Movies & Videos

The 11th Hour
2007 PG 92 minutes

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio's documentary on the global environmental crisis paints a portrait of a planet at risk while also offering some exciting and radical solutions for making life on earth sustainable. Tapping the brains of leading scientists and thinkers -- including Stephen Hawking and Mikhail Gorbachev -- the film ultimately delivers a hopeful message: Our planet may be in crisis, but that doesn't mean it's too late change.

The Beautiful Truth
2008 NR 91 minutes

This documentary follows the journey of Garrett Kroschel, an animal-loving teenager raised in Alaska who, after reading a book by Dr. Max Gerson, is inspired to investigate its premise that diet can cure cancer and other diseases. Garrett travels across the country, visiting with physicians, scientists and cancer survivors to discuss Gerson Therapy -- and Gerson's claim that the medical industry has suppressed natural cancer cures for years.

Director: Steve Kroschel

Blue Gold: World Water Wars
2009 NR 89 minutes

Narrated by Malcolm McDowell, this award-winning documentary from director Sam Bozzo posits that we're moving closer to a world in which water -- a seemingly plentiful natural resource -- could actually incite war. As water becomes an increasingly precious commodity, corrupt governments, corporations and even private investors are scrambling to control it … which leaves everyday citizens fighting for a substance they need to survive.

Director: Sam Bozzo

2010 NR 107 minutes

Trace the remarkable story of Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski, a pioneering biochemist who boldly challenged the mighty Food and Drug Administration for his right to begin government-sanctioned clinical trials on a breakthrough cancer treatment he developed. In addition to recounting Burzynski's astonishing legal victories in the face of skepticism, this documentary also examines several of his patients and their success in fighting terminal cancer.

Director: Eric Merola

The Corporation
2003 UR 144 minutes

Filmmakers Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott explore the genesis of the American corporation, its global economic supremacy and its psychopathic leanings, with social critics like Noam Chomsky and Milton Friedman lending insight in this documentary. With their merciless quest for profit and insatiable aim to sway every aspect of culture, conglomerates' inner workings are scrutinized to draw conclusions about "business as usual."

Deconstructing Supper
2002 NR 47 minutes

On a personal quest to understand our food choices, acclaimed chef John Bishop travels around the world exploring where genetically modified crops come from, whether they may be harmful and what alternative options currently exist. Through interviews with farmers, scientists and activists, this thought-provoking documentary offers substantial insight into the nuts and bolts of global food production.

Director: Marianne Kaplan

Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead
2010 NR 97 minutes

Focusing on two men whose bodies have been trashed by steroids, obesity and illness, this documentary chronicles the rigorous healing path -- including a two-month diet of fruits and vegetables -- that both attempt in a bid to rescue their health.

Food Beware: The French Organic Revolution
(Nos Enfants Nous Accuseront)
2009 NR 107 minutes
Jean-Paul Jaud's documentary visits the Barjac village in France, where the mayor has mandated an all-organic menu for the lunch program in the local school. Farmers, parents, kids and health care advocates discuss the impact of the decision. School and government officials also weigh in on why people are dying of cancer in ever-increasing numbers, the food industry's role, the use of pesticides, nutrition and local sustainability.

Director: Jean-Paul Jaud

Food, Inc.
2008 PG 93 minutes

Drawing on Eric Schlosser's Fast Food Nation and Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma, director Robert Kenner's Oscar-nominated documentary explores the food industry's detrimental effects on our health and environment. Kenner spotlights the men and women who are working to reform an industry rife with monopolies, questionable interpretations of laws and subsidies, political ties and rising rates of E.coli outbreaks.

Director: Robert Kenner

Food Matters
2008 NR 77 minutes

With a staggering number of Americans suffering from obesity and other food-related maladies, this film takes a timely and hard-hitting look at how the food we eat is helping or hurting our health, and what we can do to live (and eat) better. Nutritionists, naturopaths, scientists, doctors, medical journalists and more weigh in on everything from using food as medicine to the value of organic food and the safety of the food we consume.

Forks Over Knives
2011 PG 96 minutes

Focusing on the research of two food scientists, this earnest documentary reveals that despite broad advances in medical technology, the popularity of modern processed foods has led to epidemic rates of obesity, diabetes and other diseases.

Director: Lee Fulkerson

The Future of Food
2004 NR 88 minutes

Before compiling your next grocery list, you might want to watch filmmaker Deborah Koons Garcia's eye-opening documentary, which sheds light on a shadowy relationship between agriculture, big business and government. By examining the effects of biotechnology on the nation's smallest farmers, the film reveals the unappetizing truth about genetically modified foods: You could unknowingly be serving them for dinner.

Director: Deborah Koons

The Gerson Miracle
2004 NR 90 minutes

Sharing the stories of nine longtime cancer survivors, this program explores the principles and effectiveness of Gerson Therapy, a holistic method of treating cancer and other degenerative diseases developed by Dr. Max Gerson in 1928. Gerson's daughter, Charlotte -- founder of the Gerson Institute -- also discusses her fight to keep the controversial therapy going despite objections from those who question its effectiveness.

Cast: Max Gerson

Killer at Large: Why Obesity is America's Greatest Threat
2008 NR 102 minutes

Obesity causes 110,000 American deaths each year and plays a role in one-third of all cancer deaths. Yet, despite ballooning concerns, little is being done on the public policy level, as this probing documentary explains. Exploring the issue from individual, political, scientific and cultural perspectives, the film features appearances by Bill Clinton, Ralph Nader, Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Surgeon General Richard Carmona and others.

King Corn
2007 NR 90 minutes

In Aaron Woolf's thought-provoking documentary, friends Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis move back to America's Corn Belt to plant an acre of the nation's most-grown and most-subsidized grain and follow their crop into the U.S. food supply. What they learn about genetically modified seeds, powerful herbicides and the realities of modern farming calls into question government subsidies, the fast-food lifestyle and the quality of what we eat.

Director: Aaron Woolf

No Impact Man: The Documentary
2009 NR 91 minutes

A Fifth Avenue family goes very green when writer Colin Beavan leads his wife, Michelle Conlin, and their baby daughter on a yearlong crusade to make no net impact on the environment in this engaging documentary. Among their activities: eating only locally grown organic food, generating no trash except for compost and using no carbon-fueled transportation. Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein's film premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

Plunder: The Crime of Our Time
2009 NR 100 minutes

Filmmaker and media critic Danny Schechter explores how the current financial crisis was built on a foundation of criminal activity, uncovering the connection between the collapse of the housing market and the economic catastrophe that followed. To get the real story, Schechter -- aka "the News Dissector" -- interviews bankers, economists, journalists and even a convicted white-collar criminal who blew the whistle on dishonest business practices.

Director: Danny Schechter

Supercharge Your Immune System 

Through inspiring discussions and detailed demonstrations, talk radio host and expert on natural health Dr. Gary Null examines how simple changes to diet, lifestyle and environment can strengthen the immune system. Null explains how detoxifying and fortifying the body's natural defenses can help ward off disease, and describes specific methods and lifestyle changes that can help viewers attain greater wellness overall.

Director: Gary Null

2009 NR 75 minutes

The high cost -- to both the environment and our health -- of bottled water is the subject of this documentary that enlists activists, environmentalists, community leaders and others to expose the dark side of the bottled water industry. Americans may rethink their obsession with bottled H20 when they learn of the unregulated industry's willingness to ignore environmental and health concerns, and the problems that arise as a result.

Vanishing of the Bees
2009 NR 87 minutes

It's a phenomenon with a name - Colony Collapse Disorder - but no explanation or solution exists. This documentary details the economic, political and ecological consequences of a dwindling world honeybee population.

Cast:  Ellen Page, Simon Buxton, Maryann Frazier, David Hackenberg, Michael Pollan, Dennis Van Engelsdorp 
Director: George Lanworthy, Maryam Henein

What's on Your Plate?
(The Film About Kids and Food Politics)
2009 NR 76 minutes

Aimed at children and adults, this entertaining documentary from activist Catherine Gund follows her daughter, Sadie, and her best friend, Safiyah, as the two 11-year-olds spend a year investigating the politics of food in America. The intrepid teens interview farmers, school officials, chefs and ordinary folks to find out how food is grown and how agriculture can be transformed in order to improve both nutrition and profit.

Director: Catherine Gund

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