Each of us can make a difference if we step up and try our best / Becoming Planet Citizens
- Focusing on Stories that Move Us
Diversity in Hollywood: The Time Is Now
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences spotlighted the diversity of invitations to join the voting Academy in 2016.
"Back in 2012, 30 percent of that year’s invitees were women and 10 percent were non-white. In 2016, 46 percent are women and 41 percent are people of color."
- 2018 - https://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-academy-new-members-list-2018-06252018-story.html
- 2017 - https://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/motion-picture-academy-invites-largest-class-ever-diversity-push-n777826
- The twists of fate that allow life to thrive on Earth
Much of what we, activists in environmental, political reform, encounter in changing the world can be difficult, almost impossible,
and very often we must have resilience and persistence in the face of forces arrayed against visionary work needed to make a difference.
AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH / AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An_Inconvenient_Truth
Al Gore (controversially) lost the race for U.S. president in 2000. A door closed, a window opened as he chose to become a full-time, full-on environmental activist and educator.
>After seeing former US Vice President Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, people worldwide finally understood the reality of the climate crisis devastating our planet. For many, it was the moment they knew they personally had to do something about it. The film’s impact continues to be felt more than a decade after it won the 2007 Academy Award for Best Documentary and took its place among the highest-grossing documentaries ever.
>Last year’s follow-up, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, took the Climate Crisis story further...
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beasts_of_the_Southern_Wild
>Living in a Louisiana bayou community called “the Bathtub,” six-year-old Hush Puppy (youngest-ever Best Actress Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis) can’t get the prehistoric aurochs her teacher tells her will be released from melting ice caps off her mind – even as the world in front of her crumbles and cowers, the victim of powerful storms, failing levees, and familial health problems.
>While the film’s setting is technically fictional, it was inspired by several very real fishing villages in Southern Louisiana's Terrebonne Parish. These small, isolated wetland communities are threatened by climate-driven erosion, extreme weather, and rising sea levels. Most notable among them is the rapidly disappearing Isle de Jean Charles, former home of “the first American climate refugees.”
Hushpuppy, an intrepid six-year-old girl, lives with her father, Wink, in the Bathtub, a southern Delta community at the edge of the world. Wink's tough love prepares her for the unraveling of the universe; for a time when he's no longer there to protect her. When Wink contracts a mysterious illness, nature flies out of whack, temperatures rise, and the ice caps melt, unleashing an army of prehistoric creatures called aurochs. With the waters rising, the aurochs coming, and Wink's health fading, Hushpuppy goes in search of her lost mother. (Written by Sundance Film Festival)
Magical, thought-provoking, very, very watchable
26 July 2012 | by oldgirl
I can understand how most people view this film within the context of Hurricane Katrina. But even as a former denizen of the Gulf coast who sat out Alicia, Claudette, Allen, Rita, and Ike, I view this film in a much, much larger context. It goes beyond stereotype and into archetype -- the denizens of the Bathtub aren't poor drunks at the mercy of the environment, they are The People of the world they inhabit. Hushpuppy doesn't have a drunk father, she has a Father, with many of the faults and strengths of the immortal epic heroes -- anger, pride, genuine love and concern. Hushpuppy herself isn't just a little girl, she is The Child -- the purveyor of a magic which is real, intimately connected with her world, imaginatively linked with All Things. The outside world is a place of Things and Machines, of paperwork and rules -- and is never actually named, you see, because that would diminish it. Everything in this film exists within the realm of archetype, and if you watch it with that in mind, its multiple messages take on cosmic significance. Beautifully shot, beautifully acted -- it's going to take a few more days for the entire thing to completely sink in. Outstanding!
- From GreenPolicy360's friends at the Bioneers and Leo DiCaprio ...
>That coral reefs are existentially threatened by the climate crisis is a truth near-universally acknowledged. But filmmaker Jeff Orlowski doesn’t simply telegraph a report on this impending ecological catastrophe.
>Instead, Orlowski infuses his film with such empathy and ardor for our world’s oceans and their vibrant ecosystems – as well as those working hard to save what’s left – that it’s impossible to not walk away pumped up and ready to join the fight.
INTERSTELLAR - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interstellar_(film) (kudos to Co-producer Lynda Obst)
>Director Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is that rarest of Hollywood anomalies – a wildly complicated, lavishly expensive, wholly original mainstream blockbuster. It doesn’t exist in the Marvel or DC cinematic universes; instead, it occupies a not-so-distant-future version of our very own – and things aren’t exactly going great.
>While the words “climate change” are never explicitly said in the film, the impacts of the crisis are writ large, driving a plot about an attempt to flee a near-future Earth reeling from drastically changing weather patterns and global food shortages for the safety of a new habitable planet.
>Featuring one of the most stacked casts in recent memory, including Oscar winners Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, and Ellen Burstyn and nominees Jessica Chastain, Timothée Chalamet, and John Lithgow, Interstellar takes on a very real consequence of climate inaction, though it offers up an untenable solution.
>After all, there’s still no Planet B.
SNOWPIERCER - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowpiercer
>The film is set in a future where a failed geoengineering experiment to counteract climate change plunges the planet into a new ice age, killing all life except for those lucky enough (a phrase we’re using loosely here) to have boarded the titular train. This train now circles the globe on a constant loop and a tyrannical class system has taken hold onboard.
>It’s an important cautionary tale: While we should investigate any and all scientific developments to stop the climate crisis, dangerous gambles like geoengineering – or for that matter, fleeing our planet for an imagined oasis somewhere deep in the universe – could come with unintended consequences.
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Virtual Reality in Space
New Perspective of the Home Planet
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Jamie & Robert Redford
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No more Mr. Nice Science Guy?
With his beloved PBS series having officially wrapped back in 1998 (although still playing in perpetuity on TV and classrooms everywhere), Bill Nye finds himself at a career crossroads.
While his trademark bow tie is still very much intact, his struggle to be taken seriously as a passionate advocate for the environment, facing off against dismissive climate change deniers and the anti-science movement, is intimately chronicled in the documentary Bill Nye: Science Guy, which had its world premiere at South by Southwest.
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A Beautiful Planet
May - 2016 / IMAX
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Leonardo takes an Oscar and speaks out...
"Making The Revenant was about man's relationship to the natural world, a world that we collectively felt in 2015 as the hottest year in recorded history. Our production needed to move to the southern tip of this planet just to be able to find snow. Climate change is real. It is happening right now. It's the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating.
"We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters or the big corporations, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people who will be most affected by this. For our children's children and for those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed, I thank you all for this amazing award tonight.
"Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted. Thank you so much."
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In the movie industry the term "look-see" is used to describe a first look...
a glimpse of a project, a creator's idea, an initial concept, story, package, a pitch of a screenplay...
Our media reviews are quick look-sees, online intros, scoops and insights of projects worth your time and thought.
So pull up to your screen, log on, stream, download, rent it, buy it, go out to a movie, get virtual, take it to the next level... Act out!
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“I told the crew, 'We’re not making a movie – we’re starting a movement'. This film is one component of a movement that will go on and on...
and hopefully live in people’s hearts and minds and change behavior. We are the only generation that can save species for millions of years going forward...”
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- New Ways of Seeing
To push the edge... I believe we are at the threshold. Take the time to make breakthroughs.
Premiere of BigPicture Media
A Brief Message from SJS - GreenPolicy Siterunner
Here on the Big Picture we throw a eco-Spotlight on important environmentally attuned films/movies/media.
At GreenPolicy, we bring a dramatic 360° perspective.
And a personal POV as "Planet Citizens".
Welcome to a Blue Planet adventure.
~ from Clearwater, Florida