Old and New Energies

The Yes Men Are Revolting © NFP marketing & distribution GmbH Documentary
91 Min.
USA, 2015
Laura Nix/The Yes Men



The "Yes Men" are a group of activists from the USA who have been protesting environmental exploitation and climate change with humour, perspicacity and audacity for more than 15 years. In countless actions, Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno have posed as company representatives, held fake press conferences or falsified official websites, thereby exposing powerful firms and politicians. Over the years, they have become something like “heroes” in the struggle against the world-wide oil, armaments and pharma lobbies. But the activist way of life comes at a price: in terms of family- and professional life, it is becoming increasingly difficult for the "Yes Men" to be unconditionally available for protest. The question of meaning also arises in a world whose problems are becoming ever-more menacing. Sometimes it seems as though 20 years of climate-change protest have had no effect - and yet the inner necessity of counteracting a self-destructive world remains. The "Yes Men" aren’t about to quit!
This is now the third documentary about the "Yes Men". In any event, it is the most personal film about them. It depicts the creation and execution of actions, but concentrates on the individual challenges and disappointments of Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno. It shows how the two met as partners in spirit many years ago, and how a close, consistently productive friendship arose from that encounter. This is not a film that seeks to present the interconnections of climate change in an in-depth manner, but instead one that provides a humorous and inspiring portrait of two exceptional human beings who have found their own form of resistance to the situation. As the "Yes Men" themselves say: "Everybody has his or her own way of protesting, we have ours."

theyesmenarerevolting.com

Distribution

NFP marketing & distribution GmbH
Kantstraße 54
10627 Berlin
Tel.: +49 (0) 30 23 255 42-13
md@NFP.de

Oil Story Oil Story Short film, UK 2010, Pete Bishop, 3 min.

How did the age of oil begin and where is it taking us? In this short animation we get a quick overview of our past and our (probable) future. And this without any pedagogical consideration – but with a lot of humour!


www.petebishop.tv

Distribution

The Shop
97 Southampton Way
London, SE5 7SX
me@petebishop.tv

Nuclear Nation Nuclear Nation Documentary film, Japan 2012, Funahashi Atsushi, 145 min.


On 11th March 2011, Japan is rocked by an earthquake measuring 9 on the Richter scale. Shortly afterwards a huge tsunami destroys vast sections of the Japanese coast. One day later the first block of the nuclear power plant in Fukushima explodes. The surrounding area is covered with radioactive fallout. The remaining 1,400 inhabitants of the neighbouring town of Futaba are evacuated and resettled in a former school in Tokyo. They have been living there ever since and are struggling to cope with the situation. Most families are clearly suffering from the loss of their relatives and their hometown, which will remain a nuclear-contaminated zone for a long time. Even the mayor – a former passionate advocate of nuclear energy – is assailed by doubts in view of the human suffering and evident uncontrollability of this technology.

NUCLEAR NATION devotes much time and commitment to its protagonists whose existence is defined by loss and starting anew. The film achieves an exceptional closeness to the people. Simply by observing them it gains its force as an indictment against a technology that even one of the most highly developed industrial nations could not control.

nuclearnation.jp

Distribution

Wide House
Anaïs Clanet
ac@widemanagement.com

Energy Land (Energieland) Energieland Documentary film, Germany 2011, Johanna Ickert, 85 min.


The topic sounds purely technical: CCS – Carbon Capture and Storage. In east Brandenburg Vattenfall is operating a CCS pilot plant in which CO2 is to be stored underground. A majority of the local population is opposed to this, fearing the dangers of accidents and health risks. The energy supplier emphasises the safety and environmental compatibility of the technology. As in so many questions, the affected population stands on the one side in irreconcilable opposition to enterprises and engineers on the other side. And it is not only a new technology and its potential dangers that are at issue here. The dispute raises the fundamental question as to how fears of new large-scale technologies can be taken seriously even though they are not (yet) scientifically provable. How are decision processes in democracies organised when technology and the prospect of profits conflict with the precautionary principle and the diffuse fears of those affected?

The film ENERGY LAND addresses these questions by giving the protagonists a chance to express their concerns. Without getting mired in technical details, it concentrates on the essence – the people who live from technology and those who fear it, whereby both sides are presented with respect. The film eschews over-simplified polemics and thus leaves evaluation to the viewer.

www.energieland-film.de

Distribution

Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen (HFF) „Konrad Wolf“, University of Film and Television,
Marlene-Dietrich-Allee 11
D-14482 Potsdam-Babelsberg
Tel.: +49-331-6202564
Fax: +49-331-6202568
distribution@hff-potsdam.de

www.hff-potsdam.de

Under Control Unter Kontrolle Germany 2011, Volker Sattel, 98 min.


Atomic energy is a technology that not only dominates the political debate, it also manifests itself in aesthetic and architectonic forms. Numerous sites of the nuclear industry are to be found in Germany and Austria, the film takes us on a journey to some of them. The blinking lamps of the control rooms, the smooth concrete surfaces of the cooling towers and power plant domes, rows of fuel rods - all this creates the illusion of a controllability, which this large-scale industry simply doesn’t have and never can have. But this also reveals the ambivalence emanating from nuclear power: on the one hand, the fascination of the utopian idea and of human creativity, on the other hand, the perception of a massive hubris and an illusion of infallibility. And, on top of all this, there is the hermetic isolation and the exclusion, to a large extent, of the public.

The film presents the aesthetics of the nuclear power plants in severely structured and framed pictures. Since it refrains from making a statement pro or contra atomic energy and concentrates on the forms and lines of the technology, it leaves reflection to the viewer; nevertheless, it conveys the uneasy feeling of a technology that should actually serve humankind, yet has nothing human about it.

www.kurzfilmverleih.com

Distribution

Credofilm GmbH
Schiffbauerdamm 13
10117 Berlin
Deutschland
Tel.: +49-30-2576240
Fax: +49-30-25762422
verleih@shortfilm.com

World Sales
dz-productions
Daniel Zimmermann
info@credofilm.de

www.credofilm.de

The 4. Revolution - Energy Autonomy Die 4. Revolution – Energy Autonomy Documentary film, Germany 2010, Carl A. Fechner, 83 min.

Renewable energies have an immense potential when it comes to revolutionising our energy supply. Wind, water and solar power have long reached a stage of technical development that would enable them to meet our energy needs, and this within relatively foreseeable periods of time. And the lack of alternatives to such a change has long been accepted as an indisputable fact among experts. That this vision should penetrate the consciousness of wider sections of the population is the aim of this film – an impassioned plea for the transition to renewable energies, featuring statements by renowned experts and presenting ground-breaking projects. And it shows quite clearly that for a long time people all over the world have been working energetically to realise this vision of the future.

The film bucks the trend of widespread climate pessimism with a decidedly positive view of the future. In this day and age, when societal change is taking place at a deplorably foot-dragging pace, this is definitely commendable. Unfortunately, however, this is also the great weakness of the film: in its overly optimistic portrayal of the possibilities offered by renewable energies there is a lack of in-depth analysis as to why, although everything points in their favour, they are not being used to a sufficient extent. Less propaganda and more information would have been better.

www.energyautonomy.org

Distribution

fechnerMEDIA GmbH
Schwarzwaldstraße 45
D 78194 Immendingenbr/> Germany
Tel.: +49 (0) 74 62 / 9 23 92 -0
Fax: +49 (0) 74 62 / 9 23 92 –20

info@fechnermedia.de

www.fechnermedia.de

Collapsus: The Energy Risk Conspiracy Collapsus: The Energy Risk Conspiracy Netherlands 2010, Tommy Pallotta


In this transmedia project various genres and media – documentation, fiction and computer game – are fused effectively with one another. The viewer/user can watch a fictional film about an impending energy crisis, at the same time he/she can change at any point and with game elements can take over the perspective of individual protagonists. Future “newscasts” and real interviews with experts are available via a timeline. From various aspects a story thus unfolds in which the user can experience the energy crisis at firsthand.

The project works with a confluence of different media, thus aiming to provoke new perceptions of a future energy crisis. Of high technical and professional quality and with a clear structure, it is particularly suited to appeal to a young target group.

www.collapsus.com

Distribution

SubmarineChannel
Rapenburgerstraat 109
1011 VL Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Tel.: +31 (0)20 330 1226
Fax: +31 (0)20 330 1227
info@submarine.nl

www.submarinechannel.com

Yellow Cake – The Lie About Clean Energy Documentary film, Germany 2010, Joachim Tschirner, 108 min.


Uranium is the fuel for the allegedly “clean” nuclear energy. Yet few people know how this ore is mined. Uranium ore mining has been shrouded in a tangled web of secrecy and disinformation for sixty-five years. Even in the most recent debates about nuclear energy, the devastating consequences of uranium ore mining played no role. In Saxony and Thuringia there existed up until the fall of the Wall the world’s third largest uranium mining complex. It had the cover name German-Soviet Corporation WISMUT. Until 1990 WISMUT delivered 220,000 tons of uranium to the Soviet Union. For each ton ten thousand tons of ore had to be extracted from the earth, then processed and stored, leaving as a legacy unimaginable quantities of highly toxic and radioactive waste. For twenty years now thousands of former miners have left no efforts unspared as they attempt to cope with their past. The disposal of the radioactive waste will cost the taxpayer almost seven thousand billion Euro at the end of the day – but the end is not yet in sight.

The film portrays the largest clean-up project in the history of uranium-ore mining – a project hardly noticed by the German and international public. This is the starting point of a journey which takes the viewer from the former East German uranium regions to the world’s large uranium mines in Namibia, Australia and Canada. The film provides a compelling insight into a little-known aspect of nuclear energy.

Distribution

HS Media Consult
Wasenstr. 29
72135 Dettenhausen
Deutschland
Tel.: +49 7157 620 00 08
info@hsmedia-consult.de

www.hsmedia-consult.de

Into Eternity Into Eternity Documentary film, Denmark 2010, Michael Madsen, 75 min.


Every day, all over the world, vast amounts of radioactive waste are produced. These are deposited in interim storage sites. In Finland the first so-called “final disposal site” for radio-active waste is under construction – a huge underground system of mines and passages is being drilled into a layer of hard rock. When, one day, nuclear waste is deposited here, then the entire depot will be filled with concrete and sealed forever. Only then will radioactivity cease to pose a danger to the population. But how can one oversee a period of 100,000 years? How does one warn following generations? And how should one ensure that people do not interfere with the depot in future?

www.intoeternitythemovie.com

Distribution

Films Transit
252 Gouin Boulevard East
Montreal
Quebec
Canada H3L 1A8
Tel.: +11 514 844 3358
Fax: +11 514 844 7298
janrofekamp@filmstransit.com

www.filmstransit.com

Petropolis – Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands Petropolis – Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands Documentary film, Canada 2009, Peter Mettler, 43 min.


In Canada the largest tar sand deposits in the world are to be found. The extraction of oil from tar sand, which is a complex procedure requiring a massive industrialised effort, is a lucrative proposition in times of dwindling oil reserves. And thus in Canada, in vast above-ground mining regions, the last drops of the black gold are being extracted from tar sands in long chemical processes. This method, which requires an energy input that is about five times higher than in conventional oil extraction, produces billions of litres of highly contaminated water, which are stored in huge tiling ponds. Nobody knows how this waste water is ever to be disposed of. Rivers, forests and soils will be polluted for decades. Yet when it comes to the extraction of the “gold of the modern age” there are apparently no ecological restraints.

The film takes the viewer on a shocking journey over the tar sand extraction regions in Alberta, California. Shot exclusively from a bird’s-eye perspective and with cutting-edge cinematic technology, a seemingly infinite topography of destruction is revealed. The pictures of the devastated landscape are evocative of bleeding wounds, the sound collages intensify the feeling of desolation, a few scattered commentaries describe the inexplicable. Although the film is slightly too long, its overall effect is overwhelming - in stunning imagery it presents a documentation of destruction.

www.petropolis-film.com

Distribution

Autlook filmsales GmbH
Trappelgasse 4/17
1040 Wien
Österreich
Canada
Tel.: +43 720 34 69 34
welcome@autlookfilms.com

Burn Up Burn Up TV feature film, UK 2007, Omar Madha, 2x90 min.


Tom Fitzpatrick is a highly qualified geologist, happily married and also a successful executive manager of a profitable oil company. When the boss of his company retires, Tom is recommended as his successor. However, as his career reaches its zenith, unforeseen things happen: at Tom’s promotion party a young Inuit woman by the name of Mika hands him a protest proclamation. In this it is proved that the activities of the oil company are instrumental in the global climate change and are destroying the life of the Inuits in the Arctic. This triggers a change in Tom’s life, a change which will alter everything – his marriage to Claire, his work, the friendship with his colleague Mack and, not least, his ideals. Soon a succession of events thrust Tom’s life into turmoil.

Against the background of climate change, this film develops into a full-throttle thriller which, despite not avoiding the usual genre patterns, is nevertheless a riveting portrayal of the personal development of its main protagonist.

www.kudosfilmandtv.com

Distribution

Kudos Film and TV
12-14 Amwell Street
London, EC1R 1UQ
Großbritannien
Tel.: +44 207 812 3270
Fax: +44 207 812 3271

Crude Crude Documentary film, USA 2009, Joe Berlinger, 104 min.


In the Amazonian rainforest in Ecuador the oil company Chevron (formerly Texaco) has been producing oil for three decades and has thus contaminated one of the most species-rich regions of the earth. The oil extraction has led to massive increases in the rates of cancer and deformations in the local population. Indigenous groups were systematically expelled. However, the population began to defend itself and launched litigation against the oil concern, which has developed into one of the biggest and most controversial legal cases of our times. The film tells the story of the legal battle and follows the protagonists over a period of more than three years. The most diverse aspects are showcased: politics that bows to influential lobby interests, a globally active environmental movement that has taken up the struggle against the destruction of entire regions and a local population that is threatened by extermination and is becoming politically aware.

Auf mitreißende Weise beleuchtet der Film die komplexe Situation aus unterschiedlichen Blickwinkeln und macht die Folgen der Ölausbeutung – die massiven Umweltschäden sowie das Leid der betroffenen Menschen – sichtbar. Eine sehr emotionale und ergreifende Dokumentation.

www.crudethemovie.com

Distribution

First Run Features
630 Ninth Ave. Ste. 1213
New York
NY 10036
USA
Tel.: +1 212 243 0600 22
Fax: +1 212 989 7649

www.firstrunfeatures.com

Energy Crossroads Energy Crossroads Documentary film, USA 2007, Christophe Fauchere, 55 min.


The unrestrained use of fossil fuels is leading us into a global dead end, not only because the climate change brings with it far-reaching consequences for humankind. The resource oil, in particular, is not infinitely available. Numerous experts agree that the point in time when world-wide oil production will go into continual decline due to diminishing resources will be reached within the next 15 years. This so-called “peak oil” will confront our societies, which have hitherto been dependent on oil, with unimagined adjustment processes. The American economy relies to an extent unparalleled elsewhere on oil while, at the same time, wasting energy on a massive scale. Will it be possible to restructure this society so that far less energy is used and that this energy is, moreover, produced in an environmentally compatible way?

This thrilling documentary provides a comprehensive and comprehensible analysis of American energy supply and politics. In addition to giving an appraisal of the state of play, the film also shows ways out of the dilemma. It becomes clear that the dependence on oil must be overcome within a very short time – and that possibilities for restructuring do exist.

www.energyxroads.com

Distribution

Lingua-Video Medien GmbH
Ubierstraße 94
53173 Bonn
Deutschland
Tel. +49 228 854695 0
Fax: +49 228 854695 79
info@lingua-video.com

www.lingua-video.com

The Oil Crash – A Crude Awakening The Oil Crash – A Crude Awakening Documentary film, USA 2006, Basil Gelpke/Ray McCormack, 85 min.


Peak Oil: this is the term used to describe the “point of no return” of our oil supplies. The moment when the oil extraction maximum is reached and the demand for the precious raw material will be greater than the output. Experts agree that this point in time will be reached in the next 10-15 years. The fact that our oil deposits are already more than half exhausted and will not last much longer shows quite clearly that our industrial society, based as it is on cheap oil, has to rethink its concepts and find a new orientation. At some point the last resources of Saudi Arabia will also be exhausted, and the oil prices will reach a catastrophic height – unless we begin to develop sustainable alternatives and to throttle our consumption.

With impressive arguments, the film exposes the dependence of our civilisation on oil and presents the conflict between the high demand for the black gold and the geological conditions of our earth. In addition to impressions from the oil fields in Azerbaijan, the Middle East, Venezuela and Texas, the film invites leading experts in this field to express their opinions and explain their conclusions in a comprehensible manner. And it not only poses questions, but also offers possible solutions for what must be the most important economic, ecological and political challenge of our times.

dogwoof.com/films/a-crude-awakening

Distribution

Lava Productions AG
Attenhoferstr. 34
8032 Zürich
Schweiz
Tel. +41 44 261 15 15
Fax +41 44 261 15 16
info@lavatv.com

www.lavatv.com