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George Gage, who’s currently working on the Bidder 70 documentary, sent us this picture of him “sleeping outside a cabin with no toilets out in coal country West Virginia meeting more activists.”

He sends his love.

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Ana Paula Habib films in the Agbogbloshie dumpsite in Accra, Ghana.

Computers, laptops, smartphones, tablets… we’re in constant pursuit of the latest that technology has to offer. But as with anything, keeping up to speed with technology comes at a cost.

 

In his upcoming feature-length documentary, Terra Blight, Mountainfilm 2010 Commitment Grantee Isaac Brown explores America’s consumption of computers and the hazardous waste we create in pursuit of the latest technology.

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/20631750]

The small group of dedicated filmmakers that have been working for the past few years on this film are in post-production mode, and they’re in need of support. Help them raise the funds they need to finish this interesting project here.

Now that we’re in the countdown to this year’s festival, we’re sure you want to check out what films we’ll be featuring. As the festival starts this Friday, this is the last trailer we’ll be posting – it’s time for the films in real life! Also check out the film schedule on our website. Today we’re featuring The Cove.

The 2010 Oscar for Best Documentary went to this film, a story that brought audiences to tears at last year’s Mountainfilm, where it showed once in a surprise screening. The Cove investigates dolphin harvesting in Japan and follows animal-rights activist Ric O’Barry—the star of the 1964 television show Flipper—as he tries to stop the slaughter of dolphins on the southwest coast of Japan. His swashbuckling crew includes free divers, scientists, filmmakers and techy geeks who use reconnaissance, hidden cameras and other covert techniques to expose this atrocity and examine mercury poisoning, the hazard of consuming animals this high on the food chain. Directed by National Geographic photographer Louie Psihoyos, The Cove has impacted the practice of dolphin harvesting and become a model for activist documentaries.

Show Time:
Friday, 9:45 p.m., Palm Theatre

In Person:
Cameraman Eric Abramson, Production Manager Joe Chisholm & Louie Psihoyos

We believe in supporting independent filmmakers that work on important causes, which is why we want to alert your attention to what’s happening with the documentary film Crude: The Real Price of Oil. From the Crude blog:

…The makers of Crude were recently served with subpoenas by Chevron, in an effort to gain access to the nearly 600 hours of raw footage accumulated during the making of the film.  Our attorneys filed a response, stating that our footage is protected by the journalist’s privilege and forcing us to hand it over to any third party (either Chevron, the plaintiffs’ lawyers, or anyone else) is a violation of our First Amendment rights.  The hearing was held on Friday, April 30th in New York.

Last Thursday, U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan ruled against us, unfortunately denying our arguments.

We are appealing this decision, as we feel it is a violation of our First Amendment rights and could have a seriously chilling effect on documentary filmmakers and journalists everywhere. We appreciate the incredible outpouring of support from people in the documentary community and allies all over the world, and we hope that this extremely troubling situation will conclude in our favor.

This is an important issue of First Amendment rights, and even Bill Moyers has weighed in on it over on the Huffington Post. To help, you can support the Crude filmmakers by signing the open letter here.

Now that we’re in the countdown to this year’s festival, we’re sure you want to check out what films we’ll be featuring. Instead of just listing them, we’ll be posting trailers to selected films each Tuesday and Friday, so keep an eye out for what’s to come! Today we’re featuring Forgotten on the Roof of the World.

The Wakhan Corridor, a thin finger of land in northeast Afghanistan, is an incredibly tough place to live. North of Pakistan, bordering China and the contested Kashmir state of India, the people here are statistically high in poverty and hunger, low in health and education. Yet in Matthieu Paley’s stunning photographs that comprise this simple and memorable film, we see joy and humanity from the impoverished inhabitants. Beauty and hardship walk hand in hand in this collage of photographs and sounds from a place forgotten on the roof of the world.

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