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Change Your Fuel, Change The World

Thu, 06/04/2009 - 6:53am

"America is addicted to oil ... It’s time for an intervention" reads the tagline to a highly anticipated documentary entitled FUEL, which is slated for unlimited national viewing some time next month. According to its Web site, the film is an insightful portrait of America’s addiction to oil and an uplifting testament to the immediacy of new energy solutions.

Director Josh Tickell, a young activist, shuttles FUEL's audience on a whirlwind journey to track the rising domination of the petrochemical industry—from Rockefeller’s strategy to halt Ford’s first ethanol cars to Vice President Cheney’s petrochemical company-sponsored energy legislation—and reveals a gamut of available solutions to “repower America”—from vertical farms that occupy skyscrapers to algae facilities that turn wastewater into fuel.

According to the documentary's online synopsis, Tickell and an array of environmentalists, policy makers and notable entertainers usher viewers through America’s complicated, often ignominious energy past and illuminate a hopeful, achievable future in which decentralized sustainable living is not only possible, it’s imperative.

What People Are Saying

Out of 452 people surveyed before seeing FUEL:

  • 0 percent knew that toxic diesel emissions are four times stronger inside school buses than outside and cause health problems for kids.
  • 6 percent knew that biodiesel can be made sustainably and poured straight into any diesel engine.
  • 10 percent intended to buy a non-fossil fuel-burning car.
  • 99 percent said that they were concerned about the United States' dependence on oil.

Out of 452 people surveyed after seeing FUEL:

  • 100 percent plan to take action to get their community to go green and support their schools to use non-toxic sustainable fuels.
  • 97 percent believe that our media is not telling us the full story on oil and biofuels.
  • 100 percent plan to buy a non-fossil fuel-burning car.
  • 93 percent believe that America could produce all of its own fuel within 20 years.
  • 100 percent said that they would recommend FUEL to their friends.

A Parade Of Pre-Release FUEL Accolades

The film has already won the following awards:

  • Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival.
  • Best Screenwriting at the Sedona Film Festival.
  • Most Compelling Documentary at the Sedona Film Festival.
  • Current Energy Environmental Award at the AFI Dallas International Film Festival.
  • Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Gaia Film Festival.
  • Producer’s Award at the Santa Cruz Film Festival.
  • Corporate Social Responsibility IVCA Clarion Award.
  • Cinema for Peace Award at the Berlin Film Festival.

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