Company Town: ‘quiet tragedy’ of an Arkansas community vs the Kochs

Read the full story in The Guardian.

A new film tells the story of Crossett, Arkansas – a small town dominated by a Koch brothers-owned paper mill, blamed for dumping cancer-causing chemicals.

Anthony Bourdain Would Like To Talk To You About Food Waste

Read the full post at Gothamist.

If anyone can make the very important and urgent topic of food waste sexy and interesting maybe it’s Anthony Bourdain? The chef and TV host is the executive producer Wasted! The Story Of Food Waste, a documentary film on the subject that premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, with a wider release coming in October. Sorry John Oliver; maybe get some more tattoos?

The film—directed by The Mind of a Chef and Bourdain properties The Layover and Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown producers/directors Anna Chai and Nari Kye— draws attention to the crisis while also offering solutions from industry luminaries like chef Dan Barber, who’s been a local champion of the cause at his Blue Hill restaurants. The film also includes appearances and insights from the likes of Mario Batali, Massimo Bottura and Danny Bowien, among others.

Can Hollywood save us from climate catastrophe?

Read the full post at GreenBiz.

By taking on the link between football and brain injuries, the recently released movie “Concussion” reminds us of the potential for Hollywood to shape attitudes and beliefs about controversial topics through entertainment.

The film has put America’s most popular sport under a microscope and sparked a dialogue about children participating in contact sports and the role of the National Football League in preventing injuries to its players.

Certainly, there is the potential for a similar movie to be made about climate change — one that builds on “An Inconvenient Truth” and speaks to a new generation.

How to Make Global Warming Look Like a Movie

Read the full story in The Atlantic.

As their Emmy Award-winning doc series moves to the National Geographic Channel, the producers of Years of Living Dangerously talk about tricking viewers into learning about the climate.

Mobile Film Festival partners with the UN to focus on climate change

For its first international edition, the Mobile Film Festival announces a partnership with United Nations to focus on climate change. This 11th competition will be held in Paris, France in December 2015 to coincide with the Climate Change Conference COP21. For this special competition, films submitted to the Festival must deal with the global topic “Act on Climate Change”.

Filmmakers from around the world can make submissions in their native language. Films must be uploaded directly on the Mobile Film Festival website and subtitled in their original version. Thanks to our partner Dotsub, directors will be able subtitle their films in any other languages they want. Deadline for submission is September 28, 2015. For more information, including the rules of entry and to upload films go to www.mobilefilmfestival.com.

How Bad is the Food Waste Issue? Two Daring Filmmakers Found Out

Read the full post at Shareable.

A staggering 40 percent of the food that’s grown and produced in the US gets thrown away. But our food waste problem isn’t limited to one industry. It starts with the farms where food is grown and trickles through every aspect of food production, retail, and consumption, down to the food in our own refrigerators that goes to waste.

Filmmakers Jen Rustemeyer and Grant Baldwin did a deep and personal dive into the issue of food waste. Motivated by the billions of dollars of good food that is wasted each year in North America, they quit grocery shopping and survived on foods that would otherwise be thrown away for six months. They documented their experience in the film, Just Eat It: a Food Waste Story.

A New Documentary Probes the Vast Human Experiment of Unregulated Chemicals

Read the full story in Newsweek.

The next time you buy a stick of deodorant or a bottle of dish soap, consider this: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has tested and published data on only approximately 200 of the roughly 83,000 chemicals legally used to make products in the U.S., according to a California Senate review from 2010.

Meanwhile, food manufacturers can put thousands of additives into their products without approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) because of a loophole in a decades-old food additive law, the Center for Public Integrity reported this week.

What does this mean? According to the producers of a new documentary, it means we play the role of test subjects in a vast human experiment.