Sat 1:15 pm Theatre 4
76 min. 2010
Directors: Philip Neel and David Jeffery
This provocative documentary looks back at the notorious 1967 Third Wave project. Originally designed by California high school teacher, Ron Jones, to teach his well-heeled Palo Alto pupils (including a teenaged Neel) about the roots of fascism, the experiment proved to be more successful than anyone could have anticipated…or feared.
The film’s narrative explores the five days of the experience, in which the students started out as a cooperative until Jones assigned informers. As members were recruited and trials were held, even non-informants quickly turned on other members in their quest to ace the assignment. Over the decades, the experience would inspire articles, movies, and a novel that has become required reading in schools in several countries.
Cine Golden Eagle Award
Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood
Sat 2:45 pm Theatre 4
67 min. 2008
Writer and Director: Adriana Barbaro and Jeremy Earp
Consuming Kids throws desperately needed light on the practices of a relentless multi-billion dollar marketing machine that now sells kids and their parents everything from junk food and violent video games to bogus educational products and the family car. Drawing on the insights of health care professionals, children’s advocates, and industry insiders, the film focuses on the explosive growth of child marketing in the wake of deregulation, showing how marketers have used the latest advances in psychology, anthropology, and neuroscience to transform children into one of the most powerful and profitable consumer demographics in the world.
Consuming Kids pushes back against the wholesale commercialization of childhood, raising urgent questions about the ethics of children’s marketing and its impact on the health and well being of our children.
This film is sponsored by First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition.
Sat 4:30 pm Theatre 4
80 min. 2012
Director: Tonje Hessen Schei
One generation from now most people in the North will have spent more time in the virtual world than in nature. New media technologies have improved our lives in countless ways. But what are we missing when we are behind screens? And how will this impact our children, our society, and eventually, our planet?
This emotionally moving and humorous film follows six teenagers who spend five to fifteen hours a day behind screens. Play Again takes them on their first wilderness adventure – no electricity, no cell phone coverage, no virtual reality. Through the voices of children and leading experts Play Again investigates the consequences of a childhood removed from nature and encourages action for a sustainable future.
Best of Fest, Colorado Environmental Film Festival; Audience Award, Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival