I first found out about this movie, How to Boil a Frog, a new comedic documentary (?!) about… about… well, about lots of things, ;-), from a review that piqued my interest, which I found a couple of months ago on energybulletin.net
Here’s the trailer that’s now available (just out) and, following that, a few related links, and, finally, I’ve included the review from which I first learned about it:
Here’s the website (which includes stuff about the movie, but goes beyond the movie as well – with something of the same kind of idea Nick (The Modern Mystic) has for this site… a place to build a community of folks interested in working on this stuff together…):
Here’s a link to the page that has both the trailer as well as some behind the scenes videos about the making of the movie – I was especially interested in how it evolved for Jon Cooksey as he learned more while he went about making the movie…
Here’s a link to the How to Boil a Frog Youtube channel (lots of interesting interviews, etc.):
Here’s the review that first piqued my interest:
“How to Boil a Frog” is that rare beast, a funny movie about peak oil, climate change, etc. Early versions have been circulating to the delight of those lucky enough to see it. It’s good news indeed that the movie will now be viewable by the public. From a review of an early version of the film by Olga Bonfiglio:
The film tells the story of Jon Cooksey, an ordinary man on a mission, who decided two years ago that he had to do something personally to make sure his 12-year-old daughter would have a future, given all the bad news on global warming.
As he began this quest he was especially keen on waking people up to the disinformation campaign against global warming. However, after interviewing top experts in the field, he discovered a much bigger picture: the world is in “overshoot” where peak oil, global warming, overpopulation, diminishing natural resources, and a system where “the privileged few rule” come together to a point that no one problem can be addressed without tackling all of them.
… “How to Boil a Frog” is especially useful for people struggling with paralyzing guilt, despair and/or ignorance over the state of the environment. Here Cooksey puts it bluntly: “If you believe you can make a difference, you can; if you don’t believe you can make a difference, you can’t.” Of course, he hopes he can convince you to act.
One interesting effect of deciding to act is that citizens come together in cooperative ways to fight for their communities—and they can make a lot of friends, just as Cooksey did. This is something, he says, that we have gotten away from in our society where competition and the acquisition of private property and goods are more valued than our relationships with each other.