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Peripheral Vision: Reflecting on 'Dead Snow' and 'Oculus'

My last two columns in this series profiled the environmental docu-drama The Green Chain and Velcrow Ripper's personalised exploration of activism and spirituality, Fierce Light. Both of these films dealt with serious topics so this time around I thought I should lighten up. Don't get the idea that I'm going to be talking about the indie equivalent of Anne of Green Gables or Disney's Fantasia, though. Neither of the films profiled here are family-friendly and one is definitely not for viewers with weak stomachs.

Dead Snow

Getting attacked by regular zombies has got to be bad enough, but getting attacked by evil Nazi zombies when you are in a secluded hut in the Norwegian mountains has really gotta suck! That mountain shack scenario is the premise of Dead Snow (Død Snø), a Norwegian made zombie movie that was an Official Selection at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

According to director Tommy Wirkola,
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'Battlestar Galactica' Alumni Link Up in 'The Green Chain'

If you are a fan of Syfy's Battlestar Galactica, you probably know that some scenes of the series were filmed in and around the extensive forests of western British Columbia. What you may not realise, however, is that two of the show's stars - Tricia Helfer (Number Six) and Tahmoh Penikett ('Helo') - have lent their talents to a new indie docu-drama that is intended to raise awareness of issues associated with cutting down some of these forests.

The film, called The Green Chain, was written, directed and co-produced by Vancouver-born Mark Leiren-Young. His previous credits include scripts for episodes of the series The Collector, Blood Ties and Psi Factor. He has also written a book, 'Never Shoot a Stampede Queen', articles for 'Time Magazine', 'Maclean's' and 'The Utne Reader', and stage plays.

True to his roots, Leiren-Young focuses The Green Chain on the debate in British Columbia, but it
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Earth Day for Movie Fans

Earth Day was founded in 1970 with the goal of shaking up "the political establishment and [forcing] this issue onto the national agenda." The site for the Earth Day Network has many practical suggestions; start with the "footprint calculator" to see your impact on the planet.

In Theaters. Disney opened the G-rated documentary Earth today; its the first in a planned series from their new Disneynature label. Narrated by James Earl Jones, it's a condensed version of the 12-hour BBC mini-series Planet Earth, directed by Mark Linfield and Alastair Fothergill. Critical reaction has been mostly positive: 76% on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer. And, as Elisabeth Rappe alerted us, Disney will plant a tree in your name if you buy a ticket to the movie via their web site between now and next Tuesday, April 28.

Online Viewing. We've already pointed to one option earlier today, Off the Grid: Life on the Mesa, which can be viewed at our site,
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Celebrate Earth Day by Watching Eco-Friendly Films Online

To celebrate Earth Day, the folks at Cinetic Right Management (Crm) has put together a series of "eco-friendly" films that can be viewed for the low-energy cost of free in various places online. "Cinetic wanted to celebrate Earth Day and green initiatives around the globe with a select group of titles on various platforms,” says Crm’s Matt Dentler. “We're excited to make these films available in one of the most environmentally-friendly ways possible: online." These films include a film called Greasy Rider that stars Morgan Freeman (pictured above with filmmakers Joey Carey and J.J. Beck) alongside Yoko Ono. That's right, for those of you who ever wondered what it would be like to see a film that involves both Morgan Freeman and Yoko Ono, here's your chance. All jokes aside, we here at Film School Rejects support doing right by the environment. This is why we take a full recycling bin of beer bottles to the
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