Social issue documentaries such as An Inconvenient Truth and Food Inc. have made major inroads at the box office, and thanks to the vital work of Participant Media, Sundance Institute, The Good Pitch, Working Films, ITVS and a host of others, these films are generating awareness of and spirited dialogue about the themes and issues they embrace. But what kind of real impact have they made? Where are the raw quantitative and qualitative data that reflect the persuasive power that the best of these docs evince? In the final analysis, do documentaries really effect significant change?
The demise of the electric car was a universal shock. Of course if you didnt hear about it, your cave must be way off the 401. So what do you get when you document the resurgence of the evs now universally supported by the car industry, GM in particular? 90 minutes that fly by and appreciation for the determined. I was at the screening of Chris Paine’s ‘Revenge of the electric car’ last week. If you generally subscribe to the the notion of responsibility and benevolence, and can handle some of the harsh realities of life , this is a documentary you should. It’s a bonus if you like cars.
This update’s been long over due. I was away for the NewsTrain Toronto workshop. Interesting enough, while the news industry in Canada is facing the same problems ive witness in South Asia, the overall trends in North America paint a different story. Some other day though.
Rouge Park is next to Toronto’s largest wetland the Rouge River which got its name from the red river bank clay painting the steam red, or ‘Rouge’ in French. Much like how my hand looked after I offered it to the territorial mosquitos when I wandered off into the dense growth away from my camp site without the repellent. An ominous moment caused by an amature oversight, but lets begin at the beginning.