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Crude Impact -- An award-winning film which called "a terrific film... the best documentary I have seen on the subject." This feature film explores the interconnection between human domination of the planet, and the discovery and use of oil.


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An examination of the interconnection of human domination of the planet and the use of petroleum, and offers solutions for how we can stop our progression down this destructive path. | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Thom Hartmann ... Himself
William Rees ... Himself
Richard Heinberg ... Himself - author
Michael Economides ... Himself - author
Christopher Flavin ... Himself - Worldwatch Institute
Michael Klare ... Himself - author
Terry Lynn Karl ... Herself
Guy F. Caruso ... Himself - Department of Energy
Steve Donziger ... Himself - attorney
Santiago Kawarim ... Himself - Achuar Federation
Emeka Duruigbo ... Himself
Cindy Cohn ... Herself - attorney
Amy Goodman ... Herself
Tundi Agardy ... Herself
Kenneth Deffeyes ... Himself
Matthew Simmons ... Himself
Kavita Ramdas ... Herself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sadad Al-Husseini ... Himself (archive footage)
Natalia Bortolotti ... Narrator
M. King Hubbert ... Himself (archive footage)
Ken Saro-Wiwa ... Himself (archive footage)

Directed by
James Jandak Wood 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
James Jandak Wood 

Produced by
Steve Michelson .... executive producer
Joanne Shen .... co-producer
James Jandak Wood .... producer
Jennifer Jandak Wood .... co-producer
Original Music by
John DeBorde 
Cinematography by
Sharon Anderson 
Film Editing by
Sharon Anderson 
Pamela Spitzer 
James Jandak Wood 
Art Department
Yussef Cole .... graphics
Steve Heynan .... original artwork
Sound Department
Peter Deutscher .... sound re-recording mixer
Todd Helm .... sound assistant
Katherine Nyhan .... sound assistant
Dragan Petrovic .... additional sound designer
Buddy Saleman .... sound re-recording mixer
Pamela Spitzer .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Frazer Bradshaw .... cinematography consultant
Editorial Department
Sharon Anderson .... color correction
Dan Hewitt .... color correction
Other crew
Sharon Anderson .... archival researcher
Kathy Burry .... accountant
Catherine Butler .... consultant
Catherine Butler .... miscellaneous crew
Yussef Cole .... archival researcher
Sabine Kaluaratchi .... transcriptionist
Richard Lee .... legal services
Maria Panzieri .... book keeping
Joanne Parsont .... consultant
Joanne Shen .... archival researcher
Pamela Spitzer .... archival researcher
Lauri Tanner .... consultant
Candacy Taylor .... transcriptionist
Charles Whelan .... insurance
Katie Winters .... transcriptionist
James Jandak Wood .... archival researcher
Jennifer Jandak Wood .... archival researcher
Catherine Lynn Butler .... thanks


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97 min
Aspect Ratio:
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Powerful message, albeit a bit slowly paced, 2 September 2009
Author: sukisukinow from Canada

To compel the audience the film relies more heavily on pathos / ethos, and less on mere presentation of empirical data supporting their perspective. Personally I would have liked more fact & figure focus. Still, it worked for me.

I found the editing a bit dragging and distracting. It seemed as if someone struggled to find a few visuals to go with each narrative quote by the film's speakers. Sometimes the visuals are just dead wrong choices, such as stats that do not support what the speaker is simultaneously saying. Ouch. Mainly though the visuals linger just a little too long, leaving uncomfortable pauses in the narrative. Perhaps this is done deliberately to increase the impact of, say, this satirical comic or that horrifying photograph. But I felt these lengthy sobering pauses on visuals were done far too often, and as such they lose their efficacy. I think without too much effort this could be re-cut to be absolutely brilliant.

The film succeeded in demonstrating how humanity's careless overconsumption of resources like oil is causing catastrophic levels of despair, poverty, extinction and environmental damage. It challenges us to draw moral conclusions rather than blindly follow the bombardment of misinformation masquerading as fact -- e.g. if war has always historically been about power in some form (wealth, resources, labour) then it logically follows that war in the Middle East is about power over oil reserves, NOT any damn noble desire to free people or spread democracy. It is an important piece of work that everyone should see.

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