PUMP
2014, Submarine Deluxe, 88 min, USA, China, Dir: Joshua Tickell, Rebecca Harrell Tickell

For all the talk about achieving energy independence, America still runs on gasoline - but does it have to? This eye-opening documentary, narrated by Jason Bateman, reveals what put oil companies in the driver’s seat, and how economical, environmentally friendly alternatives to fossil fuels may be closer than we realize.


TRASHED
2012, First Pond Entertainment, 98 min, USA, Dir: Candida Brady

It’s not every day you see Jeremy Irons sitting next to a mountain of garbage, but if humanity doesn’t change its ways, soon we may all be surrounded by refuse. The actor serves as host and executive producer of this informative documentary, which takes viewers from landfills in Lebanon and China to the polluted northern Pacific Ocean to show the effect of billions of tons of waste produced annually. With health and environmental experts weighing in, TRASHED also points the way to more sustainable practices than “bury or burn.” Featuring a score by Oscar-winning composer Vangelis.


GASLAND
2010, HBO Documentary Films, 107 min, USA, Dir: Josh Fox

When filmmaker Josh Fox is offered money for the use of his land by a natural gas company, he begins investigating the booming industry and uncovers some disturbing revelations. The result is this acclaimed documentary, a study of Big Gas and the fracking practices that endanger us all, which plays like a riveting mystery tale.


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