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

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

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  • Directors: Constance Marks
  • Producers: Neil P. Parent
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Cinequest
  • DVD Release Date: November 8, 2010
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JLTSHG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,869 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lisette Depew-Kubie on December 26, 2006
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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 laughter.....as 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Laszlo on January 1, 2007
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Green Chimney's is the story of children who had lost hope - and how they found it. It shows how one person - the founder of a non-profit and each child and adult associated with it -- can interconnect and make the world better, stronger, safer and more welcoming. This documentary tells a story about one place and a small group of children - but it speaks a universal language to each of us as someone who can touch another person. Connie Marks and James Miller have made a touching movie that is worth watching again and again!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Desario on January 1, 2007
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Green Chimneys is a richly woven, intricate story that, as it unfolds, pulls you into the lives of these troubled children so that you become emotionally connected to them. It is astonishing to see the complexity of their relationships to their (also troubled and often abusive) parents and how the animals and support of the staff help them to heal. I found it immensely enjoyable and highly recommend it!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tuesday's Child on March 8, 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Kullback on December 31, 2006
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This is a story about kids being rescued. About the worst that a family in poverty and drugs could inflict on a child and how a most ingenious school uses animals to turn them around. A beautiful film!
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This might be a moving story, but it's a fictional story, the school is a living hell!!!!!! The kids get beat so bad and Richard King has broken bones on too many children. My brother got beat up by Ross back in 1960 and from the research I've done recently it hasn't changed a bit. Hill is no longer there but King took his place!!!!! Very sad place!!!!!!!! Research people. Facebook - Green Chimmys survivors page and Google green chimneys abuse blog!!!!!! Sad for the children
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By Chris on December 4, 2013
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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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