Sunday, August 16, 2009

Earth Days the movie

Just wanted to mention that my friend Robert Stone's new documentary, "Earth Days" is out & is very good indeed. While I prefer his earlier, darker work like "Guerilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst", this is a very upbeat, inspiring movie. It's about the early days of the environmental movement in the USA, & follows its development from the early 60s (Rachel Carson's book "Silent Spring" being a key moment) up through its successes in the 60s & 70s. The movie comes to a halt around the 1980s where the movement hit a road block & became a polarizing force, losing out somewhat to big industry & big oil. Still, a very inspiring piece that indicates quite clearly that the job is not yet done & points the way to the future.

Here is the movie poster:

The movie is a combination of archival footage (some of it darkly humorous, such as kids eating sandwiches at a picnic being sprayed with DDT or similar to show how harmless it was) and contemporary interviews with some of the leading lights of the movement, now in their 60s or older. Stone makes his points without hammering you over the head, but makes them clearly.

As you may be able to hear, the score by Michael Giacchino is also superb.

We saw the movie last night at Upstate Films here in Rhinebeck NY, where Robert did a Q&A session afterwards, then we went next door to Starr Place (restaurant) for drinks & hors d'oeuvres (sp?) with Robert & many other friends.

Here is the web site link for the movie:

It's a great movie & well worth seeing.

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