package that covers the coal crisis from all angles. The breadth of perspective on this issue inherent to these films, not to mention the quality and quantity of supplemental resources and added educational tools, will be a tremendous asset to any classroom or group looking to explore this topic from the ground up. Both are available on DVD only.



Burning the Future: Coal in America examines the explosive forces that have set in motion a groundswell of conflict between the coal industry and residents of West Virginia. Confronted by an emerging coal-based US energy policy, local activists watch the nation praise coal without regard to the devastation caused by its extraction. Faced with toxic ground water, the obliteration of 1.4 million acres of mountains, and a government that appeases industry, our heroes demonstrate a strength of purpose and character in their improbable fight to arouse the nation’s help in protecting their mountains, saving their families, and preserving their way of life.

This is the preeminent film on the coal crisis on the educational market today, and our special DVD package includes an action toolkit built around this hot button issue. Considerable supplemental information, web resources and discussion questions are all available via ROM technology on this outstanding new DVD, perfect for helping educators design coursework around this program.



Narrated by Robert Redford, Fighting Goliath: Texas Coal Wars follows the story of Texans fighting against the construction of 18 coal-fired power plants slated to be built in Eastern and Central Texas. This short film examines a microcosmic example of the modern struggle between the coal industry and the individuals who are standing up for the environment and people that it affects everyday.

The eye-opening story centers on the leadership of 17 Texas mayors and the unlikely partners who have come together to oppose the coal plants, setting a national example and changing public policy throughout the state. An asset to any classroom looking to understand the sociological and beuracratic elements to the coal struggle, Fighting Goliath sets out to impart a crucial and global message: It’s not too late. We can stop the coal rush.

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Cola Conquest
Running Time: 153 minutes
G 10-Adult
Abbey Neidik, DLI Productions

 

"Brilliant . . . as compelling as any thriller." -Toronto Star "An incisive analysis of how American popular culture, exemplified by Coke, is conquering the world." -The Gazette "Absolutely captivating . . the incisive and brilliant analysis of American society as seen through this grand investigation of a simple soft drink makes The Cola Conquest and exceptional documentary." -Voir Online

 

 

 

Using the story of the most successful commercial brand in world history, The Cola Conquest is a revealing examination of popular culture in America and the exportation of American commercialism around the globe. Beginning its inquiry in 1895, The Cola Conquest traces the evolution of commercial supply and demand, and how this dynamic was birthed and shaped through a century of mass urbanization and industrialization. An eye opening critique of the culture of global consumerism, this 3-part series examines the hugely successful exportation of American culture and how this has created a universally embraced pop-commercialism in all the farthest reaching corners of the world.

$149.00
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Community Service
Running Time: 13 minutes
G 8-Adult
Anne Macksoud
2/11/02; no study guide per Video Transform

 

 

 

 

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Young volunteers talk openly about the joy and value they get from helping out in a wide variety of situations. These teens have something to talk about! An essential video for anyone who wants to get young people involved in community service.


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Running Time: 23 minutes
G 7-Adult
David Bernstein

 

"...visually stunning...inspiring...Environmental studies and social studies classes will find much to discuss here."
- School Library Journal

"...deeply inspiring...these remarkable young people offer practical solutions and hope for the future. Schools, libraries, churches, and service organizations such as Scouts and girls and boys clubs can definitely use this tape to help empower, excite, and activate their members."
- NAPRA Review

"With its rapid-fire editing, hip soundtrack, and rock stars - R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe and Beastie Boy's Adam Yauch - this video is a passionate, energy-infused call to action aimed at today's youth."
- Sierra Magazine

"Good information, flashy MTV-friendly graphics, and above all, a genuine belief that we can make a difference... these factors combine to make Connect a solid choice."
- Video Librarian

 

- Winner of the 1998 Worldfest Houston Gold Award in the category Ecology/Environment/Conservation

 

 

Delivered with a hip contemporary style, Connect celebrates teens' ability to choose a lifestyle sensitive to the environment. Meet young people who are working to improve the world's environmental and social problems. Included are interviews with Adam Werbach, 23-year-old president of the Sierra Club, and Melissa Poe, who at age 16 sends a newsletter to three million readers.

Hosted by Michael Stipe of R.E.M., full of music and incredible nature footage, this energetic video successfully inspires while it entertains. Internationally broadcast by a major music television network for Earth Day '97.


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Cost of Cool: Youth, Consumption & The Environment
Running Time: 27 minutes
Gr 7-Univ
Producers: Gregory Molina, Marc Griffith, Geoffrey Holland, & Alexandra Paul
Director: Michael Tobias
30-Page Study Guide available for download here.

 

"A terrific wake-up call for young adults, this is highly recommended."
- Video Librarian

"Recommended. This video does in fact make an impact on teenagers, and may be useful for starting class discussions in such areas as Environmental Studies. It may also be used as a starting point to make students evaluate how and why they use their purchasing powers."
–Educational Media Reviews Online

"The message to help the earth by getting along with less and enjoying one's own uniqueness is an important one that can lead to discussions in social studies, science, and home living classes."
- School Library Journal

"The Cost of Cool is a call for teenagers (and all Americans) to STOP and look more deeply at the consumer feeding frenzy that grips us all, even the most environmentally conscious. Its message is clear and timely... what each person does, or does not do, determines the future health of this planet."
- Erik Mollenhauer, Supervisor, EIRC Science and Social Studies Programs

"An engaging film that should capture the interest of our students. It clearly introduces a critical concept to our teens."
- Dr. Charles Khoury, Principal, Paramus High School

 

-Winner Cine Golden Eagle Award 2001
-Finalist, Excellence in Educational Publishing Competion

 

 

All prices include DVD and PPR

Public Libraries-Circulation Only: $39.95
K-12 Schools, Public Libraries, Colleges, Universities, & Gov't: $79
K-12 Schools, Public Libraries, Colleges, Universities, & Gov't:$379



Hosted by former Baywatch star Alexandra Paul, The Cost of Cool: Youth Consumption and the Environment features teenagers discussing what it takes to be "cool", the pressures of consumerism, and the environmental price we pay to have the latest, "coolest" stuff.

The video begins with an examination of the growth of the world's population and the impact of our consumption habits on the earth's resources. The Cost of Cool looks at everyday items from t-shirts to sneakers and tracks the effect of their manufacture on the world's resources.

"If every person alive today lived like we do," says host Alexandra Paul, "we would need three Earths to provide the resources."

Teenagers grapple with their learned buying patterns, and question whether they actually need much of the stuff that they feel they must acquire to be happy and live well.



30-Page Study Guide available for download here.

(VIEW THE FIRST 9 MINUTES OF THE FILM ABOVE)

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Critter Songs
Running Time: 12 minutes
G Pre-6
Clara Pincus

 

"Recommended. Infectious, toe-tapping rhythms back catchy, provocative lyrics about animals, self-esteem, and conservation."
- Booklist

"Unlike many children's song videos, the children in this program look like they are having a great time singing and are not just mouthing the words."
- Video Rating Guide for Libraries

"Children age three to seven will enjoy this video because of its entertainment value. Because of the short length, the video should be useful in a classroom situation, providing a means to explore various animals, creative art, or self-esteem concepts."
- Video Rating Guide for Libraries

"I liked how you show kids being part of something important, and how you show everyone can be a part of nature."
- Cheryl Christiansen, 5th Grade Student

 

- Merit Award, International Wildlife Film Festival
- Honors Winner, National Parenting Publications

 

 

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Critter Songs is a celebration of our connection with the animal world. This upbeat video features two catchy songs and a mixture of live action visuals and children's artwork. The theme of the first song, "Critter Song," is that by observing animals, admiring them, and working on their behalf, young people will also discover more about themselves. The song is illustrated with visuals of children participating in projects and activities that involve animals.

The second song, "All God's Critters Got a Place in the Choir," (composed by Bill Staines) presents the idea that we are all interdependent and valuable. Critter Songs is an inspirational and interdisciplinary video useful in science, nature, art, music, and language arts classes, and also helps to build self-esteem among students.

A discussion and activity guide is included featuring questions by discipline and a range of projects and resources.


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Crude Impact - 30 min. version
Running Time: 31 minutes
G 7-12
Vista Clara Films

 

"Crude Impact" goes deep and expansive on the political, environmental, and cultural costs of American dependence on oil. The message is earnest and sincere, and Wood argues it well, with chilling case studies." - Chicago Tribune, Tasha Robinson

“It is impossible to see this film and not begin to rethink the way we live.” -Lynne Twist, Pachamama Alliance

Crude Impact is a terrific film. I have no hesitation in saying it is the best documentary I have seen on the subject and I would feel very happy about recommending it to anyone. Key I think is its accessibility to someone with no prior exposure to the story of oil.” -Chris Vernon, TheOilDrum.com

“Young people absolutely need to know about this issue, and Crude Impact covers it from all angles. This is a film no educator should be without.' -David W. Smith, Science Teacher, Bay High School

“After watching so many films... I’m a tough audience and it is hard to find something new. This film was as comprehensive as it was compelling.” -Adrienne Bramhall, Sierra Club Productions

Crude Impact is a powerful and thought provoking exploration of the hold that oil has over the world.” -TransitionCulture.org

 

Winner: Best Feature Documentary - Artivist Film Festival
Winner: Social Justice Award - Santa Barbara Film Festival
Official Selection: International Documentary Film Festival (IDFA)
Nominee: Best Documentary, Best Environmental Film, Best Editing - Sacramento International Film Festival

 

Short Preview broadcast on Link TV - February 2007

 

Check out the full Feature Length version

This shorter version is tailored for use in high school classrooms. It includes a comprehensive curriculum guide, aligned to national standards in science and the social sciences, and a series of informational resources to aid with further study.

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. This 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 1956, M. King Hubbert, a geologist at Shell Research Labs, shocked the oil industry by predicting that United States oil production - the largest in the world at that time - would peak in the early 1970s, and then continuously and irreversibly diminish. His prediction was vilified and largely ignored - until it came true. 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, globalization, wildlife habitats, and of course global economy.

Journeying from the West African Delta region to the heart of the Amazon rainforest, from Washington to Shanghai, from early Man to the unknown future, Crude Impact chronicles the collision of our insatiable appetite for oil with the rights and livelihoods of indigenous cultures, other species and the planet itself. With great depth and insight, the film highlights the underlying myths and beliefs that are propelling us toward what many experts believe will be a cataclysmic period for humanity.

A story filled with discovery, sorrow, outrage, humor, and ultimately hope, Crude Impact uncovers the complex entanglement of the fate of humankind with its fierce dependence on petroleum, while providing a vital inspiration for change.

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Crude Impact
Running Time: 98 minutes
G 7-Adult
Vista Clara Films

 

"Highly Recommended. Enlightening...examines the entire history of oil throughout history and in world cultures and economies. It asks questions concerning our current and future dependence on oil...."
-Educational Media Reviews Online

"Crude Impact" goes deep and expansive on the political, environmental, and cultural costs of American dependence on oil. The message is earnest and sincere, and Wood argues it well, with chilling case studies."
Chicago Tribune, Tasha Robinson

“It is impossible to see this film and not begin to rethink the way we live.”
Lynne Twist, Pachamama Alliance

Crude Impact is a terrific film. I have no hesitation in saying it is the best documentary I have seen on the subject and I would feel very happy about recommending it to anyone. Key I think is its accessibility to someone with no prior exposure to the story of oil.”
Chris Vernon, TheOilDrum.com

“Young people absolutely need to know about this issue, and Crude Impact covers it from all angles. This is a film no educator should be without.'
David W. Smith, Science Teacher, Bay High School

“After watching so many films... I’m a tough audience and it is hard to find something new. This film was as comprehensive as it was compelling.”
Adrienne Bramhall, Sierra Club Productions

Crude Impact is a powerful and thought provoking exploration of the hold that oil has over the world.”
TransitionCulture.org

 

Winner: Best Feature Documentary - Artivist Film Festival
Winner: Social Justice Award - Santa Barbara Film Festival
Official Selection: International Documentary Film Festival (IDFA)
Nominee: Best Documentary, Best Environmental Film, Best Editing - Sacramento International Film Festival

 

Short Preview broadcast on Link TV - February 2007

 

Check out the 30-minute High School version

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. This 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 1956, M. King Hubbert, a geologist at Shell Research Labs, shocked the oil industry by predicting that United States oil production - the largest in the world at that time - would peak in the early 1970s, and then continuously and irreversibly diminish. His prediction was vilified and largely ignored - until it came true. 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, globalization, wildlife habitats, and of course global economy.

Journeying from the West African Delta region to the heart of the Amazon rainforest, from Washington to Shanghai, from early Man to the unknown future, Crude Impact chronicles the collision of our insatiable appetite for oil with the rights and livelihoods of indigenous cultures, other species and the planet itself. With great depth and insight, the film highlights the underlying myths and beliefs that are propelling us toward what many experts believe will be a cataclysmic period for humanity.

A story filled with discovery, sorrow, outrage, humor, and ultimately hope, Crude Impact uncovers the complex entanglement of the fate of humankind with its fierce dependence on petroleum, while providing a vital inspiration for change.

Available now at feature length, this full version is our best value and ideal for educational venues that can commit considerable time to this topic. Both versions of the film are accompanied by a comprehensive curriculum guide, aligned to national standards in science and the social sciences. A series of informational resources and action opportunities is included, allowing for considerable further study of this critical topic.

$139.00
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Dark Circle
Running Time: 82 minutes
G 9-Adult
Judy Irving, Chris Beaver

 

"**** Four stars...completely riveting."
- Roger Ebert

"You owe it to yourself to see this chilling documentary. A much needed warning sign on a very dangerous road. Rated A!"
- People Magazine

"Recommended."
- Science Books and Films

 

- Academy Awards Certificate of Special Merit
- National Emmy Award, Best Documentary
- Grand Prize, U.S. Film & Video Festival

 

 

All prices include DVD and PPR

• Educational, Group, and Institutional use: $89
• With DSL: $289

Recent characterizations of nuclear power as a “renewable energy source” make this classic film an essential resource.

Winner of the Grand Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and recipient of a national Emmy Award, Dark Circle reveals the full scope and human impact of the Atomic Age, from the dropping of the first atomic bombs on Japan to the present day perils of nuclear power and nuclear bomb assembly line and nuclear power.

This updated version of the film weaves dramatic personal stories of nuclear victims with previously classified footage. Dark Circle follows the trail of plutonium from the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons facility in Colorado, to the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant in California, to Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan. Plutonium, the most toxic substance in the world, links these locations and the people whose lives are irrevocably changed by it.

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Dare to be Aware Series
Running Time: 33 minutes
G 7-Adult

Includes detailed study guide aligned to 26 national standards

 

"This is a terrific wake-up call for young adults. This is highly recommended."
- Video Librarian

 

 

 

Did you know that American teenagers spend over 150 billion dollars annually? Teens are buying more "stuff" than ever before, and the effects of accelerated levels of consumption are at the very root of many of the environmental challenges we face today.

In this revealing new series, the best-selling, award-winning film Cost of Cool is paired with the exciting new release, Think Twice, creating the perfect tool to introduce this modern American issue to any classroom.

Begin with powerful discussion starter Think Twice, a clever, fast paced ride through a typical day at school for two seniors and examine the motivation behind the impulse to buy. Hosted by Baywatch star, Alexandra Paul, Cost of Cool then explores the issue in detail by examining implications of current levels of teen consumption and equipping viewers with the information and resources they need to make a positive difference.

Includes a 29-page curriculum guide aligned with 23 national standards in Science and Social Science.


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Running Time: 25 minutes
G 9-Adult
Marion Bendixsen
Includes 46-page study guide featuring federal water laws, questions, glossary, and resource list.

 

"Recommended. Clear and well-organized...a valuable educational resource on an important subject that is too often taken for granted. Appropriate for a general classroom setting or for civic and community organizations."
- Science Books and Films Review

"This informative video, with its extensive guide, is a valuable asset for community education."
- Booklist

 

 

 

Drinking water is essential to our lives. How do we get our water and keep it safe? This program examines water sources, treatment, and delivery systems.

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Echo of Water Against Rocks
Running Time: 13 minutes
G 9-Adult
Spirit of the Salmon Fund

 

 

 

 

- Official Selection, International Wildlife Film Festival

On March 10th, 1957, the newly constructed Dalles Dam closed its floodgates, backing the Columbia River over Celilo Falls. Regional newspapers heralded an era of hydropower, while upstream hundreds of people paid their final respects to the passage of a 10,000-year-old way of life. The flooding of Celilo Falls was an important day in Northwest history.

It changed people personally, and collectively. Two generations later, the memory of Celilo still resonates, like the echo of water against rocks. No other film has gathered the stories of eye-witnesses of the flooding, the children of Celilo fishing families, and the local residents. Using never-before-seen historic footage and original interviews, this 13-minute documentary captures the enduring memory of Celilo Falls-one of the most sacred and legendary places in the Pacific Northwest.


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Element One
Running Time: 58 minutes
G 10-Adult
Geoff Holland

 

"Recommended...A well-done exposition of what prospects the world has for adopting hydrogen fuel as our main energy source which could replace coal and oil. Representatives of corporations in Canada (Hydro-Quebec and Ballard), Japan, and Germany (BMW) discuss how they are testing the feasibility of this new fuel. Real life examples are presented to show how we can easily apply this new energy source. Its benefits are numerous: it's totally renewable, extremely safe to handle, and pollution free."
- Educational Media Reveiws Online

 

 

 

Element One previews the coming hydrogen era, demonstrating how cars and homes can be powered by this clean, efficient energy source. This exciting video delivers the most complete and up-to-date overview of advanced hydrogen technology available today.

It features a colloquium of world class energy experts who review the environmental, political, economic, and historical consequences of our present dependence on fossil fuels. Hydrogen-powered vehicles and energy-producing hydrogen fuel cells are demonstrated in Germany, Canada, Japan, and the United States. Pollution-free, sustainably produced hydrogen is predicted to displace petroleum as the planet's dominant fuel. The program can be divided into segments for classroom discussion.


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Running Time: 28 minutes
G 10-Adult
EPOCA

 

"Captures the beauty of Central America and reveals the power that is destroying it, yet provides hope."
- David Brower, Earth Island Institute

 

 

 

Environment Under Fire explores the political and social issues behind Central America's environmental crisis, including poverty, pesticides, cattle farming, war and land reform.

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Environmental Ethics: Examining Your Connection to the Environment and Your Community
Running Time: 62 minutes
G 9-Adult
Closed Captioned
Goldman Environmental Prize

 

"A terrific, bargain-priced, single-volume series geared for high school students...this is highly recommended."
-Video Librarian

"A valuable resource for those instructors seeking supplementary material for a class exploring environmental issues. Packaged with an Educator’s Guide and Student Workbook, both of which are creative and thoughtful."
-Educational Media Reviews Online

 

 

 

Part of a fully standards-based high school course supplement, Environmental Ethics: Examining Your Connection to the Environment and Your Community profiles a diverse group of courageous Goldman Environmental Prize winners who have made it their duty to protect their local environments. Organized around foundational topics in environmental studies, Environmental Ethics examines both the facts and the ethical arguments surrounding resource management practices.

The inspiring stories told in Environmental Ethics pose questions about how to weigh the needs of modern life with the reality of its impact on the natural world. Through engaging, real-life examples of ethical concepts in action, this program asks students to think more critically about the power each person has to make a difference in their own communities. A true testament to the "power of one," Environmental Ethics demonstrates the many ways that regular people can become environmental heroes.

The course is aligned to national education standards in science, social studies, and language arts. The written curriculum was developed by the Goldman Environmental Prize and the Yale University Department of Forestry and Environmental Studies. More than 50 educators tested the curriclum with their students in high schools, middle schools, universities, nature centers, and zoos around the United States.

Environmental Ethics includes this video series, a comprehensive accompanying written curriculum, and an interactive online teachers' community, the Environmental Ethics Network.

Free Curriculum materials available:

To download a free copy of the Environmental Ethics Student Workbook click here.


$29.95
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Running Time: 27 minutes
G 10-Adult
Terese Svoboda

 

"This video is truly excellent."
- Dr. Doris Rapp, Author, Is This Your Child's World?

 

 

 

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Environmental Protection Agency lawyer Amy Svoboda was permanently disabled on the job - not from visiting hazardous waste dumps, her doctors say, but from working in the agency's toxic Washington office building. Did the EPA, ostensible guardian of America's environment, poison its own office workers with indoor pollution?

This program chronicles the battle between 19 environmentally-ill EPA employees and the Agency, which claims the workers' health problems are "all in their heads." This ironic story details how off-gassing in an airtight building in Washington seriously disabled the very lawyers and scientists who are trying to protect our environment.

Environmental illness is a modern day disease that has arrived with the myriad of newly created synthetic materials. This is a sober admonition to heed the early warning signs of chemical sensitivity before the effects do irreversible damage.


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Exploring Marine Biology
Running Time: 26 minutes
G 7-Adult
James Meyer

 

 

 

 

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Exploring Marine Biology prepares students for an aquarium visit and introduces critical marine science terminology. Interviews with scientists at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California illustrate the complexity of the ocean's hidden world and provide firsthand accounts of the marine biologists' career paths.

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Falling Giants
Running Time: 14 minutes
G 8-Adult
Bill Reifenberger

 

 

 

 

Located on the north coast of California, the 60,000-acre Headwaters Forest is the largest unprotected ancient redwood forest on Earth. Through interviews with key players and the work of nature photographer Doug Thorn, Falling Giants examines the battle to preserve these 2,000-year-old trees from the sawmills of the Pacific Lumber Company.

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Fight for the Croton Watershed
Running Time: 28 minutes
G 9-Adult
David H. Rose

 

 

 

 

The Fight for the Croton Watershed explores the controversy over the EPA's mandate that New York City build a $1 billion chemical filtration plant for their drinking water. The video effectively covers the basics of what a watershed is and what citizens can do to protect it.

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Fighting Goliath: Texas Coal Wars
Running Time: 34 minutes
Gr. 9-Adult
The Redford Center at the Sundance Preserve

 

“Highly Recommended. Professionally produced to a very high quality, Fighting Goliath: Texas Coal Wars is superbly edited…. Could be used by community activists, as well as in general college and university collections.”
-Educational Media Reviews Online

 

Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary, Short Indie - Red Rock Film Festival
Audience Award for Best Documentary Short - Santa Barbara Film Festival

 

 

Narrated by Robert Redford, Fighting Goliath: Texas Coal Wars follows the story of Texans fighting against the construction of 19 coal-fired power plants slated to be built in Eastern and Central Texas. This short film examines a microcosmic example of the modern struggle between the coal industry and the individuals who are standing up for the environment and the people that it affects everyday.

The eye-opening story centers on the leadership of 17 Texas mayors and the unlikely partners who have come together to oppose the coal plants, setting a national example and changing public policy throughout the state. An asset to any classroom looking to understand the sociological and bureaucratic elements to the coal struggle, Fighting Goliath sets out to impart a crucial and global message: It’s not too late. We can stop the coal rush. An outstanding complement to Burning the Future.

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Finding the Words
Running Time: 60 minutes
Gr. 8-Adult
Horn Productions

 

"Watching the incredible changes in the children in this documentary will make most anyone believe that recovery is a very real possibility for many autistic children. This film is an exceptional resource for parents, educators, and academics. It could be used by medical professionals hoping to learn more about autism, professors and graduate students of Disability and Disease studies, anthropologists studying both the rise of autism and the construction of it as a disease. It would also be helpful in Early Childhood Education classes, at autism conferences, and as a recommendation for parents who have just gotten their child’s diagnosis (who need both hope and practical tips in this very difficult time)."
– Anthropology Review Database

"Highly recommended. Finding the Words is an outstanding film about how our traditional views of autism are being challenged by new research and new ways of thinking about the disease. There is hope... and that’s what Finding the Words is really all about. The success stories of the families represented here are proof that there is a way to be victorious in the fight against the disease."
- Lori Widzinski, Educational Media Reviews Online

 

 

 

All prices include DVD and PPR

Public Libraries-Circulation Only: $29.95
K-12 Schools, Public Libraries Colleges, Universities, & Gov't: $99
K-12 Schools, Public Libraries Colleges, Universities, & Gov't (with DSL): $399



Finding the Words is a film following the stories of eight children in their struggle to recover from autistic spectrum disorder (ASD).

Autism, historically defined as a neurological condition that impairs communication and socialization skills in varying degrees of severity, is stealing away children in frightening numbers. An estimated 1 in 150 children are being diagnosed with this serious medical condition that the American Academy of Pediatrics now considers “epidemic”.

In Finding the Words, we watch parents of children once considered hopeless describe the amazing journeys they’ve taken to bring their sons and daughters back - fighting the prevailing view of autism as a disorder that is “incurable and untreatable”; battling the effects of what they describe as a “complex, multifactorial illness”. What is most important is that many thousands of them are winning this war. And children who could not speak, who could not make eye contact, who spinned and flapped and looked so utterly lost and unreachable, are now cogent and happy and communicable. And in a crowd of regular kids in a regular school, they look like every other kid - talking, playing - “indistinguishable from peers”.

The film also captures the unfolding drama of scientific discovery as doctors, pushed along by relentless parents, search for answers. The synergy we see between these determined families and the doctors who have been called to lead this struggle to uncover better therapies for ASD is fascinating. We see a paradigm shift in the doctor/patient model, and a great example of how treatments can be discovered in the presence of urgent need.

A comprehensive study guide and DVD-ROM resource toolkit is in development.

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Fire on the Mountain
Running Time: 72 minutes
G 8-Adult
Beth and George Gage

 

"This is the film I always wanted to make." -Robert Redford "One of the Century's most remarkable sagas . . . an amazing story." -Chicago Tribune

 

Grand Prize - Mountainfilm Telluride

 

National Geographic Channel, Sundance Channel

 

Sundance Film Festival, Telluride Mountainfilm, Aspen Film Festival, Denver International Film Festival
Fire on the Mountain tells the heroic and gripping story of America's 10th Mountain Division during World War II. A highly specialized gathering of the world's finest skiers and mountain climbers, the 10th Mountain Division was assembled and underwent grueling high altitude training as Germany strengthened its hold on the mountainous regions of northern Italy.

Once deployed, its fourteen thousand soldiers ascended the supposedly impenetrable Riva Ridge of Italy's Apennine range, ambushing and defeating a key German stronghold and pushing Nazi forces into retreat.

Now largely recognized for being the strongest single force in defeating the German army in Italy, the 10th Mountain Division is also remembered for creating the men who went on to found much of America's conservation movement. Former soldier and the Sierra Club's first executive director, world famous conservationist David Brower, tells of how his inspiration was drawn from his time spent with the division.

$150.00
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Fish Out of Water
Running Time: 55 minutes
G 9-Adult
Daniel Breton

 

"Succeeds on multiple levels. The exquisite filming takes the viewer into the burrows of nesting puffins for a voyeuristic look at chick feeding that includes full sound. A glimpse of the emotional investment humans have made in the project emerges artfully from the film.
The captivating ecology and behavior of the birds are featured prominently and will broadly appeal to diverse audiences from ornithologists to bird novices. Fish Out of Water receives my highest recommendation and should be considered for junior high, high school, college and public library collections."
- Educational Media Reviews Online

"Beautifully filmed...a wonderful story of how one person made a difference."
- David Sibley, author of the Audubon Society's Sibley Guide to Birds

"The wildlife footage is nothing short of glorious."
- Dr. Stephen W. Kress, Audubon biologist and Director of Project Puffin

 

- Finalists' Award; Merit Award for Conservation Message; Merit Award for Presentation of a Sustained Conservation Effort, 2002 International Wildlife Film Festival

 

 

- EarthVision 2004

Each summer, Atlantic puffins return to Seal Island National Wildlife Refuge in the gulf of Maine to raise their young. Fish Out of Water is an intimate look into the lives of these colorful seabirds and includes the first-ever recorded scenes of Maine coast puffins feeding and raising their chicks inside a rock burrow.



This award-winning film also explores the intriguing lives of Arctic and common terns and the history of National Audubon Society biologists working with Project Puffin to restore and preserve these fragile seabird colonies.


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Running Time: 28 minutes
G 9-Adult
Ed Schehl

 

"Highly recommended!"
- Educational Media Reviews Online

 

 

 

Do you know that many of the foods on our supermarket shelves - including most of the corn and soy and canola products - are genetically engineered? Did you know that scientists are crossing species that would never breed in nature, such as tomatoes and fish, or toads and potatoes? How do you feel about eating genetically altered food that actually is a pesticide?

None of these genetically engineered foods are tested or labeled by the government, yet many of us are unknowingly eating them every day. European countries are resisting what many people are branding as "Frankenfoods." Here in the U.S. the situation will only get worse until the American public demands the right to know which foods have been genetically altered.


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Forest for the Future Series
Running Time: 68 minutes
G 7-Adult
Alan Honick

 

"Forests for the Future can help students of all ages understand forest ecology. Picks up where other curricula stops; shows the whole forest in its interconnections, rather than a series of single species and their habitat needs."
- Beverly Isenson, Governor's Council on Environmental Education, Washington

"***Three stars. Recommended."
- Video Librarian

 

 

 


1) The Natural Forest: forest ecosystems explained.
2) Humans In The Forest: human impact on Pacific Northwest forests.
3) Decisions for the Future: reconciling economy & environment.

The three videos in this series tell the story of the Pacific Northwest old-growth forests. They show the interconnections within the forest community, rather than focusing on a single species and its habitat needs. Videos are accompanied by beautiful a 20-page study/activity guide which includes: glossary, discussion ideas; field study, research, values clarification and role play activities; and extensive list of further resources.

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Running Time: 23 minutes
G 7-Adult
Alan Honick

 

" Forests for the Future can help students of all ages understand forest ecology. Picks up where other curricula stops; shows the whole forest in its interconnections, rather than a series of single species and their habitat needs."
- Beverly Isenson, Governor's Council on Environmental Education, Washington

"***Three stars. Recommended."
- Video Librarian

 

- Silver Apple, National Educational Media Festival

 

 

Vol. 1 only available on series DVD, please see Forests for the Future Series for more information.


In Volume 1 of the Forests for the Future Series, scientists take us deep into an old-growth forest with stunning visuals of a functioning ancient forest ecosystem. Biological concepts are elegantly presented as we meet the interdependent web of forest species, from the smallest micro-organisms to the largest animals.


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Running Time: 27 minutes
G 9-Adult
Alan Honick

 

"Forest for the Future can help students of all ages understand forest ecology. Picks up where other curricula stops; shows the whole forest in its interconnections, rather than a series of single species and their habitat needs."
- Beverly Isenson, Governor's Council on Environmental Education, Washington

"***Three stars. Recommended."
- Video Librarian

 

 

 

Vol. 2 only available on series DVD, please see Forests for the Future Series for more information.



Video 2 looks at the historic and ongoing impact of human activities on old-growth forests. We learn what happens as large sections of forest are logged and how a replanted area, or "tree farm," differs biologically from an ancient forest ecosystem. Alternative managed harvesting is explained.

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Running Time: 21 minutes
G 9-Adult
Alan Honick

 

"Forest for the Future can help students of all ages understand forest ecology. It picks up where other curricula stops and shows the whole forest in its interconnections, rather than a series of single species and their habitat needs."
- Beverly Isenson, Governor's Council on Environmental Education, Washington

"***Three stars. Recommended."
- Video Librarian

 

 

 

Vol. 2 only available on series DVD, please see Forests for the Future Series for more information.



Is it possible to reconcile jobs with the environment? How can both the remaining ancient forests and the communities whose economies have depended upon logging be sustained?

Video 3 examines a wide variety of promising methods for balancing human activities and the natural system, including selective logging, habitat restoration, and growing other products in old-growth forests.


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Forsaken Cries: The Story of Rwanda
Running Time: 35 minutes
G 11-Adult
A film by Andrea Torrice, Curt Goering
Executive Producer Kathi Lynn Austin
100 page study guide available for download.

 

"Highly Recommended. This documentary is flawless in its summary history of Rwanda, bringing the viewer from the Belgian colonialist’s institution of ethnic division in Rwanda to the country’s genocidal conflict beginning in 1994. The film begins by posing the question, “Could this have been prevented?” I simply cannot give enough praise for this film. By its very format and sequential presentation of facts and events, the film begs for classroom discussion."
- Educational Media Reviews Online

"Recommended. In the spring of 1994, the world was 'shocked' by the genocidal killing in an African country that had hitherto attracted little global attention: Rwanda. While critics at the time dismissed the tragedy as 'tribal conflict,' the reality -- as this hard-hitting documentary makes abundantly clear -- was more complicated, though no less obvious. Combining interviews with local officials, social commentators, and Amnesty International representatives, along with archival and brutal contemporary footage, Forsaken Cries makes a convincing case that the warning signs were in place well before the actual slaughter transpired. Sure to stimulate class discussion, and accompanied by an extensive notebook-sized study guide, this is recommended."
- Video Librarian

 

 

 

• K-12 Schools, Non-Profits, and Public Libraries $59.95
• Colleges, Gov't, & Businesses: $125



In 1994, close to one million people were killed in a planned and systematic genocide in the African country of Rwanda, the largest systematic murder of a single race since the Holocaust. How did this carnage occur when the world declared after WWII that it would never tolerate such mass murder again? Who was responsible? Why did the international community fail to respond? This sensitively filmed documentary attempts to answer these questions.

Forsaken Cries incorporates historical footage of the colonial period, interviews with survivors and analyses of key issues including: international law; history of the Great Lakes region; failure of the international community, US policy and NGOs; the refugee crisis; women's human rights violations; and the war crimes tribunal.

This is a case study of the horrendous consequences of neglecting preventive diplomacy.

An information-packed 100-page booklet, useful for both teachers and human rights activists, is available for download. It is divided into sections including:

-Human Rights,
-History Of Rwanda,
-What is Genocide?,
-World's Response,
-Rape as a Weapon,
-Refugee Crisis,
-Arms Flows,
-Struggle Against Impunity,
-Classroom Activities,
-Resources


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Fresh Waters Flowing: Biological Monitoring Protocol
Running Time: 37 minutes
G 9-Adult
Two Parts - 20 Min & 17 Min
Produced by Alan Honick

 

Best Films - Energy, Environment, Natural Resources Category
- Science Books and Films (AAAS)

"A terrific introduction to stream ecology. This film leaves the viewer with a clear understanding of the interrelationship between underwater insects, fish, and people."
-Tom Murdoch, Director, Adopt-A-Stream Foundation

 

 

 

This is a two part video that explores the interrelationship of people and a fresh water ecosystem, and provides guidance for local stream monitoring projects.

Fresh Waters Flowing, Part One, explores the connection between humans and rivers, specifically the links between human influence and the ability of a river to support healthy living communities. Fresh Waters Flowing shows how important biological integrity is for rivers and demonstrates how measuring biological condition with the index of biological integrity (IBI) can be a powerful tool for maintaining and restoring the health of watersheds.

Biological Monitoring Protocol, Part Two, introduces the index of biological integrity (IBI) as the best yardstick for measuring the health of rivers and streams. Measuring pollutants, such as temperature, phosphorus, or toxic chemicals, may tell you if a river is clean, but only a direct biological yardstick like IBI will tell you if a river is healthy and can, for example, support wild salmon.

IBI has now been adopted to monitor rivers on all continents except Antarctica. This program also outlines the actual equipment and techniques needed to collect data as an index of biological integrity.

Featuring James Karr of the University of Washington and Charley Dewberry of Pacific Rivers Council, this two-video series introduces important science concepts and is appropriate for courses in natural science, environmental science, biology,and water quality at the high school and university levels.

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Future in the Cradle
Running Time: 22 minutes
G 9-Adult • Copyright 1996
Robert Caughlan, Dennis Church

 

"The most dynamic population video I have seen."
- Sidonie Giapeta, Director of the National Wildlife Federation's Population Program

"A bugle call for Americans to demand leadership and action on this grand-daddy of all environmental issues."
- Pete McCloskey, Former Congressman and author of the Clean Water Act

"A no nonsense look at the environmental consequences of our ostrich-like inaction. The limits to the Earth are apparently going to be our last discovery.”
David Brower

• Winner, Wave Award for Video Excellence

 

 

 

FUTURE IN THE CRADLE documents the historic 1994 United Nations Cairo Population Conference, when world population was 5.7 billion. The film takes its title from Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's conference welcome "to the cradle of civilization to discuss the future of civilization".

At the Cairo conference, 180 nations signed a 20-year plan to stabilize world population. It called upon all countries to improve educational and employment opportunities for women, to promote family planning, and to provide reproductive health care for all women. It also called on developed nations, like the U.S., to reduce their consumption of resources.

The film follows both the official conference and the many other groups that attended. FUTURE IN THE CRADLE is an important documentation of a historic gathering, and a starting point to examine why the countries in attendance have failed to live up to the promises made there, as world population soared to 7 billion.

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The Future of Food: 2-Disc Educational Edition
Running Time: 88 minutes
Gr. 9-Adult
Deborah Koonz Garcia, Lily Films
Comprehensive DVD-ROM Curricula and Educational Supplements

 

"Highly recommended. Editor's Choice. Deborah Koons Garcia's invigorating, award-winning documentary is a wakeup call...backed by a wealth of research and in-depth interviews with scientists, consumer activists, farmers, and attorneys. [Plus] an excellent extras package for an eye-opening documentary."
- Video Librarian

"Highly recommended. The Future of Food is a scathing account of modern industrial agriculture practices (that) continues to hold an important place among other more recent North American-centric food exposé documentaries. It is more damning than Food, Inc and a bit broader in focus than King Corn."
- Educational Media Reviews Online


"'The Future of Food' is a tenacious work of journalism."
-The Boston Globe


"'The Future Of Food' is this century's version of Upton Sinclair's expose 'The Jungle'...."
-Dr. Russ Bianchi, Biochemist

"Garcia's handsomely produced film (is) a primer on the dangers of industrial farming... eye-opening... an effective clarion call."
-TV GUIDE

“Must see... Documents how genetically engineered foods slipped into our supply."
-San Francisco Chronicle

“Quietly inflammatory. Unsettling.”
-Stephen Holden, New York Times

"An excellent overview of the key questions (about)... genetically modified foods... The Future of Food draws attention to critical questions about food production that need more public debate."
-Prof. Thomas J. Hoban

 

Best Documentary - DeadCenter Film Festival, OK
Best Documentary - Empire Film Festival, NY
Audience Award: Best Documentary - Ashland Independent Film Festival, OR
Human Rights Award - Taos Film Festival, NM
Honorable Mention - Ann Arbor Film Festival, MI

 

 

There is a revolution happening in the farm fields and on the dinner tables of America – a revolution that is transforming the very nature of the food we eat, yet is little-known to most of us.

The Future of Food offers an in-depth exploration of several important developments in agriculture today including the diminishment of biodiversity, patenting of life, loss of family farms, consolidation of seed companies and the globalization of our food system. Using genetically engineered crops as a primary cause and result of these new developments, the film delves into the disturbing truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled the world’s grocery stores for the past decade.

From the prairies of Saskatchewan, Canada to the fields of Oaxaca, Mexico, The Future of Food gives a voice to farmers whose lives and livelihoods have been negatively impacted by new, patented GMO seeds. The film uses animation to explain the process of recombinant DNA technology which allows “genetic engineering”, the movement of DNA from one species to another. The legal foundations for, and consequences of, patenting life are explored in depth. The health implications, government policies and push towards globalization are presented as some of the reasons why many people are alarmed by the takeover of our food supply by corporations and their genetically engineered crops. The global battle over agricultural genetic engineering is as fierce now as ever.

Shot on location in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, and contrasting local trends with global realities, The Future of Food examines the complex web of market and political forces that are changing what we eat as huge multinational corporations seek to control the world’s food system. The film also explores alternatives to large-scale industrial agriculture, placing organic and sustainable agriculture as real solutions to the farm crisis.



This 2-Disc Educational Edition DVD features many special features listed below, including a comprehensive, year-long college-level curriculum, tailored for use in a variety of course settings and durations. The curriculum was created by Dr. Joshua Muldavin who has over 25 years of experience with international fieldwork and teaching about food and agricultural issues.
View Summary of Curriculum

Disc 1: Documentary, Interviews and Curriculum
  • The full-length documentary with public performance rights
  • 2 additional interviews with scientists Dr. Michael Hansen and Dr. Arpad Pusztai
  • A detailed 100+ page college-level curriculum -- Food, Agriculture, Environment & Development -- by Dr. Joshua Muldavin, including short versions of the curriculum, suggested reading, group activities and class assignments, graphics and images for lectures.

Disc 2: Special Features
  • Michael Pollan on The Cost of Food
  • "The Happy Box" - A film about Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) by Erica Filanc
  • "How to Save Seeds from Vegetables" - A film by Underwood Gardens
  • "Planting Seeds" - A film about School Farming programs
  • Excerpts from 4 films about farmers - "My Father's Garden," "Troublesome Creek," "Ripe for Change" and a film about Michael Ableman
  • Take Action Toolkit & web resources
  • GE Free recipes by Deborah Madison, Mollie Katzen

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FUT-973-D
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Running Time: 45 minutes
G 11-Adult
Michael Brainerd

 

"There is probably no better forum for examining the radical changes on the Soviet Union and its people."
- Los Angeles Times

 

 

 

The Glasnost Film Festival is a 12-video collection featuring 22 Soviet documentary films produced in the "Glasnost Era." Many of the films remain definitive and timeless documents of previously unexplored aspects of Soviet history and culture. All were produced originally on 35mm film and are subtitled in English.

Against the Current, 27 min.
A film about ecological crime and how the residents of Kirishi protest a local chemical plant.

The Wood Goblin, 17 min.
For 15 years a former WW II tank commander lived alone in the woods after a smear campaign removed him from his Communist party position.


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Running Time: 64 minutes
G 11-Adult
Michael Brainerd

 

"There is probably no better forum for examining the radical changes on the Soviet Union and its people."
- Los Angeles Times

 

 

 

The Glasnost Film Festival is a 12-video collection featuring 22 Soviet documentary films produced in the "Glasnost Era." Many of the films remain definitive and timeless documents of previously unexplored aspects of Soviet history and culture. All were produced originally on 35mm film and are subtitled in English.

Adonis XIV, 9 min.
A "Judas" goat serenely leads a herd of animals to the slaughterhouse in this short parable which was banned for 9 years.

The Trial, 55 min.
A collective meditation on the past and future of the Soviet Union, including a testament from the wife of Nikolai Bukharin.


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Running Time: 86 minutes
G 11-Adult
Michael Brainerd

 

"There is probably no better forum for examining the radical changes on the Soviet Union and its people."
- Los Angeles Times

 

 

 

The Glasnost Film Festival is a 12-video collection featuring 22 Soviet documentary films produced in the "Glasnost Era." Many of the films remain definitive and timeless documents of previously unexplored aspects of Soviet history and culture. All were produced originally on 35mm. film and are subtitled in English.

Final Verdict, 68 min.
An intense personal examination of the motivations of a young man sentenced to death for killing two people.

The Evening Sacrifice, 18 min.
An experimental film that attempts to capture the spirit of a crowd.

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Running Time: 47 minutes
G 11-Adult
Michael Brainerd

 

"There is probably no better forum for examining the radical changes on the Soviet Union and its people."
- Los Angeles Times

 

 

 

The Glasnost Film Festival is a 12-video collection featuring 22 Soviet documentary films produced in the "Glasnost Era." Many of the films remain definitive and timeless documents of previously unexplored aspects of Soviet history and culture. All were produced originally on 35mm film and are subtitled in English.

Are You Going to the Ball?
An unprecedented look at the hardships young girls, including Olga Korbut, endured to be a part of the famous Soviet Olympic gymnastics team.

Tomorrow is a Holiday
Young women workers reveal their alienation over poor working and living conditions and show their inner strength.


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Running Time: 28 minutes
G 11-Adult
Michael Brainerd

 

"There is probably no better forum for examining the radical changes on the Soviet Union and its people."
- Los Angeles Times

 

 

 

The Glasnost Film Festival is a 12-video collection featuring 22 Soviet documentary films produced in the "Glasnost Era." Many of the films remain definitive and timeless documents of previously unexplored aspects of Soviet history and culture. All were produced originally on 35mm film and are subtitled in English.

The Temple , 58 min.
A strikingly beautiful film about the 1000th anniversary of Christianity in Russia and the role of religion in Soviet society.


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Running Time: 68 minutes
G 11-Adult
Michael Brainerd

 

"There is probably no better forum for examining the radical changes on the Soviet Union and its people."
- Los Angeles Times

 

 

 

The Glasnost Film Festival is a 12-video collection featuring 22 Soviet documentary films produced in the "Glasnost Era." Many of the films remain definitive and timeless documents of previously unexplored aspects of Soviet history and culture. All were produced originally on 35mm film and are subtitled in English.

The Tailor, 50 min.
A sobering look at the spiritual void and disillusionment of middle-aged Soviet adults, many of whom became aged before their time.

Early on Sunday , 16 min.
A wonderful portrait of old village women, whose unpretentious observations about life, love and perestroika evoke laughter and compassion.


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Glasnost Film Festival: <br>Chernobyl - Chronicle of Difficult Weeks<br> &  The Bam Zone
Running Time: 73 minutes
G 11-Adult
Russian with English Subtitles

 

"Documents the nuclear disaster with candor and honesty."
–CNN

"Chernobyl shows the disaster itself. What appears on film looks like the set of a science fiction horror movie: a lifeless town, empty villages, a dead forest."
- Prof. Andrew Horton, Loyola University; Author, Zero Hour

"Chernobyl: Chronicle of Difficult Weeks... epitomized the Gorbachev policy inaugurated in the mid-1980's -- glasnost, or openness. Years earlier the Soviet Union would have gone to great lengths to deny or conceal any nuclear catastrophe. This time Soviet cameramen were quickly at work. Gorbachev's television announcement of the disaster became the opening of the film."
- Prof. Erik Barnouw, Columbia University

 

 

 

Chernobyl: Chronicle of Difficult Weeks, 54 min.
This film is the definitive record of the immediate aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and the heroic and horrifying attempts to clean up. Vladimir Shevchenko's Russian film crew was the first in the disaster zone following the meltdown of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant on April 26, 1986, the worst nuclear disaster in world history.

The film crew shot continuously for more than 3 months, documenting the disaster's impact on the local population and the harrowing cleanup efforts, including the effort to cover the core with concrete and lead.

Radiation levels were so high that parts of the film were marked with white blotches from radiation. Shevchenko died from radiation exposure before the film was released.

A Ukrainian newspaper called Shevchenko an "outstanding man, who gave his life so that we and our descendants could see with our own eyes all the horror and depth of the Chernobyl tragedy."

The Bam Zone, 19 min.
The uncompleted Baikal-Amur Mainline (BAM) Railroad in Siberia is a powerful symbol of the stagnation of the Brezhnev years.


The Glasnost Film Festival is a 12-video collection featuring 22 Soviet documentary films produced in the "Glasnost Era." All were produced originally on 35mm film and are subtitled in English.


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Running Time: 43 minutes
G 11-Adult
Michael Brainerd

 

"There is probably no better forum for examining the radical changes on the Soviet Union and its people."
- Los Angeles Times

 

 

 

The Glasnost Film Festival is a 12-video collection featuring 22 Soviet documentary films produced in the "Glasnost Era." Many of the films remain definitive and timeless documents of previously unexplored aspects of Soviet history and culture. All were produced originally on 35mm film and are subtitled in English.

Scenes at a Fountain , 28 min.
Dramatically portrays the bold, yet primitive efforts to cap the world's largest natural gas fire on the shores of the Caspian Sea.

The Limit, 15 min.
A horrifying look at the personal catastrophe of alcoholism on the lives of a number of people young and old.


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Running Time: 115 minutes
G 11-Adult
Michael Brainerd

 

"There is probably no better forum for examining the radical changes on the Soviet Union and its people."
- Los Angeles Times

 

 

 

The Glasnost Film Festival is a 12-video collection featuring 22 Soviet documentary films produced in the "Glasnost Era." Many of the films remain definitive and timeless documents of previously unexplored aspects of Soviet history and culture. All were produced originally on 35mm film and are subtitled in English.

And the Past Seems But a Dream, 87 min.
A 50-year reunion of former residents of Igarka reveals a time that was a painful nightmare, and the complicated attitudes of people towards Stalin.

Theatre Square, 28 min.
Without any narration or interviews, this film presents the images and sounds of a hunger strike staged over the Nagorno-Karabahk dispute.


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Running Time: 74 minutes
G 11-Adult
Michael Brainerd

 

"There is probably no better forum for examining the radical changes on the Soviet Union and its people."
- Los Angeles Times

 

 

 

The Glasnost Film Festival is s 12-video collection featuring 22 Soviet documentary films produced in the "Glasnost Era." Many of the films remain definitive and timeless documents of previously unexplored aspects of Soviet history and culture. All were produced originally on 35mm film and are subtitled in English.

Black Square, 56 min.
The story of Russia's artistic avant-garde from the 1950's to the 1970's, when their works were condemned or destroyed.

Dialogues, 28 min.
A bacchanal of rock-jazz and new wave music erupts in an abandoned Leningrad palace, a demonstration of free musical expression.


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Running Time: 47 minutes
G 11-Adult
Michael Brainerd

 

"There is probably no better forum for examining the radical changes on the Soviet Union and its people."
- Los Angeles Times

 

 

 

The Glasnost Film Festival is a 12-video collection featuring 22 Soviet documentary films produced in the "Glasnost Era." Many of the films remain definitive and timeless documents of previously unexplored aspects of Soviet history and culture. All were produced originally on 35mm film and are subtitled in English.

This Is How We Live, 30 min.
A shocking look at young homegrown fascists and self-styled "punks", revealing the growing alienation among young people.

Homecoming, 17 min.
In words reminiscent of Vietnam veterans, Soviet veterans of the Afghan War describe their anguish upon their return from the battlefield.


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Running Time: 70 minutes
G 11-Adult
Michael Brainerd

 

"There is probably no better forum for examining the radical changes on the Soviet Union and its people."
- Los Angeles Times

 

 

 

The Glasnost Film Festival is a 12-video collection featuring 22 Soviet documentary films produced in the "Glasnost Era." Many of the films remain definitive and timeless documents of previously unexplored aspects of Soviet history and culture. All were produced originally on 35mm film and are subtitled in English.

Marshall Blucher: A Portrait Against the Backdrop of an Epoch, 70 min.
A sweeping look at the excesses of the Stalin era through the story of a top Red Army commander, who in 1938 was declared an "enemy of the people" and perished in Stalin's torture chambers.


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Garbage into Gold
Running Time: 25 minutes
G 8-Adult
Beth Pike

 

"Our students were impressed and amazed with new concepts in recycling."
- Paulette Gates, California R-1 School

"Very nicely done....We have a school recycling program. This program validated their work!"
- Carla Derrick, Media Specialist, Clark County Schools, MO

"Recommended."
- The Video Librarian

"True to its message, this video should be used over and over again."
- The Science Teacher

 

 

 

This is an essential video for anyone concerned with recycling. Garbage into Gold profiles a new breed of environmental entrepreneurs. Among these innovators are students who organize recycling drives that earn $40,000 a year, a barber who makes "FertHairlizer," a business that rescues items from the dump and sells them as "urban ore," a soil company that composts food and yard waste, a plastic recycler and a retailer of recycled consumer products.


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Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home
Running Time: 76 minutes
Gr. 4-Adult

 

"Highly recommended. Effectively interweaving humor and human interest stories, Garbage! will inspire viewers to be mindful of the far-ranging environmental impact of the waste they create."
-Video Librarian

"Highly recommended for all audiences. It provides a real-life situation that anyone can relate to, as well as a chance to make a difference."
- Educational Media Reviews Onlinie

"Insightful, energetic and eye opening, Garbage! is 75 minutes of trash-filled adventure everyone can enjoy. This documentary would be an excellent tool to jumpstart a school's recycling program."
- Green Teacher Magazine

"An eye-opening contribution to the consumption debate."
- GreenMuze

 

Special Mention - Cinemambiente Italian Enviro Film Festival 2008

 

Broadcasts: Superchannel (Canada), Sundance (USA)

 

Film Festival Screenings:
HotDocs Toronto International Documentary Film Festival 2008,
Cinemambiente Italian Enviro Film Festival 2008,
UNAFF (UnitedNations Association Film Festival) 2008,
DOCSDF Intl Doc Film Festival of Mexico 2008,
Mexico Pepena Film Festival 2008,
Guangzhou GZ Doc - Chinese Film Festival 2008,
EcoKnights Eco Film Fest in Malaysia 2008,
New Kingston Film Festival 2008,
Gimli Film Festival 2008
All prices include DVD and PPR

K-12 Schools, Public Libraries, & Non-Profits: $89
Colleges, Institutions, & Businesses: $149
Colleges, Institutions, & Businesses (with DSL): $449

Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home is a feature documentary about how the family household has become one of the most ferocious environmental predators of our time.

Concerned for the future of his new baby boy Sebastain, writer and director Andrew Nisker takes an average urban family, the McDonalds, and asks them to keep every scrap of garbage that they create for three months. He then takes them on a journey to where it all goes and what it’s doing to the world.

From organic waste to the stuff they flush down the potty, the plastic bags they use to the water they drink out of bottles, the air pollution they create when transporting the kids around, to using lights at Christmas, the McDonalds discover that for every action there is a reaction that affects them and the entire planet.

Everyday life under a microscope has never been so revealing. By the end of this trashy odyssey, you are truly inspired to revolutionize your lifestyle for the sake of future generations. In Garbage!, filmmaker Andrew Nisker, skillfully and succinctly puts all of the information in one place — shifting the movement from melting glaciers and oil slicks to our neighborhoods and into our homes, so that average people can connect the dots between their actions and the environment and be inspired to change their polluting ways.

The momentum for change continues online at garbagerevolution.com. Visitors will be encouraged to become involved in changing their own communities by sharing stories through video, pictures and blogs and by reaching out to the global community for advice and help. Alternative eco-friendly products and new methods for living green will show visitors how to make the changes at home, where the revolution is born.

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A Gathering of Waters
Running Time: 27 minutes
G 5-Adult
Eric Stacey

 

 

 

 

How can diverse communities living along any river in the world work and celebrate together on a grass-roots community level to raise awareness and help save a river, a stream, or a creek? A Gathering of Waters focuses on the plight of the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo as it flows through Colorado and New Mexico and then forms the border between Texas and Mexico.

A special canteen, called the River Vessel, is passed by the carrier downstream from one community to the next. Small water samples are added from each community as hundreds of people have extended a hand to someone upstream, received the River Vessel, added their own contribution of water from the Rio, written in the log book, and passed these along to another person downstream.


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A Gathering of Waters 683
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Running Time: 44 minutes
G 9-Adult
Jeff Barrie, Tyson Miller

 

"A great tool to spread the successes of existing environmental programs."
- Mary Edie, Outreach Director Center for Environmental Education

 

 

 

Generation Earth is an action-packed survey of hands-on environmental programs. The video's two college-age producers take viewers across America as they search for successful projects in both rural and urban schools.

They find students involved in a wide range of creative activities in their schools and communities. These include environmental auditing of their campuses and local businesses, monitoring water quality, gardening and composting, mentoring younger students, seeking environmental justice, writing letters, and creating slide shows, documentaries and newspapers.

Your students will be inspired by the video. A 46-page reference manual describes each program in detail, including contacts and sources for each program, state-by-state environmental education contacts, and fundraising information.


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Genetic Time Bomb
Running Time: 50 minutes
G 9-Adult
Paula Mason, John de Graaf

 

"The genetic diversity that is critical to the long-term survival of food crops is now at risk. It's one of the most critical environmental issues the world has ever faced."
- Former Vice President Al Gore

"I was very moved and inspired by the production. It reveals a dangerous situation, a real but largely hidden crisis that continues to go unnoticed by the vast majority."
- Timothy Vos, Eco-Ag Program, Evergreen State College

 

 

-Aired nationally on PBS

 

Please inquire about availability prior to ordering this film.

Genetic Time Bomb is an excellent introduction to the little-known topic of genetic diversity of food crops. As high-yield hybrids replace traditional food crops worldwide, thousands of heirloom plant species have become extinct. Irreplaceable genetic material is being lost that may one day be needed to ward off the effects of devastating pests, diseases, or droughts.

Featuring leading scientists and activists, Genetic Time Bomb looks at historic changes in agriculture, the importance of maintaining biodiversity, and the growing worldwide network of "seed savers."


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Running Time: 22 minutes
G 9-Adult
Marilyn Nemzer

 

"A fine overview of an alternative energy source, this is recommended." Video Librarian

 

 

 

Geothermal energy is the immense resource of natural heat that is ever-generating inside the earth, which currently produces clean, reliable energy to dozens of nations around the world. The use of geothermal energy, like that of other renewables, helps conserve depleting fossil fuels, promotes sustainable economies, and contributes to energy security by decreasing dependence on imported fuels.

This fast-moving video is broken into three distinct sections. Part one reviews the history of energy use, energy resources, and current environmental issues, as well as introduces renewable energy sources, emphasizing wind and solar. Part two continues the discussion of clean renewables, outlining the science, technology and various valuable uses of geothermal energy. Part three discusses the history of government and utility energy source choices and explains how public policy in the United States affects development of renewable energy sources. Geothermal Energy concludes with questions that inspire reflection about personal and social responsibility, leaving viewers informed and inspired to make simple choices as energy consumers that benefit us all.


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Glasnost Film Festival - 12 Part Series
Running Time: minutes
Grades 11-Adult
Russian with English subtitles

 

"The films record and reflect upon that rare moment when the transition from oppression to freedom has gone beyond the stage of dream into a strange and difficult - but thoroughly exhilarating - arena of reality."
- Movieline

"There is probably no better forum for examining the radical changes on the Soviet Union and its people."
- Los Angeles Times

"A remarkable portrait of the 'state of the art' at a critical period in Soviet cultural history. These films are equally important as historical documents themselves -- an invaluable visual record of the cultural and political ferment in the nation and the film community at the beginning of the Glasnost era. The collection should be considered essential to libraries at institutions where Soviet studies are taught."
- The Russian Review

 

 

 

The Glasnost Film Festival is a 12-video collection featuring 22 Soviet documentary films produced or released in the beginning of the "Glasnost Era" -- 1987-1988. These films definitively document the dramatic cultural and political changes that led to the demise of the Soviet Union in 1991. All were produced originally on 35mm film and are subtitled in English.

Films in the series may be purchased individually, as well.

Volume 1
- Against the Current, 27 min.
A film about ecological crime and how the residents of Kirishi protested a local chemical plant.
- The Wood Goblin, 18 min.
For 15 years a former WWII tank commander lived alone in the woods after a smear campaign removed him from his Communist party position.

Volume 2
- The Temple , 58 min.
A strikingly beautiful film about the 1000th anniversary of Christianity in Russia and the role of religion in Soviet society.

Volume 3
- The Tailor, 50 min.
A sobering look at the spiritual void and disillusionment of middle-aged Soviet adults, many of whom became aged before their time.
- Early on Sunday, 16 min.
A wonderful portrait of old village women, whose unpretentious observations about life, love and perestroika evoke laughter and compassion.

Volume 4
- Chernobyl: Chronicle of Difficult Weeks, 54 min.
The first film made following the nuclear accident focuses on the immediate aftermath of the disaster and the cleanup effort.
- The Bam Zone , 19 min.
The uncompleted Baikal-Amur Mainline (BAM) Railroad in Siberia is a powerful symbol of the stagnation of the Brezhnev years.

Volume 5
- Scenes at a Fountain , 28 min.
Dramatically portrays the bold, yet primitive efforts to cap the world's largest natural gas fire on the shores of the Caspian Sea.
- The Limit, 15 min.
A horrifying look at the personal catastrophe of alcoholism on the lives of a number of people young and old.

Volume 6
- And the Past Seems But a Dream, 87 min.
A 50-year reunion of former residents of Igarka reveals a time that was a painful nightmare and the complicated attitudes of people towards Stalin.
- Theatre Square, 28 min.
Without any narration or interviews, this film presents the images and sounds of a hunger strike staged over the Nagorno-Karabahk dispute.

Volume 7
- Black Square, 56 min.
The story of Russia's artistic avant-garde from the 1950's to the 1970's, when their works were condemned or destroyed.
- Dialogues, 28 min
A bacchanal of rock-jazz and new wave music erupts in an abandoned Leningrad palace, a demonstration of freer musical expression.

Volume 8
- This is How We Live, 30 min.
A shocking look at young homegrown fascists and self-styled "punks," revealing the growing alienation among young people.
- Homecoming, 17 min.
In words reminiscent of Vietnam veterans, Soviet veterans of the Afghan War describe their anguish upon their return from the battlefield.

Volume 9
- Marshall Blucher: A Portrait Against the Backdrop of an Epoch, 70 min.
A sweeping look at the excesses of the Stalin era through the story of a top Red Army commander, who in 1938 was declared an "enemy of the people" and perished in Stalin's torture chambers.

Volume 10
- The Trial-II, 55 min.
A collective meditation on the past and future of the Soviet Union, including a testament from the wife of Nikolai Bukharin.
- Adonis XIV, 9 min.
A "judas" goat serenely leads a herd of animals to the slaughterhouse in this short parable which was banned for 9 years.

Volume 11
- Final Verdict, 68 min.
An intense personal examination of the motivations of a young man sentenced to death for killing two people.
- The Evening Sacrifice, 18 min.
An experimental film that attempts to capture the spirit of a crowd.

Volume 12
- Are You Going to the Ball?, 28 min.
An unprecedented look at the hardships young girls, including Olga Korbut, endured to be a part of the famous Soviet Olympic gymnastics team.
- Tomorrow Is a Holiday, 19 min.
Young women workers reveal their alienation over poor working and living conditions, along with their inner strength.


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Running Time: 58 minutes
G 9-Adult
Produced by Lowell Bergman, Center for Investigative Reporting

 

"Recommended. A hard-hitting, eye-opening tale of environmental neglect and Third World exploitation. Very well-made and intensely disturbing."
- Library Journal

"***** Five stars. Highly recommended."
- Video Rating Guide for Libraries

"Editor's Choice. Highly recommended. Shocking yet mesmerizing."
- Video Librarian

 

- Gold Apple, National Educational Film & Video Festival
- CINE Golden Eagle Award

 

 

Hosted by Bill Moyers

Few Americans realize that the hazardous waste we generate here is one of our country's leading exports to third world nations. Global Dumping Ground, a PBS Frontline special report, reveals how toxic exports have become big business - and a serious health hazard to the citizens of foreign nations.

Stricter regulations and higher disposal costs have made it more difficult to dispose of toxic waste in this country. Since no U.S. law prohibits exporting this deadly refuse, much of it is flowing at a lucrative profit to countries with few regulations.Global Dumping Ground travels to dump sites in several countries, and follows the trail of the notorious Colbert brothers, who shipped falsely labeled barrels to over a hundred countries. This is a hard-hitting, investigative documentary which raises important environmental and regulatory concerns.


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This 4-part series clearly illustrates exactly what global warming is, what we are doing to cause it, why it is dangerous, and what we can do to be part of the solution.

Ozone: Cancer in the Sky, 40 min.
Ozone: Cancer of the Sky looks at the causes, consequences, and cures for ozone depletion.

Greenhouse Crisis: The American Response, 11 min.
This fast-paced video succinctly explores the link between energy use and global warming.

Arctic Meltdown, Rising Seas: Threatened Land, Threatened People, 32 min.
This film gives the viewer a first hand look at the human implications of global warming and helps us identify with populations who face the threat of becoming environmental refugees.

Global Warming: Drought and Desertification, A World View, 32 min.
This video explains desertification as a process that changes the landscape and resource potential of semi-arid or sub-humid areas transforming landscape so that it eventually approximates the barrenness of a true desert.


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Global Warming: Drought & Desertification, A World View
Running Time: 32 minutes
G 9-Adult
Mary-Lee Nolan

 

 

 

 

Global warming is affecting the severity of droughts in semi-arid and sub-humid regions such as Africa, Asia, and North America and causing these regions to now face a high risk of desertification. This video explains desertification as a process that changes the landscape and resource potential of semi-arid or sub-humid areas, transforming landscape so that it eventually approximates the barrenness of a true desert.

Emphasizing the near irreversibility of desertification and focusing on the kinds of land use practices that intensify this process, this film illustrates each specific stage in the desertification process. Clear and concise at every stage of its explanation, this program concludes with a discussion of the human consequences of desertification and cautions against short term technological "fixes" that lack foresight and understanding of desert ecology.


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GMOs & the Changing Face of Agriculture Series focuses on the spread of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in our global food supply. The four films investigate the environmental, economic, and health consequences of this disturbing trend.

Genetic Time Bomb Genetic, 50 min.
Time Bomb is an excellent introduction to the little-known topic of genetic diversity of food crops. As high-yield hybrids replace traditional food crops worldwide, thousands of heirloom plant species have become extinct. Irreplaceable genetic material is being lost that may one day be needed to ward off the effects of devastating pests, diseases, or droughts.

Against the Grain - Biotechnology: The Corporate Takeover of Your Food, 13 min.
Against the Grain shows the scope and scale of the genetic engineering enterprise and how it threatens to destabilize agriculture as we know it. Health issues range from the introduction of novel gene products with potential allergenicity to the possibility of alterations in plant chemistry, such as changes in estrogenic activity in the soybean.

Food for Thought, 28 min.
Do you know that many of the foods on our supermarket shelves-including most of the corn and soy and canola products-are genetically engineered? Did you know that scientists are crossing species that would never breed in nature, such as tomatoes and fish, or toads and potatoes? How do you feel about eating genetically altered food that actually is a pesticide? None of these genetically engineered foods are tested or labeled by the government, yet many of us are unknowingly eating them every day.

Terminator Tomatoes, 6 min.
Terminator Tomatoes is a five-minute animated film about the dangers of biologically altered seeds and produce. Shot on 35 mm color film, and using stop-motion animation puppets and miniature sets, the film tells the story of a small time farmer who gets too involved with a chemical corporation's idea of a tomato. The purpose of the film is to raise the public's awareness of genetically modified foods and to speculate where this technology is headed.


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G 8-12
Alison Bowman

 

"Green Dreams is an inspiring film that shows people making a tangible difference in the city. An excellent tool for any group working on gardening, environmental awareness, or finding solutions to urban decay."
- Library Journal

"The efforts of the San Francisco League of Urban Gardeners (SLUG) to teach job skills, provide employment, and improve the lives of low-income, at-risk city residents is the subject of this video. SLUG employee Leroy Musgraves details his work with children, fostering both self-respect and respect for the rest of creation.

A tour of the Garden of the Environment shows an organized education center where grade-school children learn about the soil and the importance of doing one's part to heal the earth. At Hunter's Point, teens who would otherwise be lost to the streets are getting a new perspective on life. Lives are also changed as reading skills and basic math skills are taught in a practical, nonjudgmental context, thus providing the education that so many participants lack.

This demonstrates a local approach to solving social and environmental problems that are linked, as noted by several leaders and participants in the Garden Program. The project isn’t presented as a "cure-all," but it does provide reasonable wages and an alternative to dealing on the street. This is a delightful, informative production that provides ideas other communities could use. Recommended for academic, public, and special libraries."
- Video Librarian

 

 

 

Urban gardening projects are doing more than beautifying blighted areas - they create jobs, get at-risk teens off the streets, rehabilitate addicts, counteract inner-city degradation, provide a sanctuary for handicapped adults, encourage literacy and strengthen math skills, and build self-esteem. Green Dreams looks at a variety of gardening projects and profiles the people they benefit.

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Greenbucks
Running Time: 55 minutes
G 10-Adult
Gabrielle Kelly, Nick Hart Williams

 

"Refreshing....profiles of leading industrialists whose work is saving rather than sinking the planet."
- The Independent, London

"Recommended. A message of encouraging progress on a global scale."
- Video Rating Guide for Libraries

"International in scope, upbeat in tone, this informative production will be of interest to business and environmental groups."
- Booklist (ALA)

 

- Silver Apple, National Educational Film & Video Festival-Finalist, Birmingham Int'l Educational Festival

 

- Aired on BBC

 

Are businesses waking up to the environmental crisis?

Greenbucks looks at the first positive steps major corporations on five continents are taking to change their ways. Chief executives from some of the world's largest companies, such as Volkswagen and ABB, discuss their changing attitudes and attempts to contribute to environmental solutions - from developing new, cleaner technologies and recyclable cars, to producing "green cotton" and investing in alternative energy.

World Bank economist Herman Daly, futurist Alvin Toffler and others suggest the emerging synergy between corporations and environmentalists comes from a growing realization of the earth's limits, tougher regulations, and incentives to create new business opportunities.


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Keith Loring
2/11/02; no study guide per video transform.

 

"An effective, carefully prepared, succinct, objective presentation of a growing global problem that must be addressed now. Recommended."
- Choice Magazine (ALA)

 

- Bronze Medal, 32nd Annual International Film & TV Festival

 

 

This fast-paced video succinctly explores the link between energy use and global warming. Based on research by the respected Union of Concerned Scientists, this classic program details the consequences of global warming, and stresses the need for renewable forms of energy. Specific ways individuals can help to resolve this critical environmental problem are highlighted.

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Greening of Cuba: Verde Que Te Quiero Verde
Running Time: 38 minutes
G 10-Adult
Marilyn Brochardt

 

The Greening of Cuba is a testament to the spirit of the Cuban people, and is of interest to farmers, gardeners, and all those who care about the future of the earth and of humankind. It celebrates the unbending will, creative ingenuity, and infectious spirit of the Cubanos, and the strength of their resistance.

This video shows that…Cubans undertook the largest conversion to organic agriculture ever attempted, and they have carried it with remarkable success…The Greening of Cuba allows farmers, young people, agronomists, urban gardeners, oxen-handlers and campesinos in the countryside to tell us in their own words (and music) and to show us how thy accomplished this…This video is a valuable tool for engaging people in the dialogue and struggle, and in sparking our imaginations and warming our hearts to find solutions.”
-Avon Leekley, Journal of Anti-Racist Action, Research & Education

 

 

 

-NYC Sierra Club Film Festival
-San Francisco Environmental Film Festival
-Taos Talking Picture Festival
-The Other America Film Festival
-San Antonio Festival Ciné Latino
-World Community Film Festival, Alberta
-Festival de Nuevo Ciné Latino Americana

Witness an entire nation transforming its agriculture using organic techniques. The Greening of Cuba profiles Cuban farmers and scientists working to reinvent a sustainable agriculture, based on ecological principles and local knowledge rather than imported machinery and agro-chemicals. When trade relations with the socialist bloc collapsed in 1990, Cuba lost 80% of its pesticide and fertilizer imports and half of its petroleum - the mainstays of its highly industrialized agriculture.

Challenged with growing food for 11 million people in the face of the continuing U.S. embargo, Cuba embarked on the largest conversion to organic farming ever attempted. The Greening of Cuba is told in the voices of the campesinos, researchers, and organic gardeners who are leading the organic agriculture movement.

This moving video reminds us that entire nations can choose a healthier environment and still feed their people. Spanish with English subtitles. Inquire about Spanish version without subtitles.


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Growing Hope
Running Time: 27 minutes
G 8-Adult
Ric Howard, Jered Lawson, Len Borruso & Lynne Cooper

 

 

- Joey Award

 

 

Imagine a vacant lot transformed into a productive garden, yielding bouquets of flowers and baskets of vegetables. Apply the same metaphor to homeless men and women, finding the rich soil of a cooperative project that gives them work, safety and community.

You now have a sense of the elegantly simple concept of this garden project. Here is a model that includes employment and training, the fundraising benefits of organic produce marketing, and the healing of the human spirit. Solutions to many of the problems facing our communities may be in our own backyards!

Music from Nancy Griffith, Neil Young, Tuck & Patti and others. Narrated by Harrison Ford.


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Greenplans
Running Time: 56 minutes
G 10-Adult
John Skov, John de Graaf

 

"An inspirational film that forcefully reminds us of what can be accomplished, if we are not afraid to think big."
- Denis Hayes, The Bullitt Foundation

"...an excellent primary source....about the necessity of open-involvement problem solving & the results of consensus."
- The Science Teacher

 

 

 

We visit the densely populated Netherlands and rural New Zealand to see how opposing political forces have cooperated to build comprehensive national environmental policies. These Green plans legislate both a sustainable environment and a thriving economy within one generation.

A book, 233 pages, provides a detailed look at the plans developed by the Netherlands, New Zealand and other countries.


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Gun Society
Running Time: 22 minutes
G 10-Adult
Josh Kafka

 

"Excellent, visceral documentary... letting people on all sides of the gun control debate have their say."
- The Boston Globe

"An illuminating and timely portrait ..."
- M.R. Daniel, Mill Valley Film Festival

 

- Cine Golden Eagle
- Gold Apple, National Educational Media Festival
- Best Documentary, Cindy Awards
- Best Documentary, Henry Langlois International Film Festival, France

 

 

America is the undisputed gun capital of the world, with more gun dealers than gas stations - and more gun deaths than any other nation. Gun Society explores the historical and psychological roots of America's love affair with firearms. This multi-award winning film lets gun users speak for themselves, from a top NRA official and a former Black Panther Party leader, to those who purchase guns for protection or sport.

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Heading for Shore
Running Time: 29 minutes
G 10-Adult
Ann Carol Grossman

 

"Excellent...will educate many people to the problems which endanger our nation's coastal ecosystems."
- Sen. John Kerry

 

 

 

Nearly 75% of all Americans will soon live within 50 miles of our nation's vast coastlines. Heading for Shore looks at the impact rising populations are having on our coastal areas and the policy choices that can help protect our fragile shorelines. The program shows sewage pollution in Boston Harbor, rapid growth and toxic pollution in Puget Sound, and the massive loss of vital wetlands in Louisiana, home to 1/3 of America's remaining coastal marshes. Interviews with experts and activists outline how problems and potential solutions must balance the needs of industry and the environment.

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Hiroshima Nagasaki August 1945
Running Time: 17 minutes
G 10-Adult
Eric Barnouw, Columbia University

 

"Objective and poetic...strongly moving."
- The Village Voice

"One of the Top 11 Docs That Shook the World. A critically important visual document... an unvarnished look at the results of the atomic bombs."
-Betsy McLane, USA Today

 

 

 

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This classic, unforgettable film features the first film footage shot following the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. The viewer becomes an eyewitness to the bomb's aftermath, literally walking through the rubble and hospitals jammed with dying people.

In August 1945 a Japanese filmmaker, Akira Iwasaki, who was jailed by the Japanese government during WW II for his antiwar beliefs, documented the effects of this new weapon. With only black and white film available, he recorded stark and often simple, but telling images of the vast destruction, such as the shadows of leaves, flowers and other objects burned onto stone.

The footage was classified secret by the U.S. government and not made public until 1970 when it was obtained by Erik Barnouw of Columbia University, who produced the film from several hours of footage, adding a factual, understated narration, letting the images largely speak for themselves.

SEE ALSO:
Pictures from a Hiroshima Schoolyard
Rain of Ruin
Nagasaki Journey


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Running Time: 17 minutes
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Janet Schneider

 

"Recommended...provides excellent, easily understandable and practical tips for home composting."
- Educational Media Reviews Online

 

 

 

Learn from real people about how to compost. They'll show you in their own backyards everything from how to set up a bin and wormbox, to how to best use finished compost on your own plants. Along the way, they'll tell you how to maintain the pile without having to spend too much of your precious time on making this great natural fertilizer.

Not only is compost ideal for your plants, it also helps reduce the waste the ends up in a landfill. If that's not enough to get you excited about starting to compost, composting can save you money versus buying harsh chemical fertilizers that are bad for the environment. So let's get composting!


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Houses in the Fields
Running Time: 27 minutes
G 12-Adult
Will Hommeyer

 

 

 

 

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What price do we pay when farm land is sold for development? When developers pay better than corn, what happens to our ability to feed ourselves? What price will future generations pay for the focus on short term market priorities? Will food security be a big issue in this country in the near future? Can we save some of our small farms from being consumed by urban sprawl?

This thoughtful video chronicles the efforts made by cities and townships throughout the United States to look at agricultural land, not merely as places to build more houses, apartments and shopping centers, but as priceless and imperiled assets.


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Hydrogen: The Safe & Clean Fuel
Running Time: 27 minutes
G 9-Adult
Geoff Holland

 

"Clear and Crisp...A timely mixture of zeal and hope."
-School Library Journal

 

 

 

Hosted by Alexandra Paul from Baywatch and Melrose Place, this film not only presents the promise of a future featuring hydrogen as a mainstream energy source, it also shows us just how far we've already come in our movement towards a viable and sustainable hydrogen based economic infrastructure.

We visit hydrogen refueling stations around the world, tour entire buildings and individual homes powered by onsite hydrogen generators, see how zero-emission bus fleets are benefitting cities in the U.S., Japan and Europe, and examine giant leaps forward in hydrogen fuel cell technology. We explore how eight of the world's leading car manufacturers are planning a transition to hydrogen fueled vehicles on a giant scale and are drawing from NASA's decades of experience with this safe and clean fuel.

The specific process of deriving energy from hydrogen is outlined and comparisons in safety and efficiency are drawn between hydrogen and gasoline as onboard fuel sources. This piece is thorough, informative and inspiring. Comes with an extensive 47-page study guide. Download here.


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Maureen Wellner

 

"This compelling film clearly shows the challenge of reconciling biodiversity conservation with economic realities in Brazil, and profiles the pioneering conservationists that are trying to make it happen."
- Richard E. Rice, Ph.D., Director of Economic Policy Conservation International

 

 

 

In the name of progress, over 90% of the lush rainforests in Bahia along the Atlantic Coast of Brazil have been destroyed. This destruction now threatens the economic well-being of the region as well as the habitat of the endangered golden-headed lion, tamarin, a flagship species signalling the loss of biodiversity in the region.

Weaving rich images of Bahia and the seldom-filmed tamarin, In a Time of Headlong Progress is a lively, comprehensive look at the complex economic and social factors behind deforestation, and the hopeful, innovative work of pioneering Brazilian conservationist Cristina Alves. Alves is working to develop an indigenous conservation ethic where none existed before, in hopes that Bahians will see that their long-term survival is tied to the fate of the tamarin. She is attempting to create a model that balances economic needs with the conservation of rainforests.

This beautifully shot production is an excellent tool for teaching the causes of rainforest and habitat destruction, the challenges of conservation in developing nations, wildlife management, and solutions to deforestation and species extinction.


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Industrial Systems of Tomorrow
Running Time: 44 minutes
G 10-Adult
Matt McGrail, Tony Sarkis

 

 

 

 

Business today is a central driver to ensuring the possibility of a global future alive with hope and promise for all. This vital video is a first attempt at better understanding how to reduce waste and pollution while improving financial performance within business and industry.

It invites the viewer on a journey to explore how taking a systems approach to organizational decision making drastically improves how people impact the systems, technology, and operations to direct critical environmental, social, and economic results.

The video highlights core leadership and operational aspects of living an environmentally and socially responsible mission as it relates to four companies within New England. The viewer experiences how a culture dedicated to creativity and innovation impact processes which reduce waste and pollution. The video highlights work of The Robbins Company, Stoneyfield Farms, the legendary Digital Equipment Corporation, Toms of Maine, and The Toxics Use Reduction Institute.


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The Infinite: A Primer on Solar, Wind & Hydrogen
Running Time: 12 minutes
G 7-12
Michelle Voss

 

 

 

 

A terrific introduction to the concepts and benefits of renewable energy, The Infinite clearly illustrates the emerging technologies of wind, solar and hydrogen. While stunning aerial photography of wind turbines captures the imagination of students, engaging diagrams demonstrate the fundamental science behind these technologies.

The Infinite clearly explains what renewable is, why it is important, why it benefits us now, and how this promise will grow in the future. Students are shown the value of renewable energy sources through illustrations of the benefits of developing power systems that are pollution-free. This engaging film encourages students to envision a world with energy sources that are secure, abundant and infinite.

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In Good Hands: Culture and Agriculture in the Lacandon Rainforest
Running Time: 27 minutes
G 9-Adult
Jaime Kibben

 

"This beautifully shot production pleads for respect for the Lacandon ways. Recommended."
- Booklist (ALA)

 

AWARDS

- Cine Golden Eagle Award
- Silver Apple, National Educational Film & Video Festival
- Second Place, International Wildlife Film Festival (Native Category)

 

 

SCREENINGS
- San Francisco Environmental Film Festival
- Environmental Film Festival, Washington, D.C.,

While inefficient agricultural methods are destroying much of the world's rainforests, the Lacandon Maya of Chiapas in southern Mexico have been practicing a sustainable form of rainforest farming for centuries.

Dr. James Nations, an ecological anthropologist, has worked with the Lacandones for many years. In Good Hands follows Nations as he interacts with three Lacandon elders who show how they farm in the forests.

The video also examines how culture,mythology and religion influence their agricultural methods. The Lacandon approach to farming provides the basis for developing a practical alternative to destructive rain forest farming. However, only a few families still practice these ancient methods, as modernization and civil strife threaten their traditional way of life.


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Jaguar Trax
Running Time: 26 minutes
G 5-10
Matt Castriotta & Interlock Media

 

"Finally, a rainforest video that sheds light and gives hope. A must see for all teachers."
- Wendy St. Arnaud, Teacher, Leominster, MA

 

 

 

Jaguar Trax is a fact-based tale designed to teach young people a myriad of reasons for saving the tropical rain forests. Following a biology teacher and his student to the lush rainforests of Costa Rica, this film teaches about biodiversity, the medicinal properties of plants, and selective plantings of products that don't disrupt the endangered jaguar's habitat. Features the star of Animal Planet's Jeff Corwin Experience.

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Producer: Gregory Molina
Director: Michael Tobias

 

"Knowledge is power, so we all need to take a look at this video!"
- NAPRA Review

 

- Bronze Apple Award, National Eductional Media Network (NEMN)

 

 

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Jam Packed looks at the world's burgeoning human population crisis from the young adult point of view. Host Alexandra Paul, star of Baywatch, introduces us to experts and teenage mothers, problems and solutions. The impact of human numbers on our planet is explained using richly textured images from all over the world. Myths about population are addressed. Spotlighting consumption as a population issue, this program demonstrates how individuals affect the planet through their buying habits and use of resources.

This is a positive and life-affirming film. Using a non-controversial and non-confrontational approach, Jam Packed provides a powerful window on the problem of Earth's rapidly expanding population. It offers positive steps every person can take to be a part of the solution.


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Running Time: 28 minutes
G 1-6
Dick Cook

 

"**** Four stars. Excellent. Michael Mish and three young friends introduce kids to ecology."
- Children's Video Report

"**** Four stars. Highly recommended. There's a fresh approach here with the emphasis on action and solutions. Michael Mish is a kid's kind of person."
- Video Rating Guide for Libraries

"A pint-sized primer on pollution prevention."
- TV Guide

"...fosters a sense of ecology at an early age.... Michael Mish (is the) Pied Piper of the environment."
- Los Angeles Times

"Recommended."
- The Elementary School Library Collection

 

 

 

This is a classic "must-have" for all elementary school collections. Children's entertainer Michael Mish and three young friends present a lively overview of major environmental issues: pollution, waste, recycling, energy, water conservation, ozone depletion and deforestation. The program encourages kids to be an active part of the solution by offering practical suggestions. Kids will want to sing along with Mish's catchy songs.

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Kilowatt Ours
Running Time: 35 minutes
G 9-Adult
Jeff Barrie

 

Best Films - Energy, Environment, Natural Resources Category
- Science Books and Films (AAAS)

"Offers an optimistic message that details what changes can be made now to avoid continued reliance on coal and nuclear power. . . an appealingly quirky and moving film. . . will generate discussion.
- School Library Journal

"Critic's Pick"
- Nashville Scene Magazine

"One of the most important yet under-reported stories of our generation."
- Dave Pelton, Clean Cities Director

"This video rekindles my desire to reduce our energy use even further and help preserve our earth's precious natural resources."
- Editor, Skipping Stones Magazine

 

 

 

Did you know that by recycling a single aluminum can we conserve enough energy to power a regular TV for a whole hour? Did you know that if every home in America used just one energy efficient light bulb that we would instantly cut greenhouse gas emissions by 1 trillion pounds per year?

Kilowatt Ours is an inspirational and enlivening film that demonstrates how easy it is to conserve energy that is produced from traditional sources as well as the many ways the average consumer can easily become part of the renewable energy revolution. The film reveals the connection between personal choices and energy use and introduces us to individuals, businesses, schools and universities who have cut their energy use in half by taking simple steps that benefit the consumer, the environment and the economy. We are given tours of super-efficient homes, office buildings and entire schools that have changed the future of America by employing the concepts of day-lighting, geothermal heating and cooling, solar and wind power, and the purchase of blocks of green energy from local utilities.


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G 10-Adult
Eric Thiermann

 

"The Last Epidemic may be the most important program you will see this year or any year."
- San Jose Mercury News

 

 

 

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What would be the impact of a modern nuclear weapon dropped on an American city? This newly edited version of this classic video is an effective tool to convey the enormous destructive power of today's nuclear bombs. Illustrated with many visuals, leading scientific and medical experts describe in plain language the drastic consequences for the civilian population and the surrounding environment of a one megaton bomb.

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Running Time: 57 minutes
G 10-Adult
Sheila Laffey

 

"Captivating production...fast moving, comprehensive report"
- Hollywood Reporter

"This is a good time for folks like me who have not payed attention to get involved."
- Bob Scheer, L.A. Times

"a must-see film...that documents money and power over all the right things."
- Worldfest Houston

"The Last Stand, The Struggle for Ballona Wetlands makes its position on the proposal clear, but while the film constructs a solidly convincing argument for leaving the wetlands be, it also presents a clear-eyed and even-tempered account of the many factions battling over Ballona's fate."
- LA Weekly

"If environmental documentaries are to change the world, they need to be both passionate and balanced. The Last Stand is..."
-The Honolulu Advertiser

 

- Winner, Earthvision '99 Environmental Film & Video Festival
- Best Documentary, Santa Monica Film Festival
- Cine Golden Eagle Gold Star
- Gold Star, Worldfest Houston International Film Festival
- First Prize for Best Documentary, San Luis Obispo International Film Festival

 

- Aired on 40 PBS stations

 

A spirited film which centers on the politics, players & environmental issues in the debate over preservation and development at the Ballona Wetlands set against the backdrop of Hollywood. 87 local citizen groups are pitted against Playa Vista, the largest development in the country.

We hear from scientists, environmentalists, native Americans, actors, filmmakers, authors, development advocates, and politicians. The documentary concludes with inspiring examples of citizens who are making a difference.


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Running Time: 17 minutes
G 9-Adult
Christian Cebrian

 

"Recommended...A thoughtful and well constructed film...in just 18 minutes it does a wonderful job of acquainting the viewer with the challenges faced by the mountain yellow-legged frog which has disappeared from more than 90 percent of its historic range."
- Educational Media Reviews Online

 

- Merit Award for Conservation Message, 2002 International Wildlife Film Festival

 

 

Over the last hundred years, the mountain yellow-legged frog has disappeared from ninety percent of its historic range. Join the frog at eleven thousand feet in the Sierras, during its breeding season in the ice and snow. Last Legs explores current research into the frog's decline. It turns out that the fish stocked for recreation are devouring the frog to extinction.

With gorgeous underwater shots, this film explores the complex issues surrounding land management. Fish have been introduced by state agencies into habitats they haven't existed in since the last Ice Age. Last Legs asks: what is our responsibility for maintaining wilderness?


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Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness - DVD
Running Time: 14 minutes
G 9-Adult
Tiffany Shlain

 

"Highly Recommended! . . . A compelling cautionary tale . . . A treat to watch. Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness is an excellent conversation starter in women’s studies and political science classes. The video is also recommended for media studies and communications classes because it is an excellent example of a documentary short film."
- Educational Media Reviews Online

"Witty narration, an upbeat musical score, and quirky sound effects humourously accent this discussion prompter."
- ALA Booklist

"Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, I loved it."
- Former Vice President Al Gore

"Life, Liberty & The Pursuit of Happiness is a powerful and sobering film on choice sprinkled with comic relief. A must see for any one interested in the status of women."
- Jackie Speier, California State Senator

"A superb pro-choice education film."
- Jane Ganahl, The San Francisco Chronicle

"Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness strikes a compelling balance of being both thoughtful entertainment and effective education and is sure to provoke intelligent conversation in any audience."
- Joel S. Bachar, Director, Microcinema

 

- Official Selection, Sundance 2003
- Best Documentary Short, Moab Film Festival
- Juror's Citation, Black Maria Film Festival
- Honorable Mention, Nashville International Film Festival

 

 

- Sundance Film Festival
- Rotterdam International Film Festival
- Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
- Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SF
- NYU Film School Director's Series
- American Film Institute Film Festival
- Aspen Shortsfest
- Full Frame Documentary Film Fest
Playfully updating the 1950's school documentary, this award-winning film offers up political and social satire regarding the current state of reproductive rights in a fast-paced sweet to swallow spoonful.

Found-footage, animation and original images are interwoven into a collage containing the fictional stories of a conservative politician, a young couple, and a fundamentalist activist along with the decline in amphibian populations and the insidious creeping erosion of reproductive rights in the United States. All linked together through a Chinese dry cleaner.


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Life With Principle: Thoreau's Voice in our Time
Running Time: 56 minutes
Gr. 6-12
Melvyn Hopper
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"Highly Recommended. A wonderful film...an excellent classroom introduction to Thoreau and his works."
Educational Media Reviews Online

 

 

 

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Life With Principle: Thoreau’s Voice in our Time is an outstanding DVD-ROM presentation developed in cooperation with The Thoreau Society. The centerpiece film is a forthright examination of the life and philosophical legacy of Henry David Thoreau, and its resonance for today on individuality and personal choice.

Noted minds such as Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky insightfully revisit the Thoreau message in a modern context, invoking both personal reflection and passionate discussion.

Developed for today's student, this comprehensive DVD-ROM includes six chaptered and themed sections within the film, and special features which align directly with the included Study Guide and Thoreau Curriculum. Allowing for great flexibility in classroom use, the film can be screened in its entirety or incrementally according to its six thematic chapters, each of which corresponds to sections in both the Study Guide and Thoreau Curriculum.

Each chapter contains a short introduction about Thoreau’s ideas paired with contemporary interviews to spur discussion about the significance of those ideas to our own lives and choices.

Respected teachers, educators, and scholars from 28 U.S. States collaborated to produce more than 100 pages of classroom material, including the following: 6 Curricula for the 6 thematic chapters of the Life With Principle film, a 16-page Study Guide, and a Scholarly Commentary by Dr. Bradley P. Dean. Also included is access to over sixty years of Thoreau studies and publications, via The Thoreau Society Bulletin archives.

In addition to these considerable educational supplements, all of which are accessible on this DVD via the web-enabled ROM functionality, the Life With Principle DVD also includes the following.

DVD Special Features:

Profiles in Civil Disobedience:
- Wangari Maathai
- Tsunesaburo Makiguchi
- Nelson Mandela

• Thoreau’s Concord/Walden Pond: a 12-minute featurette.

• World Leaders: Thoreau’s impact through the eyes of Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, Leo Tolstoy, and Daisaku Ikeda.

• The Boatmen, Bill and Ben: an animated short story.

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Living with Lead
Running Time: 58 minutes
G 9-Adult
Daniel Schaffer

 

"Living with Lead is a wake up call to our nation's policymakers, advocates and parents that this devastating and completely preventable tragedy must be solved once and for all."
- Don Ryan, Executive Director, Alliance to End Childhood Lead Poisoning

 

 

 

Lead poisoning remains the number one environmental hazard for America's children. About two million children suffer from lead's debilitating effects, which are largely caused by ingesting paint found in more than 50 million homes built before 1978.

Living with Lead presents a comprehensive overview of this preventable health hazard. Part One of the program details the parental and medical perspectives. Part Two outlines actions a community can take to fight lead poisoning, including reduction and abatement practices.


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Running Time: 29 minutes
G 6-Adult
Janice Dahl

 

 

 

 

This is a hands on, detailed evaluation of one of a small number of remaining wetlands, which together are estimated to generate over 60% of the adult fish population off California's southern coast. Join us in a small boat for an "on the spot" conversation and demonstration with Claudia Freitas, Professor of Life Sciences who introduces us to the importance of the algae, diatoms, dinoflagellates, and bacteria that are part of the complex food chain of the wetlands.

Later we join Don May, President of the Los Cerritos Wetlands Task Force and Bill Wilson, Environmental Planner, Designer and President of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation. They point out the features and importance of the wetland area. Finally we are joined by Kristen Bender, Professor of Biology who shows us where fish lay their eggs and the protective cover and supportive environment where they hatch and grow to maturity before moving out to sea.

This film is perhaps one of the most detailed examinations of the abundance of life that makes its home in and amongst wetlands ecology.


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James Ficklin

 

 

 

 

This video chronicles the amazing story of Julia Butterfly Hill's heroic effort to protect a two thousand year old redwood tree. She lived on the tree for over two years, and faced harassment from Pacific Lumber throughout her tree-sit. But the world-wide attention that she gained for the tree helped to preserve it forever.

This video was made by the courageous videographers of the Headwaters Action Video Collective, who followed Julia's experience more closely than anyone else. This is more than just a story of one woman's fierce campaign to save a forest. It is the story of the community of activists who came together to save something magical.

If you're interested in studying civil disobedience, leadership, or environmental politics, this video is for you.


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Running Time: 15 minutes
G 4-Adult
Maggie Moony-Seus

 

 

- Gold Apple Award, National Eductational Media Network (NEMN) 1998 Apple Awards Film and Video Competition
- Selected Video for Young Adults by Special Committee of School Library Journal

 

 

When a middle school student is assigned a research project on pelagic fish she turns to the Internet. She finds a web site hosted by Peter Benchley, author of Jaws, and soon learns that pelagic means, "of the open ocean or seas"…and the adventure begins.

Thirty years ago it was not uncommon to catch 600-pound billfish. Today the average weight is 67 pounds, and they are often captured before reaching breeding age. Threats to pelagic fish include over-fishing, the impact of growing human populations, habitat destruction and the waste of "accidental catches" in nets set for other fish. This program will inspire respect for the "other" giants of the sea.


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Mama Earth: Eco-Econ 101
Running Time: 21 minutes
Gr. 7-Adult
A film by Leslie Bloom & Brad Van Ee

 

“Highly recommended in support of middle school and high school curricula in environmental studies and lends itself well to teaching the concepts of economy in ecology, energy use, and renewable resources. The possibility for a growing EcoEconomy seems limited only by the imagination of the students who will champion Mama Earth in the future.”
- Educational Media Reviews Online

"I show Mama Earth to my classes and it always gets a great response. It is so much more engaging that the typical documentary and it also conveys a huge amount of important information. Students love it."
- Dr. Robert Costanza, Director, Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, University of Vermont

“Gore’s film just says we have to do something. “Mama Earth” says, yeah we have to do something, and looks at who is doing it! The students love her and think – hey, I bet I can define the future too!”
-Linda Hedine, Middle School / High School Educator

 

Winner: Best Sustainability Film - Pine Film Festival
Winner: Calypso Award - Moondance Film Festival
Winner: Aurora Platinum Award - Environmental Protection
Winner: Aurora Gold Award - Use of Music

 

 

With humor and compassion, Mama Earth provides an inspiring introduction to the concepts of environmental economics, sustainability and new paths to healthier communities and protecting natural resources, all while attaining a more profitable bottom line.

Employing concepts of sustainability, ecological economics, and natural capital, the film shows how conventional economics encourages exploitation of our natural resources, ignoring the value of critical goods and services like clean air and water, fertile soil, and other natural assets.

We hear from economists who propose a new model that puts a hard currency value on the virgin resources, considered “Natural Capital,” being harvested from the earth, and impose a value on the burden of squandering these resources in the forms of waste, byproduct and pollution. Mama Earth dispels the myth that being eco-friendly is merely an altruistic endeavor. In the future, it will be the way businesses not only positively impact the environment, but their bottom line as well.

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G 9-Adult
David Conover

 

 

 

 

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Managers face a worldwide challenge of collapsing fish stocks. Could this failure be partially due to top-down governance? Straight from the decks of fishing boats, and from a submarine searching for broodstock lobster, we witness experiments in local co-management by both scientists and harvesters in Maine.

Can fishing communities find sustainable management policies for these commonly-owned resources? The American-style town meeting goes to sea as harvesters and managers wrestle with the tough issues of regulation, marine protected areas, and other strategies of self-restraint.


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The Man Who Planted Trees (DVD)
This film is no longer available through The Video Project. Please contact the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for additional information on availability.

Heralded as "a masterpiece of animated art," this timeless film tells the inspirational story of a solitary shepherd who patiently plants and nurtures a forest of thousands of trees, single-handedly transforming his arid surroundings into a thriving oasis.

Undeterred by two World Wars, and without any thought of personal reward, the shepherd tirelessly sows his seeds and acorns with the greatest care. As if by magic, a landscape that seemed condemned grows green again. A film of great beauty and hope, this story is a remarkable parable for all ages and an inspiring testament to the power of one person.



Also available as part of a 4 disc boxed set including all 9 of Frederick Back's animated films and special features.

The Man Who Planted Trees Deluxe Edition DVD Box Set
Running Time: 300 minutes
All Ages
Closed Captioned
Canadian Broadcasting Compangy (CBC) Radio Canada

 

"A masterpiece of the animator's art."
- LA Times

 

- Includes two films that have won Academy Awards for Best Short Animation, and one Academy Award Nominated film for Best Short Animation

 

 

This film is no longer available through The Video Project. Please contact the CBC Learning for additional information on availability.

Presented on 4 DVDs, The Man Who Planted Trees Deluxe Edition is the complete collection of celebrated works by one of the most acclaimed animators of our time, Frederic Back. All of his works deal with humanity's relationship with nature.

This tribute to Frederic Back contains 9 animated short films, digitally remastered for the first time, featuring Academy Award Winners The Man Who Planted Trees and Crac!, and the Academy Award Nominated film The Mighty River.

The Man Who Planted Trees tells the inspirational story of a solitary shepherd who patiently plants and nurtures a forest of thousands of trees, single-handedly transforming his arid surroundings into a thriving oasis. Undeterred by two World Wars and without any thought of personal reward, the shepherd tirelessly sows his seeds and acorns. As if by magic, a landscape that seemed condemned grows green again. A film of great beauty and hope, this story is a remarkable parable for all ages and an inspiring testament to the power of one person.

The Mighty River, narrated by Donald Sutherland, focuses on a major waterway - the St. Lawrence River - wondrously recreating the history, beauty and tragedy of the seaway, providing a passionate lesson about human impact on our fragile natural resources.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
Interviews with Frederic Back, Interview with Jean Giono (author of the book The Man Who Planted Trees, interview with Hubert Tison (executive producer of the film The Man Who Planted Trees, Frederic Back biography, interactive menus, photo galleries, lists of Festivals and Awards, and more!

Includes the following films:

The Man Who Planted Trees
The Mighty River
Crac!
Inon or the Conquest of Fire
The Creation of Birds
Illusion!
All Nothing
Abracadabra


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The Master of Light
Running Time: 26 minutes
+ Special Features • Gr. 7-Adult
A film by Robert Michelson and Steve Michelson

 

"This product would be a great addition to any video library. There is a dearth of videos on many of the great, though perhaps lesser known, scientists, especially in the modern physical sciences. There is much more to this DVD than the film, giving it that extra quality teachers and students alike will find appealing."
- NSTA Recommends
(National Science Teachers Association)


“Recommended. In an unusual interplay of cinematic techniques, the production employs animation to clarify the theories behind Michelson’s experiments.”
-Booklist, American Library Association

 

CINE Golden Eagle
Honorable Mention - National Educational Film Festival


“I always think of Michelson as the artist in science.  His greatest joy seemed to come from the experiment itself and the elegance of the method employed. But he has also shown an extraordinary understanding for the baffling fundamental questions of physics.”
– Albert Einstein

 

 

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The Master of Light is a documentary on the life and scientific career of Albert A. Michelson (1852-1931), the first American to win the Nobel Prize in Physics. His experiments made major contributions to our understanding of the fundamental properties of light.

In 1877, at age 26, using an apparatus he built for little more than $10, Michelson gained an international reputation for his accurate measurement of the velocity of light.

The Master of Light takes the viewer through a period of scientific history when the spirit of invention and experimentation revealed new physical laws that no longer conformed to Newton’s classical notions of the universe. Michelson himself triggered a chain of advances in physics which helped to unravel and unify often opposing theories. His work laid the groundwork for Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, as well as contemporary explorations of outer space and atomic energy.

Michelson's experiments and theories, including the famous Michelson-Morley experiment, are clearly explained in the film through narrative and animation.

The film also explores the personal side of Michelson’s life, notably his talents as a painter and a violinist.  For Michelson, art and science were inseparable.  Narrated in part by his daughter, The Master of Light includes newsreel film footage of Michelson and his experiments, as well as rare photos and his artistic renderings.


DVD SPECIAL FEATURES

Short Films

The DVD includes contemporary physicists and authors Saul Perlmutter (2011 Nobel Prize winner in Physics), Joel R. Primack, and Nancy Abrams on:

-Michleson-Morley Experiment’s Impact on Einstein
-Interferometer: Dual Nature of Light
-The Accelerating Universe
-The Mystery, The Experiment
-Three Types of Experiments
-An Artist in Science

Resource Guide

Extensive additional materials on the DVD-ROM portion of the disc, including:

-Michelson’s hand-written field notes on Velocity of Light
-Simple experiment to discover the speed of light
-Links to information and museums featuring Michelson
-Articles and current information about the expanding universe

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Running Time: 11 minutes
G 9-Adult
Steve Mills

 

"Recommended...This short film, narrated by Edward James Olmos, sends a strong message regarding the toll that free trade agreements and political lobbying can have on the human condition. "
- Educational Media Reviews Online

 

 

 

This video reveals the alarming environmental and human toll of NAFTA, the free trade agreement of the Americas, initiated by the U.S. government, on the border-town, Matamoros, Mexico. Through NAFTA, U.S. companies are encouraged to build factories in border-towns like Matamoros, escaping tough pollution control laws, labor standards, and taxes that pay for social and environmental needs.

The people of Matamoros, attracted by the promise of employment, suffer low wages, inadequate housing, poor sanitation and disease, revealing the true human face of globalization.


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Mega-Cities
Running Time: 28 minutes
G 10-Adult
Eugene Grigsby, Chris Tribble

 

 

 

 

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Mega-Cities illustrates nine creative solutions for urban problems put forth by the Planning Group of the Los Angeles Mega-Cities Project. By the year 2000, more than half of the world's population will live in cities. It is projected that 23 of these cities will be "mega-cities" with more than 10 million people each.

Despite their varying political, economic, social and cultural characteristics, all of them face a common problem. Cities must be viable for unprecedented numbers of citizens, yet function within limited budgets and severe environmental constraints. Here we see urban leadership programs which teach neighborhood activists to replicate successful projects and to incorporate them into urban policy. The Planning Group has field site teams in 20 cities on five continents and is a leader in innovative solutions to urban problems. Descriptions and locations of projects included.


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The Mighty River
Running Time: 24 minutes
G 5-Adult
James St. Clair

 

"Highly recommended. A breathtakingly beautiful meditation on the past, present, and questionable future of the St. Lawrence River. A wondrously animated film that combines Back's sharp eye and talent for portraying the interconnectedness within nature along with a sobering message."
- Video Librarian

 

- Academy Award Nominee, Best Animated Short Film
- Grand Prize Winner, International Animated Film Festival, France
- Gold Apple, National Educatonal Film & Video Festival
- Los Angeles Critics Award

 

 

This title is available from CBC Learning

Academy Award Nominee, Best Animated Short

Narrated by Donald Sutherland and created by Frederic Back, the Oscar-winning animator of The Man Who Planted Trees, this richly animated film wondrously recreates the grace, beauty and tragedy of nature, presenting a passionate lesson about human impact on our fragile waterways.

Using the St. Lawrence River as its focus, The Mighty River traces the history of this majestic waterway, from its natural beginnings through its early use by native people and European settlers to the present day. Colors, forms, and images seamlessly flow together, blended with poetic narration and evocative music. The river is portrayed as one of nature's most glorious habitats, a source of beauty and a seemingly unlimited provider of life. But the river's resources are not unlimited. Gradually, the river is surrounded by factories and polluted with waste, its wildlife decimated and grand forests cut down. Finally, its resources over-exploited, the river calls out for rebirth.

This top-selling film is a wonderful tool for stimulating discussion or study about any river - or more generally about our impact on nature itself. It is a clear, inspiring call to environmental responsibility, useful in many settings.


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The Moon's Prayer
Running Time: 51 minutes
G 9-Adult
Nick Freeman, John de Graaf

 

""**** Four stars. Highly recommended. Presented from the viewpoint of the indigenous peoples."
- Video Rating Guide for Libraries

"Recommended. An inspiring and nicely produced documentary..."
- Video Librarian

 

- Regional Emmy Award, Best of Category, Native American/Indigenous People
- Golden Apple, National Educational Film & Video Festival
- Second Prize, EarthPeace International Film Festival

 

 

For thousands of years Native Americans lived in harmony with the land. When white settlers pushed West, forests were cleared, rivers and streams were dammed, and pollution spread.

The Moon's Prayer portrays the continuing conflicts over natural resources and shows how tribes in the Pacific Northwest are protecting and restoring their lands with projects such as natural fisheries, timber practices reform, and cleanup of polluted bays and wetlands.


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Running Time: 29 minutes
G 10-Adult
Michael Stranahan

 

"Explores many alternatives to the auto..should prove thought-provoking for high school and university social studies and environmental classes."
- School Library Journal

"Recommended."
- Science Books and Films

 

 

 

An essential video for anyone concerned with transportation, Moving Beyond Auto America questions America's dependence on the automobile and presents alternative transportation systems from around the globe.

This fast-paced video features consumer advocates and transportation experts who analyze our "love affair" with the auto and question how much longer we can rely on our sacred cars. A wide variety of alternatives are illustrated, including electric cars, magnetic trains, light-rail systems and even the humble bicycle. Several highly futuristic prototypes are shown. Accompanying guide provides class activities, reference sources, and transportation facts.


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Murky Water Caper
Running Time: 30 minutes
G K-6
Deborah Rodney-Pex, Roberta Savage

 

"A delightful musical story...a humorous, entertaining means of presenting a subject that can be less than compelling."
- Video Rating Guide for Libraries

"Enjoyable, funny musical...offers practical reasons why we should protect the water, and easy tips on how to do it."
- Willamette Weekly

 

- Finalist, National Assoc. of Telecommunications Officers
- Merit Award, International Wildlife Film Festival

 

 

Follow the adventures of Billie Beaver, Molly Duck, Devin the Dolphin, Toots the Trout, and a host of other characters who seek the help of Detective Tuesday to discover who's been polluting the local stream. Featuring cheerful songs and a clever script, this video will entertain as it informs young audiences about the causes and solutions to water pollution.

An extensive educational kit from America's Clean Water Foundation is included, which contains a complete script with music, enabling any school to perform the play.


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Nagasaki Journey
Running Time: 28 minutes
G 10-Adult
Judy Irving, Chris Beaver

 

"Highly recommended. A powerful investigation of the aftermath of the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki August 9, 1945. Deftly intertwines images of the destroyed Nagasaki with its modern counterpart, while telling the story of the residents and those that occupied it."
- Educational Media Reviews Online

 

 

 

Produced by Emmy Award-winning filmmakers, Nagasaki Journey is a powerful, yet hopeful look at the immediate and continuing aftermath of the atomic bomb dropped August 9, 1945 on Nagasaki, Japan.

The film tells the moving personal stories of two Japanese survivors and a U.S. Marine, who was one of the first American troops to occupy the city after the war ended. All three dramatically reveal how the impact of this single bomb forever transformed their lives and their thinking. Despite the enormous wartime tragedy, their common humanity transcended previous hatreds, providing hope the Nagasaki bomb would be the last atomic weapon ever dropped in warfare.

Nagasaki Journey features recently discovered film footage shot by Marines during their occupation, as well as striking photos taken the day after the blast by Japanese Army photographer Yosuke Yamahata. Yamahata's complete photographic record, with other historical background, has been published in a companion 128-page book of the same name from Pomegranate Art Books.


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N is for Nanotechnology
Running Time: 34 minutes
G9-Adult
KNH Productions

 

"I recommend "N" is for Nanotechnology to anyone who wishes to understand nanotechnology basics." -NAPRA

 

Public's Choice Award: International Festival of Maritime & Exploration Films, France

 

Broadcast on G4 Tech TV

 

N is for Nanotechnology is an "everyman's" look at how the future will be impacted by this sub-microscopic technology marvel. Nanotechnology is already revolutionizing the fields of material science and chemistry and helping global business and industry sectors from medicine to aerospace achieve new and exciting breakthroughs. This documentary explores the theories and initiatives of several leading nanoscience researchers and scientists, with regard to the potential of nanotechnology to revolutionize modern science and industry.

Sensationalized through science fiction and the media, nanotechnology is often misunderstood by the general public. Will nano-sized robots perform molecular surgeries? Will self-replicating nanostructures help clean the environment or destroy the planet? N is for Nanotechnology explores the hype, hopes, and facts of this fascinating new field, as seen through the eyes of award-winning scientists, commercial innovators, and writers.

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Running Time: 28 minutes
G 10-Adult
Brian Becker

 

"Horrifying...glimpses at the civilian devastation inflicted by allied bombing."
- San Jose Mercury News

"Unrelenting...substantially contradicts administration claims that civilian damage from the American-led bombing campaign was light."
- Dennis Bernstein, Pacific News Service

 

 

 

At the height of the allied aerial bombing of Iraq, newsman Jon Alpert, a long-time contributor to NBC News, captured on camera what it was like to be on the ground. Traveling with former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, he documented widespread civilian casualties and extensive damage to homes, villages and markets, sometimes only minutes after it occurred.

Although several networks initially expressed strong interest in the footage, all declined to air it, and NBC ended its long affiliation with Alpert, a seven-time Emmy-winner.


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Running Time: 45 minutes
G 9-Adult
David Conover

 

 

 

 

Volume 1
Underwater, Out of Sight: An Ecosystem Case Study, 15 min.
Scientists explore marine ecosystems that are changing as a result of ever-growing fishing pressures. This case study and its compelling underwater footage document how the harvest of sea urchins off the coast of Maine impacts other species in that marine community. Scientist-divers track predator-prey balances and life cycle events such as spawning. By studying a complete ecosystem as well as species life cycles, the methods, timing and location of harvest can be adjusted to promote sustainable practices.

Volume 2
A Tale of Two Fisheries, 15 min.
Fishermen tell the story of the Maine cod fishery, which has never been worse than the present, and the lobster fishery which has never been better. Archival footage shows that lobster harvests have not always been so abundant. Fifty years ago they also crashed. Since then a conservation ethic has evolved within the industry. Now lobster harvesters speak with pride of their booming industry. Using aquaculture, cod fishermen have begun to work with scientists to enhance stocks. If cod returns, how can harvesters work to conserve the resource upon which they depend?

Volume 3
Managing for the Future: The Tragedy of the Commons Revisited, 15 min.
Managers face a worldwide challenge of collapsing fish stocks. Could this failure be partially due to top-down governance? Straight from the decks of fishing boats, and from a submarine searching for broodstock lobster, we witness experiments in local co-management by both scientists and harvesters in Maine. Can fishing communities find sustainable management policies for these commonly-owned resources? The American-style town meeting goes to sea as harvesters and managers wrestle with the tough issues of regulation, marine protected areas, and other strategies of self-restraint.


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One More Dead Fish
Running Time: 56 minutes
G 9-Adult
Stefan Forbes

 

"Highly Recommended. One More Dead Fish is well-researched, well-edited and engaging. Viewers learn about the history and politics of fishing as well as the impacts that globalized fisheries have had on fish habitat and fish stocks. I highly recommend it to school, public and college libraries."
-Educational Media Reviews Online

"A compelling story-based on unimpeachable science."
-Les Watling, PhD., Darling Marine Center, U. of Maine

"This inspiring film is a lesson to all citizens about the urgent need for sustainable fisheries. Very moving."
-U.S. Congressman William J. Delahunt, MA

"This film has the ring of the truly spoken...the real story behind one of the most important social protests of the last quarter-century."
-Donald Grady, Professor of Sociology, Acadia University, Canada

 

GRAND PRIZE WINNER, Planet in Focus Film Festival, Toronto
Bronze Award, Columbus International Film and Video Festival

 

 

Official Selection:
-Vermont International Film Festival
-Seoul Human Rights Film Festival
-Maine International Film Festival
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Hosted by NPR's Scott Simon

One More Dead Fish powerfully documents how destructive industrial fishing practices decimated the Grand Banks, once one of the most productive sources of seafood in the world. The film also tells the dramatic story of how local, more environmentally-friendly hook-and-line fishermen are battling factory fishing practices in order to survive in a globalized fishing industry.

In interviews with local fishermen, government officials, biologists, and industry CEO's, we learn about the central regulatory, legislative, and environmental issues. The film grounds the viewer in a clear historical context as it explains one of the world's great environmental disasters.

In examining the often Orwellian language of the multinational fishing industry, One More Dead Fish questions why we don't hear more about the true environmental costs of industrial fishing practices, partly the result of globalization. The film points towards the solutions to save the world's fisheries before it's too late.

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On the Edge: A Wake-up Call
Running Time: 50 minutes
G 9-Adult
Doug Gillies

 

"Great Video."
- Senator Alan Cranston

"There still is a fighting chance for us."
- Ted Turner

"This is one of the most moving program I have ever seen. It should be shown on all the televisions in the world."
- Robert Muller, United Nations

 

- Best Global Documentary, New York International Independent Film/Video Festival

 

 

After Mikhail Gorbachev signaled the end of the Cold War, he brought together hundreds of the worlds leading thinkers to confront the most daunting challenge of all times. Together they embark on a determined search for a safe passage into the next century.

On the Edge is a riveting tale of the greatest crisis ever to threaten the human race. This emotional documentary wrestles with the combined impacts of our teeming human population coupled with soaring levels of consumption upon Earth's dwindling natural resources. Together, the speakers draw on their ingenuity, courage and compassion to paint a portrait of a better world. as they issue a stirring summons for dramatic change before we run out of options.

On the Edge is a wake-up call - with Mikhail Gorbachev, Ted Turner, Jane Goodall, Huston Smith, Carl Sagan, Lester Brown, Robert Muller, Jane Fonda, Oren Lyons, Deepak Chopra.


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On Wings of a Dream
Running Time: 34 minutes
G 9-Adult
Dawn Griffin

 

 

 

 

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In a world that is becoming increasingly hyper-active and chaotic, it is refreshing to change gears and consider an alternative vision. On Wings of a Dream presents both ethical and practical pathways to a better future, and perhaps more importantly, to a saner present.

Producer Dawn Griffin merges intuitive and rational messages in this colorful program, inspiring the viewer to let human instincts play a stronger role in determining what needs to be done. When we become reconnected with the natural world and with each other, we begin to understand that many of our routine activities are trivial and counter-productive. This video will be a useful motivational tool for people of all ages.


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Orca: Killer Whale or Gentle Giant?
Running Time: 26 minutes
All Ages
Harvey Chertok

 

"**** Four stars. Highly recommended. Orca is an exciting and entertaining tape, exploring the myths and realities of killer whales. Brilliant photography...."
- Children's Video Report

"Highly recommended...it will inform, fascinate, and be thoroughly enjoyed...."
- School Library Journal

"A beautiful documentary...Highly recommended."
- Video Librarian

"Highly recommended...will long remain in the viewer's memory. Very enjoyable and informative."
- Science Books and Films

 

 

 

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Orcas -- commonly known as killer whales -- are more feared than understood. Accompany Hiroya Minakuchi in his five-year study into the lives of these marine mammals in their natural habitat in the Pacific Northwest. Minakuchi's brilliant cinematography brings killer whales up close as never before and challenges popular misconceptions.

With the aid of specially developed underwater cameras, he films spectacular scenes, including a dramatic personal encounter with several dolphins who come within a few feet of his lens. His camera captures a fascinating birth at sea, as well as Orcas above the water breaching and "spy hopping," and a rarely filmed "rubbing ritual." Great for classroom or personal use.


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Running Time: 22 minutes
G 6-12
Tom Welch, Jeannie Rhoades
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"Crisp footage and a personable narrator make this useful series a good choice for the classroom."
- Booklist

"Timely, informative and interesting films...My students gained new insight to the problems of trash and energy. They also gained confidence that they can be a part of the solution."
- Mark McCarthy, Teacher, Holman Middle School

 

- First Place, Documentary Programming, National Press Women
- First Place, Best Documentary, Missouri Press Women
- Certificate of Environmental Achievement, National Environmental Awards Council

 

 

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A brief history of fossil fuels is followed by an examination of various renewable energy alternatives, including solar, wind power, geo-thermal, hydropower, biomass and nuclear sources.

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Tom Welch, Jeannie Rhoades
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"Crisp footage and a personable narrator make this useful series a good choice for the classroom."
- Booklist

" Timely, informative and interesting films...My students gained new insight to the problems of trash and energy. They also gained confidence that they can be a part of the solution."
- Mark McCarthy, Teacher, Holman Middle School

 

- First Place, Documentary Programming, National Press Women
- First Place, Best Documentary, Missouri Press Women
- Certificate of Environmental Achievement, National Environmental Awards Council

 

 

These titles are currently offered on VHS, but can be converted to DVD upon request.

Technical solutions and practical suggestions are explored in this well-structured two-part series developed by teachers. Both of these information-packed programs provide a fast-paced overview of their respective topics and emphasize student participation. Study guide included.

Part 1
Recycling, 16 min.
Several school programs are profiled and step-by-step instructions are given for students interested in starting their own recycling projects.

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Energy Efficiency, 22 min.
A brief history of fossil fuels is followed by an examination of various renewable energy alternatives, including solar, wind power, geothermal, hydropower, biomass and nuclear sources.


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Running Time: 16 minutes
G 6-12
Tom Welch, Jeannie Rhoades
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"Crisp footage and a personable narrator make this useful series a good choice for the classroom."
- Booklist

" Timely, informative and interesting films...My students gained new insight to the problems of trash and energy. They also gained confidence that they can be a part of the solution."
- Mark McCarthy, Teacher, Holman Middle School

 

- First Place, Documentary Programming, National Press Women
- First Place, Best Documentary, Missouri Press Women
- Certificate of Environmental Achievement, National Environmental Awards Council

 

 

Several school programs are profiled and step-by-step instructions are given for students interested in starting their own recycling projects.

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Ozone: Cancer of the Sky
Running Time: 40 minutes
G 7-12

 

 

 

 

What is causing the depletion of the ozone layer? How serious a threat does it pose to life on our planet? How do scientists know the extent of the damage? What can be done to reverse this threat?

This video presents the answers to these questions in plain language, using scientific findings and clear graphics. Follow scientists as they come together in Antarctica to unravel the secrets of the ozone hole which forms over that continent each spring. Hear their findings and fears. This is an excellent, fact-based introduction to ozone destruction and how each individual can contribute to the solutions to this global challenge.


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Party Animals
Running Time: 58 minutes
All ages
Colleen Stovall

 

"Party Animals is a delightful film that should appeal to votors and potential votors of all ages. Recommended."
-Video Librarian

 

 

 

Named “one of the 20 teens who will change the world” by Teen People Magazine, 11 year-old filmmaker Chaille Stovall describes the 2000 Presidential Election as “groundbreaking, confusing, and the most fun a kid could have, provided he has a strong stomach and 15 months to spare.”

Of his 100% kid-made film, Party Animals, Chaille says, “I started this film because my parents are really into politics, which is a subject my friends and I, and a lot of adults, find really boring, so I decided to go where the action was and hit the campaign trail."

Why should kids care about politics? Chaille shows us.

Closely following the campaign trail of both George W. Bush and Al Gore, and anything but boring, this truly unique production is perhaps the best tool to date for exciting the interest of young people in the increasingly contentious field of American Presidential politics.

Party Animals is divided into 5 segments which use humor to engage viewers of all ages. Each section clearly examines a different step involved for candidates seeking the office of U.S. President. Included are interviews with George W. Bush and his family, Al Gore, Bill Bradley, Jimmy Carter, Larry King, Jesse Jackson, Maria Shriver, Jay Leno, and many other recognizable figures from the news media and silver screen of Hollywood.

Chaille makes the campaign for President of the U.S. accessible and interesting to everyone, young and old. Topics of discussion include:
- What is the difference between a Democrat and a Republican?
- What is a Primary and why is it important?
- How does a Candidate earn the nomination of their party?
- What happens at National Conventions?
- What do we learn from Presidential debates?
- What is the Electoral College and how does it work?
- Does every single vote count?
- Why should kids care about politics when half of eligible adults don’t vote?

Party Animals originally aired on HBO and has been featured at dozens of film festivals across the USA. Chaille and Party Animals have been featured in: The New York Times, LA Times, USA Today, The London Guardian, People Magazine, TV Guide, National Geographic World Magazine, Time Magazine for Kids, Weekly Reader, Scholastic Magazine, Teen People Magazine.

Chaille has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Oprah Winfrey Show, E-News, Fox News, and Late Night with David Letterman.


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Peace Trees Vietnam
Running Time: 58 minutes
G 10-Adult
Jerilyn Brusseau

 

"A moving documentary about a unique project, one that restores the environment while providing a sense of closure to people on both sides of the war in Vietnam."
- Oliver Stone, filmmaker

 

 

 

Former Vietnam veteran Danaan Parry and his wife, Jerilyn Brusseau, whose brother was killed in the war, were plagued by wartime memories. To heal the wounds of the past, they decided to visit the former battleground of the Vietnam War and upon its ashes, build a peace park- a place where people from both sides of the conflict could come together and help to revitalize the land. This is the compelling story of 50 former "enemies" exchanging ideas and working together to clear land mines, plant trees, and create the Friendship Forest Park on one of the fieriest battlegrounds of the Vietnam War. Participants and viewers alike have found Peace Trees a transcending experience.

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PetroApocalypse Now?
Running Time: 48 minutes
Gr. 9-Adult

 

"This film will be a valuable addition to media collections and will be welcomed in a variety of classroom settings. The producers of this nicely-paced program have done extensive research. There are interviews with a wide range of experts... both from the business and academic sectors. Crisp, clear graphics and an assortment of vintage film and still imagery illustrate the message."
- School Library Journal



“Superbly crafted…This film is highly recommended to anyone interested in petroleum production and consumption.”
- Educational Media Reviews Online


"Recommended. A provocative offering that raises troubling issues in desperate need of honest treatment."
- Video Librarian

“Eye-opening…The film is professionally produced, with a feel like one of PBS's "Frontline" documentaries.”
- The Energy Bulletin

“Balanced and very informative. It’s quite remarkable!”
- Dr Robert Hirsch, US Energy Department consultant

“Great, poignant documentary.”
- Michael Maser, Blue Energy International

 

 

Broadcasts: PBS, CBC, SVT(Sweden), Al Jazeera (Middle East), Ushuaia TV (France), One World Festival

 

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Is the oil beginning to run out? Shot over four years in 13 countries this film uncovers the myths surrounding the future of world oil supplies. The producers lift the lid on the ‘Peak Oil’ theory – whether oil production is about to fall. They travel to the Middle East to find out how much oil is actually there, exposing evidence that the oil producers may be exaggerating by up to 50%. We meet the men who believe that oil prices are about to bankrupt all of us and their evidence is terrifying: there’s barely any oil left to find. We look back to the 70’s, when we were first warned about this problem and we examine what can be done to prevent a global economic catastrophe. Can we escape our addiction to oil? Are we just going to deny the problem until it kills us?

But is it really that bad? We meet the powerful men who tell us there is no problem because technology can save us. Travelling from the North Sea to Pennsylvania to Brazil we examine these optimistic views. Are they valid or just wishful thinking? Why isn’t this issue talked about more and why aren’t we doing anything about it? What about the electric car or other forms of fuel? We examine the alternatives and whether we have a way out of the mess we are in. PetroApocalypse Now? is a clarion call to address our dependency on petroleum before we are left with an energy emergency of catastrophic proportions.

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Placemakers
Running Time: 27 minutes
G 10-Adult
Carl Costello

 

 

- Honorable Mention, Earthvision Environmental Film & Video Festival

 

 

In Placemakers we meet neighborhood visionaries transforming cities like Kansas City, Portland, Seattle, and Chattanooga into highly livable communities. "Indicators of sustainability" such as transportation efficiency, air quality, health care, and education are being evaluated in Seattle. Other cities illustrate how economy and environment are inseparable.

This is an inspiring story about community leaders who sit down to plan and evaluate their community's vision and then put those visions into practice.


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Running Time: 25 minutes
G 6-Adult
Teresa Marshall, Craig Berggold

 

 

- Silver Award, Houston International Film Festival.
- Finalist Merit Award for Conservation Effort
- International Wildlife Film Festival

 

 

Pocket Desert is an excellent video about the conflict between development and wildlife. Every outlaw needs an enemy, and for a young girl growing up on a ranch in the last corner of the Canadian wild west, the rattlesnake takes center stage as the perfect demon for her childhood imagination.

As settlers' dreams of creating an agricultural Eden erase fragile desert lands that support a breathtaking array of wild species, the narrator and her snake-hunting neighbors are forced to examine their environmental attitudes. Superb wildlife cinematography and rare archival film clips combine with dramatic personal stories in this compelling documentary.


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Poligon
Running Time: 58 minutes
Adult
Oraz Rymzhanov

 

"POLIGON was born from perestroika. It contains the temperament of social upsurge, but this is not its main characteristic. Historicism and the time aspect are the chief elements. This documentary is the result of furious protest on the one hand and sober consideration on the other."
- International Documentary Film Festival, Amsterdam

"Produced in the final months of the USSR, POLIGON courageously reveals the history of Soviet nuclear testing and gives voice to its many victims. Oraz Rymzhanov mixes once-secret Soviet footage of atmospheric and underground testing with horrifying testimony from people living near the test site, climaxing with an interview with Andrei Sakharov just hours before his death."
- San Francisco Film Festival

 

- First Prize, Freiburg Film Festival, Germany
- Best Environmental Film, San Francisco International Film Festival

Official Selection, International Documentary Film Festival, Amsterdam

 

 

Before the Chernobyl nuclear disaster there was Semi-Palatinsk - a radioactive Soviet nuclear test site that contaminated thousands of nearby residents. Poligon (which means "testing grounds" in Russian) is the first film to reveal the history of nuclear testing in the Soviet Union.

Previously secret footage of Soviet atomic tests and speeches by Soviet leaders are mixed with horrific testimony from residents living near the site. Finally, the film portrays the rise of an extraordinary protest movement in Kazakhstan, which forced the closure of the test site in 1991.

The film captures the dramatic changes in the former Soviet Union that led to greater openness and citizen challenges to the horrific extremes of the Soviet era, such as those at this Kazakhstan test site.

The famous Russian dissident Andrei Sakharov supported the film from its beginnings. The film ends with an interview of Sakharov on the last day of his life in which he said: "Mankind will always have an exam. An exam in the ability to survive."


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This 3-part series introduces the issue of over-population, examines long term challenges and solutions, and provides a striking depiction of population growth over the past 2000 years. It includes the following films:

World Population, 7 min.
The world's population has increased fourfold since 1900. If current growth rates continue, it will double again before the year 2030. Yet, the earth's resources are finite and we are already testing its limits. World Population is an excellent discussion starter on the population issue. This program is a striking depiction of actual population growth from 1 A.D. to the present and of projected future growth to the year 2020. As the years roll by on a digital clock, dots appear on a world map representing millions of people added to the population. References to historic events also appear, helping place population changes in context. The visual presentation makes statistical information exciting and easily understood.

World War III, 50 min.
This powerful video is a comprehensive look at the warlike global impact of the human population explosion. Based on the book of the same name, World War III documents how the relentless increase of human births is at the heart of our global environmental problems and increased human suffering. The program travels to four countries - Kenya, India, China, and the United States - to examine the economic and social causes of population growth. The video analyzes some of the efforts to control population, along with the political and cultural obstacles these solutions face, even in the United States.

Jam Packed, 28 min.
This film looks at the world's burgeoning human population crisis from the young adult point of view. Host Alexandra Paul, star of Baywatch, introduces us to experts and teenage mothers, problems and solutions. The impact of human numbers on our planet is explained using richly textured images from all over the world. Myths about population are addressed. Spotlighting consumption as a population issue, this program demonstrates how individuals affect the planet through their buying habits and use of resources. This is a positive and life-affirming film. Using a non-controversial and non-confrontational approach, Jam Packed provides a powerful window on the problem of Earth's rapidly expanding population and offers positive steps every person can take to be a part of the solution.


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Running Time: 20 minutes
G 9-Adult
Rory O'Connor

 

 

 

 

The Power of Human Rights provides a good introduction to human rights issues and the causes of conflicts worldwide and traces the evolution of modern human rights from World War II, featuring many of the people on the front lines worldwide.

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Power Shift: Energy + Sustainability
Running Time: 26 minutes
G 7-Adult
Produced by WorldLink

 

"Recommended. Power Shift packs a lot of information into its globetrotting format .... Younger audiences will receive a solid introduction to energy education, while savvy adults will hopefully soak up the important message that our current energy infrastructure is, to pardon the pun, running on empty."
- Video Librarian

"Inspiring . . .this program provides a vital message about why new technology merits our attention and commitment."
- School Libary Journal

"Wow! This film is quite simply the most powerful educational piece I've ever seen on renewable energy. Hands down."
- Greg Watson, Vice President, Sustainable Development & Renewable Energy, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative

"Great! Power Shift provides a critical resource for students, teachers, parents, and anyone else interested in learning about clean energy solutions. It takes us on a journey around the globe to villages electrified by the sun, buses powered by fuel cells, and homes connected to large wind farms. This program could not be more timely as we shift from a fossil-fuel past to a clean-energy future."
- Ron Pernick, Co-Founder, Clean Edge

"Makes a compelling case for why industrial societies and developing nations should accelerate the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. Cameron Diaz is excellent as the host and narrator. Very current."
- Eric Havel, Director of Education, Chabot Space & Science Center

 

- CINE Golden Eagle
- Two Gold Medals, Omni Awards

 

- Aired nationally on PBS

 

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Hosted and narrated by Cameron Diaz

This lively four-part program circles the globe, exploring the remarkable ways that energy touches our daily lives.

Cleverly weaving together the lives of astronauts in the Space Station, villagers in the Amazon, and an actress in Hollywood, the film examines vital energy issues and suggests ways that students can help contribute to a sustainable energy future.

In Connections, viewers discover howenergy links us as a global community. Cradle to Cradle profiles architect William McDonough, a Time magazine "Hero of the Planet," and his innovative green building designs. Energy Path answers the question, “When I turn on the light in my room, where does the electricity come from and how does it reach me?” Be the Difference encourages personal action steps such as requesting renewable energy from utilities, driving hybrid cars, and buying energy-efficient appliances.

Power Shift serves as a terrific thought-starter and discussion tool for sparking a conversation around energy, sustainability and practical ways we can each make a difference.



(Also see Nourish: Food + Community by the same producer, WorldLink)

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Power Paths - Special Edition
Running Time: 56 minutes

Chapter Selection and Special Features
Gr. 9-Adult
Closed Captioned
A film by Bo Boudart

 

“Power Paths is a powerful and revealing documentary that addresses balance between conservation and preservation at a level that affects Native Americans... but has larger reaching implications on us all. It is a must see.”
-Ed Foreman, Trail Dance Film Festival

 

Nominated Best Documentary - American Indian Film Festival
Official Selection - Wild and Scenic Film Festival
Official Selection - Sonoma Environmental Festival

 

Broadcast Nationally on PBS Independent Lens Series

 

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Narrated by Peter Coyote

How can America truly end its dependence on fossil fuels and transition to green power?

Power Paths 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 they 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.

As the nation at large struggles to disengage itself from the chains of a fossil-fuel-based economy, Power Paths signals cause for hope that an alternative is not somewhere in the future, but possible right now.

SPECIAL FEATURES

This Power Paths DVD includes:

- Bonus interviews on how to move forward on renewable and sustainable energy sources, with national and local leaders:

•Senator Harry Reid, U.S. Senate Majority Leader
•Winona LaDuke, Native American Sustainable Values
•Pat Spears, Wind Energy on Tribal Lands
•Prof. Dan Kammen, U.S. Leadership for a New Energy Policy

- The Citizen Action Guide on the DVD-ROM sector includes information on the full lifecycle of coal and its effects, from the mines to the power plants to use of fossil fuels in homes. The Guide also contains downloadable educational resources and materials to learn how to become engaged in efforts to promote alternative energy, and to reduce our own energy consumption.

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Prophets & Loss
Running Time: 49 minutes
G 9-Adult
Gabrielle Kelly, Nick Hart Williams

 

"**** Four stars. Highly recommended. Articulate and uncompromising...the speakers have prestige and passion. Can be integrated into social studies and science curriculum."
- Video Rating Guide for Libraries

"Compelling...(The prophets) were canny enough not to weep ceaselessly and worked hard to connect the global with the domestic...."
- The Guardian (UK)

"...what marks out this exercise...is its clear agenda for what needs to be done."
- The Independent (UK)

 

 

 

Prophets and Loss features some of the world's most informed and profound thinkers on the environmental crisis and the path to a viable future including Carl Sagan, Paul Ehrlich, Rep. Claudine Schneider, Chief Oren Lyons and others.

Extraordinary visuals by Godfrey Reggio (Koyaanisqatsi) add drama and urgency to this production, which originally aired to resounding popular response on the BBC. Introduction by Robert Redford.


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Arctic Meltdown, Rising Seas
Running Time: 32 minutes
G 6-Adult
Martin Atkin, Lucy Clayton

 

"Highly recommended! This excellent documentary vividly shows the viewer some of the significant impacts of global warming. Two different cultures a half a world away from each other are feeling the effects of climate change. While those in the Arctic lose an ice pack that supports the wildlife they depend upon for food, people in the South Pacific must deal with a rising sea level brought on by the melting ice. Both are forced to adapt to the consequences of a practice over which they have no control: the burning of fossil fuels."
- Educational Media Reviews Online

 

 

 

This is an excellent video to introduce the effects of global warming.

The Marshall Islands, with an average elevation of six feet above sea level, are among the most sensitive environments to long term climate change. Rising seas may force the people of these islands to flee.

Halfway around the world, another culture in a vastly different environment is also confronting the life-altering realities of a warming world - the Arctic. Part of these ice-bound lands will soon be submerged. Today, thawing glaciers, changing wildlife populations and thinning ice over once stable lands are rapidly destabilizing traditional ways of northern native life.

This film gives the viewer a first hand look at the human implications of global warming and helps us identify with populations who face the threat of becoming environmental refugees. We also hear the inspiring voices of those who are working constantly to minimize the impact of global warming, examine its causes, and encourage change.


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Rain of Ruin
Running Time: 56 minutes
G 10-Adult
Oregon Public Broadcasting

 

"**** Four stars. A sobering history lesson."
- TV Host Magazine

"Riveting...a gripping program. One of the strengths of Rain of Ruin is its balanced presentation...Viewers are allowed to explore their own feelings and opinions."
- Hollywood Reporter

"Highly recommended. Rain of Ruin is a... dispassionate work. It provides a brisk and clearly-presented historical overview of the baroque international politics and complex tactical maneuverings which lead to the dropping of the bomb on Nagasaki. The film makes extensive and skillful use of archival footage and photographs to tell the story."
- Video Librarian

 

 

- Aired nationally on PBS

 

Narrated by Linda Hunt This powerful video features a comprehensive examination of one of the most important, yet little-understood episodes in modern history - the several months leading up to the atomic bombings of Japan, which both ended World War II and shaped the world's geo-political landscape for the next 50 years.

To compel Japan's unconditional surrender, President Truman threatened a "rain of ruin," culminating in the bombing of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945.

RAIN OF RUIN investigates the key political and military motivations for the atomic bombings, especially the Nagasaki bombing. Did Japan finally surrender because of the atomic bombs or were there other reasons? Was the bomb’s true aim to make an impression on Stalin? And, why did the Soviet Union enter the Pacific War on the very date Nagasaki was bombed?

Top historical scholars present and discuss the principal theories, revealing the bombing to be a more complex historical event than commonly believed. The program draws on previously unpublished and declassified documents from the U.S., Japanese and Soviet archives, as well as remarkable film footage.

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G 9-Adult
Jonathan Schwartz

 

"**** Four stars. Highly recommended."
- Video Rating Guide for Libraries

"Provides a new and hopeful point of view of the rain forest problem. Recommended."
- Library Journal

"...a powerful and important work."
- Joe Kane, Editor, The World Rain Forest Report

 

- Silver Apple, National Educational Film & Video Festival

 

 

Is a living rainforest of greater economic value than one that has been cut down? The international marketing of foods, cosmetics, and crafts derived from tropical forests may provide native inhabitants with the economic means to protect their vanishing lands. Rainforests: Proving Their Worth explores this promising movement to market sustainably collected forest products.

Several hopeful developments are presented: new groves of peach palms in Costa Rica, bustling markets on the Amazon, and environmentally conscious American companies successfully using renewable forest products.

But obstacles remain: Brazil nut collectors aren't getting fair prices, and the trees that once sustained them are being burned for charcoal. Some forest inhabitants are concerned that outsiders will bring unwelcome change to traditional ways. Rainforests: Proving Their Worth provides a provocative look at a crucial effort to save the rainforests.


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G 10-Adult
Cynthia Wright

 

 

 

 

This video illustrates the techniques and equipment necessary to construct solid walls of rammed earth, including walls developed for earthquake-prone areas. Rammed earth walls in many regions have survived for centuries. Soil selection, testing, foundations, basic form building and earth ramming are explained in a simple, easy-to-follow format by a world-respected earth-building expert.

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Running Time: 48 minutes
All Ages
Carol Trusz

 

"One may enjoy the hypnotic, breathless quality of the soundtrack or lower the volume and enjoy a silent meditation in beauty."
- NAPRA

 

- Public's Choice Award, International Festival of Maritime & Exploration Films, France

 

- PBS

 

Join in a peaceful exploration, a musical and visual dive through shimmering waters and beckoning coral reefs. Without a spoken word, you glide alongside sea turtles, witnessing a school of barracuda moving like a single organism, or clown fish among anemones.

This soothing journey has been used to stimulate expressive movement, writing and art, and to enhance concentration before academic projects, creative work or standardized testing. Harp music by Hilary Stagg.


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Running Time: 12 minutes
All Ages
Steve Devine

 

"A discussion starter and a call to action, Recycle More is both thorough and informative. We hear the honest and practical voices of teens who are making a big difference. This is peer to peer education at its finest."
- Heather Abrams, Manager, Integrated Waste Services, City of El Cerrito, California

"Very Highly Recommened. Highly useful for facilitating classroom discussion. Gives us hope for the future."
- Educational Media Reviews Online

"This film has a clearly presented message that needs to be heard by all ans is short enough to hold the MTV generation's attention."
- School Library Journal

"Interesting and relevant to High School students, Recycle More can be used to educate students about the environment and how recycling makes a positive difference."
- Tamar Hurwitz, Environmental Education Manager, San Francisco Department of the Environment

 

 

 

The average county in America produces enough waste in a single day to cover a football field with two feet of compressed trash. We all know that recycling is good for the planet, but do we actually know about the real impact of the waste we create every day?

Join football player Mike and cheerleader Elisa for a typical day at school. Learn what these high school students really think about recycling and see how students are making a real difference on their campus as well as at home. Elisa and Mike will give you a first hand look behind the scenes as you follow them on a trip to their local landfill to see the effects of mass consumption and waste production.

See exactly what happens to your recycled goods as you trace a bottle from a school recycling bin through the step-by-step process that transforms it into plastic lumber, carpet, or even filler for a sleeping bag! This video closely illustrates the process of recycling, and inspires viewers by showing real students learning about the 3Rs: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.


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Running Time: 28 minutes
G 9-Adult
Geoff Holland

 

"Highly recommended! The program follows a logical sequence of ideas. Computer generated graphics along with clear and concise explanations give the viewer a good explanation of the renewable technologies."
- Educational Media Reviews Online

 

- Gold Apple Award, National Educational Media Network
- CINE Golden Eagle Award

 

 

Renewable Power offers an exciting vision of a world transformed by clean energy. We see how solar and wind generated energy can be stored for later use by splitting water into oxygen and hydrogen. Cutting edge computer animation shows how fuel cells reverse the process, combining hydrogen and oxygen into electricity and water.

The program also profiles a new generation of zero pollution cars and trucks run by the fuel cell. This offers an inspiring and reassuring window on the dawning age of solar and hydrogen energy.



40-Page Study Guide Available for Download here.

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The Renewable Energy Solutions Series features four films that celebrate the onset of our sustainable future and examine how hydrogen power, wind power, solar power, and techniques for green building are benefitting us now, and how this benefit promises to grow in the future.

Velocity: Exploring Sustainability through Wind Power, Green Building & Hydrogen, 32 min.
Velocity travels from the U.S. to Europe exploring clean energy production and the increasing economic advantages of wind power. Illustrating how sustainable economic development must include the protection of our fragile natural and human resources, this film shows us how wind energy has not only reduced the impact of pollution from burning fossil fuels, but has also created billions of dollars in economic development across the Northern Hemisphere.

Hydrogen: The Safe & Clean Fuel, 27 min.
This film not only presents the promise of a future featuring hydrogen as a mainstream energy source, it also shows us just how far we've already come in our movement towards a viable and sustainable hydrogen based economic infrastrucure.

Power Shift: Energy + Sustainability, 26 min.
Cleverly weaving together the lives of astronauts in the Space Station, villagers in the Amazon, and an actress in Hollywood, the film examines vital energy issues and suggests ways that students can create a sustainable future.

Renewable Power: The Earth's Clean Energy Destiny, 28 min.
Renewable Power offers an exciting vision of a world transformed by clean energy.


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Running Time: 29 minutes
G 9-Adult
Bruce Roscoe, John de Graaf

 

"A compelling and optimistic portrayal that gives voice to the Maya past and present, and dramatizes the power of historical and cultural survival."
- Professor James Loucky, Guatemala Scholars Network

"Return of the Maya is a very accessible introduction to the Mayan Indian Guatemalan refugees in Mexico, and a highly useful tool for both educators and activists."
- Rob Haberman, Coordinator, Guatemala Solidarity Organization

"Recommended. Outline(s) the terrible situation of the Guatemalan refugees in understandable human terms."
- Video Librarian

"Useful for classes in world affairs, sociology, and South American studies."
- School Library Journal

 

 

 

This title is currently offered on VHS, but can be converted to DVD upon request.

A millennium ago the Maya were one of the most advanced civilizations on earth. But for the last 500 years they have been treated as second-class citizens in their own land. In the last decade, more than 100,000 have fled their homes in Guatemala to escape violent repression.

After portraying the plight of the Mayans, the video tells the unusual story of how these refugees are rediscovering their heritage. Near a spartan refugee camp in Mexico is the ancient Mayan city of Edzna. Working with archaeologists, refugees are excavating the elaborate ruins of their ancestors.


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Ted White

 

"*** Four Stars. Highly recommended. An amusing, informative, and unconventional look at bicycling."
- Video Rating Guide for Libraries

"Expertly filmed....This lyrical, inventive video captures the spirit of bicyclists around the world."
- Charles Komanoff, Past President, Transportation Alternatives, NYC

"Ted White's passionate Return of the Scorcher is a tribute to the spirit of bicycle-riding...explores the virtues of humankind's most perfect technology."
- Marina McDougall, Exploratorium Film Program

 

 

 

Return of the Scorcher is a spirited celebration of the bicycle that asks why this cheap, clean, quiet, and healthy method of transportation isn't more widely used in America. In the 1890's, when the speed of a bike was considered amazing, "scorcher" was a euphemism for bicyclist.

Today, most of the world relies on the bicycle for basic transportation. Filmed in Europe, China and the US, this film portrays the bicycle as a pollution-free - and fun - way to solve some of our transportation problems.


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Marina Goldovskaya

 

"Exuberant and masterful filmmaking. A deceptively simple and spontaneous work which reveals the filmmakers wonderful intimacy with her subject matter and her strong command of the craft."
- San Francisco International Film Festival

"Recommended.... A good film about the changing cultural and political perceptions of the Russian people...."
- Video Librarian

"First-rate film journalism of historical importance....Solovky Power is so good that it leaves the audience wanting to know more...."
- Vincent Canby, New York Times

"Haunting....Goldovskaya brings to life what it must have been like to be a prisoner in Solovky."
- Hollywood Reporter

"An astonishing documentary...chilling."
- San Francisco Chronicle

 

- Golden Gate Award, San Francisco International Film Festival
- Prix Italia, Rome Film Festival
- Planet Award, Marseilles Film Festival
- Prix Europa, T.V. Program of the Year
- Grand Prix, Monte Carlo
- Film of the Year, Earthwatch
- Best Picture Prize, National State Film Festival, Moscow

 

- Aired on Turner Network Television

 

- Sundance Film Festival
- Telluride Film Festival
- San Francisco International Film Festival
The Revealing Russia series features 5 films by renowned filmmaker Marina Goldovskaya. In these films, Goldovskaya provides a human look at both the horrors of the Soviet past,and the hopes and struggles of Russians as the Soviet Union and Communist rule neared its 74 year end. Through Goldovskaya's films we see history through the stories of its people.

"Her portraits of Russian life, of Soviet history and of herself are lucid creations that make us want to see more. This is documentary filmmaking at its most emotionally invigorating and intellectually stimulating."
-UCLA Television and Film Archives

Video 1
The Shattered Mirror
, 58 min.
This film is an extraordinary personal journey through ordinary Russian life at a time of great change. The filmmaker uses her own camera and familiarity with Russian society to present an intimate and piercing view of her fellow citizens and her country.

At a fast-moving pace, we meet her friends and acquaintances, from the simple laborer to a newly rich entrepreneur. The filmmaker turns the camera on her own life as well, providing deeply personal revelations, through scenes of her own wedding and of her mother's death. While filming a tense street confrontation between opposing political forces, she remarks through her tears, "I am shooting and crying!" The Shattered Mirror is a remarkable look at the new life, opportunities and challenges the people of Russia face.

Video 2
Lucky to be Born in Russia
, 58 min.
Marina Goldvskaya's newest film, a sequel to Shattered Mirror, relates the human story behind the October 1993 armed confrontation in Moscow, when the future of the Russian nation hung in the balance.

Rather than chronicle political events, Goldvskaya uses her personal style of filmmaking to take the viewer deep into the "inner life" of Russian society during this extraordinary period. We visit and watch with many of her friends and acquaintances as the momentous events unfold. Unable to remain inside while violent confrontations rage, Goldvskaya boldly takes her camera into the streets to film dramatic street demonstrations and the attempted rebel seizure of a television station where she worked for many years.

But the film is more than the story of this confrontation of political forces. It is the story of a nation searching for a new way, a moral center, as it moves rapidly towards an unknown future, creating great pain and social division. Yet, as the title reflects, Goldvskaya's view remains a hopeful one.

Video 3
The House with Knights (House on Arbat Street)
, 58 min.
The story of the people who lived in the House with Knights is the story of Russia in the 20th Century. Built in the early 1900's, this grand apartment building on Arbat Street at first was the residence of rich and privileged families. Then, after the revolution of 1917, it was turned into a collective housing unit. People from all backgrounds were brought in and told, "From now on you will have to cram together."

Through historical footage and the reminiscences of former residents, some now 98 years old, the incredible story of the House with Knights comes alive. One resident describes how "every day you could hear doors banging: they had come to arrest someone." Another muses, "Today I am sure of nothing. There was so much hypocrisy and lying that everything I thought to be good was perhaps no more than an illusion. The only truly real thing was the people." The narrator remarks: "For 70 years all of Russia was like this building - a strange family indeed."

Video 4
A Taste of Freedom
, 46 min.
A Taste of Freedom follows six weeks in the lives of Sasha and Anya Politkovsky, whose daily existence reflects the turmoil and uncertainty of the time. Sasha is a prominent TV journalist who tests the limits of the new freedom afforded Russian reporters. Anya is deeply concerned for Sasha's safety. At one point she has not heard from him for three days after he goes off to cover the riots in Baku. Later, she sees him on TV, one of the first journalists to interview people living in the shadow of the Chernobyl disaster.

As the film evolves, Anya expresses concerns about their marriage and the world their children will inherit. One man ominously remarks, "If this process which we call perestroika collapses - and I'm sure it will - then a guillotine will start chopping peoples heads off." As the film ends, Sasha and Anya, both frightened and exhilarated, wade together into a sea of Soviet citizens marching for a new order.

Video 5
Solovky Power
, 87 min.
Solovky Power is a harrowing documentary about the first Soviet prison camp, established in a 15th Century monastery on a remote White Sea island in 1923. The camp became the model for the dreaded gulags that followed.

Solovky operated under the Leninist motto: "With an iron hand, mankind will be driven to happiness." In the film, aging survivors of the prison camp offer a devastating account of the brutality and injustice prisoners endured. One survivor recalls how 300 inmates were shot and thrown into a pit one day, simply as a warning to the other prisoners. Old newsreels and recently discovered letters from prisoners further illustrate the bleak conditions.


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Running Time: 58 minutes
G 10-Adult
Marina Goldovskaya

 

"Exuberant and masterful filmmaking. A deceptively simple and spontaneous work which reveals the filmmakers wonderful intimacy with her subject matter and her strong command of the craft."
- San Francisco International Film Festival

 

- Golden Gate Award, San Francisco International Film Festival
- Prix Italia, Rome Film Festival

 

 

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Shattered Mirror is an extraordinary personal journey through ordinary Russian life at a time of great change. The filmmaker uses her own camera and familiarity with Russian society to present an intimate and piercing view of her fellow citizens and her country. At a fast-moving pace, we meet her friends and acquaintances, from the simple laborer to a newly rich entrepreneur.

The filmmaker turns the camera on her own life as well, providing deeply personal revelations, through scenes of her own wedding and of her mother's death. While filming a tense street confrontation between opposing political forces, she remarks through her tears, "I am shooting and crying!" The Shattered Mirror is a remarkable look at the new life, opportunities and challenges the people of Russia face. (Russian with English narration and subtitles)


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The story of the people who lived in the House with Knights is the story of Russia in the 20th Century. Built in the early 1900's, this grand apartment building on Arbat Street at first was the residence of rich and privileged families. Then, after the revolution of 1917, it was turned into a collective housing unit. People from all backgrounds were brought in and told, "From now on you will have to cram together."

Through historical footage and the reminiscences of former residents, some now 98 years old, the incredible story of the House with Knights comes alive. One resident describes how "every day you could hear doors banging: they had come to arrest someone." Another muses: "Today I am sure of nothing. There was so much hypocrisy and lying that everything I thought to be good was perhaps no more than an illusion. The only truly real thing was the people." The narrator remarks, "For 70 years all of Russia was like this building - a strange family indeed."


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The film starts at the beginning of spring in 1990. It was the dawning of a new era, a time of burgeoning change which could not be stopped in a country freshly awakened by perestroika.

Although Communist leadership was still clinging to its stranglehold on the country's fate, the people wanted otherwise. The people wanted to revoke the sixth section of the Constitution, which consolidated the Communist Party's monopoly on power.

At the heart of the film is a young family of journalists –Sasha Politkovsky, his wife Anna, their children, and even their dog. Sasha was a prominent TV journalist who was the head anchor on "The View" (the most topical and least censored TV show of the time). Anna was destined to become a journalist of truly international fame, proving her courage, and her journalistic integrity, during her coverage of the Chechnyan conflict. (NOTE: she was murdered in October 2006).

Journalism is a profession which is most keenly involved in the political life of a nation. By 1990, perestroika had begun to change the Soviet Union, letting people get a taste of freedom, like a gulp of fresh air. But it was no longer enough for most people to have this small measure of Gorbachev's reforms. People wanted to live in a country free from communism.

The film is a unique glimpse into a time which is already fading from people's memories, a time of amazing change and urgency as Russia took its first steps after the fall of a 75-year old totalitarian regime

Running Time: 87 minutes
G 10-Adult
Marina Goldovskaya

 

"First-rate film journalism of historical importance....Solovky Power is so good that it leaves the audience wanting to know more...."
- Vincent Canby, New York Times

"Haunting....Goldovskaya brings to life what it must have been like to be a prisoner in Solovky."
- Hollywood Reporter

" An astonishing documentary...chilling."
- San Francisco Chronicle

 

 

 

This title is no longer available.

Solovky Power is a harrowing documentary about the first Soviet prison camp, established in a 15th Century monastery on a remote White Sea island in 1923. The camp became the model for the dreaded gulags that followed. Solovky operated under the Leninist motto, "With an iron hand, mankind will be driven to happiness."

In the film, aging survivors of the prison camp offer a devastating account of the brutality and injustice prisoners endured. One survivor recalls how 300 inmates were shot and thrown into a pit one day, simply as a warning to the other prisoners. Old newsreels and recently discovered letters from prisoners further illustrate the bleak conditions.

When Goldovskaya began this groundbreaking documentary in the mid-1980's, her mother warned her she was "committing suicide." But her son told her, "If you don't make the film, I will despise you for the rest of your life."


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Running Time: 58 minutes
G 10-Adult
Marina Goldovskaya

 

Golden Gate Certificate of Merit, San Francisco International Film Festival

 

 

 

This title is no longer available.

A sequel to Shattered Mirror, relates the human story behind the October 1993 armed confrontation in Moscow, when the future of the Russian nation hung in the balance. Rather than chronicling political events, Goldvskaya uses her personal style of film making to take the viewer deep into the "inner life" of Russian society during this extraordinary period.

We visit and watch with many of her friends and acquaintances as the momentous events unfold. Unable to remain inside while violent confrontations rage, Goldvskaya boldly takes her camera into the streets to film dramatic street demonstrations and the attempted rebel seizure of a television station where she worked for many years.

But the film is more than the story of this confrontation of political forces. It is the story of a nation searching for a new way, a moral center, as it moves rapidly towards an unknown future, creating great pain and social division. Yet, as the title reflects, Goldvskaya's view remains a hopeful one.


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Rights and Wrongs in America Series
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G 9-Adult
Rory O'Connor

 

"Important truth - more than anything else, that is what Rights and Wrongs is about."
- New York Daily News

 

 

- PBS

 

Rights and Wrongs in America features three programs that examine intolerance as a cause of violence, the impact of childhood poverty, and existing programs and potential solutions that promote greater tolerance and peaceful conflict resolution. The programs are part of the acclaimed Rights and Wrongs television series on human rights, broadcast on many PBS stations. Each program features three distinct segments on the subject.

Video 1
Building Tolerance
, 26 min.
Intolerance is a primary cause of racial violence, hate crimes and attacks on civil rights. What are the roots of intolerance, how is it manifested today, and what can be done to build greater tolerance?

- Segment One: This segment examines the rising tide of intolerance in America, the impact of recent campaigns opposing illegal immigrants and affirmative action, and profiles several community activists and programs that promote tolerance, including the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles.

- Segment Two: Daryll Williams was permanently paralyzed by a racist sniper's bullet at the height of Boston's busing crisis. Today, he is a powerful role model, promoting tolerance instead of hate, and peaceful conflict resolution instead of violence.

- Segment Three: Author and Harvard Professor Cornel West discusses the origins and meaning of today's intolerance.

Video 2
Combatting Childhood Poverty
, 26 min.
One out of every four American children lives in poverty. How can childhood poverty be reduced? What role, if any, should the federal government play? This program examines two federally funded programs that are making a real difference in the lives of poor children in two very distinct communities, and talks with America's leading advocate for children.

- Segment One: In one of New York City's poorest neighborhoods, the Rheedlen Center is working to combat the effects of youth poverty by providing quality preventive social services to children and their families.

- Segment Two: Amidst the poverty of Appalachia, the life of a self-described "skinhead" was turned around by his involvement in an innovative cultural organization called Appalshop.

- Segment Three: Marian Wright Edelman, the founder and director of the Children's Defense Fund, presents her views on investing in our nation's children.

Video 3
Creating Peace
, 29 min.
How can young people help prevent conflicts, both at the local and global level? What lessons from international peace efforts can be applied in our communities and schools?

- Segment One: A conference of young adults from five conflict zones, including America's inner cities, discusses with top international peace negotiators the key principles for resolving conflict, including dialogue and tolerance.

- Segment Two: Nobel Peace Prize winner and holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel talks about the lessons of international peacemaking, and how they apply to our own domestic conflicts. He encourages young people to fight despair by getting involved in finding solutions.

- Segment Three: At an elementary school in Brooklyn, students are learning how to resolve their conflicts as part of a broader program to prevent violence and promote tolerance. 11 year-old Jacqueline Gomez points out, "What goes on here in the playground and what happens between countries is similar."


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Rory O'Connor

 

 

 

 

One of every four American children lives in poverty. How can childhood poverty be reduced? What role, if any, should the federal government play? This program examines two federally funded programs that are making a real difference in the lives of poor children in two very distinct communities and talks with America's leading advocate for children.

In one of New York City's poorest neighborhoods, the Rheedlen Center is working to combat the effects of youth poverty by providing quality preventive social services to children and their families.


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Running Time: 26 minutes
G 9-Adult
Rory O'Connor

 

 

 

 

How can young people help prevent conflicts, both at the local and global level? What lessons from international peace efforts can be applied in our communities and schools?

A conference of young adults discusses with top international peace negotiators the key principles for resolving conflict, including dialogue, understanding and tolerance.


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Rory O'Connor • 1994

 

 

 

 

This magazine-style program has been combined especially for classroom and group use, making it a unique and valuable resource for educators and activists. Hosted by Charlayne Hunter-Gault of The News Hour with Jim Lehrer.

Volume 1
The Power of Human Rights, 32 min.
- The Power of Human Rights is a good introduction to human rights issues and the causes of conflict worldwide.
- Voices of Human Rights - Traces the evolution of modern human rights from World War II, featuring many of the people on the frontlines worldwide.
- Peace Watch - International mediator Adam Curle shares his insights on the roots of violence conflict and why peace is key to human rights.
- Human Rights High School - At the El Puente Academy in Brooklyn, 60 9th-grade students attend the only "human rights school" in the world today.

Volume 2
U.S. & Canada
Human rights abuses aren't just happening in other countries. Amnesty International has reported nine areas of violation in North America. This video looks at several concerns:
- Civil Rights -Excerpts from "Freedom on My Mind" focus on a critical civil rights struggle of the 60's, with relevance for today.
- James Bay -The Cree and Inuit people of Canada are struggling to protect their tribal lands from a state owned hydroelectric project in Quebec.
- School of the Americas - A taxpayer-funded military school in Georgia is training known human rights abusers, including dictators and drug runners.
- Native Hawaiians - Victims of history, Native Hawaiians are fighting for the right to live on their native lands.

Volume 3
Women Under Attack, 32 min.
This program looks at two of the most terrifying human rights issues facing women in several countries, as well as the growth in empowerment organizations for women.
- Rape and War Investigates how rape is systematically used as a weapon of war in Iraq, Bosnia, Somalia, and Kashmir.
- World Women's Movement - Charlotte Bunch, Director of Rutger's Global Leadership Institute for women, describes the emerging global women's movement.
- Female Mutilation - Millions of women in Asia and Africa are forced to undergo mutilation of their genitals for cultural and religious reasons. This segment examines this practice and features Pulitzer Prize winning author Alice Walker, who presents excerpts from her novel and film on the subject.


Volume 4
Around the World, 30 min.
This program features several of the major human rights hot spots around the world, as well as the ongoing debate over how to support human rights most effectively. These segments can be used separately or together.
- China and Free Trade - A look at the debate over how to impact China's poor record on human rights, and why free trade has gained the upper hand.
- Sarajevo Under Seige - An intimate look st the tragedy of one neighborhood, with commentary by New York Times reporter John Burns.
Somalia and Intervention - How effective was the UN intervention in Somalia and is it a model for future relief effort?


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The River That Harms
Running Time: 45 minutes
G 9-Adult
Colleen Keane

 

"Recommended...An examination of human tragedy resulting from technological and governmental deficiencies."
- Science Books and Films Review

"An important resource...looks at the concerns of non-white people, presenting the problem in the context of Navajo history and culture."
- Safe Planet Film Guide

 

- Special Jury Award, Houston International Film Festival
- Cindy Award, Special Achievement Award, Association of Visual Communication

 

 

This illuminating film documents the largest radioactive waste spill in U.S. history - a national tragedy that received little attention.

With the sound of a thunderclap, 94 million gallons of water contaminated with uranium mining waste broke through a United Nuclear Corporation storage dam in 1979. The water poured into the Puerco River in New Mexico - the main water supply for the Navajo Indians that live along the river, and a tributary of the major source of water for Los Angeles. Navajo ranchers, their children, and farm animals waded through the river unaware of the danger.

The River That Harms tells the story of this tragedy and the toll it continues to take on the Navajos, who lost the use of their water. To the Navajos, this event is also a prophetic warning for all humanity.


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This four-part series outlines the critical importance of healthy watersheds and reveals the human and environmental toll of the introduction of pollutants and dams. Personal, practical and inspiring, this series provides a broad view of contemporary river issues in America.

Troubled Waters: The Dilemma of Dams, 53 min.
From the creators of the award-winning film Fire on the Mountain.
Depending on whom you ask, the United States has between 75,000 and 2,500,000 dams. Many have outlived their usefulness. This film takes a personal, passionate, and controversial look at dams, where commerce is served but nature destroyed. Blending still photos with archival and new footage, the film considers environmental, cultural, economic, and spiritual arguments for and against decommissioning dams, arguing that dams divorce a river from its eco-system, thereby destroying biodiversity and the river's habitat. Compelling and informative, the film's voices come from a cross-section of people intimately involved with dam and river issues, many of whom you will recognize.

Featuring legendary conservationist David Brower, Former Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbit, and well-known Glen Canyon performer and activist Katie Lee, this film raises the question of how much economic value we should extract from our rivers before we've given up too much of the earth's wild beauty.

Featuring music by Don Henley.

Fresh Waters Flowing: Biological Monitoring Protocol, 37 min.
A region's rivers are really biological ribbons crisscrossing the land. When humans enter and alter a watershed, they alter these ribbons of life. Fresh Waters Flowing explores the connection between humans and rivers. It reveals the links between human influences and the ability of a river to support healthy living communities. Featuring James Karr of the University of Washington and Charley Dewberry of Pacific Rivers Council, Fresh Waters Flowing shows how important biological integrity is for rivers and demonstrates how measuring biological condition with the index of biological integrity (IBI) can be a powerful tool for maintaining and restoring the health of watersheds.

Biological Monitoring Protocol introduces the index of biological integrity (IBI), the best yardstick for measuring the health of rivers and streams. Measuring pollutants, such as temperature, phosphorus, or toxic chemicals, may tell you if a river is clean, but only a direct biological yardstick like IBI will tell you if a river is healthy. IBI has now been adopted to monitor rivers on all continents except Antarctica, by states including Ohio, Vermont, and Florida, and by regional and local organizations nationwide. This video shows you the equipment and techniques you need to use this biological yardstick.

This two-video series introduces important science concepts and is appropriate for courses in natural science, environmental science, biology, and water quality at the high school and university levels.

All Live Downstream, 30 min.
This revealing video is essential for anyone concerned with environmental justice. America's historic Mississippi River has become a 2,300-mile toxic waterway. Over half the industrial toxic waste discharged into American lakes and streams is dumped directly into the Mississippi. Cancer and mortality rates are among the highest in the nation along the chemical corridor stretching from Baton Rouge to New Orleans. Entire towns have been shuttered as the direct result of unchecked air and ground water pollution. Study guide included.

When the Salmon Run Dry, 51 min.
This film examines the impact of human development - dams, logging, and fishing - on the salmon population of the Pacific Northwest. Competing interests discuss their perspectives: environmentalists, farmers, fishermen, utilities managers, and biologists. Features a Native American sacred salmon ceremony.


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River of Renewal
Running Time: 55 minutes
Gr. 9-Adult
Closed Captioned
A film by Jack Kohler, Steve Michelson, Stephen Most

 

"Highly recommended... for public, school and college libraries."
-Educational Media Reviews Online

"Recommended. The disastrous consequences of the long-term exploitation of California and Oregon's Klamath River is detailed in this low-key but important video. Useful as a study of the tragic consequences of ill thought-out projects as well as the need for a larger world view culminating in cooperation between traditionally opposing camps."
- School Library Journal

"Highly recommended. Effectively touches on many subject areas: economics, environmental science, contemporary American Indian issues, and the connection of local concerns with national sociopolitical operations."
-Video Librarian

"Wonderful and current...River of Renewal is a finely structured film that moves in a clear direction conceptually and geographically (up the river). It portrays all parties fairly and conveys the full tragedy of unplanned development and irresponsible selfishness, not only for humans but for the natural world that is our innocent victim. I highly recommend it for as many audiences as possible."
-Jack David Eller, Anthropology Review Database

“A clear and thorough hour-long documentary that illuminates the multifaceted battle for water and livelihoods on the Klamath River.”
-Colin Carpenter, International Rivers

“It’s a compelling tale, made even more poignant by intimate moments with members of the tribal council, fifth-generation commercial fishermen, and salt-of-the earth farmers upstream – all of whom depend on the Klamath’s diminishing flow for survival.”
-World Rivers Review

 

Best Documentary Feature, American Indian Film Festival

 

Broadcast nationally on PBS

 

All prices include DVD and PPR

Public Libraries-Circulation Only: $24.95
K-12 Schools, Public Libraries, Colleges, Universities & Gov't: $129

K-12 Schools, Public Libraries, Colleges, Universities & Gov't (with DSL): $429



River of Renewal chronicles the long conflict over the 10 million acre Klamath River Basin, which spans the Oregon-California border. Competing demands for water, food, and energy have pitted farmers, American Indians, and commercial fishermen against each other for decades.

Remarkably, this conflict over resources has led to a consensus for conservation in this vast river basin that was once North America's third greatest salmon-producing river. The outcome will likely be the largest dam removal project in U.S. history and the most ambitious effort ever to restore the habitat of a federally protected species.

River of Renewal shows one of the great rivers of America in crisis while also telling the story of a "sidewalk Indian", Jack Kohler, who discovers his roots among the Klamath River tribes. For Kohler, the conflict is a journey of self-discovery as he uncovers the elemental bond between California native tribes, the river, and its most legendary denizen, the salmon.

Kohler comes to the mouth of the Klamath River to make a film about the 1978 Salmon War. But an event occurs that brings the conflict into the 21st century. In May 2001, a federal judge's ruling under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to cut off irrigation water sparks an angry protest from local farmers. Then in 2002, ignoring the ESA, the Bush Administration orders the unlimited release of water to farmers. Later that year, 80,000 spawning salmon die in the Klamath estuary, which leads to the collapse of the salmon fishery off the California and Oregon coasts.

The polarization of Klamath Basin communities gives way to conflict resolution and consensus building. Recognizing that their livelihoods all depend on the health of the river, stakeholders who had been antagonists agree to share the water and to demand the removal of the four dams.

The hopeful outcome of the conflict is a lesson in the interdependence of economic recovery with ecological restoration, and the value of finding common ground among competing interests.

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Running Time: 50 minutes
All Ages
Anne Pick

 

"Recommended Ryan's message is this- that with a great amount of effort and desire, anything can be accomplished, and that everyone helping a little makes a difference. "
- Educational Media Reviews Online

 

-Featured in U.S.A. Today, Jan 11, 2005
-Best Documentary, East Lansing Children's Film Festival 2003
-Best Documentary, California Wine Country Film Festival 2003
-Chris Statuette for Best Social Issue Documentary, 2002 Chris Awards: The Columbus International Film & Video Festival

 

 

- Toronto Planet In Focus 2003
- Boston International Film Festival

When Ryan is 7, he comes home from school and asks his mother for $70 to help build a well in the remote community in Uganda where his pen pal, Jimmy, lives. Ryan does dishes, laundry and other chores to raise the money. When he finds out that the actual cost to build the well is $2000, he enlists friends and they work together to reach his goal.

This remarkable young boy will eventually raise hundreds of thousands of dollars. In this moving documentary we meet Ryan and his family, neighbors and friends who help him raise the money. We travel to Uganda and witness the meeting of the two very special pen pals, and the inaugural pumping of "Ryan's Well." At this extraordinary moment, Ryan realizes that he has more friends in Uganda than just Jimmy. He has won the hearts of the entire community, and changed their lives forever.

Ryan's is a classic story of "the power of one." This film shows first hand how one determined spirit, regardless of age, can inspire an entire generation. (Also available in 25-minute version).


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"Recommended Ryan's message is this- that with a great amount of effort and desire, anything can be accomplished, and that everyone helping a little makes a difference. "
- Educational Media Reviews Online

 

-Featured in U.S.A. Today
-Best Documentary, East Lansing Children's Film Festival
-Best Documentary, California Wine Country Film Festival
-Chris Statuette for Best Social Issue Documentary, Chris Awards: The Columbus International Film & Video Festival

 

- Toronto Planet In Focus
- Boston International Film Festival

 

When Ryan is 7, he comes home from school and asks his mother for $70 to help build a well in the remote community in Uganda where his pen pal, Jimmy, lives. Ryan does dishes, laundry and other chores to raise the money. When he finds out that the actual cost to build the well is $2000, he enlists friends and they work together to reach his goal.

This remarkable young boy will eventually raise hundreds of thousands of dollars. In this moving documentary we meet Ryan and his family, neighbors and friends who help him raise the money. We travel to Uganda and witness the meeting of the two very special pen pals, and the inaugural pumping of "Ryan's Well." At this extraordinary moment, Ryan realizes that he has more friends in Uganda than just Jimmy. He has won the hearts of the entire community, and changed their lives forever.

Ryan's is a classic story of "the power of one." This film shows first hand how one determined spirit, regardless of age, can inspire an entire generation. (Also available in 25-minute version).


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Saviors of the Forest
Running Time: 90 minutes
G 9-12
Terry Schwartz, Tod Darling

 

"An original, humorous look at the issue of rainforest destruction. Captures some of the paradoxes involved in saving tropical forests."
- Variety

"A wonderful piece of work that endows its big subject - the rain forest - with humane touches."
- Arizona Daily Star

 

- Best of Festival Winner, Louisville Film and Video Festival
- Gold Plaque, Chicago International Film Festival

 

 

- Sundance Film Festival
- London International Film Festival

Tired of filming TV commercials, two well-intentioned Los Angeles "camera guys" decide to do their part for the environment by exposing the villains responsible for destroying the rainforests. Along the way they meet a range of paradoxical characters including poor people who cut down forests to survive, environmentalists trying to import an "ecological" sawmill, timber companies campaigning for reforestation, and Hollywood producers who use rainforest plywood to build their sets.

Through their humorous adventures and irreverent style, the filmmakers illuminate a serious subject in an entertaining way.


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Save Ward Valley
Running Time: 25 minutes
G 10-Adult
Susan Baumel

 

 

 

 

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This video voices the concerns of Native Americans and environmentalists opposed to a "low level" nuclear waste dump on land considered both integral to a vibrant eco-system and sacred to the Native American community in Ward Valley, CA.

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Scarred Lands & Wounded Lives - Special Edition
Running Time: 68 minutes
Gr. 6-Adult
A film by Alice T. Day, PhD, and Lincoln H. Day, PhD

 

"Highly recommended. A powerful documentary on the ecological consequences of warfare...which traces how military forces have intentionally destroyed ecosystems as a means to win battles."
- Video Librarian

“Recommended. The explanations of the experts and witnesses convincingly demonstrate that the cost of war extends far beyond the actual fighting. Preparation for war and the aftermath of war add to the destruction of ‘natural security’.“
- Educational Media Reviews Online

"The extensive research and skillful presentation by sociologists Alice and Lincoln Day make the film a surprisingly moving experience. Interviews of scientists, war veterans and others are carefully interspersed with footage that makes vivid the long-term damage to the planet that has resulted from military conflicts and activities."
- Science Magazine

"A powerful and haunting account of war's silent casualty -- the environment. Catalogs the array of damage from bombs, chemicals, guns and unexploded ordnance."
- The Chronicle of Higher Education Review

"The documentary weaves together eyewitness accounts, interviews, archival footage, and news video from wars past and present. The images portray a story rarely considered in the heat of battle: how war pollutes the air, water and land, destroys biodiversity and drains natural resources."
- Voice of America

 

 

 

WINNER
Best Documentary, California Independent Film Festival
Planet Earth Award, Cinema Verde Film Festival
Official Selection, Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival

SCREENINGS:
-Opening Night Film, Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital, Washington, D.C.
- Opening Night Film, One World Film Festival, Ottowa, Canada
- Wildscreen International Wildlife and Environmental Film Festival, Bristol, England
- Cine Eco Environmental Film and Video Festival, Portugal
- United Nations Association Film Festival
- Ekotopfilm 2008 Festival, Bratislava, Slovak Republic
- Amazonas Film Festival, Manaus, Brazil
- Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival, Nevada City, CA
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Scarred Lands is a compelling documentary exploring the under-reported environmental impacts of war and preparations for war. The film confronts the immensely broad ecological and human ramifications of everything from technological development and natural resource exhaustion to weapons testing and modern warfare itself.

Ecosystems around the world are in distress from forces of humanity’s own making: increasing population, unsustainable demands on natural resources, habitat and species loss, and climate change. One of the most destructive of human behaviors - war - is not commonly included as a contributor to the growing global environmental crisis.

Yet, in all its stages, from the production of weapons through combat, military operations pollute land, air, and water, destroy entire ecosystems, and drain limited natural resources.

Using archival material from the Civil War through more recent wars, along with expert testimony and eyewitness accounts, the film clearly presents the environmental and human cost of combat, and argues for public scrutiny of the ecological and human impact of war as essential to a more sustainable - and secure - world.

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Special Features
  • Ecosystems, War and Climate Change
  • Environmental Pathways to Peace Building
  • Forging a New Ethic
  • The Top Priority
  • Alice and Lincoln Day Interview

DVD-ROM resources
  • Eco-Footprint of War Guide: a comprehensive resource offering access to more information and to affinity groups


The Special Features and Guide highlight key themes in the film and deepen understanding of the environmental wounds of war.

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Running Time: 47 minutes
G 8-Adult
Sandra Carter

 

 

 

 

- How Life Began. The likely origins of the first living things.
- The Evolution of Man. How early man evolved from other mammals.
- The Origin of Species. The theories of evolution from Lamarck to Darwin.
- A Human Being is Born. The miraculous 9 month journey to the birth of a human child.


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Sandra Carter

 

 

 

 

- Blood and Our Bodies. A look at this most basic life-giving substance
- DNA and Diversity. The microscopic miracle of DNA explained.
- The Complex Cell. How cells function and form living organisms.
- Understanding Viruses. How viruses work and prey on other organisms.


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Sandra Carter

 

 

 

 

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- The Sense of Sight. How animals and insects use their eyes to see.
- The Human Brain. How our brain functions and controls behavior.
- Civilization's Progress. The major landmarks in human progress.
- The Written Word. The evolution of our ability to read.

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Running Time: 47 minutes
G 8-Adult
Sandra Carter

 

 

 

 

- The Animal Kingdom. The many types of animals - from protozoa to mammals.
- The World of Insects. The vast variety of insects that inhabit the earth.
- The Busy Bees. Understanding the behavior and importance of bees.
- A Planet of Plants. A look at the great diversity of plant life.


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Secrets of Science: Planet Earth Our Home
Running Time: 47 minutes
G 8-Adult
Sandra Carter

 

 

 

 

- There's No Place Like Home. An overview of our planet's unique physical and chemical characteristics.
- Polluting our Atmosphere. The causes of air pollution, global warming and ozone destruction.
- Wasting our Planet. How our waste products contaminate.


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Running Time: 47 minutes
G 8-Adult
Sandra Carter

 

 

 

 

This volume of Secrets of Science investigates volcanoes, glaciers, polar caps, and the tropics.

It includes the following segments:
- When Lava Flows examines the different types of volcanoes and how they work.
- Glaciers: The Cold Facts looks at how glaciers have carved our planet.
- The Antarctic: A Frozen World is an exploration of this little known part of our planet.
- The Torrid Tropics focuses on tropical climates


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Running Time: 47 minutes
G 8-Adult
Sandra Carter

 

 

 

 

- An Ocean Overview. A look at the primary characteristics of the world's oceans.
- Life Beneath the Waves. The many forms of life that inhabit our seas.
- Creating our Climate. How weather -- from rain to hurricanes -- is created in our atmosphere.
- Comets: Spectacles in the Sky. A look at what we know about comets.


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Running Time: 47 minutes
G 9-Adult
Sandra Carter

 

 

 

 

- Space Travel. The history of space travel and how rockets work.
- Landing on the Moon. A closer look at the first manned trip to the moon.
- Exploratory Space Probes. How unmanned space probes help us see our universe.
- Star Bright. Understanding the nature of stars.


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Running Time: 47 minutes
G 8-Adult
Sandra Carter

 

 

 

 

- The Four Fundamental Forces. The forces which govern our universe - from gravity to electromagnetism.
- Our Solar System. An exploration of our solar system and its planets.
- The Sun: Source of Life. How the sun works and its importance to us.
- What is Light? A look at the nature of light.


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Running Time: 47 minutes
G 8-Adult
Sandra Carter

 

 

 

 

- Considering Kinematics. Understanding the science of motion.
- Newton's Laws. The three laws which govern the motion of all bodies.
- Electricity: A Current Affair. What is electricity and how is it produced.
- The Physics of Force. A look at the forces which create motion.


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Running Time: 47 minutes
G 8-Adult
Sandra Carter

 

 

 

 

- Elementary Energy. An overview of the many forms of energy.
- Nuclear Energy. A closer look at the process that creates nuclear energy.
- The Combustion Engine. The history of combustion engines and how they work.
- Power from Petroleum. How energy is derived from petroleum

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G 8-Adult
Sandra Carter

 

 

 

 

- Rolling on Land. The evolution of land transportation.
- Sailing on Water. The evolution of transportation on water.
- Flying through the Air. A brief history of air transportation.
- The Magic of Flight. How airplanes fly.


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Running Time: 47 minutes
G 8-Adult
Sandra Carter

 

 

 

 

-About Telescopes. The evolution of telescopes and how they work.
- Focus on Photography. How photography captures images on film.
- Looking into Deep Space. How telescopes and cameras together see far into space.
- On Television. How television works and affects our lives.
- Surrounded by Satellites. The many tasks performed by satellites.


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G 8-Adult
Sandra Carter

 

 

 

 

This title is currently offered on VHS, but can be converted to DVD upon request.

All videos have a running time of 47 minutes.

Video 1: From the Beginning
- How Life Began. The likely origins of the first living things.
- The Evolution of Man. How early man evolved from other mammals.
- The Origin of Species. The theories of evolution from Lamarck to Darwin.
- A Human Being is Born. The miraculous 9 month journey to the birth of a human child.

Video 2: Life's Building Blocks
- Blood and Our Bodies. A look at this most basic life-giving substance.
- DNA and Diversity. The microscopic miracle of DNA explained.
- The Complex Cell. How cells function and form living organisms.
- Understanding Viruses. How viruses work and prey on other organisms.

Video 3: Brain Power
- The Sense of Sight. How animals and insects use their eyes to see.
- The Human Brain. How our brain functions and controls behavior.
- Civilization's Progress. The major landmarks in human progress.
- The Written Word. The evolution of our ability to record knowledge and history.

Video 4: The Life All Around Us
- The Animal Kingdom. The many types of animals - from protozoa to mammals.
- The World of Insects. The vast variety of insects that inhabit the earth.
- The Busy Bees. Understanding the behavior and importance of bees.
- A Planet of Plants. A look at the great diversity of plant life.


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Running Time: 47 minutes
G 8-Adult
Sandra Carter

 

 

 

 

This title is currently offered on VHS, but can be converted to DVD upon request.

All videos have a running time of 47 minutes.

Video 5: Planet Earth, Our Home
- There's No Place Like Home. An overview of our planet's unique physical and chemical characteristics.
- Polluting our Atmosphere. The causes of air pollution, global warming and ozone destruction.
- Wasting our Planet. How our waste products contaminate the earth.
- When the Ground Quakes. What causes earthquakes and how they shape our planet.

Video 6: Earth's Extremes
- When Lava Flows. The different types of volcanoes and how they work.
- Glaciers: The Cold Facts. How glaciers have carved our planet.
- The Antarctic: A Frozen World. An exploration of this little known part of our planet.
- The Torrid Tropics. A look at the warmest spots on earth, from rainforests to deserts.

Video 7: Our Sea and Sky
- An Ocean Overview. A look at the primary characteristics of the world's oceans.
- Life Beneath the Waves. The many forms of life that inhabit our seas.
- Creating our Climate. How weather -- from rain to hurricanes -- is created in our atmosphere.
- Comets: Spectacles in the Sky. A look at what we know about comets.

Video 8: Into Outer Space
- Space Travel. The history of space travel and how rockets work.
- Landing on the Moon. A closer look at the first manned trip to the moon.
- Exploratory Space Probes. How unmanned space probes help us see our universe.
- Star Bright. Understanding the nature of stars.

Video 9: Our Sun and Solar System
- The Four Fundamental Forces. The forces which govern our universe - from gravity to electromagnetism.
- Our Solar System. An exploration of our solar system and its planets.
- The Sun: Source of Life. How the sun works and its importance to us.
- What is Light? A look at the nature of light.



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Sandra Carter

 

 

 

 

This title is currently offered on VHS, but can be converted to DVD upon request.

All videos have a running time of 47 minutes.

Video 10: They Mysteries of Motion and Power
- Considering Kinematics. Understanding the science of motion.
- Newton's Laws. The three laws which govern the motion of all bodies.
- Electricity: A Current Affair. What is electricity and how is it produced.
- The Physics of Force. A look at the forces which create movement.

Video 11: Exploring Energy
- Elementary Energy. An overview of the many forms of energy.
- Nuclear Energy. A closer look at the process that creates nuclear energy.
- The Combustion Engine. The history of combustion engines and how they work.
- Power from Petroleum. How energy is derived from petroleum.

Video 12: Of Wheels and Wings
- Rolling on Land. The evolution of land transportation.
- Sailing on Water. The evolution of transportation on water.
- Flying through the Air. A brief history of air transportation.
- The Magic of Flight. How airplanes fly.

Video 13: Through the Looking Glass
- About Telescopes. The evolution of telescopes and how they work.
- Focus on Photography. How photography captures images on film.
- Looking into Deep Space. How telescopes and cameras together see far into space.
- On Television. How television works and affects our lives.
- Surrounded by Satellites. The many tasks performed by satellites.


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Secrets of Science Full Set
Running Time: 350 minutes
G 8-Adult
Sandra Carter International

 

 

 

 

A 13-Video Encyclopedia of Science.

Travel from the outer edges of our solar system to the darkest depths of our planet's oceans. Watch as the earth is born and life begins. Discover Magazine's Secrets of Science Series is a fascinating and informative way to unlock the mysteries of the world around us. The series provides a clear, concise introduction to more than 50 key science subjects. Secrets of Science makes learning about science and the natural world easy and fun.

Each program is filled with information and illustrated with great visuals and computer graphics.

Beautifully packaged, this wonderful resource contains over 10 hours of programming on 13 videos.

Video 1
From the Beginning
, 47 min.
- How Life Began. The likely origins of the first living things.
- The Evolution of Man. How early man evolved from other mammals.
- The Origin of Species. The theories of evolution from Lamarck to Darwin.
- A Human Being is Born. The miraculous 9 month journey to the birth of a human child.

Video 2
Life's Building Blocks
, 47 min.
- Blood and Our Bodies. A look at this most basic life-giving substance.
- DNA and Diversity. The microscopic miracle of DNA explained.
- The Complex Cell. How cells function and form living organisms.
- Understanding Viruses. How viruses work and prey on other organisms.

Video 3
Brain Power
, 47 min.
- The Sense of Sight. How animals and insects use their eyes to see.
- The Human Brain. How our brain functions and controls behavior.
- Civilization's Progress. The major landmarks in human progress.
- The Written Word. The evolution of our ability to record knowledge and history.

Video 4
The Life All Around Us
, 47 min.
- The Animal Kingdom. The many types of animals - from protozoa to mammals.
- The World of Insects. The vast variety of insects that inhabit the earth.
- The Busy Bees. Understanding the behavior and importance of bees.
- A Planet of Plants. A look at the great diversity of plant life.

Video 5
Planet Earth, Our Home

- There's No Place Like Home. An overview of our planet's unique physical and chemical characteristics.
- Polluting our Atmosphere. The causes of air pollution, global warming and ozone destruction.
- Wasting our Planet. How our waste products contaminate the earth.
- When the Ground Quakes. What causes earthquakes and how they shape our planet.

Video 6
Earth's Extremes
, 47 min.
- When Lava Flows. The different types of volcanoes and how they work.
- Glaciers: The Cold Facts. How glaciers have carved our planet.
- The Antarctic: A Frozen World. An exploration of this little known part of our planet.
- The Torrid Tropics. A look at the warmest spots on earth, from rainforests to deserts.

Video 7
Our Sea and Sky
, 47 min.
- An Ocean Overview. A look at the primary characteristics of the world's oceans.
- Life Beneath the Waves. The many forms of life that inhabit our seas.
- Creating our Climate. How weather -- from rain to hurricanes -- is created in our atmosphere.
- Comets: Spectacles in the Sky. A look at what we know about comets.

Video 8
Into Outer Space
, 47 min.
- Space Travel. The history of space travel and how rockets work.
- Landing on the Moon. A closer look at the first manned trip to the moon.
- Exploratory Space Probes. How unmanned space probes help us see our universe.
- Star Bright. Understanding the nature of stars.

Video 9
Our Sun and Solar System
, 47 min.
- The Four Fundamental Forces. The forces which govern our universe - from gravity to electromagnetism.
- Our Solar System. An exploration of our solar system and its planets.
- The Sun: Source of Life. How the sun works and its importance to us.
- What is Light? A look at the nature of light.

Video 10
They Mysteries of Motion and Power
, 47 min.
- Considering Kinematics. Understanding the science of motion.
- Newton's Laws. The three laws which govern the motion of all bodies.
- Electricity: A Current Affair. What is electricity and how is it produced.
- The Physics of Force. A look at the forces which create movement.

Video 11
Exploring Energy
, 47 min.
- Elementary Energy. An overview of the many forms of energy.
- Nuclear Energy. A closer look at the process that creates nuclear energy.
- The Combustion Engine. The history of combustion engines and how they work.
- Power from Petroleum. How energy is derived from petroleum.

Video 12
Of Wheels and Wings
, 47 min.
- Rolling on Land. The evolution of land transportation.
- Sailing on Water. The evolution of transportation on water.
- Flying through the Air. A brief history of air transportation.
- The Magic of Flight. How airplanes fly.

Video 13
Through the Looking Glass
, 47 min.
- About Telescopes. The evolution of telescopes and how they work.
- Focus on Photography. How photography captures images on film.
- Looking into Deep Space. How telescopes and cameras together see far into space.
- On Television. How television works and affects our lives.
- Surrounded by Satellites. The many tasks performed by satellites.


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Secrets of the Bay
Running Time: 28 minutes
All Ages
Judy Irving Chris Beaver

 

 

 

Broadcast on PBS

 

Secrets of the Bay reveals the importance of the San Francisco Bay as a habitat for both wildlife and humans.

Take a tour of the Bay and discover its fabulous wildlife hidden among the six million human inhabitants of the Bay's shore —- an endangered peregrine falcon nesting on the Bay Bridge...baby harbor seals learning to crawl into their marshland napping areas...a lovesick bird on a most unlikely “lover's lane”...and a beautiful shorebird ballet featuring slow-motion photography of pelicans, avocets, and a supporting cast of thousands.

Secrets of the Bay also showcases the human “critters” who revel in the bay -- Frank Quan, the last of the Chinese shrimp fishermen...and the fearless (some would say crazy) swimmers who “escape from Alcatraz” every New Year's Day.

Narrated by Jan Yanehiro, with original music by Emmy-Award-winning composer Gary Remal Malkin, Secrets of the Bay is a film to view again and again, a souvenir for visitors and a reminder for residents that San Francisco Bay is truly a national treasure to be cherished and protected for generations to come.

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Smart Growth
Running Time: 17 minutes
G 10-Adult
Carl Costello

 

 

 

 

When you preserve community character, protect open space and the environment, strengthen the local economy, and use tax payers dollars efficiently, then you are accomplishing Smart Growth! If you see community open space being lost, local businesses failing, your air quality deteriorating, and your commute time doubling, these are symptoms resulting from land development patterns that are expensive, inefficient, and socially isolating.

In Smart Growth we are treated to the comments, analysis, and illustrations of nine urban analysts, planners, designers, developers, and city officials. They show us in seven communities across the U.S. the value of mixed land uses, walkable neighborhoods, compact design, resource efficiency, open space, investment in existing communities, and transportation choices.


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Sound of the Violin in My Lai
Running Time: 30 minutes
G 9-Adult
Roy (Mike) Boehm, Tran Van Thuy

 

"This [film] is not to reopen wounds but to reopen minds. This film will serve the cause of mankind for many generations." U.S. Ambassador to Viet Nam ‘Pete’ Peterson

 

- Best Short Film, Asia Pacific Film Festival, "the oldest in the world."

 

 

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A short, compelling film that examines the history and legacy of the My Lai massacre, an incident of the Vietnam War in which hundreds of Vietnamese civilians were massacred by U.S. Army soldiers. The film investigates the effects of the massacre, centering on the return of American soldiers Hugh Thompson and Larry Colburn to My Lai on the 30th anniversary of the event.

Roy M. (Mike) Boehm is Chair of the My Lai Peace Park project in Vietnam. The sound of Mike's violin as he played it at the Park's dedication expresses his anguish and sorrow, and his inspiration of Vietnamese forgiveness and understanding. As a former American soldier in Vietnam, at eighteen he found horror, misery, and death.

This is the true story of the massacre at My Lai, the rescue of some Vietnamese by American helicopter pilots, and the reunion of former enemies thirty years later.

As one Vietnamese man said after seeing the film, "This is a film that both Vietnamese and Americans can watch with emotion, but without being divided, and therefore a film that can unite us in looking forward to a future where such things are never repeated."


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Sound of the Soul
Running Time: 70 minutes
Gr. 7-Adult
Stephen Olsson, CEM Productions
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"A heartwarming tribute to religious diversity and tolerance. It is satisfying to know that there are places where religious diversity is still accepted and appreciated."
- Anthropology Review Database

“The intersection between spirituality and world music is pinpointed in Sound of the Soul, a handsome documentary about the Fez Festival in Morocco. The event offers attendees a platform where they can tie together music and faith as a universal bond... The main attraction is the lineup of frequently astonishing acts glimpsed and (more importantly) heard. Intensely rhythmic and ecstatic... Wide-format DV lensing and sound recording are first-rate.”
-Dennis Harvey, VARIETY

“A moving testament to the healing power of music, Sound of the Soul offers a microcosmic vision of what a culture of tolerance can achieve and gives hope that such an approach might spread to the world outside Fez.”
- Kellen Quinn, Tribeca Film Festival

“There’s a moment in Sound of the Soul when you stop looking at the subtitles. No matter your religion or lack thereof, it’s no longer about the words or deities or beliefs, but rather the transcendent power of music.
- The Boston Globe

 

 

 

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In a world increasingly polarized by religious conflicts and violence, SOUND OF THE SOUL is a timely and profound journey of understanding and hope.

The film presents a vivid portrait of Fez, Morocco, an historically open-minded and tolerant Arab city, with its annual Fez Festival of World Music. This unusual event invites Muslim, Christian and Jewish men and women from around the world to share their varied spiritual traditions through musical performances at the city's historic sites.

SOUND OF THE SOUL captures the multi¬faceted nature of this extraordinary celebration by deftly weaving together vibrant concert footage with insightful commentary from musicians and an international symposium of philosophers, scientists and spiritual leaders.

An ideal tool for any classroom or study group looking to further explore the issues of globalization, comparative cultures or religious tolerance. Also a valuable addition to any library, this comprehensive product can also be used to supplement coursework on topics ranging from world music to sociology to African studies.

SPECIAL EDITION

This Special Edition DVD includes additional music performances, interviews with political and spiritual leaders on globalization, and interfaith discussions from Fez and the Tribeca Film Festival. Bonus Features include an introduction to World Music, a visual tour of Fez and the Moroccan landscape, and reactions from the festival audience. ROM features include links and documents on world music, interfaith engagement, travel to Fez, and personal transformation and experience.

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"**** Four stars. A valuable addition to any school or public library collection."
- Video Rating Guide for Libraries

"Inspiring and enjoyable simultaneously. Plunges viewers into the topic of the global effects of our individual actions."
- School Library Journal

"**** Four stars. An excellent introduction to environmental issues...thoughtful, positive and informative...."
- Children's Video Review

 

- 1992 National Emmy Awards
- Best Non-Theatrical Film, U.S. Environmental Film Festival
- Best Classroom Film, 7th
- 12th Grade, National Educational Film & Video Festival

 

 



Kids eating burgers in Los Angeles. Surfers in Australia. Indians in the Amazon. What in the world do they have in common?

Spaceship Earth is a unique program demonstrating the amazing interdependence of human, natural, and technological systems. Hosted entirely by young people, this unusual video travels the world examining three of today's most critical environmental issues: deforestation, global warming, and ozone depletion. These abstract concepts are made immediate and personally relevant. With increased understanding and awareness, viewers are challenged to "get involved and make a difference."

Spaceship Earth features international rock star Sting, an articulate spokesman for the rainforests. The program is an excellent discussion starter, fast-paced, factual, and entertaining.


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Stand Up, Speak Out
Running Time: 26 minutes
G 9-Adult
Margaret Brodkin

 

 

 

 

This is a remarkable illustration of community organization and the empowerment of parents and youth. It is an inspiring example of democracy in action. It is a success story of making a city a better place to live. The video chronicles how young mothers learn the skill of political advocacy as they organize their community. Comes with a quick guide to civic involvement for parents and youth and a supplemental information and discussion guide for use with the video.

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Running Time: 25 minutes
G 10-Adult
Laurien Towers

 

"Provocative and unusual...."
- Leonard Maltin, Entertainment Tonight

 

 

 

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As the first U.S./Soviet animated co-production, Stereotypes blends full-cell animation and live action in a witty parody of the superpowers' traditional views of one another.

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Survivors
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Survivors is the first English-language film in which Japanese-American survivors caught in the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki describe in their own words what they saw and felt when the bombs dropped. It remains one of the most eloquent and powerful testimonials available to the devastating consequences of nuclear war and a vivid plea to learn from this experience so that it will never happen again.

Sustainable Futures
Running Time: 39 minutes
G 10-Adult
Ian Murray
2/11/02; no study guide per Video Transform.

 

 

 

 

Sustainable Futures takes us to seven different locations in three countries where there are demonstrations of local community efforts toward sustainability.

- French farmers at Ruisseau St Esperit, Canada share their insights. In El Paso, Texas activists are teaching farm workers about the dangers of pesticides.
- In Chicago, Friends of the River are finding that native Chicagoans are eager to help clean up the river and its banks.
- In Chulapa and Salto de San Anton, Mexico we find educators and activists working to create sustainable communities.
- The Aldergrove-Bellingham community segment shows a team of Canadians and Americans working together to restore and regenerate a stream.

Each segment demonstrates the enthusiasm and the personal satisfaction that is engendered by the participants who are working together for the common purpose of upgrading their environment and surroundings. Address and phone numbers of project leaders are included.


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Running Time: 15 minutes
G 9-Adult
David Conover

 

 

 

 

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Fishermen tell the story of the Maine cod fishery, which has never been worse than the present, and the lobster fishery, which has never been better. Archival footage shows that lobster harvests have not always been so abundant. Fifty years ago they also crashed.

Since then a conservation ethic has evolved within the industry. Now lobster harvesters speak with pride of their booming industry. Using aquaculture, cod fishermen have begun to work with scientists to enhance stocks. If cod returns, how can harvesters work to conserve the resource upon which they depend?


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Terminator Tomatoes
Running Time: 6 minutes
All Ages
Suzanne Twining

 

"Recommended . . . Should libraries purchase this film? Absolutely!"
- Educational Media Reviews Online

"Recommended . . . this thought provoking fable should provide solid grist for the discussion mill."
- Video Librarian

 

- Nominated for The Golden Starfish Award for Best Short, The Hamptons International Film Festival, 2001
- Winner of Highest Honorable Mention, Earthvision Environmental Film and Video Festival, 2001

 

- PBS Oregon
- Portland Cable Access
- Local PBS Chicago

 

- Ecofemme: Feminism & Environmental Film Festival
- Cornell University Environmental Film Festival
- Planet In Focus: Toronto International Environmental Film Festival
- Green Reel Film Festival

Terminator Tomatoes is a five minute animated film about the dangers of biologically altered seeds and produce. Shot on 35 mm color film, and using stop-motion animation puppets and miniature sets, the film tells the story of a small time farmer who gets too involved with a chemical corporation's idea of a tomato.

The purpose of the film is to raise the public's awareness of genetically modified foods and to speculate where this technology is headed.


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Running Time: 53 minutes
G 4-10
Victoria Costello

 

"An engaging hour that entertains as it promotes environmentalism."
- TV Guide

"Education is the key to environmentalism. And education is what this production delivers."
- Max Oelschlaeger, Chairman, Environmental Studies Program, University of North Texas

 

 

 

This video explores the reasons why so many of the Earth's animal species have been put on the endangered species list. Among them are North America's grizzly bear, Africa's elephants and that amazing international traveler, the sea turtle. With exquisite wildlife footage, five songs by Kenny Loggins, Shanice and Gloria Estefan and "eco-tips" for viewers, This Island Earth is both entertainment and a call to action.

The program is divided into six segments for classroom use: biological diversity, balance between species, the food chain, global warming, crisis of the oceans and activism.


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Think Twice
Running Time: 7 minutes
G 7-12
Malory Graham

 

"Highly Recommended. A lot of good information aimed at a realistic, common sense approach to relationships, consumption, and our environment. Although short, this video is packed with enough information and ideas to spark hours of research and discussion about our propensity for 'things' and its impact on people and the environment."
- School Library Journal (Chosen as video of the month.)

"One of the ten best educational films of the year."
- Video Librarian

"Very Highly Recommended! Compelling. This video delivers a powerful message. Extremely useful in facilitating classroom discussion."
- Educational Media Reviews Online

"Think Twice weaves an authentic vision of what it's like to be a teen in today's information-rich world. With it's rapid-fire visuals and data-driven narratives woven into the daily lives of two urban teens, this short film goes where many public awareness videos have not. Teens watching this video have access to a two-way mirror - one side exposing the ramifications of various consumer choices, the other inviting honest reflection about what they're really willing to abandon."
- Nancy Leonhardt, Media Instructor. Foster High School, Seattle

"Think Twice is smart, funny, and relevant. Sound environmental research and "real-life" teens make for a compelling look at the ecological consequences of our everyday actions. The topic is serious, but the presentation is refreshingly hip".
- Eric de Place, Northwest Environment Watch

"Think Twice is a fast-paced, hard-hitting look at consumption from a teen point of view...wil leave viewers wanting more!"
- Marcia Rutan, Snohomish Co.Solid Waste Mangament Division, Washington

"Created by teens, for teens, Think Twice entertains while it educates. The video combines creative filming with slick editing to tell the story of how every day choices can cause pollution and create waste. Viewers can't help but re-think old habits and consider how to do their part to protect the environment."
- Kristin Hall, Environmental Protection Agency

 

"Chosen as one of best 10 films of the year."
- (ALA) Young Adult Library Services Magazine

"Video of the week" Feb 2004
- School Library Journal

Second Place, Environmental Sustainablity
- EarthVision 2004

 

 

- Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival
- East Lansing Children's Film Festival
- EarthVision 2004

Jessica likes Jeremy. He's got nice clothes and really nice shoes, and he's "almost" 6 feet tall. Jeremy Thompson is a high school senior who reflects that "lately, the American dream has changed from life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, to life, liberty and the accumulation of stuff."

Follow Jeremy and Jessica, his high school sweet-heart to be, through a typical day at school in this clever, fast-paced look at the issue of teenage consumption. Find out what today's average teenage girl spends $18,695.24 on in her lifetime: some hints, it's not food or clothes. See where the components in your TV and stereo come from and trace the environmental impact of their production. Learn about the effects of accelerated teenage consumption, and discover simple things to keep in mind every day to have a positive impact on our planet.

"Of course you need to buy things to live and enjoy life" says Jessica "but do we really need so much?" Find out why we should all Think Twice - because after all, as these flirty seniors decide, "the pursuit of happiness isn't really about the stuff we own, it's about the stuff we're made of, it's about connections to our dreams, to each other, to our world."

Created in collaboration with a high school classroom, this video uses the voices of real teens to question the motivation behind current levels of consumption in the United States, and is sure to facilitate classroom discussion about the causes and effects of this modern American issue.


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Three Mile Island Revisited
Running Time: 30 minutes
G 10-Adult
Steve Jambeck

 

"Makes a chilling case that people did die as a result of Three Mile Island and that...the illness and the dying continues."
- Earth Island Journal

 

- Silver Award, Worldfest
- Houston International Film Festival
- Director's Citation, Black Maria Film Festival

 

 

This documentary directly challenges the claim of the nuclear industry and the government that "no one died" from the partial meltdown of the Three Mile Island nuclear power plan in 1979, America's worst nuclear disaster.

Through the testimony of area residents and scientists, the documentary represents compelling evidence that cancer deaths and birth defects increased in the area surrounding the Pennsylvania plant.

The film reveals that the utility which owns the nuclear plant has been quietly awarding damages to hundreds of local residents who have brought suits, despite its insistence that no one was harmed.

Produced by an award-winning investigative reporter and an Emmy Award-winning TV cameraman, Three-Mile Island Revisited digs into a nightmare that has received little attention from mainstream media.


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Running Time: 17 minutes
G 6-12
Becky Wike

 

"The best video I've seen for teenagers. Multicultural and upbeat, Tina's Journal comes from a teenager's experiential perspective."
- Susan Kattchee, Source Reduction and Recycling Program Manager, West Contra Costa County Waste Management Authority

"High school science teachers searching for a resource that models effective student involvement in problem solving and community activism need look no further than this marvelous film."
- The Science Teacher

 

 

 

Contemporary and upbeat, Tina's Journal is an inspiring introduction for urban and suburban teenagers to waste reduction, resource conservation and recycling, offering a variety of practical ideas and tips for individual and group action. After her class visits the local garbage dump, Tina, an energetic teenager, becomes concerned about how much our society wastes and throws away.

Through visits to a recycling center, a hazardous waste disposal facility, and local stores and businesses, she discovers how we can better conserve our natural resources and protect the environment by reducing the amount of waste we generate, recycling a wide range of items, and using recycled products. With humor and insight, Tina records what she learns in her personal journal and in a video she creates for her class. Her experiences motivate her to get involved with other students in practicing the three "R's" at her school, and to encourage her own family to take waste prevention and recycling seriously.


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Times Beach, Missouri
Running Time: 57 minutes
G 10-Adult
Bob Hercules

 

"Highly recommended. Times Beach, Missouri is part bizarre Americana, part condemnation of the roles the EPA and CDC played in the Times Beach disaster, and part cautionary tale about the dangers of toxic pollution."
-Video Librarian

 

- Silver Hugo, Chicago International Film Festival
- Best Documentary, Brooklyn Arts Council Festival
- Certificate of Merit, San Francisco International Film Festival
- Finalist, EarthPeace/Vermont Int'l Film Festival

 

 

Times Beach, Missouri was a small, low-income town of 2,240 residents in St. Louis County. In 1973, roads in rural Times Beach, Missouri were sprayed with oil to control the dust. Ten years later, it was discovered that this seemingly harmless oil contained the hazardous chemical waste dioxin. It was the largest civilian exposure to dioxin in the United States.

People in white insulated spacesuits with an array of testing devices descended on the town and the residents were "treated like pariahs...don't go near 'em." Eventually, the federal government was forced to condemn, totally evacuate, and buy its first toxic town.

Through archival footage, interviews with former residents, government officials, media and legal analysts and others, the story of the town's fate is told and significant questions are raised about judgments made by the government, chemical industry, and media.


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A Time to Act for Family Farms
Running Time: 28 minutes
G 9-Adult
Michael Sheridan

 

 

 

 

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This thoughtful analysis of the crisis in America's small farms is more than a history of the dissolution of the "family farm" competing with the factory farms of giant corporate conglomerates. It compares practices in soil conservation, animal husbandry, quality of product, and fair labor practices.

There is also an excellent illustration of the new type of family farm run by multiple families, which generates a wide variety of sustainable cash crops all year. This is a sobering examination of the negative effects of industrial agriculture contrasted with the new and encouraging examples of sustainable and cooperative farming.


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Running Time: 12 minutes
G 1-6
Ben Swets, Donna Worden

 

"Delightful...I would recommend it to anybody...."
- Del Biaggi, Director, Bureau of Sanitation, City of Los Angeles

 

 

 

This video shows children teaching grown-ups to recycle. A 12 year old girl's curiosity leads her to challenge her mother's disposal habits. This innocent conflict denies their garbage man his familiar load of cans, bottles, plastic and paper. Soon all of Tinka's young neighbors contribute to the act. They prevent any reluctant parent from tossing what can be reused or recycled. Their trip to the recycling center is filled with meaning.

In the words of children, spiced with lively music and colorful illustrations, viewers hear how plants and animals everywhere benefit from simple habits we all can adopt.


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Running Time: 28 minutes
G 9-Adult
Margot Smith

 

"It captured the energy and focus of an important and historic event"
- Movies on a Shoestring/Rochester Int'l Film Festival"

'Smith's video makes us aware of the tremendous challenges facing women everywhere but at the same time gives us hope for a better world through the words of her interviewees, all of them women of strength, vision, courage and practicality."
- Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times

 

 

 

Narrated by Bella Abzug.

From the largest gathering of women in history emerges images of an awe-inspiring global movement of women working to improve their communities. The Beijing Conference produced the strongest consensus on women's equality, empowerment and justice ever endorsed by governments.

To Empower Women is a moving tribute to the multitude of actions women everywhere are taking right now.


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Running Time: 35 minutes
G 11-Adult
John Seed, R.G. Steinman

 

 

 

 

For anyone who does not know Ram Das or John Seed, they are in for a remarkable and inspiring journey. With spirit, presence, and genius, both of these speakers open a window into a world that few of us see. It is from this perspective that Ram Dass asks John Seed questions based on his writing, his activism, and his seminars on Deep Ecology.

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Running Time: 28 minutes
G 8-Adult
Merran Smith

 

 

 

 

This is the story of a North American recycling specialist who expects to share his expertise with the citizens of El Salvador, the second most environmentally devastated country in the western hemisphere. Instead he is deeply impressed with the many practical and ingenious methods which the common people are using to reclaim their land, their water, and their forests.

75,000 trees are being planted in the "Forest of Reconciliation" in memory of each person who died in their civil war. This reforestation will help control erosion, provide wildlife habitat, and restore aquifers. Communities are visited where bicycles are employed for pumping water, grinding grain, and compressing air; solar ovens are being used to save firewood; and natural local materials are collected to build houses and compost toilets. The Salvadorans' ideas, insights, and hopeful spirit can be applied anywhere.


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Running Time: 25 minutes
G 6-Adult
Gene Bernofsky

 

 

- Merit Award, Conservation Message at 1998 Int'l Wildlife Film Festival
- Award of Excellence, Best of the Northwest

 

 

This beautiful and thoughtful program documents the grandeur and serenity of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and its flora and fauna. It presents the feelings, judgements and actions of visitors, neighbors and long time environmental activists to its possible demise. The beauty of the Okefenokee is contrasted with the projected development of a massive titanium mine which was scheduled to be built for 30 miles right next to the park by the Dupont Company.

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Troubled Waters: The Dilemma of Dams
Running Time: 53 minutes
G 9-Adult
Beth & George Gage

 

"Combining beautiful cinematography, touching remembrances, and passionate arguments on both sides of the issue, this thought-provoking program is recommended."
- Video Librarian

"This film opens up a brand new chapter on conservation history: eradicating the mistakes that we have made. The film, through poetry, prose and site specific arguments, awakens people to the possibility of the act of restoration and envisioning something that once was."
- Bruce Babbit, Former Secretary of the Interior

 

- Platinum Award in Nature & Wildlife, Worldfest International Film Festival
- Best Documentary, Crested Butte Reel Fest
- Best Conservation Film, Telluride Mountainfilm Festival
- First Prize, Earthvision Environmental Film Festival

 

 

- Taos Mountain Film
- DC Environmental Film Festival
- Hazel Wolfe Environmental Film Festival
- Wild and Scenic Film Festival
- Telluride Mountain Film Festival

From the creators of the award-winning film Fire on the Mountain. Depending on whom you ask, the United States has between 75,000 and 2,500,000 dams. Many have outlived their usefulness.

This film takes a personal, passionate, and controversial look at dams, where commerce is served but nature destroyed. Blending still photos with archival and new footage, the film considers environmental, cultural, economic, and spiritual arguments for and against decommissioning dams, arguing that dams divorce a river from its eco-system, thereby destroying biodiversity and the river's habitat.

Compelling and informative, the film's voices come from a cross section of people intimately involved with dam and river issues, many of whom you will recognize. Featuring legendary conservationist David Brower, Former Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbit, and well-known Glen Canyon performer and activist Katie Lee, this film raises the question of how much economic value we should extract from our rivers before we've given up too much of the earth's wild beauty. Featuring music by Don Henley.


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G 7-Adult
Jonathan Schwartz
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"Recommended."
- Science Books & Films

 

 

 

Once America's most polluted waterfront, Boston Harbor is visibly cleaner. This turn-around is thanks to a high profile treatment facility piping sewage, up to a billion and a half gallons per day, through a huge tunnel to a site ten miles off shore. Is this the solution, or a gamble risking the offshore environment? Tunnel Visions: Volume I, reveals the series of events that led to the current controversy.

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Running Time: 28 minutes
G 7-Adult
Jonathan Schwartz
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"Recommended."
- Science Books & Films

 

 

 

The high-profile treatment facility built to clean Boston's Harbor has generated wide debate. Is it a safe means of waste disposal? Will it endanger the marine environment? Animation and dramatic underwater footage illustrate the controversies which divide the scientific community over the tunnel's impact, from red tides to Right Whales.

Tunnel Visions Volume II reveals painful choices imbedded in all public works projects and considers alternatives faced by every municipality adjacent to a body of water.


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Running Time: 15 minutes
G 9-Adult
David Conover

 

 

 

 

This title is currently offered on VHS, but can be converted to DVD upon request.

Scientists explore marine ecosystems that are changing as a result of ever-growing fishing pressures. This case study and its compelling underwater footage document how the harvest of sea urchins off the coast of Maine impacts other species in that marine community. Scientist-divers track predator-prey balances and life cycle events such as spawning. By studying a complete ecosystem as well as species life cycles, the methods, timing and location of harvest can be adjusted to promote sustainable practices.


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Running Time: 30 minutes
G 9-Adult
Catherine Wanek

 

 

 

 

Does turning a vacant lot into an edible jungle sound like an impossible dream? Not to Dr. Bill Roley, founder of the Permaculture Institute of Southern California. Dr. Roley leads us across two urban landscapes, designed for creating sustainable human environments, while sharing low-cost strategies of how to turn a vacant lot into an edible jungle. The video shows how Permaculture can be applied in an urban setting, from planting fruit trees along a street corridor to channeling rainwater onto perennials instead of into a storm drain..

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Running Time: 32 minutes
G 9-Adult
Rory O'Connor

 

 

 

 



Human rights abuses aren't just happening in other countries. Amnesty International has reported nine areas of violation in North America. This video looks at several concerns: Civil Rights. Excerpts from "Freedom on My Mind" focus on a critical civil rights struggle of the 60's, with relevance for today.

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Velocity
Running Time: 32 minutes
G 10-Adult
Michelle Voss

 

"Powerful...encourages people to become aware, take action, and be part of the clean energy future."
- School Library Journal

"Although Americans comprise only 5% of the world's population, they consume over 1/3 of its electricity. Given the depletion of fossil fuels, global population growth, and increased environmental deterioration, the time is well overdue for the U.S. to begun implementing sustainable energy.

Michelle Voss's Velocity offers a serious but hopeful look at how this might be accomplished, introducing viewers to terms such as "natural capitalism" and "economic externality," ideas that link the heatlth of the planet and its people to the profits businesses seek.

Pointing out that true costs reach far beyond money (including quality of life and even international relations and conflicts), the program serves up real-life examples of succesful and profitable business models, from lucrative West Texas "wind ranches" to a beer brewery that uses all alternative (non fossil-fuel) energy sources. Boasting Excellent cinematography, editing and graphics, this timely wake-up call is recommended. "
- Video Librarian

"Velocity picks up where environmental films left off thirty years ago, thoroughly illustrating the benefits of alternative energy sources for our economy and for our environment. This is first-rate filmmaking with elegant cinematography and a compelling story. Velocity is indispensable for educators who want to introduce concepts of sustainability and new ways of looking at the world."
- Marshall Frech, Director, Texas Environmental Center

 

- First Place, Alternative Energy, EarthVision 2004

 

 

- Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival
- EarthVision 2004
- Earth Day Sonoma 2004
- Siskiyou International Film Festival 2005
- Mill Valley Environmental Film Festival 2005

A powerful message of optimism, Velocity travels from the U.S. to Europe exploring clean energy production and the increasing economic advantages of wind power. Illustrating how sustainable economic development must include the protection of our fragile natural and human resources, this film shows us how wind energy has not only reduced the impact of pollution from burning fossil fuels, but has also created billions of dollars in economic development across the Northern Hemisphere.

Also including segments on 100% Wind-Powered Beer at New Belgium Brewery, green building, hyper-efficient cars and a potential hydrogen economy, this film further examines how sustainability benefits us now, and how this benefit promises to grow exponentially in the future. Pairing insightful interviews with stunning 16mm film footage of aerial landscapes and giant wind turbines,

Velocity forges a passage into our sustainable future, and provides us with the promise we all need to step out in action and take part in the clean energy revolution.


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The Venus Theory
Running Time: 52 minutes
G 10-Adult
Pasi Toiviainen

 

"Recommended. Looks at scientific research — particularly the pioneering work of Dr. Charles Keeling begun over 50 years ago — that demonstrates how human activities, notably our increased burning of fossil fuels, are helping create a blanket of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that traps gases and vapors, leading to the 'greenhouse effect' and global warming. Our 'sister' planet Venus is cited as an example, in which natural events created 'runaway' global warming, making life unsustainable. This documentary is sure to spark discussion."
- Video Librarian

"Highly recommended. A very interesting film, from the perspective of scientists and environmentalists."
- Educational Media Reviews Online

 

 

- Finish TV National Broadcast
- Special Jury Award for Best Documentary, 21st International TV Science Programme Festival, Paris, France

 

- Toronto Planet In Focus International Documentary Festival
- 21st International TV Science Programme Festival, Paris, France
- FICMA International Film Festival, Barcelona, Spain
- Monte Carlo International TV Festival, Monte Carlo, France
Featuring the pioneering work of world renowned scientist Dr. Charles Keeling, The Venus Theory clearly explains the science behind global warming.

Dr. Keeling's recordings of carbon dioxide at the Mauna Loa Observatory first alerted the world to the possibility of anthropogenic contribution to the "greenhouse effect" and global warming. His research showed that the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide has grown from 315 ppm in 1958 to 380 in 2005, with the increases correlated to fossil fuel emissions.

The film interviews leading scientists from around the world who present their projections that the Earth may warm 4-10 degrees by the end of the century, and what consequences this holds for our planet and various species, including humankind.

Our "sister" planet Venus is cited as an example in which natural events created "runaway" global warming, making life impossible. The scientists explore whether the Earth's temperature may one day equal that of Venus.

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Waco: The Rules of Engagement
Running Time: 136 minutes
G 10-Adult
Amy Sommer

 

"Two Thumbs Up!"
- Siskel & Ebert

"Waco is remarkable".
- Stephen Holden, New York Times

"It is the documentary that will not go away."
- Robert Healy, Boston Globe

"An informative voice in the spin-controlled darkness."
- Desson Howe, Washington Post

"I think that anyone who thinks they know what happened at Waco has another thing coming."
- Roger Ebert

"Highly Recommeneded!"
- Educational Media Reviews Online

 

- Acadamy Award Nomination
- Named one of the year's best films in The Los Angeles Times, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, L.A. Weekly and the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
- Winner of the prestigious International Documentary Association Award

 

- BBC Channel 4
- HBO
- STARZ
- Link TV
- Free Speech TV
- SBS Australia

 

Waco: The Rules of Engagement is the first full-length documentary film to present the complete picture of the series of events outside Waco, Texas during 1993 that resulted in the shooting of 4 federal agents and the deaths of 86 men, women, and children of the Branch Davidian religious sect.

Waco: The Rules of Engagement is a highly detailed examination of the interaction between David Koresh, his members, and Federal Law Enforcement. It shows how the FBI misled the public and American political leaders in order to focus overwhelming force on a group whose diversity of race, national origin, and apocalyptic religious beliefs made its members easy targets for lethal abuse of civil and human rights.

Gripping and deeply thought provoking, the film provides America with something it truly needs - an opportunity to review the historical record of events at Waco. The findings raise doubts about the FBI's version of the story and their larger role in similar instances of law enforcement.


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Water Cycle
Running Time: 28 minutes
G 9-Adult
Nancy Brink, Rick Jaffe

 

"Spectacular scenery is matched by an intriguing story of water wars and Fenvironmental action. Engaging...documentary filmmaking that combines art and purpose."
- Prof. John Walton, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Davis

"The Water Cycle will be a valuable addition to any educational film library. It can be used in any course that considers resource conflicts or political involvement...The science...is effectively presented and well-documented."
- Katharine Widmer, Science Teacher & National Tandy Scholar

 

- Gold Apple, National Educational Film & Video Festival
- Finalist, Birmingham Int'l Educational Film Festival

 

 

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The Water Cycle focuses on Mono Lake, one million years-old and the oldest continually existing lake in North America. Since 1941, much of the lake's water has been diverted to Los Angeles, over 300 miles to the south.

As part of a two-decade-long campaign to save the lake, committed bicyclists make a six-day pilgrimage from L.A. every summer. The history of water wars, underlying issues of resource use, development, and individual action are all examined. Study guide included.


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Running Time: 30 minutes
G 8-12
Video Director

 

"***** Five stars."
- Video Rating Guide for Libaries

"Highly Recommended. A revealing program on environmental tragedy."
- Video Librarian

"Thought provoking...a fine introduction to this complex problem."
- School Library Journal

"Recommended. Well filmed...this video raises disturbing questions and offers hope...."
- Library Journal

"Recommended. The directors do an excellent job of piecing together footage to create a smooth running video that truly captures the essence of the topic. Through interviews, tours and sad stories, the viewer is able to get a sense of the enormity of the impact of dumping toxins into the river. "
- Educational Media Reviews Online

 

- CINE Golden Eagle
- Jurors Award, New York Film Expo
- Bronze Award, Columbus International Film Festival

 

 

This revealing video is essential for anyone concerned with environmental justice. America's historic Mississippi River has become a 2,300-mile toxic waterway. Over half the industrial toxic waste discharged into American lakes and streams is dumped directly into the Mississippi.

Cancer and mortality rates are among the highest in the nation along the chemical corridor stretching from Baton Rouge to New Orleans. Entire towns have been shuttered as the direct result of unchecked air and ground water pollution. Study guide included.


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G 8-Adult
Ted White

 

"...this festive look at the burgeoning movement is a fine invitation to join the freewheeling crowds-or at least cheer from the sidewalk to encourage the demise of fossil-fueled tyranny."
- Sierra Magazine

"We Are Traffic captures the social experience of mass rides and also the social message that they give voice to."
- Bike Culture Quarterly

"...Ted White beautifully captures the energy and spirit of this worldwide social movement."
- Prachel Slocum, Professor of Geography, Clark University

 

- First Prize, EarthVision 2002 Film Festival

 

 

- Planet in Focus, Toronto International Environmetnal Film Festival
- Olympia Film Festival
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From the filmmaker who coined the phrase "Critical Mass" in the early nineties in the documentary entitled Return of the Scorcher, comes We are Traffic. A chronicle of the history and development of the "Critical Mass" bicycle movement, We Are Traffic depicts a spirited and dynamic movement of the otherwise apathetic 90s. Now established in over 100 cities in 14 countries, Critical Mass is, for many bicycle enthusiasts, a monthly ritual of riding en masse, forming a swarm of pedal-power in an attempt to reclaim the streets.

We Are Traffic tracks this leaderless, grassroots movement from its beginnings in San Francisco in 1992 to its spread across the globe. Provocative and entertaining, this documentary presents a side of Critical Mass not seen in mainstream media. The video documents both the successes and failures of this unique movement and provides a fascinating analysis of a modern political movement challenging all the norms. Featured are shots of Critical Mass in action in Texas, Oregon, New York, London and even as far away as Sydney, Australia.


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Running Time: 24 minutes
G 9-Adult
Sharon Genasci

 

 

- Gold Medal Winner, Houston International Film Festival

 

 

This video follows the powerful public protests which lead to the successful closure of the medical incinerator at the V.A. hospital in Seattle. All over the United States neighborhood groups are organizing to protect themselves toxins that have been scientifically proven to be major contributors to an array of increasingly common diseases.

What's In Our Air? follows homegrown groups of organized citizens from the recognition of the fact that toxics in their air are affecting their families, through the process of gathering samples extracted from air near their homes, all the way through the challenge until this problem is solved. This is a definitive example of effective citizen action a telling inquiry into the issue of calculated placement of polluting plants in areas where polluters least expect organized measures by local citizens.


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When the Salmon Run Dry
Running Time: 51 minutes
G 9-12
Nick Freeman, John de Graaf

 

"A lyrical creation with...a powerful impact. A fine piece on a controversial subject."
- Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"**** Four stars. Highly recommended. A well-balanced report...the photography is superb."
- Video Rating Guide for Libraries

"Highly Recommended. Some of the statistics presented have changed slightly over time, but sadly, the video still remains exceptionally relevant. By presenting varying passionate viewpoints of multiple stakeholders, the video effectively captures the complexity of salmon recovery. "
- Educational Media Reviews Online

 

- 5 Regional Emmy Awards: Best Documentary, Best Writing,Best Directing, Best Photography
- First Place, Best of the West Competition
- First Place, Washington Press Association Awards
- Blue Ribbon, 1993 American Film & Video Festival

 

 


The great salmon runs of the Columbia River teeter on the edge of extinction. This Emmy Award-winning film examines the impact of human development - dams, logging, and fishing - on the salmon population of the Pacific Northwest. It profiles a classic tale of the conflict between development and preserving endangered species.

Competing interests discuss their perspectives: environmentalists, farmers, fishermen, utilities managers, and biologists. Features a Native American sacred salmon ceremony.

Though produced in the 1990's the film is as relevant today as when it was first made.

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When the Spill Hit Homer
Running Time: 27 minutes
G 7-Adult
Edith Becker

 

"This moving video provides the human side of the disaster missing from the corporate propaganda and mainstream news media."
- Rethinking Schools

"A quality addition to environmental science collections."
- School Library Journal

"**** Four stars. Highly recommended. It belongs in both public and educational collections."
- Video Rating Guide for Libraries

 

 

 

- CINE Golden Eagle Award
- Atlanta Film Festival
- U.S. Environmental Film Festival
- Charlotte Film Festival

When the Spill Hit Homer personalizes the impact of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Homer was a quiet fishing village near Alaska's magnificent Price William Sound until it was hit by one of the greatest ecological disasters of our time.

The film provides a first-hand account of the spill's devastating impact on residents of this fishing port and nearby Alaskan Native villages, which rely on the sea for their subsistence. Residents tell their own sad and angry stories, providing dramatic evidence of the spill's devastation and the local frustration with Exxon's inadequate cleanup efforts.

The film is a useful tool for studying ecological disasters and the many lessons they provide.


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Running Time: 53 minutes
G 7-Adult
Miranda Smith

 

""**** Four stars. Highly recommended for junior high through adult. This fine video serves to educate us all about this complex issue."
- Video Rating Guide for Libraries

"Engaging...A scathing look at the timber cutting mindset that dominates the U.S. Forest Service."
- Telluride Times-Journal

 

- Best of the Best in Broadcast Journalism
- Best Documentary, Colorado Society of Professional Journalists
- 1996 Heartland Regional Emmy nominee
- Chris Award, Columbus International Film Festival
- Gold Medal, New York Festivals

 

 

- Denver International Film Festival
- Banff Festival of Mountain Films & Best of the Festival Tour
- Vermont International Film Festival
- Hawaii International Film Festival
- Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
- Breckenridge Festival of Film
- Big Green Screen San Francisco
- Green Extreme Film Festival
- Sinking Creek Film/Video Festival
- International Festival of Mountain Films
- Slovakia Social Outcast Film & Video Festival
- Environmental Film Festival in Our Nation's Capital

Wilderness: The Last Stand is a powerful, investigative look at the status of America's last remaining virgin forests. It examines the impact of U.S. Forest Service (USFS) policies, vividly documenting the continuing harm caused by clearcutting. Compelling and beautifully shot, the video presents a wide range of opinions through interviews with conservationists, loggers, Vice-President Al Gore, USFS, and former agency employees who are organizing to change USFS logging policies.

Narrated by Susan Sarandon. Study guide includes ideas for science, social studies and English teachers.


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Running Time: 27 minutes
G 6-Adult
Doug Prose, Diane LaMacc

 

"Recommended. The documentation of the Red Rock wilderness is stunning and spectacular."
- Educational Media Reviews Online

 

 

 

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This special video takes the viewer on a tour of the Red Rock wilderness of Southern Utah. From the exquisite shapes of the cathedral spires to the graceful curves of rock arches, this is a breathtaking journey. But the Red Rock wilderness is not a designated wilderness area and not protected from road development, mining exploitation, oil drilling, cattle grazing, and strip mining, the evidence of which can already be found.

As one of the film's subjects says, "It is a spiritual reservoir. It is beautiful, it is solitary, it is a temple." Another says, "These lands are like a heartbeat, they sustain us." See for yourself. This video is perfect for anyone who wants to demonstrate the importance of wilderness.


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Running Time: 24 minutes
G 8-Adult
Nancy Pearlman

 

"Technically excellent and informative ...an effective tool in the discussion of future energy sources."
- School Library Journal

"**** Four stars. Highly recommended. Students will learn a valuable lesson...that has important relevance to our energy future."
- Video Rating Guide for Libraries

 

- Regional Emmy Nomination
- Finalist, Hometown USA Film Festival
- Ace Nomination

 

 

Through a combination of graphics, animation, and interviews, this video explores the potential for increased production of wind energy nationwide. How can we use the power of the wind to provide for our energy needs? In California, wind energy is now generating enough electricity to meet the needs of a city the size of San Francisco.

The program begins with a brief newsreel-style look at the history of harnessing the wind, explains in simple terms how wind turbines generate electricity, and provides a first-hand look at several wind farms.


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Running Time: 32 minutes
G 10-Adult
Ole Tangen Jr.

 

"Does an outstanding job of analyzing the various concerns of the opposing factions. All sides are treated fairly and there is no indication of bias. An effective addition to a lesson on alternative energy. . . stimulates discussion and debate on how best to meet our future energy needs."
- School Library Journal

"An informative look at a timely environmental topic, this is recommended."
-Video Librarian

"Wind Over Water is an excellent teaching tool, aptly framing the offshore wind debate for further discussion."
-Dorothy Bisbee, Professor of Law, Southern New England School of Law

"Wind Over Water is a remarkable film that achieves the very difficult goal of providing an objective, informative and entertaining account of one of the most controversial environmental projects in the United States. It has tremendous value as a teaching tool around environmental and public policy issues."
-Greg Watson, Vice President, Sustainable Development and Renewable Energy, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative

 

 

 

Wind power is currently a 5 billion dollar global industry and is growing at the rate of 40% per year. As the new millennium begins with wind energy emerging as a viable alternative to power supplied by coal and oil, America is faced with the choice to embrace new energy technologies like offshore wind, or to continue our dependency on fossil fuels.

For Cape Cod, Massachusetts, the first community in America faced with the prospect of living next door to an offshore wind facility, making this decision has proven to be a challenging and fervently contested endeavor.


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G 9-Adult
Branda Miller

 

"It will change the way you think about consumerism and the industrial infrastructure that supports it."
- I.D. Magazine

 

 

 


Witness to the Future is an extraordinary portrayal of the transformation of ordinary citizens into environmental activists. Downwind from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, Tom Bailie describes the many homes, including his own, decimated by disease and birth defects, from radioactive gases released from the atomic plant.

In California's San Joaquin Valley, where Hispanic-American farm-workers are routinely exposed to large doses of pesticides, Camilla Yarburough-Nunes talks about the effects of pesticide sprays and chemical drifts on her children. In Louisiana's "Cancer Alley," a string of industrial plants surrounds rural, predominantly African-American families too poor to move or to mobilize - until people like Wilfred Greene decided to do something. "I'll give up when I'm dead," he says, "but hopefully my children will carry on what I believe."

Brilliantly edited, fast-moving and suitable for viewing in three segments, the program also includes a musical score with great blues, country and folk arrangements.


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G 9-Adult
Rory O'Connor

 

 

 

 



This program looks at two of the most terrifying human rights issues facing women in several countries, as well as the growth in empowerment organizations for women.

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G 9-Adult
Sandra Carter

 

"The series is laudable for its global scope, culturally diverse figures, and widely varied talent."
- Booklist

 

 

 

This four-part series draws upon interviews with some of the world's leading women in the fields of business, politics, science, sports, entertainment, arts, and fashion. Each area of expertise is addressed by three women from different cultural and national backgrounds who share their experience in reaching the top of their profession.

Each video is supplemented by an in-depth study guide which includes penetrating questions about the limitations and breadth of each area of work, suggestions for further research, and value-clarifying questions to help young women consider how they will balance career, relationship & family. The women presented in this series come from Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, England, Egypt, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, and the United States.

All videos have a running time of 58 minutes.

Volume One: Women in Politics, Science, & Business
Volume Two: Women in Sports, Entertainment, & the Arts
Volume Three: Women in Fashion, Women & Beauty, Women & Motherhood
Volume Four: Women of Courage, Women in the Military, Women Working for Change


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Sandra Carter
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"The series is laudable for its global scope, culturally diverse figures, and widely varied talent."
- Booklist

 

 

 

This title is currently offered on VHS, but can be converted to DVD upon request.

Women as Role Models is a four-volume series of interviews with some of the world's most competent women in the fields of business, politics, science, sports, entertainment, arts, and fashion. Each area of expertise is addressed by three women from different cultural and national backgrounds who share their experience in reaching the top of their profession.

Each video is supplemented by an in-depth study guide which includes penetrating questions about the limitations and breadth of each area of work, suggestions for further research, and value-clarifying questions to help young women consider how they will balance career, relationship & family. The women presented in this series come from Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, England, Egypt, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, and the United States.


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G 9-Adult
Sandra Carter
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"The series is laudable for its global scope, culturally diverse figures, and widely varied talent."
- Booklist

 

 

 

This title is currently offered on VHS, but can be converted to DVD upon request.

Women as Role Models is a four-volume series of interviews with some of the world's most competent women in the fields of business, politics, science, sports, entertainment, arts, and fashion. Each area of expertise is addressed by three women from different cultural and national backgrounds who share their experience in reaching the top of their profession.

Each video is supplemented by an in-depth study guide which includes penetrating questions about the limitations and breadth of each area of work, suggestions for further research, and value-clarifying questions to help young women consider how they will balance career, relationship & family. The women presented in this series come from Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, England, Egypt, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, and the United States.


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G 9-Adult
Sandra Carter
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"The series is laudable for its global scope, culturally diverse figures, and widely varied talent."
- Booklist

 

 

 

This title is currently offered on VHS, but can be converted to DVD upon request.

Women as Role Models is a four-volume series of interviews with some of the world's most competent women in the fields of business, politics, science, sports, entertainment, arts, and fashion. Each area of expertise is addressed by three women from different cultural and national backgrounds who share their experience in reaching the top of their profession.

Each video is supplemented by an in-depth study guide which includes penetrating questions about the limitations and breadth of each area of work, suggestions for further research, and value-clarifying questions to help young women consider how they will balance career, relationship & family. The women presented in this series come from Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, England, Egypt, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, and the United States.


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Sandra Carter
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"The series is laudable for its global scope, culturally diverse figures, and widely varied talent."
- Booklist

 

 

 

This title is currently offered on VHS, but can be converted to DVD upon request.

Women as Role Models is a four-volume series of interviews with some of the world's most competent women in the fields of business, politics, science, sports, entertainment, arts, and fashion. Each area of expertise is addressed by three women from different cultural and national backgrounds who share their experience in reaching the top of their profession.

Each video is supplemented by an in-depth study guide which includes penetrating questions about the limitations and breadth of each area of work, suggestions for further research, and value-clarifying questions to help young women consider how they will balance career, relationship & family. The women presented in this series come from Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, England, Egypt, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, and the United States.


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All Ages
Pam Wasserman

 

"**** Four stars. Excellent...better than a thousand words."
- American Film & Video Association

"Recommended. Serves as an effective starting point for serious discussions on the immediate and long-range consequences of overpopulation. "
- Educational Media Reviews Online

 

 

 

WORLD POPULATION is an excellent discussion starter on the population issue. Although produced in 2003, this video still provides one of the best graphic depictions of population growth throughout human history.

This program is a striking depiction of actual population growth from 1 A.D. to the present and of projected future growth to the year 2020.

As the years roll by on a digital clock, dots appear on a world map representing millions of people added to the population. References to historic events also appear, helping place population changes in context. The visual presentation makes statistical information exciting and easily understood.

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Running Time: 58 minutes
G 9-Adult
Fox Lorber Associates, Inc.

 

"***** Five stars. An excellent work...Highly recommended for purchase by libraries and schools."
- Video Rating Guide for Libraries

"Humanizes the people who live in the forest...."
- Jeanne Sauer, Coordinator, U.S. Environmental Film Festival

 

- Best of Festival, U.S. Environmental Film Festival

 

 

The Yanomami are considered the last intact indigenous culture in the Americas, a tribe little changed over thousands of years. But their way of life and their very existence are threatened by gold mining, development, and disease.

Yanomami: Keepers of the Flame documents an expedition by a group of journalists, anthropologists, and doctors who journeyed to the Venezuelan rainforest to visit with the Ashetoeateri Village, a Yanomami settlement never contacted by the outside world. Hosted by Michael Dorn of Star Trek: The Next Generation.


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G 6-12
John Oettinger

 

"The tour's presentation is educational, inspiring, and empowering."
- Casey Kasem, Radio and TV Host

"Few people can take an audience full of junior high school students, make them laugh, make them think, and teach them that they can save the earth at the same time. But the YES! Tour is doing exactly that."
- The Good Times, Santa Cruz, CA

 

 

 

Youth for Environmental Sanity (YES!) is a concerned group of teenaged environmentalists who criss-cross the country in a cramped old station wagon presenting their message to 200,000 students a year. Their goal is to inform young people about environmental issues and empower them to make a difference.The YES! Tour video follows these articulate young activists as they make their entertaining and fact-filled presentation with its passionate call to action.

Members of the multi-racial group are profiled in some funny and poignant personal moments offstage. In one scene on the road, the group discusses how important it is for them to find a healthy place to eat other than fast food restaurants - an important message in itself to young people. The video is a great way to stimulate discussion on environmental issues, and the value of individual commitment or group action on any issue.


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Running Time: 27 minutes
G 9-Adult
Anne Macksoud

 

"Highly Recommended."
- Library Journal

"This video is about one woman's courage in admitting her homosexuality to herself and her family. The film follows their journey toward understanding, acceptance and a shared committment to changing a society that denies so many people freedom to live in harmony with their deepest natures. It crystallizes what is intuitive: The expression of love - honored in whatever form it takes - has the power to uplife everyone. "
- from Water on Stone: Women's Ways to Global Change

 

 

 

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This beautiful and moving portrait of a family's journey of acceptance and love will deepen anyone's understanding of how to deal with homosexuality. The true and very human documentary of a woman coming to embrace a part of herself that she had disowned, and how her twin sister, her parents, her husband and her children come to honor and respect her for being true to herself and for being a wonderfully loving and wise person.

Highly recommended for anyone wanting to more deeply appreciate the many kinds of friendship and love that are a part of human nature. This video provides support and healthy modeling for children and their families who might be confused by homosexuality in their families.


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Running Time: 29 minutes
Adult
Jay April

 

 

- Selected for KQED'S "Living Room Festival" Celebration
- Certificate of Merit, San Francisco International Film Festival

 

 

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Looking for an entertaining introduction to composting? Refreshing, bizarre, comical, zany, earthy, and spirited - this is the real-life story of a man who has built a 200-foot-long, forty-foot-high pile of compost and a Garden of Eden in a residential suburb of Los Angeles.

It is covered with beautiful plants and trees, squawking geese and inquisitive turkeys, and receives surprising community support. You will always remember Zeke the Sheik, creator of this Ladder of Matter, who speaks in rhyme.


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Forever Wild - Home Use Edition
Running Time: 55 minutes

First Light Films

 

Highly recommended for its beauty, its supporting resources, and the inspiration that all will find in the success stories it showcases. The commitment and personal sacrifice shown in this video is nearly beyond comprehension.”
- Educational Media Reviews Online

"The celebration and defense of wilderness is one of the most remarkable products of American cultural history. Now the United States leads the world in establishing national park and designated wildernesses. The story of how this has occurred is a composite of many people caring deeply about specific places. Forever Wild explores their motivation and encourages further preservation progress."
- Dr. Roderick Frazier Nash, Professor Emeritus of History and Environmental Studies, University of California; Author,"Wilderness and the American Mind"

“Forever Wild captures not only the spectacular beauty, but the importance of America’s wild lands. It brings us on the engaging journeys of some truly phenomenal Americans, and celebrates the power of the ordinary citizen in all of us, who can, and must, raise their voice to protect our last best places.”
- Robert Redford

AWARDS & FESTIVALS
Finalist, Honorable Mention Award for Conservation
Initiative, International Wildlife Film Festival
Official Selection, Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital
Official Selection, Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Official Selection, Boston International Film Festival
Official Selection, Port Townsend Film Festival
Official Selection, Conservation and Wildlife Film Festival

 

 

National Broadcast on PBS

 

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Hosted by Robert Redford
Featuring the Prose of Terry Tempest Williams, read by the author

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.

In 1964, for the first time in human history, America created a law to keep the wildest lands wild and save part of the world from the dominion of man. The passage of the Wilderness Act also gave ordinary Americans a tool for protecting our most pristine mountains, forests, deserts, prairies, and rivers from the steady march of development.

Wilderness preservation advocates featured in the film include a 3rd generation logger, a school teacher in New Hampshire, a nurse in California and three busy mothers in Colorado. These volunteers, and so many more, have used their voices and our democracy to protect America's wildest mountains, forests, deserts, prairies, and rivers.

Today, energy development, sprawl, timber harvesting, and motorized recreation threaten to overrun many of America’s unprotected wild places. Forever Wild 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.

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FRESH
Running Time: 70 minutes
Gr. 9 - Adult
Closed Captioned Version Available - Please Inquire
A film by Ana Sofia Joanes
DVD with Scene Selection and Study Guide

 

"Highly recommended. ***1/2 Stars. While Food, Inc. (VL-11/09) aimed to raise viewers' consciousness about factory farms and the drawbacks of monoculture, Fresh focuses on how to make the alternatives work. Well-paced, balanced, and visually stunning, the documentary reports on studies that show how medium-size organic operations can be more productive than big industrial enterprises, where over 90 percent of plant and animal diversity is lost."
- Video Librarian

"FRESH is just that--an upbeat and wonderfully fresh look at our food system and how to make it work better for the health of humans and the planet. It’s a must see for everyone who eats."
-Marion Nestle, Paulette Goddard Professor,
Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, New York University

“We all know about the problems with the American food system, but what about the solutions? FRESH is a bracing, even exhilarating look at the whole range of efforts underway to renovate the way we grow food and feed ourselves.”
-Michael Pollan, Author, In Defense of Food

"Absolutely first-rate...The film is not a preach-fest; it’s an informative, inspirational, swiftly-edited and beautifully scored movie. What the doc does best is demonstrate… that nature's own ways of doing things - nature's food chain, nature's circle of life - is, ultimately, the best treatment of land and livestock."
-Moving Pictures Magazine

"FRESH, The Movie, in contrast to Food Inc. presents a vision of the possible by profiling heroes all over the country who are changing the way we eat. FRESH'S strength is that it shows…how organic, ecological farming methods can be viable."
-EcoSalon.com

"It is becoming increasingly clear that for all its past benefits, the industrial food system no longer serves the best interests of people or the planet. FRESH begins to suggest what at least part of our future food system might look like...."
-Frederick Kirschenmann, Distinguished Fellow, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

"FRESH is a rich and inspiring meal. FRESH offers not only a serious look at where we are and a useful primer on how we got there, but repeated heart-lifting demonstrations that there are ways to produce food that are safer, kinder and more natural."
-Joan Gussow, Author, and Professor Emeritus (Nutrition), Columbia University Teachers College

"The rare documentary with environmental or ecological themes that manages to cut through the political rhetoric and simply present bare, unvarnished facts. We never feel like we're watching a polemic -- merely truth, emergent from a director who has researched all of the angles and provides one illumination after another."
- All Movie Guide

"Highly recommended as a springboard for discussion and inspiration. Beautifully filmed... FRESH looks at the hazards of industrial farming vs. the benefits of small-scale sustainable farming, and how some farmers have moved away from large-scale food production."
- Educational Media Reviews Online

 

 

 

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Our current industrial method of food production is increasingly viewed as an unsustainable system, destructive to the environment and public health. But what is the alternative?

Fresh profiles the farmers, thinkers, and business people across the nation who are at the forefront of re-inventing food production in America. With a strong commitment to sustainability, they are changing how farms are run, how the land is cared for, and how food is distributed. Their success demonstrates that a new paradigm based on sustainable practices can be profitable and a model for our food system, if people choose to support it.

Fresh opens with a short summary of the problems and consequences of industrialized food production, then focuses primarily on the individuals who are creating new approaches to address environmental, health, and economic challenges throughout the food chain.

Joel Salatin is a world-famous sustainable farmer and entrepreneur who, by observing nature, devised a rotational grazing system for his animals that heals the land while making his operations many times more profitable than his conventional farming neighbors.

Will Allen, a former pro basketball player and recipient of a Macarthur “Genius Award”, is now one of the most influential leaders of the urban farming movement. He teaches people in the inner city the value of healthy food and how to grow their own.

David Ball saw his family-run supermarket and a once-thriving local farming community dying with the rise of Walmart and other big chains. So he reinvented his business, partnering with area farmers to sell locally-grown food at an affordable price. His plan has brought the local economy back to life.

Fresh also features a farmer in Iowa who illustrates the struggles family farmers face, a hog farmer in Missouri who stopped using antibiotics on his pigs, and commentary by noted food expert and author Michael Pollan.




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