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A satirical look at the politics and power struggles of television executives as a network news anchorman turns the tables on the "ratings." Released in 1976, this movie was way ahead of its time. It remains continually relevant as TV news barrels forward into further...
Follows the Beaven family as they abandon their high consumption Fifth Avenue lifestyle in an attempt to make a no-net environmental impact for the course of one year.
Religion aside for a moment, there’s a terrible addiction that has swept across this country, and it’s one of the nation’s best kept secrets. Mostly everyone will tell you that it’s a really bad thing, but nobody can seem to stop doing it. And it doesn’t come cheap, nearly...
CONSUMING KIDS throws desperately needed light on the practices of a relentless multi-billion dollar marketing machine that now sells kids and their parents everything from junk food and violent video games to bogus educational products and the family car. Drawing on the...
We funded the boom. We funded the bank bailout. Now we're expected to fund the recovery. But we cannot shop our way out of the long term problem: Over-consumption contributes to almost all global challenges. As nice as our luxury lifestyles are, we cannot ignore the elephant...
The guarantees that cosmetic companies give on their miracle beauty cures are as useless as the products themselves.
Why is the lifestyle of consumerism a source of such rage today? How come the privilege of buying goods does not automatically lead to happiness? Why all this emptiness despite our wealth? Erik Gandini's approach through Surplus is to portray this issue from an emotional...
This is a FANTASTIC speech given by Bernie Sanders on income inequality here in America. Important graphs and images have been added for those that need a little more stimulation to get them through a political speech. The music is from the amazing Cinematic Orchestra album...
Civilization, the one-size-fits-all way of life that's right for everybody - whether you like it or not! Don't like the cradle to grave security you get from tribal cultures? Try "civilization" - it's great! See side-bar for product details. Civilization is not intended to...
A double, triple (?) dose of irony is used to capture the essence of the hipster in the yearly "Hipster Olympics" - quite a tee off of champions - the kind who don't stand for anything. Pretty funny stuff. I can't help but want to say to these people, "Hey! Haven't you heard?...
Cool, animated short inspired by the books NO LOGO by Naomi Klein and CULTURE JAM by Kalle Lasn.
This 2-part cartoon series explores commonly overlooked areas, relationships and politics of the education industry. Chapter one exposes the relationships of product placement and exclusive corporate contracts within the university environment. Part 2 takes you inside the...
This Earth Day, don't just live green, live a One Planet Life. It's possible. Find out how at www.Care2.com/oneplanet
"A Killer Bargain" is powerful investigative journalism with a worldwide significance. A brave work which researches the way in which some big companies have goods cheaply produced in India but sold for large profits in European markets. The cost to many Indian factory...
Going Big Box vs. Going Local pushes purchasing power to its extreme. In this hilarious docu-drama, the every-woman Hannah rejects sweatshop labor, embraces buying local, and finds much more than what she's shopping for — with the help of the know-it-all narrator.
From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption...
A spoof praising the marvelous wonders of consuming green to help fight climate change.
Henry Kravis is a billionaire, the 57th richest person in America. He acquired this wealth by purchasing public companies with borrowed money. To pay off the debt, he cuts benefits at the company, sells its assets, and lays off employees. This get-rich-quick scheme made him...
Whirlmart: A Classic Buy Nothing Day Jam. What happens when a few people get together to buy nothing at all?
Michelle Long shows us how a highly successful local independent business network has transformed Bellingham, WA, while inspiring other communities. From an initial "Think Local First" program, they have expanded to business peer mentoring, and support for local food...
The Century of the Self tells the untold and sometimes controversial story of the growth of the mass-consumer society. How was the all-consuming self created, by whom, and in whose interests? (Includes all parts of this multi-part series.) Filmmaker Adam Curtis has also...
Spoken word slam on the materialistic and self-destructive nature of modern mainstream rap music, exploited, packaged, and sold by mega media corporations.
A short film focusing on how Dove is making efforts to help normal girls value their own beauty, and to increase their media literacy skills as they navigate the 24/7 360 degree saturation of the makes-you-feel-ugly industry. Er, that is, the beauty industry.
Every Black Friday, for 24 hours, millions of people around the world will celebrate in a moratorium on consumer spending. Choosing, instead, to take a step back and reflect on what is really important to us. No more marketing mind-games; no more "possessions =...
It's no wonder our perception of beauty is so obscured. The fashion and hype industries will make bones out of us all.
A PSA by Adbusters - a magazine and internet publication advancing ideas about the way we live and how we can reshape our culture in terms more sustainable and humane. In their own words: "We are a global network of artists, activists, writers, pranksters, students, educators...
An abstract piece about consumerism. Tight editing and nice visual effects compliment electronic music selection. Visual imagery carries the point home.