Monday, February 2, 2009

Sundance Films: Dirt! The Movie

Title: Dirt! The Movie
Director: Bill Benenson, Gene Rosow
Potential Major Release Date: No release date announced beyond Sundance

Summary: Dirt takes center stage in this entertaining yet poignant documentary from Bill Benenson, Gene Rosow and Eleonore Dailly, which unearths our cosmic connection to soil and explores how diverse groups of people are uniting to save the natural resource. Drawing inspiration from William Bryant Logan's book Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth, the filmmakers combine lively animations with personal accounts from farmers, scientists, activists and more (NetFlix).

Thoughts: I definitely have mixed feelings on this documentary. On one hand, the story seems to follow in the mold of the eternally awful Flow. I'm also not exactly a huge fan of Jamie Lee Curtis (this film's narrator). But, within the trailer, there appeared little moments of creativity that kept my eyes from totally glazing over. Directors Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow are better known for their work in TV movies, but I always say non-traditional filmmakers tend to bring the most creativity to the table. So I'll hold out hope for this one.

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