In anticipation of finishing my book in progress, which happens to be based on documenting the evolution of our Helping Hands Network (netvibes.com/HelpingHandsNet), I took a break and started a conversation with my camping neighbor about documentaries. My new friend Erin, was very passionate about The Cove and just deserving with the current Tsunami damage so close. Not to mention, she was of Japanese descent.

In our conversation I found myself thinking about recent conversations with another friend who works in a production studio focused on documentaries and within the coming hours I had begun writing this article to organize all the best doc films in a handy reference. I have also included a few films based on real people and events because of their amazing contributions to society mixed with a lack of existing “documentary film”. It has been a great break from my serious writing, but now it is time to get back to work. I hope you all enjoy the wonderful information I have compiled in the write up. Peace and love ~ tf

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HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Nefarious

NEFARIOUS: Discover the global human sex trade facts.

https://www.facebook.com/nefariousdocumentary

COAL COUNTRY

http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Coal_Country/70124294?trkid=2361637#height1290

Increasingly, Big Coal is spelling big trouble for Appalachian communities whose members have worked the mines for generations. This documentary reveals why with its explanation of the effects of mountaintop-removal mining on the region. Miners, coal company officials and area residents weigh in on the high price of “cheap energy” — especially when it involves blowing off mountain summits to expose seams. Journalist Michael Shnayerson narrates.

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HARLAN COUNTY USA – http://thepiratebay.se/torrent/3771321/Harlan_County__U.S.A.

GASLAND

http://gaslandthemovie.com/

~70% of fracking chemical poisons are not biodegradeable and are left in the ground mixing with drinking water supplies.

~80,000lbs. of chemicals are used to first frack each gas well.

~200 millions gallons of water is used per year per natural gas well.

~100+ water hauling trailers are delivered per well per year.

~Loopholes in the 2005 energy bill relieve Gas companies from the EPA’s Clean Water Act regulation!!!!!!!!

“The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of “fracking” or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a “Saudia Arabia of natural gas” just beneath us. But is fracking safe? When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination. A recently drilled nearby Pennsylvania town reports that residents are able to light their drinking water on fire. This is just one of the many absurd and astonishing revelations of a new country called GASLAND. Part verite travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown.”

GASLAND will be broadcast on HBO through 2012.

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GAS HOLE

http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/GasHole/70119178?trkid=2361637#height69

Read my comments on GasLand. TBoone Pickens had better come to the defense of the environment and make sure all these companies are drilling safely and respecting the water for the people living in the area. How many earth quake tremors do they need to endure before waking up!?

I am part owner of a natural gas fueling station in Northeast Nebraska ( NebraskaGreenFules.com ) and I am withholding out natural gas committment until these procedures are rectified and included under EPA regulations!!

An unsettling wake-up call to all Americans, this documentary dissects the country’s dependence on foreign pipelines, exposes rich oil companies’ devious dealings, and explores alternative fuels as a viable solution to our global energy crisis. Narrated by actor Peter Gallagher, the film includes interviews with government officials, scientific experts, academics and politicians from both sides of the aisle.

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FUEL

http://thefuelfilm.com/

Starting in 2006, I have been volunteering with several renewable energy groups. I educated myself on making biodiesel, building wind turbines, and installation of several other related green products.

I drive a green van, fitted with a hydrogen generator and solar panel power station. I consulted and invested in the foundation of the Nebraska Green Fuels Cooperative with 10 Midwest leaders. (www.NebraskaGreenFuels.com)

I am a leading activist in the GREEN FUEL cause so this film is on my DVD pack that you get with any purchase from our Helping Hands Foundation eBay store!

Q: Why is the area that makes gasoline in Louisiana called “Cancer Alley?”
A: There are 150 petro-chemical facilities within 100 miles. The “fallout” (term from the EPA) from these facilities is a toxic cocktail of airborne chemicals that affects food, water and soil. Each refinery puts out hundreds of thousands of pounds of toxic chemicals. There are many studies showing links between these chemicals and the exceedingly high levels of cancer in Louisiana.

Q: What are the only three ways to dispose of the toxic waste produced by oil refineries?
A: Burn it, dump it on land, dump it in water.

Q: What is the difference in fuel economy between diesel and gasoline vehicles?
A: Diesel has better fuel economy by about 30%; avg. 24mpg for gasoline vehicles compared with avg. 45mpg for diesel.

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Who Killed the Electric Car (Revenge of the Electric Car coming soon!!!)

http://www.whokilledtheelectriccar.com/

With my first book publishing pay check, I am going to go shopping for an electric vehicle. The #1 disappointment I have with my life is that I do not drive an electric vehicle charged by my solar power grid yet.

I ride my bike as much as I can but for daily driving with heavy load requirements, an electric vehicle and an efficient car pool schedule is the ultimate goal.

Currently in wide DVD release, Paine’s film investigates the events leading to the quiet destruction of thousands of new, radically efficient electric vehicles. Through interviews and narrative, the film paints a picture of an industrial culture whose aversion to change and reliance on oil may be deeper then its ability to embrace ready solutions.

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OUT OF BALANCE

http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Out_of_Balance/70075223?trkid=2361637#height2020

Documentarian Tom Jackson turns his lens on some inconvenient truths about energy titan Exxon Mobil and its effect on climate change. Spotlighting the company’s efforts to fund skewed media campaigns and support global-warming skeptics, Jackson builds his case in interviews with leading writers and scientists in the field of climatology. The film also explains the science behind global warming, as well as offering up some solutions to the crisis.

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AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH
http://www.climatecrisis.net/an_inconvenient_truth/about_the_film.php

Some of the facts are not disputed fairly by the opposing data so it was destined to be rediculed. But the core facts regarding the increase in average world surface temperature and ocean temperature of our Earth are undisputable. Nearly all our worlds coral reefs are bleached clean from the combintion of sea life depletion and increased water temperatures.

From director Davis Guggenheim, An Inconvenient Truth is a passionate and inspirational look at former Vice President Al Gore’s fervent crusade to halt global warming’s deadly progress by exposing the myths and misconceptions that surround it. In this intimate portrait of Gore and his “traveling global warming show,” Gore comes across as never before in the media – funny, engaging, open and intent on alerting citizens to this “planetary emergency” before it’s too late.

Interspersed with the bracing facts and future predictions is the story of Gore’s personal journey: from an idealistic college student who first saw a massive environmental crisis looming; to a young Senator facing a harrowing family tragedy that altered his perspective; to the man who almost became President but instead returned to the most important cause of his life. With an emphasis on hope, An Inconvenient Truth ultimately shows us that global warming is no longer a political issue but rather, the biggest moral challenge facing our civilization today.

After having its U.S. debut at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and international premiere at Cannes, An Inconvenient Truth opened to rave reviews and enthusiastic audiences everywhere. A smash hit, the film went on to win Academy Awards® for Best Documentary feature and Best Song. It also became a global phenomenon, one of the highest grossing documentaries of all time with a worldwide audience estimated at 5 million people.

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BlueGreen

http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/BlueGreen/70125109?trkid=2361637

LOVE OUR OCEAN PLEASE!

Stunning cinematography and lilting music highlight this exploration of our compulsion to connect with the ocean. Surfers, scientists and those who make their living from the sea discuss why the ocean is vital to our survival and well-being. Pollution, overpopulation and other environmental concerns are examined, as is the spiritual renewal that results from living in touch with the beauty and strength of the ocean.

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THE COVE

http://www.thecovemovie.com/

I practice the traditional ways of my ancestors for most of modern living needs. I mostly only eat what I can grow or obtain for myself. I try to use only hand made, natural, organic items in regards to materialistic industry. I focus on harnessing renewable energy as much as possible and I control the amount of needs by following minimal waste practices. I believe if someone wants to risk mercury poisoning by eating a dolphin or whale, then they should have to go hunt it for themselves and practice the ways of our native elders when it comes to using every piece responsibly. Using large nets to cowardly trap thousands of pounds of dolphins is not acceptable. And what about age selection? There should be a limit on size/age to allow for population balance.

Sometimes,  I just wish T-Rex was back in action to keep the human population in balance and remind us how to respect the species we hunt!

Mercury is the most toxic non-radioactive element in the world and it is released when coal is burned. There is no such thing as clean coal. Mercury falls to the ground and is distributed to streams, rivers and lakes and to the oceans where it is consumed by bacteria and becomes methyl-mercury, an organic form that is then easily absorbed by plankton and zooplankton. Mercury is an immortal element; there is no way to get rid of it once it is released in the environment. Once heavy metals and POP’s (persistent organic pollutants like PCB’s or pesticides) are digested they are very difficult to get rid of and they bio-accumulate in all organisms.

As a general rule, every step up on the food chain these toxins are found, they are magnified about 10 times. The result is that at the top of the food chain, apex ocean predators such as dolphins and swordfish have about a million times more pollutants in them than the water surrounding them. When you consume a pound of swordfish you are consuming the equivalent of a million pounds of floating plankton absorbing toxins. Mercury has a half-life in the human body of about 70-90 days but while it is in the human brain it is destroying neurons vital for sensory perception, memory and motor skills. Advanced stages of mercury poisoning in humans look remarkably similar to mental retardation, cerebral palsy or dementia in adults.

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The Hemp Revolution

http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/Hemp-Revolution/60021090

There is just no logical reason why I can not grow hemp for food, industrial and homestead use. I would agree to a compromise and accept a regulated limit on female THC plants that produce smokeable herb buds but there should be no limit on non THC hemp growth!

As my contribution to legalizing Hemp, I have helped build the Shhmokewear.com business that focuses on hand made, smokeables.

Producer-director Anthony Clarke’s documentary explores the hemp plant’s fascinating history and thousands of uses, as well as the economic and cultural forces behind its prohibition. Clarke argues that the hype surrounding hemp, also known as cannabis or marijuana, has overshadowed the plant’s benefits as a source of paper pulp and its uses as a cotton substitute. He comes down hard on chemical and drug companies as well as the U.S. government.

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Similar GREAT films include:

Hemp Hemp Hooray

The Hempire Strikes Back

Hemplands: The Complete Story

Leaves of Green

Hempsters: Plant the Seed

Emperor of Hemp: Jack Herer Story

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COMMUNE

http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Commune/70075790?trkid=2361637

Communes are a great place to establish free thinking but many encounter leadership hurdles over time. Sometimes rule making and breaking gets carried away. Some communes have more focus on spiritual preaching and less on sustainable living.

I travel the world looking for the healthiest of communities which can be more appropriately titled as EcoVillages. I have written about those in my past and many more will be shared with my readers in my current book in progress.

In 1968, Elsa and Richard Marley founded an alternative-living community in the remote Northern California wilderness with the motto “Free Land for Free People.” This film tells the story of that intended utopia. Through archival footage and interviews with former residents, director Jonathan Berman explores the problems and realities of communal living and the evolution of a community that endured FBI harassment, cult leadership and more.

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A New We

http://fic.ic.org/a-new-we.php

Inside look at the world’s EcoVillages. One of my life’s primary objectives is to live, review and contribute to EcoVillage life.  They are the ideal utopian society where commerce is replaced with barter and sharing.

Sustainable living practices are the focus, taking renewable energy and sharecrop farming to provide the freedom for our inner artistic souls to blossom!

The variety of situations and voices in A New We inspires hope for the future of humanity and all life on the planet. The lives shown here are more motivated by imagination, vision, respect and cooperation than by economic forces and social expectations. In these 10 communities, the creative solutions to many social, environmental and economic challenges exemplify the nearly infinite capacity for human-, community- and self-development.

It’s a film that enlightens, encourages and spreads hope – for a new world and A New We.

GARBAGE WARRIOR

http://www.garbagewarrior.com

Renegade architect Michael Reynolds and his green disciples have devoted their time to advancing the art of “Earthship Biotecture” – passive, solar, off-the-grid, sustainable housing.

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FOOD INC.

http://www.foodincmovie.com

I come from a long history or Midwest farmers and my family is one of the last surviving small farm owners in Nebraska. Most of the farm land has been purchased by one of the big corporations.

There are a lot of small farm homes left on the land but the crop fields are mostly farmed under contract on behalf of the corporations. Companies like Monsanto have secured politicians and new laws allowing genetic enhanced seeds to be required for most crops. This means that few 2nd generation seeds will germinate forcing the farmers to purchase new seeds every season!

Those of us who have survived this long, dodging home invasions and forced farm practices, are now being regulated by the latest S510 law. Less then 1% of the USA farmers will escape the newest regulations unscathed and the last of us will surely be forced to sell out or retreat to EcoVillages. My EcoVillages are protected by our rights to bear arms and we grow and trade our food amongst ourselves, all while respecting the borders of our s510 regulatory goones.

In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, herbicide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won’t go bad, but we also have new strains of E. coli—the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults.

Featuring interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield’s Gary Hirshberg and Polyface Farms’ Joel Salatin, Food, Inc. reveals surprising—and often shocking truths—about what we eat, how it’s produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here.

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THE REAL DIRT ON FARMER JOHN
http://www.angelicorganics.com

A true fight for food freedom. John Peterson leads a CSA movement that crosses into the realm of an EcoVillage. A pinnacle role model for true wellness and healthy living in todays fucked up world. I plan to visit this CSA north of Rockford IL and volunteer there in 2012.

The epic tale of a maverick Midwestern farmer. An outcast in his community, Farmer John bravely stands amidst a failing economy, vicious rumors, and violence. By melding the traditions of family farming with the power of art and free expression, this powerful story of transformation and renewal heralds a resurrection of farming in America.

The film is a haunting odyssey, capturing what it means to be different in rural America.

Director Taggart Siegel Collective Eye made the film in a most unusual way – shooting farmer John Peterson over 25-years of their evolving friendship, and using multiple media, from 8 mm home movies shot on the farm in the 50’s and 60’s to modern video — allowing him to capture his alternately humorous, heartbreaking and spirited life with raw drama and intimacy.

With the death of his father during the late 60s, a teenaged John takes over the traditional family farm, slowly turning it into an experiment of art and agriculture, making it a haven for hippies, radicals and artists. The Real Dirt on Farmer John charts the end of this idealistic era as the farm debt crisis of the 80’s brings about the tragic collapse of the farm.

As the intricate weave of rural America unravels, vicious local rumors turn John into a scapegoat, condemning him as a Satan-worshipping drug-dealer. Threatened with murder, his home burned to the ground, John forsakes his farm and wanders through Mexico, where he is transformed by the soulfulness and pageantry of this ancient land. Mysteriously, his quest leads him back to his hostile homeland.

Defying all odds, he gradually transforms his land into a revolutionary farming community, a cultural mecca, where people work and flourish providing fresh vegetables and herbs to thousands of people every week.

The Peterson family farm has become Angelic Organics, one of the largest Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms in the United States, a beacon of today’s booming organic farming movement.

Similar Movies:

Farmageddon

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PATCH ADAMS
PatchAdams.org

Free medical help for those in the loving community as well as world wide outreach programs focused on laughter to help ease patients pain. This group is one of my most honored idols.

I plan on visiting the Gesundheit Institute of Patch Adams during my next visit to West virginia. I follow their updates and newsletter and would go to some of their outreach programs once I secure a sponsor.

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SICKO

http://sickothemovie.com/index.html

Most of the world power countries provide their citizens with socialized free health care and it works great for far more on average then the capitalist approach in the USA… so why do we put up with putting our loved ones in eternal debt for expensive meds, insurance and treatment???

Michael Moore sets his sights on the plight of the uninsured in this Oscar-nominated documentary that uses Moore’s trademark humor and confrontational style to ask the difficult questions and get to the truth behind the health care crisis. In the world’s richest country, 45 million people have no health insurance, while HMOs grow in size and wealth. Moore also explores the widespread use of antidepressants and their possible link to violence.

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ETHOS:

http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/ethos/

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Ethos, a powerful new documentary hosted by Woody Harrelson, is an investigation into the flaws in our systems, and the mechanisms that work against democracy, our environment and the the common good.

With a stunning depth of research and breadth of analysis, this film delves deep into the inter-connected worlds of Politics, Multi-National Corporations and the Media.

Most of us have wondered at some point how we have arrived at a situation where democracy is touted as having created an equal society when all we see is injustice and corruption.

Politicians openly deceive the public with the support of major corporations and the mainstream media. Wars are waged, the environment is destroyed and inequality is on the rise.

But what is the source of these institutional mechanisms which – when we scratch the surface – are so clearly anti-democratic, so contradictory to the values we hold in common and yet so firmly embedded that they seem beyond discussion?

Ethos opens a Pandora’s box that has it’s roots in the cross-roads where capitalism-meets-democracy, implicates every power-elite puts profit before people and finally offers a solution whereby you – the viewer – can regain control using the one thing they do care about – your cash.

SURVIVING PROGRESS

http://survivingprogress.com/

surviving progress

“Every time history repeats itself the price goes up.”

Surviving Progress presents the story of human advancement as awe-inspiring and double-edged. It reveals the grave risk of running the 21st century’s software — our know-how — on the ancient hardware of our primate brain which hasn’t been upgraded in 50,000 years. With rich imagery and immersive soundtrack, filmmakers Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks launch us on journey to contemplate our evolution from cave-dwellers to space explorers.

Ronald Wright, whose best-seller, “A Short History Of Progress” inspired this film, reveals how civilizations are repeatedly destroyed by “progress traps” — alluring technologies serve immediate needs, but ransom the future. With intersecting stories from a Chinese car-driving club, a Wall Street insider who exposes an out-of-control, environmentally rapacious financial elite, and eco-cops defending a scorched Amazon, the film lays stark evidence before us. In the past, we could use up a region’s resources and move on. But if today’s global civilization collapses from over-consumption, that’s it. We have no back-up planet.

Surviving Progress brings us thinkers who have probed our primate past, our brains, and our societies. Some amplify Wright’s urgent warning, while others have faith that the very progress which has put us in jeopardy is also the key to our salvation. Cosmologist Stephen Hawking looks to homes on other planets. Biologist Craig Venter, whose team decoded the human genome, designs synthetic organisms he hopes will create artificial food and fuel for all.

Distinguished Professor of Environment Vaclav Smil counters that five billion “have-nots” aspire to our affluent lifestyle and, without limits on the energy and resource-consumption of the “haves”, we face certain catastrophe. Others — including primatologist Jane Goodall, author Margaret Atwood, and activists from the Congo, Canada, and USA — place their hope in our ingenuity and moral evolution.

Surviving Progress leaves us with a challenge: To prove that making apes smarter was not an evolutionary dead-end.

CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY

http://www.michaelmoore.com/books-films/

The richest in the world hold the power. If you are not connected to the elite or do not succeed in becoming wealthy through a combination of luck, hard work and/or skill then the odds are you will remain just a pawn in the game of life.

I choose to remain a simpleton, a non-materialistic monk; living day to day as if it were my last. Writing, telling stories and creating freedom of expression to make the world a better place. I reach out to help others on a daily basis and find the best way to defeat our oppressing elite, is to simply live in a near zero waste, organic and sustainable EcoVillage where there is no capitalism and our laws are our own.

The rest of you who choose to live in the capitalistic world and live in worry and fear, I wish you the best from my Islands, forest and wilderness paradise.

On the 20-year anniversary of his groundbreaking masterpiece “Roger & Me,” Michael Moore’s “Capitalism: A Love Story” comes home to the issue he’s been examining throughout his career: the disastrous impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Americans. But this time the culprit is much bigger than General Motors, and the crime scene is far wider than Flint, Michigan.

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INSIDE JOB

http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Inside_Job/70139555?trkid=2361637

From filmmaker Charles Ferguson comes this sobering, Oscar-winning documentary that presents in comprehensive yet cogent detail the pervasive and deep-rooted corruption that led to the global economic meltdown of 2008. Through unflinching interviews with key financial insiders, politicos, journalists and academics, Ferguson paints a galling portrait of an unfettered financial system run amok — without accountability. Actor Matt Damon narrates.

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FARENHEIT 9/11

http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Fahrenheit_9_11/70000505?trkid=2361637

DON’t EVEN GET ME STARTED! The biggest fuck up and slaughter a country could ever directly impose upon its citizens short of the actual act of deploying soldiers into a deadly battlefield. This act of treason by our own government is no different then Hitler’s forces attacking northern German Polish border villages and blaming the Polish in order to get invasion support.

One of the most controversial and provocative films of the year, Fahrenheit 9/11 is Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore’s searing examination of the Bush administration’s actions in the wake of the tragic events of 9/11.

With his characteristic humor and dogged commitment to uncovering the facts, Moore considers the presidency of George W. Bush and where it has led us. He looks at how – and why – Bush and his inner circle avoided pursuing the Saudi connection to 9/11, despite the fact that 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudis and Saudi money had funded Al Qaeda. Fahrenheit 9/11 shows us a nation kept in constant fear by FBI alerts and lulled into accepting a piece of legislation, the USA Patriot Act, that infringes on basic civil rights. It is in this atmosphere of confusion, suspicion and dread that the Bush Administration makes its headlong rush towards war in Iraq and Fahrenheit 9/11 takes us inside that war to tell the stories we haven’t heard, illustrating the awful human cost to U.S. soldiers and their families.

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RIVER OF WASTE

http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/A_River_of_Waste_The_Hazardous_Truth_About_Factory_Farms/70120370?trkid=2361637

THIS IS WHY I DO NOT PURCHASE/EAT MEAT from sources I do not research!

Learn the shocking truth behind factory farms — gigantic breeding grounds for meat and poultry — in this documentary that details how the practice wreaks havoc on the environment and on consumers’ health. Through disturbing footage and interviews with experts, director Don McCorkell paints a disturbing portrait of a food system that uses hormones, antibiotics and arsenic to increase its output with little regard for the damage it causes.

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REEL INJUN

http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Reel_Injun/70124584?trkid=2361637#height412

I saw this film at SxSW 2010 and it does a great job of documenting how our native ancestors have been portrayed by film. Up until the 1940s we were viewed as innocent, loving people but then public interest declined and the violent side of conflict and the defense of forced genocide became the focus.

I spend about 30 days a year on native reservations with my elders and at leadership peace conferences preserving and teaching the traditional ways. If this topic is close to your heart, you should follow my feeds and come visit an event with me this summer.

For more than a century, the film industry has depicted North American native people in a variety of ways — many of them wildly inaccurate. Recently, however, that’s begun to change. Director Neil Diamond captures both sides of the coin here. Through interviews with a gallery of actors and directors, including Clint Eastwood, this documentary reveals the film industry’s impact on the experiences of native people in the United States and Canada.

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BARBERSHOP PUNK

http://barbershoppunk.com/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JU3Z6hYF58I&feature=youtube_gdata

The above youTube video shows a few minutes of my interview with the director at SxSW 2010. We talked for a long time before and after the film about my ventures and we have stayed in touch since. I also follow Robb Topolski’s blog and his programming work with the Measurement Lab team projects.

http://measurementlab.net/

http://www.savetheinternet.com/

http://funchords.livejournal.com/

Keeping the independent/punk spirit alive, barbershop quartet fan Robb Topolski takes on the nation’s largest cable company, only to find himself at the center of a federal investigation, inspiring a larger story of censorship, individual voice and access.

Is “The Man” controlling the vertical, the horizontal, and the channel you’ll be on?

In a privatized American Internet, is big business “Big Brother” or does the free market protect and serve the needs of the average citizen with its invisible hand? With the simple act of swapping files, barbershop quartet baritone Robb Topolski finds himself at ground zero of a landmark case whose outcome will affect the rights of every American citizen.

Following one man’s personal quest to defend what he believes to be his inalienable rights, BARBERSHOP PUNK examines the critical issues surrounding the future of the American Internet and what it takes to challenge the status quo.

Contemplating the future of the American Internet and the inalienable rights under review, the film features discussions with Ian MacKaye, Damian Kulash of OK Go, Henry Rollins, Janeane Garofalo, EFF’s John Perry Barlow, U.S. Congressman Chip Pickering, Congressman Marsha Blackburn, Free Form DJ Jim Ladd, Clinton White House Press Secretary Mike McCurry, Michelle Combs of the Christian Coalition, Songwriters Guild President Rick Carnes, NARAL’s Ted Miller, lobbyist Jack Burkman, and FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein, among others.

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AMERICA: FREEDOM TO FACISM

http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/America_Freedom_to_Fascism/70057518?trkid=2361637#height1528

This is one of my favorite films. It does an amazing job to provide links and factual documentation against illegal seizure of your hard earned money for INCOME TAX.

It also gives a clear picture of the history of the Federal Reserve. By the time you are done watching this, you should be buying silver and gold like most of my friends and family!

Acclaimed filmmaker Aaron Russo directs this thorough investigation into the creation of the Federal Reserve and the controversial legislation (or lack thereof) that requires all American citizens to pay income taxes. Through revelatory interviews with key members of Congress, a former IRS Commissioner, tax attorneys, agents from the IRS and FBI, and various authors, Russo demystifies federal income tax and the creation of money.

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QUEEN OF THE SUN

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Vanishing of the Bees

http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Vanishing_of_the_Bees/70166291?trkid=2361637

It’s a phenomenon with a name — Colony Collapse Disorder — but no explanation or solution exists. This documentary details the economic, political and ecological consequences of a dwindling world honeybee population. It also lends a personal perspective to the problem by tagging along with a pair of commercial beekeepers as they struggle to keep their bees hearty enough to fulfill their pollination contracts.

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Honorable Mention: (Many celebrity based that influence our artistic expression but have a bit less affect on improving the world and our survival.)

ONCE IN A LIFETIME

http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Once_in_a_Lifetime/70052416?trkid=2361637#height1383

Capturing the true story of the team that almost changed how America defined its national pastime, this documentary chronicles the rise of sports sensations the New York Cosmos, the crown jewel of the North American Soccer League in the 1970s. Backed by TV mogul Steve Ross, the phenomenal Cosmos boasted star players such as Pele and Franz Beckenbauer, whipping U.S. fans into a frenzy with their exploits on and off the field.

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PELADA

http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Pelada/70134649?trkid=2361637

I saw this film at SxSW 2010 and it kicked ass. The crew spent a year traveling the world playing pickup soccer games and documenting the cultural impact. They put themselves in harms way several times to get into a game, for the love of it. They bribed their way into a prison game, the girl (Gwendolyn Oxenham) played in a Muslim game where women were not allowed and they almost got evicted from the country and had their tapes taken away; they even played as Jews vs. Muslims in Jerusalem.

After the film I hung out with the crew all night and shared our traveling soccer stories. We even discovered that we had met in passing when Gwen’s UNC team played my girlfriends Husker team.  I am absolutely delighted to see they made it into Netflix’s rotation.

*Two Americans who love soccer but didn’t make it in the pros travel to 25 different countries, where they find people of all backgrounds, races and classes who play the game for the sheer joy of it, regardless of their surroundings or equipment. A pelada, or pick-up game, is spontaneous, serious and fun, and anyone can join in. In exotic locales such as Bolivia, Kenya and Iran, the filmmakers celebrate the camaraderie generated by soccer.

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THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME

The pioneers of hard rock take the stage — and blow your mind. Led Zeppelin storm Madison Square Garden in this collection of footage taken from their legendary performances at the New York venue in 1973. Adding to the musical power and drama are hallucinatory fantasy sequences meant to illustrate each band member’s mental state. Songs performed in this swirl of sound and vision include “Black Dog,” “Stairway to Heaven” and “Whole Lotta Love.”

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THE KING OF LUCK

Willie Nelson story directed by Billy Bob Thorton

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IT MIGHT GET LOUD

Davis Guggenheim, creator of the Oscar-winning An Inconvenient Truth, directs this fascinating profile of three contemporary guitarists: Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, U2’s The Edge and Jack White of the White Stripes. Each talks about their creative process, technique and influences as cameras follow them to key locations in their own music history. A jam session featuring all three musicians is woven into their discussions.

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THE CONTROL ROOM

This documentary peers into the controversial and often dangerous operations of the Al Jazeera news network, an outlet that’s become the most accepted informational resource in the Arab community — even though it often enrages its own people. Egyptian-American filmmaker Jehane Noujaim gains extraordinary access to Al Jazeera journalists and examines the risks they confront on a daily basis by simply doing their jobs.

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180 DEGREE SOUTH

Inspired by pioneering outdoorsman Yvon Chouinard’s freewheeling 1968 van trip to Patagonia, South America, a band of bliss-seeking surfer-mountaineers sets out — in 2007, by boat — to remake the journey in this adventure documentary. Jeff Johnson and his buddies hug the coast, stopping at the Galapagos Islands and Easter Island before arriving in Patagonia — a region that’s still breathtaking but is now besieged by environmental threats.

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Nefarious : Merchant of Souls (Human Trafficking)

This film crew goes into some threatening areas and risks their lives to show the world what is going on behind closed doors in the worlds 2nd largest illegal industry behind weapons dealing.

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CARBON to WATER

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PERMACULTURE SHORT VIDEOS

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FARMLAND

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PLASTIC PARADISE

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BAG IT

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ADDICTED TO PLASTIC

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RACING EXTINCTION

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Fed UP

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Increasingly, Big Coal is spelling big trouble for Appalachian communities whose members have worked the mines for generations. This documentary reveals why with its explanation of the effects of mountaintop-removal mining on the region. Miners, coal company officials and area residents weigh in on the high price of “cheap energy” — especially when it involves blowing off mountain summits to expose seams. Journalist Michael Shnayerson narrates.
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Comments
  1. Luigi Fulk says:

    Now I dont mean to be a mean bad guy here but Isnt US insurance going downlhill? What do you think? Now I mean first it was bailing those greedy insurance companies and now lack of total responsibility towards an ethical insurance towards the poor. Where is Uncle Sam Heading?

  2. Just saw all this 🙂 Thanks for the love, we are opening after all this time in NYC tomorrow night
    xo – B.Punk!

  3. Tinker says:

    A good documentary list. I guess its a matter of taste which documentaries are the best of the best, but I quite liked these films also: Deep Water, Forks Over Knives, Presumed guilty, The Man Who Skied Down Everest, Touching the Void, Carts of Darkness and Forks Over Knives.

    Out of all the documentaries you listed, I’ve always seen The Real Dirt on Farmer John as being hugely underrated. Definitely a great one.

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