Hello FabuNOLA Family!!
My background is in cinema so I have an affinity through learning from this medium. I think it’s a creative and quick way to “re-condition” yourself. Also, I find that the learning capacity for all can be reached in greater ways through this manner. You have to remember that different audiences can be reached in a variety of ways.
This is especially true for those who may not read well (or at all). Children (especially those who haven’t learned to read yet) soak up a lot of knowledge through visual/audio mediums (as we still do as adults). Also, for those who are hard of hearing, films can be shown with captions. And those who may not be able to see well, can gain info from listening.
Film screenings are also such a great way to reach a lot of people at once. I feel the power of visual/audio mediums to connect greatly is vitally important for this very reason. I’ll do my best to continue to update this list. I’ve seen A LOT of films … especially in these categories. I consciously guided myself away from anything that would not allow for my greater growth in positive ways. I also know A LOT of filmmakers (lots that are personal friends and colleagues too).
Below is a listing of films I’ve given in my tools and resources guide (listed on this blog). However, I also wanted to post some links to full length docs you can readily find and view online. Please note that although you can view these, I also own the majority of these films and more (yes, I have an extensive video library … as you can imagine). If there is a movie you particularly like, please support the filmmakers, if you are able to, my buying their film and/or making a donation. This helps support the filmmakers and also helps them further any more projects they fund for the future. Supporting talented people truly furthers the abundance of their creative growth to reach more people.
Conscious Cinema: “What The Bleep Do We Know?”~ http://www.whatthebleep.com/; “The Secret” (see Rhonda Byrne above); “Conversations With God”(see Neale Donald Walsh above); “The Shift” (see Wayne Dyer above); “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success” by Deepak Chopra”; “The Shadow Effect” (Book & Film ~ http://www.theshadoweffect.com/) ~ Deepak Chopra is one of the presenters in this; “I Am” (by Tom Shadyac ~ http://iamthedoc.com/) and “Happiness Is” by Andrew Shapter (can see entirely on Hulu.com now ~ find link on site: http://www.happinessisthemovie.com/).
Eco-Docs (there are A LOT of eco-films I’ve seen and a lot of filmmakers that are personal friends so I’ll have work on all the links for this): “11th Hour” (Leonardo DiCapprio’s phenomenal Eco-Doc that took things to a whole other level for me); “Gasland” by Josh Fox (Oscar Nominated & 2011 Emmy Award Winning Eco-Doc … see my interview of Josh on my FabuNOLA Blog); “The City DarK” by Ian Chenney (one of the filmmakers for food films, “King Corn” & “Truck Farm”); “Fuel”; “Burning The Future: Coal In America” by friend, David Novak; “YERT (Your Environmental Road Trip)” by friend, Mark Dixon; “The Lightbulb Conspiracy”by friend Cosima Dannoritzer (which you can view online); “The Economics of Happiness”; “A Snowmobile For George” by Todd Darling; “ Bury The Hatchet” by Aaron Walker; “The Big Uneasy” by Harry Shearer and “The Corporation.” You can also check out the website of DC Environmental Film Fest (www.dceff.org) that show a lot of films annually for this 12 day, mostly free fest, that will make its 20 year anniversary in March of 2011.
Food/Health Related Films: “The Gerson Miracle”; “Food Matters”; “Simply Raw”; “Hungry For Change”; “Food, Inc.”; “Vegucated”; “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead”; “The Future of Food”; “Fresh”; “Earthlings”; “May I Be Franks”; “Average Joe on the Raw”; “King Corn” and “Truck Farm” (both by Ian Chenney & Curt Ellis); “PlanEat”; “Fresh”; “Forks Over Knives”; “Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World”; “Blue Gold: World Water Wars”; “SuperSize Me”; “Last Call At the Oasis” and “Milk in the Land: Ballad of an American Drink” (find here: http://icarusfilms.com/new2008/milk.html). If you are interested in ordering “Average Joe on the Raw,” I just signed up through their Affiliate Program so go to http://www.ontherawfilm.com and give my Affiliaite ID Code: 195553.
Google all of these films. Some you can watch in their entirety online for free on their websites and/or YouTube.com, Hulu.com or Vimeo.com. Others may be purchased online for streaming online and/or dvd mail order through their websites or you may find through other sites (like Amazon, etc). I am friends with some of these filmmakers so if you want to purchase directly or look into doing screenings, please contact me.
Below I’ve linked some of the full length clips and/or trailers so you can learn more this way too. Most you can view directly here just by clicking right on them from this page or open to another page to open view full screen. The “About” film descriptions are from various sources … either from film/media listings or others on YouTube. When I get a chance, I will start to list my own thoughts on these films. However, if I’m even listing them on my Blog in the first place … then I highly recommend you watching. That’s the whole point of me posting this for you in the first place. They were informative enough and moved me enough in a way that I believe will be worth your while as well.
As I like to say, “The more you know … the more you’ll grow.” So, here’s to your greater Conscious Expansion.
Peace & Love,
(last updated 6/29/2012)
Super Size Me:
About Super Size Me:
“The film documents MCDONALDS DIET lifestyle drastic effects on Spurlock’s physical and psychological well-being, and explores the fast food industry’s corporate influence, including how it encourages poor nutrition for its own profit.”
(Extended PBS Independent Lens 20 min Trailer Clip ~ go to http://www.kingcorn.net to buy full film)
About King Corn:
“KING CORN is a fun and crusading journey into the digestive tract of our fast food nation where one ultra-industrial, pesticide-laden, heavily-subsidized commodity dominates the food pyramid from top to bottom — corn. Fueled by curiosity and a dash of naivete, two college buddies return to their ancestral home of Greene, Iowa to figure out how a modest kernel conquered America. With the help of some real farmers, oodles of fertilizer and government aide, and some genetically modified seeds, the friends manage to grow one acre of corn. Along the way, they unlock the hilarious absurdities and scary but hidden truths about America’s modern food system in this engrossing and eye-opening documentary.”
(also view on website at http://www.Earthlings.com):
“EARTHLINGS is the single most powerful and informative documentary about society’s tragic and unforgivable use of nonhuman animals, narrated by Joaquin Phoenix with soundtrack by Moby. Directed by Shaun Monson, this multi-award winning film by Nation Earth is a must-see for anyone who cares about nonhuman animals or wishes to make the world a better place.”
Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead:
(long trailer & full length link under):
About Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead:
“100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe Cross is at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. In the mirror he saw a 310lb man whose gut was bigger than a beach ball and a path laid out before him that wouldn’t end well- with one foot already in the grave, the other wasn’t far behind. FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD is an inspiring film that chronicles Joe’s personal mission to regain his health. With doctors and conventional medicines unable to help long-term, Joe turns to the only option left, the body’s ability to heal itself. He trades in the junk food and hits the road with juicer and generator in tow, vowing only to drink fresh fruit and vegetable juice for the next 60 days. Across 3,000 miles Joe has one goal in mind: To get off his pills and achieve a balanced lifestyle. While talking to more than 500 Americans about food, health and longevity, it’s at a truck stop in Arizona where Joe meets a truck driver who suffers from the same rare condition. Phil Staples is morbidly obese weighing in at 429 lbs; a cheeseburger away from a heart-attack. As Joe is recovering his health, Phil begins his own epic journey to get well. What emerges is nothing short of amazing – an inspiring tale of healing and human connection. Part road trip, part self-help manifesto, FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD defies the traditional documentary format to present an unconventional and uplifting story of two men from different worlds who each realize that the only person who can save them is themselves.”
The Gerson Miracle:
About The Gerson Miracle:
“The Gerson Miracle examines many of the elements of the Gerson Therapy, explaining why we are so ill and how we have in our grasp the power to recover our health without expensive, toxic or mutilating treatments, using the restorative forces of our own immune systems. Even the most advanced cases of cancer can be successfully reversed using this method. While the results seem miraculous, the real “miracle” lies within our own body and its healing processes.”
Last Call At The Oasis:
I had the pleasure of seeing the advance screening of “Last Call At The Oasis” at the 2012 DC Environmental Film Fest. This film was brilliantly produced. Even the opening subtitles had me in awe. It talks about so many of the things that I share with people put together in a beautifully produced movie. I also got to meet & speak a while with Alex Prud’Homme (author of the book that inspired the movie) after the great Q&A he did after the film. I can’t say enough good things. Just make sure you see this one.
Blue Gold ~ World Water Wars:
About Blue Gold:
Wars of the future will be fought over water as they are over oil today, as the source of human survival enters the global marketplace and political arena. Corporate giants, private investors, and corrupt governments vie for control of our dwindling supply, prompting protests, lawsuits, and revolutions from citizens fighting for the right to survive. Past civilizations have collapsed from poor water management. Can the human race survive?
Narrated by Malcolm McDowell
Please consider donating to filmmaker, Sam Bozzo, as he spent over $100,000 for filming and fully producing this movie. To purchase download of film and/or donate: http://onebigtorrent.org/torrents/5465/Blue-Gold-World-Water-Wars
Website : http://www.bluegold-worldwaterwars.com
Dying To Have Known:
About Dying To Have Known:
“Documentary filmmaker Stephen Kroschel asks whether the long-suppressed form of cancer treatment known as Gerson Therapy could truly be as effective as some cancer survivors claim in this film that offers a wide array of testimonies from medical specialists, health experts, and patients. More than seventy five years after being proven to cure degenerative disease, Gerson Therapy is still virtually unknown to the masses – but why? In order to seek out an answer to this question, Kroschel travels across both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, across the United States, and through Japan, Holland, and Mexico to speak with a wide variety of scientists, nutritionists, surgeons, and patients who have witnessed the powerful effects of Gerson Therapy firsthand.”
Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World
About Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World:
“Sweet Misery is a close examination into what many in the medical community have voiced over the last few decades on the safety of Aspartame sweetener. Is there a connection with Aspartame and illnesses? Did the government (including Donald Rumsfeld) push the approval of the sweetener and suppress key data? This film delves into the FDA’s process and the various reports of health risks associated with the widely used sweetener.”
The Beautiful Truth:
About The Beautiful Truth:
“A troubled 15-year-old boy attempting to cope with the recent death of his mother sets out to research Dr. Max Gerson’s claims of a diet that can cure cancer as his first assignment for home-schooling in this documentary from filmmaker Steve Kroschel (Avalanche, Dying to Have Known). Garrett is a boy who has always been close to nature. He lives on a reserve with a menagerie of orphaned animals, and over the years he’s become especially sensitive to the nutritional needs of the diet-sensitive animals he’s charged with caring for. When Garrett’s mother suffers a tragic and untimely death, the boy falls into a dangerous downward spiral and nearly flunks out of school. Increasingly concerned for Garrett’s well-being and determined to strengthen their bond despite the many challenges on the horizon, his father makes the decision to begin home-schooling the distressed teen. Garrett’s first assignment: study a controversial book written by Dr. Max Gerson, a physician who claims to have discovered a diet that’s capable of curing cancer. Is Dr. Gerson’s therapy truly the legitimate, alternative cure it appears to be? In order to find out the truth behind this long-suppressed treatment, Garrett interviews not only Dr. Gerson’s family members, but various doctors, skeptics, and cancer patients as well. His studies completed and his findings revelatory, Garrett now sets out to tell the entire world about The Gerson Miracle.”
(uploaded in 3 parts … however, so brilliant you should buy the full length of the film
& support Ian & Curt … especially because they did King Corn too!!!):
Meat The Truth (also an Eco-Doc):
A River of Waste: The Hazardous Truth About Factory Farms:
About A River of Waste: The Hazardous Truth About Factory Farms:
“A heart-stopping new documentary, A RIVER OF WASTE exposes a huge health and environmental scandal in our modern industrial system of meat and poultry production. Some scientists have gone so far as to call the condemned current factory farm practices as “mini Chernobyls.” In the U.S. and elsewhere, the meat and poultry industry is dominated by dangerous uses of arsenic, antibiotics, growth hormones and by the dumping of massive amounts of sewage in fragile waterways and environments. The film documents the vast catastrophic impact on the environment and public health as well as focuses on the individual lives damaged and destroyed.”
(Full Length Link on Hulu.com):
(view Full Length here for $2.99 for 24 hour pass)
(Full Length Link on Hulu.com):
Liquid Gold (film short by WaterAid):
What’s Organic About Organic? (Trailer):
Eco-Docs & Social Activism:
“Director Josh Tickell takes us along for his 11 year journey around the world to find solutions to America’s addiction to oil. A shrinking economy, a failing auto industry, rampant unemployment, an out-of-control national debt, and an insatiable demand for energy weigh heavily on all of us. Fuel shows us the way out of the mess we’re in by explaining how to replace every drop of oil we now use, while creating green jobs and keeping our money here at home. The film never dwells on the negative, but instead shows us the easy solutions already within our reach.”
The Light Bulb Conspiracy:
About The Light Bulb Conspiracy:
“The Light Bulb Conspiracy uncovers how planned obsolescence has shaped our lives and economy since the 1920’s, when manufacturers deliberately started shortening the life of consumer products to increase demand. The film also profiles a new generation of consumers, designers and business people who have started challenging planned obsolescence as an unsustainable economic driver.
The Light Bulb Conspiracy also looks at modern examples of planned obsolescence, including computer printers and the controversy over the inability to replace iPod batteries. Environmental consequences are seen most dramatically in the massive amounts of electronic waste that end up in uncontrolled dump sites in Third World countries such as Ghana. The film concludes with examples of consumers and businesses moving towards more sustainable practices and products, including Warner Philips, great grandson of the founder of Philips Electronics, who is producing an LED bulb designed to last 25 years.”
Side Note: The director, Cosima Dannortizer, and I befriended each other at one of the screenings for another eco-film during the 2011 DC Environmental Film Fest. I had missed the screening of her film and she gave me a copy of it. There was a cleaner version of the film up here that she had posted up on Vimeo without the subtitles. However, it seems to have been taken down. This is such great knowledge in this film that I but this full length version up. Please consider connecting with her to order or download original version. It’s great. Hope you enjoy!!
Dirt! The Movie:
Ripe For Change (Full Length Link on Hulu.com):
The End of the Line (Full Length Link on Hulu.com):
(Full Length of Disc 1):
(Full Length of Disc 2):
Sprawling From Grace:
About Sprawling From Grace:
“A documentary feature film about the unintended consequences of suburban sprawl. It illustrates the importance of altering the course of how we develop our nation’s cities. It communicates the dangers of continuing to invest in the inefficient horizontal growth patterns of suburban communities, and details how they threaten to bankrupt the remaining wealth of our nation. It explores how the depletion of fossil fuels will impact this living arrangement, and investigates the viability of alternative energies that are currently available. This film sounds the alarm that the cheap fossil-fuel-dependent suburban American way of life is not just at risk. It is in peril!.”
Earth Keepers (Full Length Link on Hulu.com):
(view Full Length here for $1.99 for 24 hour pass)
No Impact Man:
(view Full Length here for $1.99 for 24 hour pass)
The 4th Revolution: Energy Autonomy (Extended Trailer):
Happiness Is (trailer … full movie link below):
Happiness Is (link to full length movie):
What The Bleep Do We Know: Down The Rabbit Hole (Quantum Edition):
What The Bleep Do We Know (Regular Film):
Disconnected (Full Length Link on Hulu.com):
Class Act: (Full Length Link on Hulu.com):
Touch The Sound (Full Length Link on Hulu.com):
The Living Matrix ~ The Science of Healing:
The End of Poverty?:
The Atomic Cafe: