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School Bd/College/University DVD: $425
3yr Streaming Rightsr: $425


 

Grade Level: JrH-Adult
Producer: Bullfrog Films
Closed Captioned: Yes
Running Time: 82 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2014
Available in French: No

Jean Hill, a fiery octogenarian, is deeply concerned about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the world's largest landfill. Since 2010, she has spearheaded a grassroots campaign to ban the sale of single-serve plastic bottled water in her hometown of Concord, Massachusetts. She spends her golden years attending city council meetings and cold calling residents. So far, her attempts to pass a municipal bylaw have failed.
 
As she prepares for one last town meeting, Jean faces the strongest opposition yet, from local merchants and the International Bottled Water Association. But her fiercest challenge comes from Adriana Cohen, mother, model and celebrity publicist-turned-pundit, who insists the bill is an attack on freedom.
 
When Adriana thrusts Jean's crusade into the national spotlight, it's silver-haired senior versus silver-tongued pro. In the same town that incited the American Revolution and inspired Thoreau's environmental movement, can one senior citizen make history? A tense nail-biter of a vote will decide. 
 
DVD Features
• 2 Versions: Original 82-minute theatrical version and 60-minute classroom version, the latter available with bleeped and unbleeped tracks for the two profanities in the film.
• Also SDH captions for the deaf and hard-of-hearing and scene selection.
 
"An excellent choice to spur classroom discussion of the tensions that arise when environmental issues, civil liberties, and corporate interests converge. The film is appropriate for use in secondary schools, as well as for undergraduate courses in environmental studies, political science, or sociology...A welcome addition for public library collections."
- Kathleen Spring, Educational Media Reviews Online 

Awards:
Best of Hot Docs Vancouver
Audience Award, Possible Worlds Film Fest.
Best New England Film, Newburyport Film Fest.
Award of Merit, Catalina Film Fest.

Screened at:

HotDocs
Planet in Focus
Big Sky Doc. Film Fest.
DOC NYC
Martha's Vineyard Film Fest.
Nantucket Film Fest.
Portland Film Fest.
Anchorage Int’l Film Fest.
Wild & Scenic Film Fest.
San Francisco Green Film Fest.
Guelph Film Fest.
 


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