Films and Visual Culture

Oil & Gas:

Alberta. Dir. Meredith Danluck. TOXIC. VICE TV. June 2007. Official website

Being Caribou. Dir. Leanne Allison and Diana Wilson. June 2005. Video available at

Blood and Oil. Dir. Jeremy Earp. 2008. Official website

The Big Fix. Dir. Josh Tickell & Rebecca Harrell Tickell. June 2012. Official website

A Crude Awakening. Dir. Basil Gelpke, Raymond McCormack a& Reto Caduff. May 2006.

Crude: The Incredible Journey of Oil. Dir. Richard Smith. ABC Science. May 2007. Official website

Crude: The Real Price of Oil. Jan. 2009. Dir. Joe Berlinger. Official website

Elemental. Dir. Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee and Gayatri Roshan. Oct. 2012. Official website

Fuel. Dir. Josh Tickell. Jan. 2008. Official website

Gas Hole. Dir. Scott Roberts & Jeremy Wagener. April 2008. Official website Full documentary available at

GasLand. Dir. Josh Fox. Jan. 2010. Official website

Gulf. Dir. Meredith Danluck. TOXIC. VICE TV. June 2010. Official website

Hayneswille: A Nation’s Hunt for an Energy Future. Dir. Gregory Kallenberg. Nov. 2009. Official website

In the Kingdom of Oil and Millions. [Neft va milyonlar saltanatinda]. Dir. Boris Svetlov. May 1916.

A Journal of Crude Oil. [Caiyou riji]. Dir. Wang Bing. Jan. 2008.

The Killing Ground. Dir. Steve Singer. 1979.

Land of Oil and Water. Dir. Warren Cariou and Neil McArthur. May 2009. Official website

Lenz, Garth. “The True Cost of Oil.” TEDX TALK. TEDxVictoria. Nov. 2011.

Manufactured Landscapes. Dir. Jennifer Baichwal. Sept. 2006.

The Oil Factor. Dir. Gerard Ungerman and Audrey Brohy. July 2005. Official website

Oil on Ice. Dir. Bo Boudart and Dale Djerassi. May 2004. Official website

Oil: Smoke and Mirrors. Dir. Ronan Boyle. Jan. 2007. Official website Full documentary available at

Petropolis. Dir. Petter Mettler. 2009. Official website

The Pipedreams Project. Dir. Faroe Des Roches and Ryan Vandecasteyen. 2011. Official website

Split Estate. Dir. Debra Anderson. Aug. 2009.

SpOil. Dir. Trip Jennings. 2010. Official website

Sweet Crude. Dir. Sandy Cioffi. June 2009. Official website

Tipping Point: Age of the Oil Sands. Dir. Tom Radford and Niobe Thompson. The Nature of Things. CBC. January 2011. Official website

Total Denial. Dir. Milena Kaneva. March 2006.

United Nations University. Oil Series. 2010.

White Water, Black Gold. Dir. David Lavallee. 2011. Official website

Wiebo’s War. Dir. David York. Oct. 2011. Official website



Power Trip. Dir. Paul Devlin. Feb. 2003. Official website


Energy & Automobility:

A Snow Mobile for George. Dir. Todd Darling. Jan. 2008. Official website

Global Car. Dir. Dodge Billingsley. 2009. Official website

Revenge of the Electric Car. Dir. Chris Paine. April 2011. Official website

Who Killed the Electric Car? Dir. Chris Paine. Jan. 2006. Official website


Climate change, peak oil & the Anthropocene:

The 11th Hour. Dir. Nadia Conners and Leila Conners Petersen. Aug. 2007.

The Age of Stupid. Dir. Franny Armstrong. Feb. 2009. Official website

Aftermath: Population Zero. National Geographic Channel. March 2008. Official website

Aluna. Dir. Alan Ereira. June 2012. Official website

The Antarctica Challenge. Dir. Mark Terry. June 2009. Official website

Are We Changing Planet Earth? Dir. Nicolas Brown and Stephen Cooter. May 2006.

Carbon Nation. Dir. Peter Byck. Oct. 2010. Official website

Chasing Ice. Dir. Jeff Orlowski. Jan. 2012. Official website

Collapse. Dir. Chris Smith. Sept. 2009. Official website

Cool It. Dir. Ondi Timoner. Nov. 2010. Official website

The Crisis of Civilization. Dir. Dean Phuckett. Nov. 2011. Official website Full video available at

Crude Impact. Dir. James Jandak Wood. 2006. Official website

Earth 2100. Dir. Rudy Bednar. June 2009. Official website

The End of Suburbia. Dir. Gregory Greene. May 2004. Official website

Escape from Suburbia. Dir. Gregory Greene. Aug. 2007.

Everything’s Cool. Dir. Daniel B. Gold and Judith Helfand. Jan. 2007. Official website

The Great Warming. Dir. Michael Taylor. Oct. 2006. Official website

Home. Dir. Yann Arthus-Bertrand. June 2009. Official website

How to Boil a Frog. Dir. Jon Cooksey. Sept. 2010. Official website

An Inconvenient Truth. Dir. Davis Guggenheim. May 2006. Official website

The Island President. Dir. Jon Shenk. Sept. 2011. Offical website

Life After People. Dir. David de Vries. Jan. 2008. Official website

Odyssey 2050. Dir. Daniel Barmejo. 2012. Official website

PetroApocalypse Now? Dir. Andrew Evans. Sept. 2008. Official website

The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil. Dir. Faith Morgan. May 2006. Official website

Sizzle. Dir. Randy Olson. July 2008. Official website

Sprawling from Grace. Dir. David Edwards. June 2008. Full video available at

Surviving Progress. Dir. Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks. Sept. 2011. Official website

Sun Come Up. Dir. Jennifer Redfearn. April 2010. Official website

Vince, Gaia. “Anthropocene.” Frontiers. BBC 4. Nov. 21, 2012.

Welcome to the Anthropocene. Dir. Owen Gaffney and Felix Pharand Deschenes. 2012.

What a Way to Go: Life at the End of Empire. Dir. Timothy S. Bennett. 2007. Official website


Climate change skepticism:

An Inconsistent Truth. Dir. Shayne Edwards. Jan. 2012. Official website

An Inconvenient TruthOr a Convenient Fiction? Dir. Leesa Kelly and Tim Donner. April 2007. Full documentary available at

Climate of Doubt. Frontline. PBS Television. Oct. 2012.  Official website

The Denial Machine. The Fifth Estate. CBC Television. Nov. 2006. Official website

The Great Global Warming Swindle. Dir. Martin Durkin. March 2007. Official website

Greedy Lying Bastards. Dir. Craig Rosebraugh. March 2013. Official website

The Greenhouse Conspiracy. Dir. Hillary Lawson. Equinox. Channel Four Television. Aug. 1990.

Not Evil Just Wrong. Dir. Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney. Oct. 2009. Official website



Before the Mountain Was Moved. Dir. Robert K. Sharpe. March 1970. Available for download from

Broken Rainbow. Dir. Mario Florio and Victoria Mudd. 1985.

Burning the Future: Coal in America. Dir. David Novack. April 2008. Official website

Harlan County, USA. Dir. Barbara Kopple. Oct. 1976. Official website

The Hole Story. [Trou Story]. Dir. Richard Desjardins and Robert Monderie. Nov. 2011. Official website

Journey to the End of Coal. Dir. Samuel Bollendorff and Abel Ségrétin. 2008. Interactive web documentary. Official website

The Last Mountain. Dir. Bill Haney. Jan. 2011. Official website

Mountaintop Removal. Dir. Michael Cusack O’Connell. Sept. 2007.

Sludge. Dir. Robert Salyer. 2005. Official website

Westray. Dir. Paul Cowan. Sept. 2001. Available at

West Virginia. Dir. Meredith Danluck.  TOXIC. VICE TV. Aug. 2009. Official website



Buried in Earthskin. Dir. Helena Kingwill. 2009.

Into Eternity. Dir. Michael Madsen. Jan. 2010. Official website

Uranium: Is It a Country? Dir. Kirsten Schnatz. Nov. 2008. Official website

White Horse. Dir Maryann DeLeo and Christophe Bisson. 2008.


Water & hydroelectric:

America’s Water Crisis. Dir. Meredith Danluck.  TOXIC. VICE TV. Nov. 2012. Official website

Blue Gold: World Water Wars. Dir. Sam Bozzo. Oct. 2008. Official website

Cadillac Desert. Dir. Jon Else and Linda Harrar. June 1997.

Chasing Water. Dir. Peter McBride. Sept. 2011. Yale Environment 360. Official website

Dreamland. Dir. Þorfinnur Guðnason and Andri Snær Magnason. April 2009. Official website

Drowned Out. Dir. Franny Armstrong. Aug. 2002. Official website

Elemental. Dir. Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee and Gayatri Roshan. Oct. 2012. Official website

Flow: For Love of Water. Dir. Irena Salina. Dec. 2011.

Hindsight and Foresight. Terra #534. Dir. Gary Shigenaka. Full video available at

Last Call at the Oasis. Dir Jessica Yu. May 2012. Official website

Liquid Assets: The Big Business of Water. CNBC Originals. Sep. 2010. Official website

One Water. Dir. Sanjeev Chatterjee and Ali Habashi. Feb. 2008. Official website

Poisoned Waters. Dir. Rick Young. PBS Frontline. Official website

Running Dry. Dir. Jim Thebaut. 2005. Official website

Sam. Dir. Aaron D. Weisblatt. 1986.

Semper Fi: Always Faithful. Dir. Tony Hardmon and Rachel Libert. April 2011. Official website

Tapped. Dir. Stephanie Soechtig & Jason Lindsey. July 2009.

Thirst. Dir. Alan Snitow. June 2004. Official website

Waterlife. Dir. Kevin McMahon. May 2009. Official website

The Water Front. Dir. Liz Miller. Nov. 2007. Official website

Water on the Table. Dir. Liz Marshall. March 2010. Official website

The Water War. Dir. Licinio Azevedo. 1995.


Plastics & waste:

Addicted to Plastic. Dir. Ian Connacher. Oct. 2008. Official website

Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic? Dir. Suzan Beraza. April 2010. Official website

Into Eternity. Dir. Michael Madsen. Jan. 2010. Official website

Garbage Island. Dir. Meredith Danluck. TOXIC. VICE TV. June 2008. Full video available at

The Killing Ground. Dir. Steve Singer. 1979.

Midway. Dir. Chris Jordan. 2013 (forthcoming). Official website

Plastic Bag. Dir. Ramin Bahrani. Official website

Plastic Paradise. Dir. Angela Sun. 2012. Official website

Plastic Planet. Dir. Werner Boote. Sept. 2009. Official website

Redemption. Dir. Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neil. 2012.

Tar Creek. Dir. Matt Myers. Aug. 2009. Official website

Trash Inc. CNBC Originals. Sept. 2010. Official website

The Warriors of Qiugang. Dir. Ruby Yang. Sept. 2010. Official website Full video available at


Alternative energies:

The Fourth Revolution: Energy. Dir. Carl-A. Fechner. March 2010. Official website

Other resources:

Capitalism is the Crisis by Michael Truscello

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