Friday, January 30, 2009

Sundance Films: Crude

Title: Crude
Director: Joe Berlinger
Potential Major Release Date: Hitting the festival circuit, so check their website for details

Summary: Three years in the making, filmmaker Joe Berlinger's provocative documentary explores the ongoing battle waged by 30,000 indigenous Ecuadorans and their lawyers against Chevron for dumping billions of gallons of toxic oil waste into the Amazon. Berlinger examines the environmental catastrophe (known as the "Amazon Chernobyl") from all sides, ultimately focusing on the pursuit of justice in the 21st century (NetFlix).

Thoughts: From Metallica to international law; I'm not sure how director Joe Berlinger is going to handle this switch, but his previous work could make what appears to be heavy subject matter easier for audiences to swallow. Despite a slick little website, there is no viewable trailer that I'm aware of, so my interest is solely based off the concept and the director at the helm of this project. This is definitely a film that could easily sink or swim, watch the buzz on this one as it tours festivals worldwide.

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