An Inconvenient Truth

An Inconvenient Truth changed the way the world looks at global worming.

The controversial Al Gore film was made in 2006 and immediately delivered an impact. The film examines the science of global warming along with examinging the history of Al Gore’s lifelong commitment to reverse it. A longtime advocate for the environment, Gore presents a wide array of facts and information in a thoughtful and compelling way through a documentary style of film. A movie critic had the following to say about the film: “Al Gore strips his presentations of politics, laying out the facts for the audience to draw their own conclusions in a charming, funny and engaging style, and by the end has everyone on the edge of their seats, gripped by his haunting message”.
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A Contaminated Democracy (That’s Fracked Up!)

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Typically film sequels only instigate eye-rolls from moviegoers, but I solemnly swear that “Gasland Part II” is worth viewing. The prequel “Gasland” invited viewers to join filmmaker Josh Fox as he educated himself about the natural gas industry’s hydraulic fracturing (fracking) method of gas extraction – and in the process, he exposed the environmental repercussions associated with it. In the follow-up film, Fox drills into the gas industry again by documenting how natural gas companies are taking advantage of property owners, threatening and propelling them into financial ruins. Continue reading

The Pursuit of Happiness

 

The-Culture-High-2014-movie-posterWhen I began the search for the perfect documentary, I thought the film The Culture High, created just last year in 2014 with $240,022 funded on Kickstarter, was just another film about why marijuana should be legalized, but it proved to be so much more. Incarcerations, “Wars based on concepts,” militarization of police, prohibitions of all kinds, the race for more, the discovery of the motives behind the government, and money are just a few topics explained within The Culture High. Combining the use of animations and interviews with celebrities like Snoop Dogg, and Wiz Khalifia, we also see very interesting and impactful interviews with medical professionals; former secret agents from various federal organizations; patients of diseases; former drug smugglers; experts on mental health and behavior; and even a few Neuropsychopharmacologists, we get a new view on the “War on Drugs” originally forged by Richard Nixon, through portrayals of very real proof of an ignorant nature displayed through very real video evidence. Continue reading

Film for Action: Love for Social Change

The film I chose is titled Love Has No Label and it is a very short (3:20) POWERFUL video campaign to fight discrimination and prejudism by promoting love as an indicator of one another’s acceptance of differences.

http://www.filmsforaction.org/watch/love-has-no-labels/

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Weeks 9 & 10: Web Talks, Do-Gooder Groups, and a Feature Documentary

Examples of People Donating Skills for Free:
Donorschoose.org
Teach for America
Download to Donate
Doctors Without Borders
Angles With Fur Japan


Documentary Feature

Born Into Brothels (2004) Full Film:

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“Yellow Fever” by Ng’endo Mukii

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The Kenyan, mixed-media documentary animation “Yellow Fever” explores colorism and self-image among African girls and women. It was made by the award winning, Kenyan filmmaker Ng’endo Mukii who’s portfolio spans advertising campaigns, children’s TV series, documentary animation and experimental films! She frequently uses storytelling and creative, highly-textured animation to make compelling films.

“Yellow Fever” served as Mukii’s thesis project at London’s Royal College of Art. The film has garnered a long list of accolades including Best Animation at the 7th Kenya International Film Festival in 2012, Best Animation in This Is England Film Festival (France), the Silver Hugo for Best Animated Short at the 49th Chicago International Film Festival (USA), and Best Short Film at the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (Nigeria), all in 2013.

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Weeks 8 and 9: Documentary and Film

Documentary Feature
Born Into Brothels (2004)
Link: Kids With Cameras

Film Short
I Want to Be a Pilot (2006)

Week 8 (Homework)

FilmsForActionBlog Post: Due: Thurs. April 2, 2015.
Choose a socially conscious film. (A great resource for finding free films to watch online is Films for Action.) It can be a film short or feature length/ documentary or fiction, etc.

Make a blog post that addresses the following:
1. Write a short summary of the film
2. Briefly analyze how it was made, techniques used, etc.
3. What was its budget? How was it funded?
4. How was it distributed? Which venues? Does the film have a website, etc?
5. In your opinion, what kind of impact did the film have?

*PS. Don’t forget that your Volunteer Assignment Action Plan as a result of your interview is due at the start of class, Tues. March 31, 2015.

CARE for Syria

I have expressed before that I am interested in all things related to education reform. Whether it be public school reform in the United States, or making access to education available in the third world–I maintain that education is the biggest catalyst for positive social change. This is what lead me to discover CARE Organization.

CARE operates internationally in a variety of different projects that range from ameliorating social injustice, to providing on-the-ground relief and assistance in natural disasters. I was immediately impressed with their campaign to end child marriage, through providing girls with an education. This effort is a part of their Women Empowerment campaign that addresses a host of women’s issues; including ending violence against women, ending child marriage, and educating men on how to champion women’s’ causes in their communities. Although these efforts are extraordinary, I was also drawn to their humanitarian efforts in emergency situations. CARE expertly address three different levels of aid, first long term solutions addressing social injustice. Second immediate action for communities that are in a state of emergency. Lastly instilling a sense of strength and resilience in the communities they interact with, to better prepare for future hazards. Continue reading

Lunch and Learn Workshop with Director, Conor Morrissey (Thurs. March 12, 2015 at 12:30 in Room B204)

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On Thursday March 12th from 12:30 to 1:30 in Room B204, AUR’s Film & Digital Media Program is having its third Lunch and Learn Workshop of the semester, taught by acclaimed film director, Conor Morrissey.
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