FILM LIFE: Energy Demands and the Black Gold | Chapter 7

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1. Do the Math (2013)

50 min | Documentary

Bill McKibben in a David-vs-Goliath battle fights the fossil fuel industry to change the terrifying math of the climate crisis.

Directors: Kelly Nyks, Jared P. Scott | Stars: Lester Brown, Mike Brune, Majora Carter, Susan Casey-Lefkowitz

Votes: 101

Energy Demands and the Black Gold _________________________

IMDb Watch Now External Link: 'Do the Math' Official Site.

2. The Last Mountain (2011)

PG | 95 min | Documentary

62 Metascore

A coal mining corporation and a tiny community vie for the last great mountain in Appalachia in a battle for the future of energy that affects us all.

Director: Bill Haney | Stars: Susan Bird, Don Blankenship, Ron Burris, Barbara Bush

Votes: 267 | Gross: $0.12M

Bill Haney's statement: "The central front in the battle for America's energy future, with enormous consequences for the health and economic prospects of every citizen, is the fight for Appalachian coal. In valleys and on mountaintops throughout the heart of the eastern seaboard, the coal industry detonates the explosive power of a Hiroshima bomb each and every week, shredding timeless landscape to bring coal wealth to a few, and leaving devastated communities and poisoned water to many. With politicians siding with their corporate donors, it falls to a rag tag army of local activists to stand alone for the welfare of their families, their heritage and for a principled and sound energy future. Our film is their film - the uplifting story of the power of ordinary citizens to remake the future when they have the determination and courage to do so."

Link: 'The Last Mountain' Official Site.


Related topic: Untold Heroes and Strength of Community

IMDb Watch Now Link: Above the Ashes (2011 Short Film).


Related topic: Mountaintop Removal Mining in West Virginia

IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie (Overburden).


Related topic: Coal Mining and Farmland in Australia

IMDb Watch Now Link: Mine Your Food Bowl?

3. From the Ashes (II) (2017)

PG | 81 min | Documentary

From the Ashes captures Americans in communities across the country as they wrestle with the legacy of the coal industry and what its future should be under the Trump Administration. From ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Bonfiglio | Stars: Regina Lilly, Cecil Lilly, C. Belmont Keeney, Carl Pope

Votes: 129

4. Blood on the Mountain (2016)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, History, News

74 Metascore

'Blood on the Mountain' focuses on the environmental and economic injustice and corporate control in West Virginia and its rippling effect on all American workers. This film will tell the ... See full summary »

Directors: Mari-Lynn C. Evans, Jordan Freeman

Votes: 247 | Gross: $0.00M

5. Centralia: Pennsylvania's Lost Town (2017)

PG | 90 min | Documentary, History

A small town is overcome by a massive underground mine fire which began in 1962. As a result, hundreds of residents had to be relocated.

Director: Joe Sapienza | Stars: Don Bailey, Jack Carling, Colleen Coddington, Joe Coddington

Votes: 13

6. When Clouds Clear (2008)

TV-G | 77 min | Documentary

A documentary about the history and struggle of the remote Ecuadorian town, Junín and the conflicts that have arisen due to international mining interests.

Directors: Danielle Bernstein, Anne Slick

Votes: 28

Andrew Bernstein quote: "Nothing is given to man on earth - struggle is built into the nature of life, and conflict is possible - the hero is the man who lets no obstacle prevent him from pursuing the values he has chosen."

Link: 'When Clouds Clear' Official Site.


Related topic: Bauxite Mining and the 'Wildlife Warrior'

IMDb Watch Now Link: Shiny Alumina (2009 Short Film).


Related topic: Mining and the Struggles of the Mexican Huichol Indians

IMDb: Full Movie (Wiricuta: In the Cross Hairs of Globalization).


Related topic: Destruction of a Sustainable Community

IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie (The Crosses of Quillagua).

7. Behemoth (2015)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary

85 Metascore

Under the sun, the heavenly beauty of grasslands will soon be covered by the raging dust of mines. Facing the ashes and noises caused by heavy mining , the herdsmen have no choice but to ... See full summary »

Director: Liang Zhao

Votes: 814

8. The Fight for Bala (2015)

10 min | Documentary, Short

The Fight For Bala (released with The Huffington Post), by award-winning film directors Rob Stewart and Jonah Bryson examines the determination of a community to stand together and fight ... See full summary »

Directors: Jonah Bryson, Rob Stewart | Star: Rob Stewart

Votes: 13

9. The Warriors of Qiugang (2010)

39 min | Documentary, Short

Villagers in a remote district of central China take on a chemical company that is poisoning their water and air. For five years they fight to transform their environment and as they do, they find themselves transformed as well.

Director: Ruby Yang | Stars: Wang Yongcui, Gongli Zhang

Votes: 140

Zhang Gongli quotes: "We are sorry to be born in this place, but we had no choice. This was forced upon us."

"I feel scared - I really don't want to be a hero, but the next generation will suffer. We risk our lives for their happiness."

Link: 'The Warriors of Qiugang' Official Site.

10. Bhopali (2011)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary, History, News

In 1984, the world's worst industrial disaster devastated and contaminated Bhopal, India. Today the suffering continues, prompting victims to fight for justice and corporate responsibility, which has long been ignored.

Director: Max Carlson | Stars: Saiba Babu, Salam Babu, Rashida Bee, Hazra Bi

Votes: 57

Quotes - International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal: //

Music Video: IMDb Watch Now Link: White Fog of Bhopal by Taipan.

11. Big Men (2013)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary

90 Metascore

The film's central story follows a small group of American explorers at Dallas-based oil company Kosmos Energy. Between 2007 and 2011, with unprecedented, independent access, Big Men's ... See full summary »

Director: Rachel Boynton

Votes: 547 | Gross: $0.04M

12. Dear President Obama (2016)

100 min | Documentary

During President Obama's terms extreme energy extraction grew faster than anyone could have predicted, putting the 17 million people in America who live within one mile of a new gas or oil rig in harm's way.

Director: Jon Bowermaster | Star: Mark Ruffalo

Votes: 73

Link: 'Dear President Obama' Official Site.


Related topic: Communities for Clean Energy in Pennsylvania and Balcombe

IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie (Sustainability Pioneers: It Takes a Village).

13. GasLand (2010)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary

An exploration of the fracking petroleum extraction industry and the serious environmental consequences involved.

Director: Josh Fox | Stars: Josh Fox, Dick Cheney, Pete Seeger, Richard Nixon

Votes: 10,060 | Gross: $0.03M

HBO: Gasland: Home - Official Site Link: //

Related Link: Environmental impact of hydraulic fracturing in the United States - Wikipedia.

14. Gasland Part II (2013)

Not Rated | 125 min | Documentary

A documentary that declares the gas industry's portrayal of natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is a myth, and that fracked wells inevitably leak over time, contaminating ... See full summary »

Director: Josh Fox | Stars: Al Armendariz, Kindra Arnesen, Lon Burnam, Lois Capps

Votes: 1,556

15. Blood and Oil: The Middle East in World War I (2006 Video)

Not Rated | 112 min | Documentary, History, War

Marty Callaghan's Synopsis: Except for the Dardanelles/Gallipoli campaigns, the extensive combat operations in the Middle East during World War I have been largely overlooked in documentary... See full summary »

Director: Marty Callaghan

Votes: 134

External Viewing: Blood and Oil - Top Documentary Films: //

16. Crude (2009)

Unrated | 105 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

The story of lawsuit by tens of thousands of Ecuadorans against Chevron over contamination of the Ecuadorean Amazon.

Director: Joe Berlinger | Stars: Dan Ashley, Pablo Fajardo, Kent Robertson, German Yanez

Votes: 785 | Gross: $0.17M

Protester at 2008 Chevron Shareholders meeting, quote: "In Ecuador as in Nigeria, as in Richmond, as in Iraq, as in Burma, this company chose profit over people. It's clear that this company has no moral responsibility, no ethics. And that's why we're all here."

Link: 'Crude: The Real Price of Oil' Official Site.


Related topic: Oil Exploitation

IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie (Amazon Oil Pipeline - Pollution, Corruption and Poverty).

17. Crude Impact (2006)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary, History

An examination of the interconnection of human domination of the planet and the use of petroleum, and offers solutions for how we can stop our progression down this destructive path.

Director: James Jandak Wood | Stars: Thom Hartmann, William Rees, Richard Heinberg, Michael Economides

Votes: 247

About James Kandak Wood: "'Crude Impact' is James' filmmaking debut. Inspired by a trip to the rainforest in the summer of 2004 with The Pachamama Alliance, James read obsessively on the effects of oil exploration and use on the rainforest, world climate, humanity and other species. His passion for the issue motivated him to produce a film in order to bring awareness of the situation to a wider audience."

Link: 'Crude Impact' Official Site.


Related topic: Destroying Communities: The Oil Crisis in Northern Alberta

IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie (Oil on Lubicon Land: A Photo Essay).

18. The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil (2006)

53 min | Documentary

The documentary, "The Power of Community - How Cuba Survived Peak Oil," was inspired when Faith Morgan and Pat Murphy took a trip to Cuba through Global Exchange in August, 2003. That year ... See full summary »

Director: Faith Morgan | Stars: Bruce Cromer, Jorge Mario, Rachel Bruhnke, Eugene 'Pat' Murphy

Votes: 235

M. Scott Peck quote: "There can be no vulnerability without risk; there can be no community without vulnerability; there can be no peace, and ultimately no life, without community."

19. Oil on Ice (2004)

Not Rated | 56 min | Documentary

This film shows the beauty and grandeur of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge against the political backdrop of oil exploration and development, and its impact upon Alaska Natives and the land

Directors: Bo Boudart, Dale Djerassi | Stars: Peter Coyote, Adeline Peter Raboff, Amory Lovins, Celia Hunter

Votes: 55

Link: 'Oil on Ice' Official Site.


Related topic: The Exxon Valdez Disaster - Alaska

IMDb Watch Now Link: Hindsight and Foresight: 20 Years After the Exxon Valdez Spill (2009 Short Film).


Related topic: Oil Drilling in the Arctic Ocean

IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie (Oil and Ice: The Risks of Drilling in Alaska's Arctic Ocean).

20. Black Ice (2014)

Not Rated | 53 min | Documentary

The story of the Greenpeace ship and its crew, which set sail to protest the first oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean, only to be detained as pirates by Russian authorities.

Director: Maarten van Rouveroy | Stars: Kumi Naidoo, Rick Steiner, Roman Dolgov, Faiza Oulahsen

Votes: 28

21. Saving Pelican 895 (2011)

40 min | Documentary, Short

Presents the story of the effort to save the 895th surviving oiled pelican in Louisiana, showing how conservationists, government agencies and wildlife activists joined forces to preserve this one life.

Director: Irene Taylor Brodsky | Stars: Michael Carloss, Jay Holcomb

Votes: 80

Irene Taylor Brodsky quote: "They won't really know for years about the effect of the spill or the dispersants that were used after. But if you go to the Louisiana coast you will see a lot of pelicans. They are very tough."

22. Dirty Energy (2012)

TV-G | 95 min | Documentary, News

On April 20th, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded off the Gulf of Mexico taking the lives of 11 workers and sank as millions of barrels of oil poured into the ocean creating ... See full summary »

Director: Bryan D. Hopkins | Stars: George Barisich, Margaret Curole, Kevin Curole, Riki Ott

Votes: 26

23. The Great Invisible (2014)

PG-13 | 92 min | Documentary

72 Metascore

A documentary on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion as seen through the eyes of oil executives, survivors and Gulf Coast residents who experienced it first-hand and then were left to pick up the pieces while the world moved on.

Director: Margaret Brown | Stars: Meccah Boynton-Brown, Doug Brown, Bob Cavnar, Brent Coon

Votes: 512 | Gross: $0.01M

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill began on April 20, 2010, in the Gulf of Mexico on the BP-operated Macondo Prospect.

Start date: April 20, 2010

Location: Gulf of Mexico

Number of casualties: 11

Location: United States of America

External Link: Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill | Wikipedia:

24. Fire in the Night (2013)

94 min | Documentary, History

Fire in the Night relives the tragic events that occurred on the Piper Alpha rig on 6th July 1988. It was a catastrophe that killed 167 men and left only 61 survivors, each of whom had to ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Wonke

Votes: 253

Anthony Wonke quote: "I'd like to thank everyone who voted for Fire in the Night, it really does mean an awful lot to everyone involved, especially all the men who took part in this film. I know that they will be incredibly touched and thankful that the public engaged with this film and their story in such a positive way."

25. The Overnighters (2014)

PG-13 | 102 min | Documentary, Drama

89 Metascore

Broken, desperate men chase their dreams and run from their demons in the North Dakota oil fields. A local Pastor risks everything to help them.

Director: Jesse Moss | Stars: Jay Reinke, Andrea Reinke, Alan Mezo, Shelly Schultz

Votes: 2,266 | Gross: $0.11M

26. Lessons of Darkness (1992)

Not Rated | 54 min | Documentary, War

This film shows the disaster of the Kuwaitian oil fields in flames, with few interviews and no explanatory narration. Hell itself is presented in such beautiful sights and music that one has to be fascinated by it.

Director: Werner Herzog | Star: Werner Herzog

Votes: 4,983

Narrator: "This was once a forest before it was covered with oil. Everything that looks like water is in actuality oil. Ponds and lakes are spread out all over the land. The oil is treacherous because it reflects the sky. The oil is trying to disguise itself as water."

27. Oil & Water (I) (2014)

77 min | Documentary, Action, Biography

'Oil & Water' is the story of two boys coming of age in the middle of one of the world's worst toxic disasters: the contamination of Ecuador's Amazon region by reckless oil drilling. Hugo ... See full summary »

Directors: Laurel Spellman Smith, Francine Strickwerda

Votes: 35

Director's Statement excerpt: "A documentary filmmaker once said that when you choose an idea for a film, you need to date it a while, and make sure you can fall in love with it. Because you will be eating, drinking and sleeping with it for a long time. It made us laugh, because it's so true. It's also about how a human story can knock the wind out of you with its brilliance, and then how it will haunt and nag you until you have no choice but to make your film. That's how we got to making 'Oil & Water', which we began filming in 2006."

"We are hopeful that the Cofan will be able to save their culture and their land, and we are in awe of their strength and perseverance. It's been an honor to spend the past seven years following Hugo and David, and we are grateful to them for sharing their stories."

Link: 'Oil & Water' Official Site.

28. Blind Spot (I) (2008)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary

Blind Spot is a documentary film that illustrates the current oil and energy crisis that our world is facing. Whatever measures of ignorance, greed, wishful thinking, we have put ourselves ... See full summary »

Director: Adolfo Doring | Stars: Richard Heinberg, Lester Brown, Ted Caplow, William R. Catton

Votes: 153

Himself - Journalist, Educator quote: "Fossil fuels are inherently finite. Oil was created 90-115 million years ago, and we're drawing down this stock of highly concentrated fuel in an amazingly short period of time. What's 200 years compared to 115 million years? And that oil is going to be gone virtually by the end of this century. So the 20th century was all about using more of the stuff. It was the great petroleum fiesta - one time only in the history of our species. The 21st century is going to be all about how that party winds down. This is the most serious problem to face the human race since we've been human."

IMDb Watch Now Link: Miscellaneous Sites Film database.


Related topic: Reducing Oil Dependency

IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie (Turning Oil into Salt - America's fuel choice).

29. Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution (2017)

TV-14 | 71 min | Documentary

Filmmaker Jamie Redford embarks on a colorful personal journey into the dawn of the clean energy era as it creates jobs, turns profits, and makes communities stronger and healthier across the US.

Director: James Redford | Stars: James Redford, Mark Ruffalo

Votes: 206

30. Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006)

PG | 92 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

A documentary that investigates the birth and death of the electric car, as well as the role of renewable energy and sustainable living in the future.

Director: Chris Paine | Stars: Martin Sheen, Tom Hanks, Mel Gibson, Reverend Gadget

Votes: 11,975 | Gross: $1.68M

Quotes from //

"It was among the fastest, most efficient production cars ever built. It ran on electricity, produced no emissions and catapulted American technology to the forefront of the automotive industry. The lucky few who drove it never wanted to give it up. So why did General Motors crush it's fleet of EV-1 electric vehicles in the Arizona Desert?"

Why Electric Cars?:

1. Electricity is cheaper than gas, and can come from renewable sources such as solar and wind power. 2.Electric cars pollute less than gas-powered cars (especially when renewable energy sources are used to generate the electricity). 3.Electric cars are much more reliable and require less maintenance than gas-powered cars. You don't even need to get your quarterly oil change. 4. By using domestically-generated electricity rather than relying on foreign oil, we can achieve energy independence and will no longer need to engage in costly wars in the Middle East to secure an energy supply. 5. Electric cars can utilize the existing electrical grid rather than require the development of a new, expensive energy infrastructure (as would be the case with hydrogen).

Quote from 'The Economist':

"By the end of the film, you actually come to mourn the passing of the EV-1, a well-intentioned soul that was in the right place at the right time, but was surrounded by the wrong people."


Related topic: Ride the Future Tour

IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie (Kick Gas).


Related topic: Resurgence of the Electric Car

IMDb Watch Now Link: Revenge of the Electric Car - Trailer.

31. Taken for a Ride (1996)

52 min | Documentary

How the American auto industry engineered the demise of city public-transit systems.

Director: Jim Klein | Stars: Jim Klein, Renee Montagne, Bradford Snell, Joe Alfonsie

Votes: 113

Narrator: "Weren't the streetcars making money?"

Barney Larrick: "Not after I got done chopping heads off, they weren't making money. Reduce service, make it less attractive to the customer, sell off property and holdings, take the money out, raise fares, suck the company dry, pull the company down. That's what we did."

Link: 'Taken for a Ride' New Day Films Official Site.

32. The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power (1992– )

PG-13 | Documentary

The globe-spanning story of the oil industry from the first strikes of the 19th century through the Gulf War. The industry's colorful characters and oil's key role in 20th century history are brought to life by participants and historians.

Stars: Donald Sutherland, Daniel Yergin, Norman Cooley, Stephanie Cran

Votes: 107

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