Set for release this summer comes Pandora’s Promise, a must-see for an enviro-loving citizen. The doc focuses on the growing number of environmentalists who are taking back years and years of antinuclear orthodoxy and completely switched teams. Many now believe that this most feared and controversial technology could be our greatest hope. The director’s notes state that “recent reactor meltdowns in Japan have ignited passionate worldwide debate about energy and the future of nuclear power. The film is anchored around the personal narratives of a growing number of leading former anti-nuclear activists and pioneering scientists who, in the face of considerable controversy, are directly challenging the anti-nuclear orthodoxy that is a founding tenet of the mainstream environmental movement.” See also: awesome Slate article which talks about the film.
A must-see for the conscious eater, The Moo Man is about a year in the life of farmer Steve and his cow Ida, who gets sick and challenges her human friend’s optimism and way of life. The remarkable story was filmed over four years on the marshes of the Pevensey Levels and will give you just as much laughter as tears.
Three signs of a good documentary: CNN and Magnolia Films go in to buy your doc, you sold out all of your Sundance screenings, and SeaWorld is being called out. As is the case for Blackfish, a new documentary from Gabriela Cowperthwaite. Here, eight ex-Sea World employees talk about the ease of error at the park and examine whales in captivity. One in particular, Tilikum — an orca that has killed three people, including veteran SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010 – proves the sometimes deadly consequences of keeping intelligent animals in captivity. Check out the LA Times review for more 411. I left stunned and in tears.