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Into the Wild

September Movies You Might’ve Missed

The Edge of Eden: Living with Grizzlies This 2006 documentary, produced and directed by Jeff and Sue Turner, showcases the life and work of Charlie Russell as he raises orphaned grizzly bear cubs in the wilderness of Russia’s Southern Kamchatka peninsula.  Becoming their surrogate mother, Russell struggles to keep his cubs alive and teach them everything they need to survive in the wild. Through flashbacks, we learn with Russell from […]

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Food, Inc.

Movies You Might’ve Missed

Though food is a favorite topic for feature filmmakers—from Babette’s Feast to Eat, Pray, Love–The MOON focuses on several excellent documentaries made in recent years that shed light on the current controversial state of our food system. Super Size Me (2004) is a documentary directed by and starring Morgan Spurlock, an American independent filmmaker, who undertakes a thirty-day experiment eating only McDonald’s food—three times a day, consuming every item on […]

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Trouble the Water

The Hero’s Journey

Thousands of movies have been made on the theme of overcoming adversity. In fact, “the hero’s journey,” in which a reluctant protagonist is thrown out of his routine existence and into a heroic undertaking that threatens his life, reveals his strengths, and transforms him for the better, is a classic movie-making formula. The Wizard of Oz, Star Wars, Avatar, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and Beverly Hills Cop are all […]

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Movies that celebrate commUNITY

Community plays a pivotal, though sometimes incidental, role in many films about social change. The movies Happy, The Economics of Happiness, and The Bonsai People,  for example, each profiles—even if obliquely–ways that community, in traditional cultures, compensates for consumption in modern cultures, with far greater returns on investment. Happy filmmaker Roko Belic, co-founder of Wadi Rum Films, conceived his movie on what makes people happy when his friend, director Tom […]

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