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School Bd/College/University DVD: $375


Grade Level: JrH-Adult
Producer: Bullfrog Films
Closed Captioned: Yes
Running Time: 80 mins
Country of Origin:
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2010
Available in French: No

One generation from now most people in the U.S. will have spent more time in the virtual world than in nature. New media technologies have improved our lives in countless ways. Information now appears with a click. Overseas friends are part of our daily lives. And even grandma loves Wii.

But what are we missing when we are behind screens? And how will this impact our children, our society, and eventually, our planet?
At a time when children play more behind screens than outside, PLAY AGAIN explores the changing balance between the virtual and natural worlds. Is our connection to nature disappearing down the digital rabbit hole?
This emotionally moving and humorous documentary follows six teenagers who, like the "average American child," spend five to fifteen hours a day behind screens. PLAY AGAIN unplugs these teens and takes them on their first wilderness adventure - no electricity, no cell phone coverage, no virtual reality.
Through the voices of children and leading experts including journalist Richard Louv, sociologist Juliet Schor, environmental writer Bill McKibben, educators Diane Levin and Nancy Carlsson-Paige, neuroscientist Gary Small, parks advocate Charles Jordan, and geneticist David Suzuki, PLAY AGAIN investigates the consequences of a childhood removed from nature and encourages action for a sustainable future.

NOTE:  The DVD includes a new 53-minute version as well as the original 80-minute version.

"I believe this is one of the great challenges facing us today. The consequences of our estrangement from nature will be devastating for us as individuals and for society. Well done and may your film have a big impact!"

- David Suzuki, world-renowned Canadian science broadcaster,
geneticist, and author, The Sacred Balance

Best Educational Film, EkoFilm, Czech International Environmental Film Festival
Best of Fest, Colorado Environmental Film Festival
Audience Award, Portland Oregon Women's Film Festival
Golden Ace Award, Las Vegas Film Festival
Special Mention, FICMA, Barcelona Environmental Film Festival
Closing Night Film, EcoCinema, Israel
American Sociological Association's Annual Meeting Film/Video Screenings
Nominated for Best Documentary, Long Island International Film Expo

Screened at:
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
Santa Cruz Film Festival
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
Artivist Film Festival
Rhode Island International Film Festival
Grand Rapids Film Festival
EcoFocus Film Festival
EnviroFilm, Slovakia
Cincinnati International Film Festival
Film North, Huntsville International Film Festival
Duke City Doc Fest
Orlando Film Festival
Montana CINE International Film Festival
Red Rock Film Festival
Princeton Environmental Film Festival

Links: www.groundproductions.com/playagain/index.php - The film's website

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