Includes Public Performance Rights
Please allow 10 days for
the 30-minute High School version.
Crude Impact is a powerful
and timely story that explores the interconnection between human domination of
the planet, and the discovery and use of oil. This documentary film exposes our
global, deep-rooted dependency on fossil fuel energy and examines the future
implications of peak oil - the point in time when the amount of petroleum
available worldwide begins a steady, inexorable decline.
In 1956, M.
King Hubbert, a geologist at Shell Research Labs, shocked the oil industry by
predicting that United States oil production - the largest in the world at that
time - would peak in the early 1970s, and then continuously and irreversibly
diminish. His prediction was vilified and largely ignored - until it came true.
In Crude Impact, modern experts predict how quickly global peak oil will become
a reality and discuss its many serious implications for our way of life and our
world. Impacts discussed range from the environmental to the cultural, examining
how global oil dependency is impacting everything from human rights practices,
world population, renewable energy technologies, political agendas,
globalization, wildlife habitats, and of course global economy.
Journeying from the West African Delta region to the heart of the Amazon
rainforest, from Washington to Shanghai, from early Man to the unknown future,
Crude Impact chronicles the collision of our insatiable appetite for oil with
the rights and livelihoods of indigenous cultures, other species and the planet
itself. With great depth and insight, the film highlights the underlying myths
and beliefs that are propelling us toward what many experts believe will be a
cataclysmic period for humanity.
A story filled with discovery, sorrow,
outrage, humor, and ultimately hope, Crude Impact uncovers the complex
entanglement of the fate of humankind with its fierce dependence on petroleum,
while providing a vital inspiration for change.
Available now at feature
length, this full version is our best value and ideal for educational venues
that can commit considerable time to this topic. Both versions of the film are
accompanied by a comprehensive curriculum guide, aligned to national standards
in science and the social sciences. A series of informational resources and
action opportunities is included, allowing for considerable further study of
this critical topic.
It is impossible to see this film and not begin to
rethink the way we live. -Lynne Twist, Pachamama Alliance
is a terrific film. I have no hesitation in saying it is the best documentary I
have seen on the subject and I would feel very happy about recommending it to
anyone. Key I think is its accessibility to someone with no prior exposure to
the story of oil. -Chris Vernon, TheOilDrum.com
absolutely need to know about this issue, and Crude Impact covers it from all
angles. This is a film no educator should be without.' -David W. Smith, Science
Teacher, Bay High School
After watching so many films... Im a tough
audience and it is hard to find something new. This film was as comprehensive as
it was compelling. -Adrienne Bramhall, Sierra Club Productions
Impact is a powerful and thought provoking exploration of the hold that oil has
over the world. -TransitionCulture.org
Winner: Best Feature Documentary
- Artivist Film Festival
Winner: Social Justice Award - Santa Barbara Film
Official Selection: International Documentary Film Festival
Nominee: Best Documentary, Best Environmental Film, Best Editing -
Sacramento International Film Festival
Short Preview broadcast on Link TV
- February 2007
Duration: 98 min.
Closed Caption: No
Producer: Vista Clara Films