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Green Chimneys

Constance Marks  |  PG |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Directors: Constance Marks
  • Producers: Neil P. Parent
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Cinequest
  • DVD Release Date: November 8, 2010
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,574 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"Intimate and affecting." -- The New York Times

"Profoundly powerful...hugely satisfying." -- Variety

Product Description

Green Chimneys follows three young boys living at Green Chimneys, a residential treatment center for children with emotional, behavioral, social and learning challenges.

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
We've all seen the 3 minute "human interest" segments on our local news station touting the healing benefits of human-animal interactions, whether it's pet visits to nursing homes and hospitals, kids reading to dogs to help their stuttering, or prisoners being profoundly affected by working with wild horses or dogs. It's all good, but "Green Chimneys" goes FAR beyond the surface and shows the viewer the day-to-day struggles of residents, staff and their families as they work to heal very troubled young children utilizing animal assisted therapy on a 160 acre farm with 300+ abused/neglected farm animals and wildlife, psychotherapy, special education and millieu treatment. The film makers shadowed the lives of 3 young boys at the world-renowned residential treatment center in Brewster, NY for nearly 2 years of filming. Unprecidented personal access was granted by family members and the professionals at Green Chimneys -- ground breaking and not always easy to witness. This is a very real, sometimes heartbreaking view into what it is to be a child caught up in the foster care/residental treatment system in New York State. There are moments of great joy and well as dispair and disappointment. It is real life as it happened. They don't sugar coat it, nor do they exploit, in any way, what was witnessed by their cameras. "Green Chimneys" is a beautiful film....a must see for anyone believing that there are good people out here doing good work to help children and animals to heal each other. Dr. Samuel B. Ross, Jr., who founded Green Chimneys in 1947 (when he was only 19!!) still works and lives on campus... going strong in his 70's! Read more ›
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pure Propaganda March 8, 2012
Green Chimneys is an RTC/abuse mill in Brewster NY. Dr. Samuel B. Ross Jr. made his living by promoting animals. This whole dvd is about lauding him and saying that animals cure every thing. Animals were more important than the kids who were sent to Green Chimneys. Animals were not abused. Kids were. You can read about Eric Napoletano in Mama's Boy: The True Story of a Serial Killer and His Mother and you can also read a lot about Philip Zagarella and Eric Lau. You can also read the May 30, 2001 of the Putnam County News & Recorder about how an 8-year-old boy was gang raped by 3 Green Chimneys boys.

I was there and was beaten and battered as were so many others. Staff freely abused kids. There were even public beatings. Kids were forced to eat cigarettes if Ross thought they smoked. I never once saw anybody being given reason to feel any animal there belonged to them. Since the place was a farm, kids had to do farm work. Horseback riding was more or less mandatory. Staff could do anything including bringing their pets, so there were always animals around. Green Chimneys survivors are coming forward. I am one of many Green Chimneys survivors. I can tell you that abuse does take place there and there are documented cases. Dr. Ross loves to tell parents/guardians of new arrivals that he'd throw the Pope out of his office if a kid had a problem. That is just PR. No kid who valued his or her life would ever go to Ross for protection - that would be like a mouse calling on a cat to help. On the Survivors Page, somebody said going to Ross to help you is like Sharon Tate going to Charles Manson for help and that is a very accurate statement.
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3.0 out of 5 stars So-so find December 4, 2013
By Chris
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I purchased this for a class I teach at the University level. While it was interesting, touching and informative regarding the program and the children, it revealed very little about the actual interactions between the kids and the animals. The interaction was what I was looking for. I wanted my students to get a strong sense not just of the program, but the actual daily interactions between the animals and kids.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
For everyone and anyone who is interested in this non-profit organization. Please continue your research into this org. There is a facebook page "Green Chimney Survivors" as well as a Petition online to get Green Chimneys closed for good. There are multiple accounts from children in the 70's up until the 2000's about massive abuse by Rich King and the founder Mr. Ross as well as many others. We all know after the scandals in the Catholic Church that coming forward after years of abuse is difficult, especially when it took place at an idyllic place like Green Chimneys. If any of these accounts-if even ONE-is true-Green Chimneys needs to be held accountable. Unfortunately, very horrible things can happen at places where very wonderful things can occur as well. But people need to start asking questions.

I too loved and love the ideas of this place, however after reading the accounts online, I cannot turn a blind eye. Eric Lau, Philip Zagarella and Eric Napoletano are 3 dangerous men who raped and killed people and all came from Green Chimneys.

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." ~ Edmund Burke

Please I beg anyone reading this post, don't do nothing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but not much about animal-assisted therapy
This is a superb movie chronicling a difficult year in the lives of some young boys at Green Chimneys - but it had very little to say about animal-assisted therapy. Read more
Published on November 26, 2008 by Neil Hinrichsen
5.0 out of 5 stars from a former resident...
from 1988 to 1993 i was a resident at green chimneys school. having been there as a student i have to say that they are very caring individuals working there. Read more
Published on June 16, 2007 by C. MARTIN
5.0 out of 5 stars Profoundly moving
Constance Marks has created a beautiful documentary film that inspires each of us to be better people. Read more
Published on January 17, 2007 by M. Konopko
5.0 out of 5 stars INSPIRING DOCUMETARY
A beautiful and inspiring film. Constance Marks truly captures the heart and soul of the transformation these boys experience at this unique farm.
Published on January 13, 2007 by edward koones
5.0 out of 5 stars important
Moving and Compassionate. I am making sure my kids watch this to help understand the "real world" they don't know about.
Published on January 4, 2007 by J. Tanner
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Doc
A masterful piece of documentary film making. I hope there will be a follow up so I can find out how these kids are doing now.
Published on January 3, 2007 by Doug Abeles
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended!
Green Chimneys is one of the most moving documentary films of all time. Constance Marks weaves a truthful tale of life in the inner city and healing on the farm with dignity,... Read more
Published on January 3, 2007 by Doc Film Buff
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Cinema !
A documentary that touches the heart, mind, and soul. Compelling and moving! A must see in a cynical world!
Published on January 3, 2007 by Arnold Razumny
5.0 out of 5 stars green chimneys important documentary
Green Chimneys is an insightful documentary that shows the complexity of the situation for forster care children,their families, and the system. Read more
Published on January 2, 2007 by Carl Feinman
5.0 out of 5 stars Reality programming at its very best!
Green Chimneys is that rare breed of filmmaking that is both captivating and enlightening. With the flourishing of the "documentary" film, viewers should enjoy this movie which is... Read more
Published on January 2, 2007 by R. Pomerance
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