Preview Mode Links will not work in preview mode

The Fog of Truth: Close-Up on Documentaries

Mar 28, 2018

This week we discuss all things environmental documentary: What makes an effective call to action film? Do environmental docs need to do that to make an impact? And, we review IN PURSUIT OF SILENCE plus Chris interviews the directors of AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL.


Group Review Documentary:

IN PURSUIT OF SILENCE (2015) / USA / Belgium / China / Germany / Hong Kong / India / Japan / Taiwan / UK (Director/Producer/Cinematographer: Patrick Shen, Producers: Andrew Brumme & Brandon Vedder)

Available to stream on iTunes / Roku / Chromecast


Film Featured in Interview Portion:

AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER (2017) / USA (Directors: Bonni Cohen & Jon Shenk, Producers: Richard Berge, Jeff Skoll & Diane Weyermann)

Available to stream on iTunes / Amazon / Google Play


Other Documentaries Mentioned:

Mr. Fish: Cartooning From The Deep End / 2017 (Director: Pablo Bryant)

An Inconvenient Truth / 2006 (Director: Davis Guggenheim)

DamNation / 2014 (Directors: Travis Rummel & Ben Knight)

The Islands and the Whales / 2017 (Director: Mike Day)

Jane / 2017 (Director: Brett Morgen)

Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry / 2017 (Directors: Laura Dunn & Jef Sewell)

The Great Invisible / 2014 (Director: Margaret Brown)

Blackfish / 2013 (Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite)

The Cove / 2009 (Director: Louie Psihoyos)

Food Inc. / 2008 (Director: Robert Kenner)
The Gateway Bug / 2017 (Director: Johanna B. Kelly)

Blue Planet / 2001 (Aired on BBC1)

Planet Earth / 2006 (Aired on BBC1)

Jacques Cousteau (Environmental Filmmaker, especially oceanic documentaries)

Koyaanisqatsi / 1982 (Director: Godfrey Reggio)

Chasing Coral / 2017 (Director: Jeff Orlowski)

Landfill Harmonic / 2015 (Directors: Graham Townsley & Brad Allgood)

Plastic China / 2016 (Director: Jiuliang Wang)

The Eagle Huntress / 2016 (Director: Otto Bell)

The Island President / 2011 (Director: Jon Shenk)

Dirty Money / 2018 (Created by Alex Gibney)

Nobody Speak / 2017 (Director: Brian Knappenberger)

Circus Ecuador / 2018 (Directors: James Brassard & Ashley Bishop)

The Fall - The Wonderful and Frightening World of Mark E Smith / 2005 (Director: Dione Newton)



03:23 - Intro discussion about environmental documentaries

15:23 - Group review of In Pursuit of Silence

32:00 - Chris Interviews Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

48:07 - Doc Talk


Hammer to Nail Links by Christopher Llewellyn Reed:





Artwork by Hilary Campbell

Intro music by Jeremiah Moore

Transitional music by BELLS (thanks to Christopher Ernst)