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Product Description

EVERYTHING'S COOL is a toxic comedy about the most dangerous chasm ever to emerge between scientific understanding and political action - Global Warming. While industry-funded naysayers sing their swan song of scientific doubt and deception, a group of self-appointed global warming messengers are on a life-or-death quest to help the public go from understanding the urgency of the problem to creating the political will necessary to push for a new energy economy. DVD Extras include Directors Commentary, 50 minutes of Activist Extras and an Exclusive DVD-rom link to an Actual "Doctored" Congressional Summary.

About the Director

Daniel B Gold co-directed & produced BLUE VINYL which won the 2002 Sundance Excellence in Cinematography Award and was nominated for two Emmys. His documentary work includes the HBO special COMA and the PBS Special NEW ORLEANS. Judith Helfand co-directed BLUE VINYL and directed Peabody Award winner A HEALTHY BABY GIRL.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Ross Gelbspan, Bish Neuhouser, Rick Plitz, Ted Nordhaus, Dr. Heidi Cullen
  • Directors: Judith Helfand, Daniel B Gold
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • DVD Release Date: December 11, 2007
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,415 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Preston C. Enright on January 3, 2008
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I think "An Inconvenient Truth" deserved all the accolades and awards it received, but "Everthing's Cool" is even better. This film brings us into the struggles and the triumphs of several people who have been sounding alarms around climate change for years - including award-winning authors Ross Gelbspan Boiling Point: How Politicians, Big Oil and Coal, Journalists and Activists Are Fueling the Climate Crisis--And What We Can Do to Avert Disaster and Bill McKibben Fight Global Warming Now: The Handbook for Taking Action in Your Community. I've had the good fortune to hear both of them lecture on C-SPAN and "Alternative Radio." This DVD made me more aware of their personal struggles with what can be very depressing information, and the fossil fuel industry's public relations efforts to cast doubt upon this issue. People should be skeptical of everything, but it would be prudent to take steps now to avert what could be an environmental catastrophe. "Everything's Cool" follows Gelbspan and McKibben to various encounters with the corporate media, their homes, activist gatherings and other venues. It also provides an intimate glimpse into the effort that White House whistle-blower Rick Piltz has made to expose what was done to "doctor" his department's report on climate change.
Yet another interesting portrait this film provides is that of the Weather Channel's Heidi Cullen who has the task of covering climate issues for its tens of millions of viewers.
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The list of events that we see that have been predicted by climate scientists is seemingly without end. According to the IPCC, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, before the end of this century we may live in a world of elevated temperatures, rising sea level, and extreme weather. However, as dire as the predictions are, the reality is much worse. The climate models are indeed inaccurate ... in their timing. Climate change has accelerated beyond the predictions of only one or two years ago. In his movie, An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore states that the Arctic will be ice free in the summer in 40 years. That would put it about 2046. However, there have been news reports at the end of 2007 that NASA climate scientists are now predicting the summer of 2012 as the date for an ice-free Arctic. The ice in question is floating sea ice. Its melting will not raise the level of the world's oceans. However, an ice free Arctic Ocean will absorb more sunlight, increasing the Arctic warming trend.

This film documents the actions of those who are bringing the message of the reality of climate change to the public, and also those in our government and in private industry who would have us believe that there is a genuine debate about the reality of climate change. In fact, the "debate" has been artificially created by the fossil fuel industry. All you have to do to be convinced that we are in trouble is to look at the satellite view of the Arctic Ocean for September 2007. (See customer image) Forty percent of the area that had been covered by ice is now open ocean.
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The film has a bit of fun with Society's blindness to the urgency of global warming. When it was over, I said "All my friends need to see this." It doesn't have the mountain of facts found in "An Inconvenient Truth", but it's a strong statement nonetheless.
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Everything's Cool is a fine documentary about global warming and the politics surrounding the issue of global warming. The film gives us a very good understanding of the reasons why some people deny there's global warming and why others contend that global warming is reality. The filmmakers interview very intelligent people who make their points about global warming very well; and we do see the struggle people often have to make to get people to realize that global warming is in fact happening. The cinematography is excellent as well.

The film will introduce you to many people, all of whom have quite interesting stories. We see that as far back as October of 1987 Time magazine had a cover story about climate change and its potentially very negative effects on planet Earth. Later, under the Bush administration, there were people employed by the government who steadfastly refused to acknowledge that there were any facts whatsoever to support global warming as a reality; and on the other hand we meet several people like Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Ross Gelbspan who come out of retirement and labor endlessly to make people aware that global warming is real and very threatening in the near future--not someday so far down the road that it's "hysteria" to worry about it now. We also meet Rick Piltz who resigned from his government job in order to speak the truth about global warming based on the data he had available to him; and there's plenty of time on weather expert Dr. Heidi Cullen who is hired by The Weather Channel to report on global warming and how it exacerbated the effects of Hurricane Katrina and so much more. In addition, we meet a man who is a model for us all--he converts his car so that it will run on vegetable oil--great!
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