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Provocative Nuclear Power Doc "Pandora's Promise" Drops On Theaters This Summer

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • April 30, 2013 11:13 AM
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Director Robert Stone's controversial doc "Pandora’s Promise," which challenges environmentalists’ assumptions on the dangers of nuclear power, will be released in theaters on June 12, followed by a November broadcast on CNN, it was just announced. With the film, Stone, the acclaimed doc-maker who has examined issues of environmentalism ("Earth Days") and nukes ("Radio Bikini") before, suggests that nuclear power may be an important tool in the fight against climate change

Will Participant's Latest Spanish Coproduction Expose Corporate Pollution?

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • April 29, 2013 3:37 PM
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Last week, it was announced that Julia Stiles and Scott Speedman would star in Lluis Quilez's "Out of the Dark," a supernatural thriller presented by Participant Media, the company known for producing films with a political bent, such as "An Inconvenient Truth" "Food, Inc," and "Lincoln." While Participant's Jonathan King said, “This is not your average ghost story," the company wasn't clear as to what political position the film would be taking on. But there is some evidence to suggest that the family may be haunted by corporate or ecological corruption.

"Gasland's" Josh Fox Unleashes "Occupy Sandy: A Human Response to the New Realities of Climate Change"

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • November 27, 2012 9:35 AM
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Is Josh Fox the new Michael Moore? Or perhaps Brave New Films' Robert Greenwald is the better analogy. From fracking to climate change, the "Gasland" filmmaker is turning into a one-man agit-prop movie machine, unleashing short films to activate his nearly 10,000 Twitter followers and effect the debate on energy issues. This Wednesday, Fox will join Occupy Sandy Relief organizers, 350.0rg, The Other 98%, and The Illuminator for a secret premiere of his new short film “Occupy Sandy: A Human Response to the New Realities of Climate Change." According to its Facebook page, the film "viscerally shows the damage left behind by the storm, highlights the heroic grassroots efforts of Occupy activists, and draws the connections between the storm, climate change, and the reckless greed of the fossil fuel industry."

Trash Docs Dump on Cannes: Filmmakers Talk Pollution at French Fest

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • May 18, 2012 3:58 PM
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Is it a coincidence that two new documentaries premiering in Cannes both take on issues of waste and pollution? While one is micro (Fatih Akin's "Polluting Paradise," which premiered today) and the other is macro (British filmmaker Candida Brady's "Trashed," premiering next Tuesday), taken together, the films mark the highest profile showings of social issue docs focusing on the way trash is ruining the planet and our personal health. For a post I did for the Wall Street Journal Online "Talking Trash at Cannes," the filmmakers spoke about what drove them to make their films and what they hope to achieve with them.

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