Friday, February 20, 2015

Thin Line Festival Review: ENERGIZING OUR WORLD - Jonesy's Take

Directed by Susan Sember
Starring: Edward James Olmos
Synopsis: A documentary about innovative ways to create a sustainable world.

ENERGIZING OUR WORLD will play as part of the Thin Line Festival on Sunday, February 22nd at 8:15 pm. You can purchase tickets here.

If you go on any streaming service, you can find a plethora of documentaries about the Earth, what is wrong with it, how we're killing it, and how the human race might not survive. But most of these documentaries don't explain what to do to fix the problem. ENERGIZING OUR WORLD recognizes the problems our world is facing, and documents real solutions that energy conservation leaders are doing and creating to try and save the planet.

The documentary is narrated by Edward James Olmos, which gives the film the gravitas the tone needs. There's breathtaking cinematography of natural scenery and wildlife. The film doesn't try any scare tactics to get their point across. For a hot political topic, it actually feels very neutral in its information. It doesn't feel like it's pushing a political agenda. The people in the film feel very passionate about creating a more sustainable world for the future generations.

Film takes us from Santa Barbara, Costa Rica, and all the way to Amsterdam. While it highlights different innovators and their ideas, the film offers real everyday solutions and suggestions for everyday people to conserve energy. Clocking in under an hour, the film can't delve into a lot of detail about the various agricultural and energy projects these people are undertaking. But it gives such insight to the programs that are out there trying to increase our food supply or trying to harness solar energy. What's even more inspirational is the community that's being built around this belief. There's never a sense of these people trying to swindle small communities or just looking to make millions of dollars. It's very inspirational.

One aspect that makes the film feel a little odd are the cuts to Olmos. His narration is fantastic, but every once in a while, they'll cut to him just standing and giving his narration. It take the audience completely out of the film. A straight up voice over would have been more effective. Also, this documentary would do well having a series on TV to shed more light on the programs they mention.

For anyone who is looking to help sustain the planet, this is a film you need to see. Even if you are just recycling want to look for other things, this sheds so much light on the innovators what communities are doing to help the earth.

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