|Tom and his production team watch their premiere at the Palm|
His search - as it plays out through interviews with some of the greatest minds of today - is empowering and accessible, profoundly thoughtful and deeply moving. Basic premises of accepted human urges toward aggression and consumption are questioned and a paradigm shift in our thinking is gracefully and convincingly proposed.
I don’t know if it was the fact that I viewed the premiere of “I Am” at the culmination of a day full of emotional and powerful films, or if it was the content of this film exclusively, but when the end credits began to roll, I was flooded with a rush of endorphins and burst into tears of pure love - for the film and for the potential in all of us. I am grateful beyond words for Tom’s personal commitment to this movie and to making the world a better place through his own life changes as well as the connection and love that I witnessed in his conversations with others throughout the festival.
I cannot wait for this movie to get larger distribution - I very much look forward to experiencing it again!
|Dr. Theo Colburn, Jeb Berrier and Suzan Beraza talk plastics|
After work had begun on the film, it was discovered that Jeb (the “average guy” in the film) was expecting his first child. The intimacy that is conveyed once the investigation now includes the deeply personal question of how to safely bring a newborn baby into the world - how intimate and invasive the situation is with endocrine disruptors in our plastics and every part of our lives - is truly powerful. Some of the biggest names in the field are interviewed (although I believe the film-makers are still “on hold” with the plastics industry). The result is an engaging and intimate story combined with a very convincing global message that will leave you seriously examining your own relationship to plastic on every level.
|Discussing the challenges of filming in Kamchatka|
A classic Mountainfilm adventure story journeys to the edges of our planet - in this case the spectacular (albeit mosquito infested) beauty of a most remote and pristine wilderness on the Kamchatka Peninsula of Russia.
We already know that the team of Felt Soul Media are truly gifted film-makers. Ben’s ability to make the experience of a film absolutely gorgeous has been apparent from his very first works. What is less expected here is his use of wit and dry humor in this film. Gorgeous shooting, music, art direction, character development, narration and editing are all perfectly timed and brilliant. I watched the passion of these characters and though I have never landed a fish on a fly-rod, I could not get enough of their passion and love of the sport (which I almost want to call art). I can’t wait to add this film to my growing Felt Soul Media collection!
|Josh Fox talks about his film and dangers of hydraulic fracturing|
This film is currently running on HBO’s documentary series, and is one that will grab you and make you ANGRY. Anyone who thinks natural gas is a “natural” or acceptable alternative as a source of energy needs to see this film. It definitely opened my eyes to a world of questions!
Please visit the Mountainfilm website to learn more.
They also have a post including links to most of the festival movie sites from the 2010 lineup here.