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  • Directors: Josh Tickell
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Cinema Libre Studio
  • DVD Release Date: June 22, 2010
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003CAKXAC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,088 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Eleven years in the making, FUEL is the in-depth personal journey of filmmaker and eco-evangelist Josh Tickell, who takes us on a hip, fast-paced road trip into America s dependence on foreign oil. Combining a history lesson of the US auto and petroleum industries and interviews with a wide range of policy makers, educators, and activists such as Woody Harrelson, Sheryl Crow, Neil Young and Willie Nelson. Animated by powerful graphics, FUEL looks into our future offering hope via a wide-range of renewable energy and bio-fuels. Winner of the Sundance Audience Award.

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Fuel is a vital, superbly assembled documentary...doesn't dwell on muckraking, however; it s more focused on broadly inspiring viewers than preaching to the converted....Smartly animated interstitials, memorable archival material and a lively soundtrack round out the fast-paced proceedings. --Los Angeles Times

....FUEL addresses the issues of alternative energy and biofuels with its own kind of forward momentum....the films sentiments are clean and very, very green. Tickell knows how to grab an audience that s either indifferent or disinclined to partake of the debate over America s oil dependence and makes the substantial point that reliance on the Middle East and OPEC makes the country more vulnerable than it would be if it moved into alternative fuels. 'Oil is the lifeblood of our society,' he says, before mounting a good argument about why that doesn't have to be. --Variety

Sweeping and exhilarating, Tickell s passionate film goes beyond great storytelling; it rings out like a bell that stirs consciousness and makes individual action suddenly seem consequential. --Sundance Film Festival

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The writer and narrator also spins his personal life into the frabric of the work in an effective way.
Lee D. Phillips
We need a hundred more films like this, and I think our present messes are going to wake us all up to these facts in a hurry.
K. Swanson
Several very interesting real world case studies are presented, and the food vs. fuel debate is also covered.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By E. Hieronymus on May 18, 2010
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My husband and I enjoy documentaries, particularly ones that have an environmental bend, and Fuel is at the top of my list. It is entertaining and educational and inspires hope for a better future. Fuel uses a good mix of humor and fact to interest the viewer while educating us all about the reality of climate change. What I like best about Fuel is that it made me leave the theater ready to make changes in my own life and inspire others to do the same.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Chuck Often on June 16, 2010
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In this movie there is an interview with a former oil executive who stated that drilling in the Gulf of Mexico is as difficult as going to the moon. BP has certainly proven that to be the case. Besides being prescient, this movie, that was ten years in the making, is clearly thought out, powerfully eloquent yet humble. In a very personal way it starts off and states the oil problem clearly. If you are depressed about the Gulf of Mexico oil leak you need to watch this film because the second half is uplifting. The documentary proposes a sensible solution or more accurately a plausible energy and environmental vision for the United States of America. This movie is sad, funny, optimistic and exciting. I watched it 6 times in the theater taking colleagues and other friends to see it.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By D. D. Vaznaian on May 11, 2010
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Every person in the USA needs to see this film. You may not agree with it 100%, but you will have enough information to make choices for a sustainable future for your energy needs.
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Widescreen Edition DVD being released June 22, 2010

"Fuel" is a Sundance Audience Award-Winning documentary about biofuel directed by biofuel visionary, Josh Tickell who was named as a UN Goodwill Ambassador on renewable energy. Tickell explores America's reliance on oil and his own history of biodiesel use traveling the country in his Veggie Van to spread awareness.

This movie was made by the first time director and narrator of the film over the course of eleven years with interviews with politicians, historians, professors, and celebrity activists. Josh Tickell was raised in one of the country's higher oil producing regions and got to see up close the impact of the industry's control over people and the environment. After his own mother became very sick, he decided something needed to be done about this problem and got to work creating this film.

There is something refreshing about the fact that his section on the economic stimulus package for purchasing off-road heavier vehicles is already out of date since Hummers are no longer being developed. There is a focus on the demand for the Toyota Prius (which is also old news since the recall began on those), but the ultimate conclusion is that being able to use an electric car with a diesel engine running on biodiesel fuel would run more efficiently and better for the environment beyond any current Hybrid models.

For a while, it seemed like biofuel was really taking off with all the celebrity support and good press it was getting. Some familiar celebrity faces in this documentary include Sheryl Crow, Larry David, Woody Harrelson, Robert Kennedy Jr., Willie Nelson, and Julia Roberts.
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Tickell deserves an Oscar for this, truly. He links together so many disparate threads that have been woven together into America's oil addiction, and exported in the form of wars, pollution and so many other ills, and he does it with an unsparing eye for the truth as well as a fine sense of humor. There's also plenty of rage and disbelief, as befits any study of our present greed and selfishness, and Tickell ain't afraid to show how deep the corruption goes.

He details the oil companies' secret meetings with Cheney to draft plans for taking over Iran's oil fields...months before 9/11. The obvious non-leap of logic is casually moved past; Tickell is too smart to get caught up by the corporate media as a conspiracy nut, which is funny as most everything here is pure conspiracy fact, from Reagan taking down Carter's solar panels to the cover up of the oil spills during Katrina, which taxpayers are paying for, not the companies that caused them.

And how about the timing of the stuff in here about the Gulf, and oil companies having to drill so deeply and dangerously there? I just saw another interview on the news tonight with various local Louisiana officials who by this point, 70 days in, feel that BP and Obama are purposely stalling relief efforts, but can't figure out why. A close reading of this film might answer some of those questions.

One thing Fuel makes clear is how much power lies in controlling oil, and stopping alternative fuels. Among the many highlights here are the details of Rudolf Diesel's mysterious disappearance at sea, and how Prohibition started one year after Ford went into biofuels instead of oil and how Prohibition ended months after Ford quit using it because Prohibition had made it too expensive to make.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lee D. Phillips on January 27, 2011
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This documentary has a coordinated multi-modal approach that touches upon:

1.) geology, biochemistry, and ecology in the sciences;

2.) business history, speculation, financial trends and machinations in economics including John D. Rockefeller vs. Henry Ford on fueling alternatives (yes, Ford did not win that one), and more recently, the G.W. Bush administration's possible incentive for the Iraq invasion;

3.) biofuels engineering concepts and creation from cooking grease to algae; sustainable energy from solar, wind, tidal power, and retrofitting for energy conservation (wish they had a few more minutes on conservation since that is one thing everyone can do whatever their economic circumstance).

4.) The special features has about 20 minutes of informative and practical data on four energy topics.

The writer and narrator also spins his personal life into the frabric of the work in an effective way. He leaves no doubt as to what drew and draws him to this topic and project now and into the future. This film shines some light upon this topic and I highly recommend it as one who does think and worry about the future we will leave our children and their children.
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