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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Video Project
Closed Captioned: Yes
Running Time: 87 mins
Country of Origin: Canada
Study Guide: Yes

Copyright Date: 2010
Available in French: No

There are plenty of serious documentaries on the world's environmental problems. How to Boil a Frog takes a different approach, mixing fast-paced comedy with hard-hitting facts to help make complex subjects both understandable and more engaging. The accompanying study guide, done in the same style as the film, is an additional useful and unique resource.

This highly entertaining film features everyman dad narrator, Jon Cooksey (a screenwriter in real life), who is a guy worried about his daughter’s future. Cooksey effectively plays a dozen different characters in the film to illustrate his points, from a lab-coated scientist to a surfer. He recounts his own wake-up moment, on the subject of climate change, and his subsequent discovery that global warming is part of a bigger problem: “global overshoot” – humans putting too much demand on our limited natural world.

After presenting the consequences of overshoot, Jon launches into a clever review of five major problems and how they’re connected: overpopulation, the war on nature, income inequality, peak oil and finally global warming. From there, he offers a set of positive solutions that can be accomplished by individuals and families to help turn things around. Along with the comedy, the movie interweaves high quality animation and world-class experts in relevant fields (presented both briefly and humorously) to help encourage both awareness and action.

“A feisty little film which is down-home in style, and humorous.”  – Vancouver Sun

“Ambitious and insightfully practical…I give this one high marks. (Cooksey) has tapped in to an important way to communicate tough issues to an increasingly distracted audience: make ‘em laugh. He presents it all with an edgier take on the whole Bill Nye the Science Guy vibe. Only, the PG-13 version. Hey, it works for Jon Stewart.” – Transition Voice

ADVISORY: PG13 for some language and scenes.

Best Environmental Film, FilmShift Film Festival
Grand Prix, Best Editing, Best Screenplay - SILAFEST, Serbia
Best Documentary & Best Director, Los Angeles Movie Awards
Best Green Film, Mammoth Film Festival
Finalist, Screenwriting Award, Writer’s Guild of Canada
Nominated, Best Writing Documentary, Gemini Awards

Official Selection:
Wild and Scenic Film Festival
Newport Beach Film Festival
Reel Earth Environmental Film Festival
Kamloops Canadian International Film Festival
Global Peace Film Festival
Green Screen Film Festival, Vancouver
San Antonio Film Festival
Warsaw Film Festival
Blue Planet Film Festival


Related Documents:
How to Boil a Frog Guide

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