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Dive!: Living off America's Waste

Jeremy Seifert , Timothy Jones , Jeremy Seifert  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Jeremy Seifert, Timothy Jones, Darren Hoffman, David Gist, Bell Lucas
  • Directors: Jeremy Seifert
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: First Run Features
  • DVD Release Date: July 19, 2011
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004VN7RMG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,812 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Special Features: DUMPSTER BROS SHORTS: The Beast, Wad Scientist Kobrakoff, The Boa, Dumpster Chef, Der Cammer, Abu Finn; EAST TRASH CAMPAIGN: What You Can Do, Campaign Video; DIVE! TRAILER


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DIVE! is one of those rare films that's socially and environmentally smart, personal, warm, funny, and inspirational all at the same time. --Frederick Marx, Hoop Dreams

A poignant and at times humorous essay on American food waste and a rallying cry against the hunger crisis in the USA - everyone in North America should see this film. --GreenMuze.com

One of the film's great strengths is that it offers a solution. --Biocycle Magazine

A poignant and at times humorous essay on American food waste and a rallying cry against the hunger crisis in the USA - everyone in North America should see this film. --GreenMuze.com

One of the film's great strengths is that it offers a solution. --Biocycle Magazine

Product Description

WINNER of 20 Awards in Festivals Worldwide!

Every year in America we throw away 96 billion pounds of food - 263 million pounds a day.

Inspired by a curiosity about society's careless habit of sending good, edible food straight to landfills, the multi-award winning documentary DIVE! follows filmmaker Jeremy Seifert and friends as they dumpster dive in the back alleys and gated garbage receptacles of Los Angeles' supermarkets.

In the process, they salvage thousands of dollars worth of good, edible food - resulting in an eye-opening documentary that is equal parts entertainment, guerilla journalism and call to action.

Optional English, French and Spanish subtitles
Packaged in a 100% Certified Green Forestry Practices DVD Wallet

Special Features: DUMPSTER BROS SHORTS: The Beast, Wad Scientist Kobrakoff, The Boa, Dumpster Chef, Der Cammer, Abu Finn; EAST TRASH CAMPAIGN: What You Can Do, Campaign Video; DIVE! TRAILER


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Note: As befitting the subject matter of this film, the DVD is packaged in an eco-friendly cardboard sleeve as opposed to a plastic case.

"Dive! Living Off America's Waste" is a fun and informative short form documentary that takes an intimate look at how much perfectly acceptable food gets discarded in America on a daily basis. While this is surely not a new topic, filmmaker Jeremy Seifert introduces the subject in a decidedly offbeat manner. Seifert and his cohorts make a practice of dumpster diving in grocery store refuse to supply food for their respective tables. While unsavory at times, it is quite remarkable what gets discarded when you think of how many people go hungry on a daily basis. Even with supermarkets (the film is set in Los Angeles) donating to food banks and shelters, there is so much still ending up as mere trash. Seifert puts a charismatic face on the phenomenon of dumpster diving, to be sure, and this part of the film is pure entertainment. Moments with his family are quite funny, I loved the big garbage meat barbecue, and one of the divers is a gourmet chef that prepares a restaurant quality dish from his found treasures!

Of course, the film has loftier goals. Through colorful graphics and animation--there are plenty of statistics provided about food waste. Seifert inundates you with information and it becomes mind boggling just how far down the wrong path we've gone as a nation of consumption. Unlike some films, however, Seifert also presents his case as a call to arms. Offering both personal advice on practical home solutions to reduce extra waste as well as tips about how to become more involved within the community--the film really attempts to cover a lot of material.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another interesting documentary on human behavior! April 29, 2012
This past decade has seen a blossoming of thoughtful environmental documentaries on... us. We have Bag It, Super Size Me, No Impact Man, The Cove, and much more.

Dive! is about "dumpster-diving," or getting food from corporate dumpsters. The folk in this documentary love Trader Joe's, because TJ's tosses out good food, often high value fresh foods, at the first sign of a blemish or as the product approaches the expiration date stamped on the package. I heard on an NPR interview today (I watched the movie last night... what good timing) that Trader Joe's in the LA area has really improved its programs to get food that originally was tossed to food pantries and shelters. Good for them, and way to go Dive! for getting TJ's to change their corporate behavior.

Interesting. I expect this movie will generate thoughtful discussions when shown to groups of youths or adults. On the negative side, everyone can't support themselves by dumpster-diving (there can't be too much competition). But Dive! really pushes the idea that way too much edible food is going into landfills, not stomachs. That's a great message for those interested in sustainability.
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I applaud the way the directors and editors of this film stayed true to form. There was no super preachy overtone and was it was very tactful.

I am a very heavy couponer, and it amazes me how often I have to literally argue at the registers, because I planned my shopping trip pay change out of my pocket. When its all said and done, they would rather toss it in the trash than have us pay a few cents for it. Its amazing.

I hope the Human condition changes before my children began shopping for their own households. Or I will gladly join them in a new adventure: Diving.

Blessings to the Crew!!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
When this movie first popped up on my Netflix list I was intrigued but not 100% sure this is a movie I would want to watch. Boy am I glad I did. Wow! Great job.
There is a hunger crisis in America. This is one movie that explores ways to fix this very important problem. The details, drawings and examples are priceless. There was a visitor at my home the evening that I watched this incredible movie. I can tell you my guest's life will never be the same. He was truly impacted to the core. People may be initially grossed out by the first impression of dumpster diving. The abundance of food shown filling people's freezers from good food thrown away will shift your perceptions and beliefs. Great change is needed at this time on our planet and this is one movie that is part of this change.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking, Well Done July 7, 2014
By Cindy M
Well done documentary that raises a lot of questions - and admits that there are no easy answers. It's a little bit stomach-churning to watch a toddler eating food from a dumpster, but the film makes the point that there is ample food available - and if he's willing to feed his own child from the dumpster and is not too proud himself to glean and eat the "waste" of grocery stores, then the viewer is probably more willing to listen to what he has to say and consider the point he's making. The issue is bigger than this film, which they acknowledge, but it also is a conversation starter and that's a starting point.
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