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Dirt! The Movie -- The story of the relationship between humans and dirt, Dirt The Movie, humorously details how humans are rapidly destroying the last natural resource on earth from Dirt's point of view.
Dirt! The Movie -- James Jiler, Program Director for The Greenhouse: Rikers Island
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power of dirt in the NY prison system. Cip from Dirt! The Movie


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A story with heart and soil.
The only remedy for disconnecting people from the natural world is connecting them to it again. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Bill Logan ... Urban Arborist / Author - 'Dirt'
Paul Stamets ... Mycologist
Gary Vaynerchuk ... Founder - The Wine Library / Host of Wine

Vandana Shiva ... Physicist / Environmental Activist
Miguel Altieri ... Professor Ph.D. Entomology - University of Florida / UC Berkeley
Wangari Maathai ... Nobel Laureate / Founder - Green Belt Movement
Carlo Petrini ... Founder - the Slow Food Movement
Pierre Rabhi ... Author / Farmer / Environmentalist
Andy Lipkis ... Founder - Tree People / Citizen Forester
Fritjof Capra ... Theoretical Physicist / Director - Center for Ecoliteracy, Berkeley
Jeanette Armstrong ... Land Speaker - Okanagan Author & Artist
Marisha Farnsworth ... Natural Builder
Kevin Rowell ... Natural Builder
James Suntum ... The Parochial Vicar - Santuario de Chimayo
Casimiro Roca ... The Associate Pastor - Santuario de Chimayo (as Fr. Casimiro Roca)
David Orr ... Professor of Environmental Studies - Oberlin
Richard Regester ... Eco-designer
Wes Jackson ... President - The Land Institute
Janine Benyus ... Founder - The Biomimicry Institute / Author 'Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature'
Jerry Glover ... Agroecologist - The Land Institute
Jeremy Narby ... Anthropologist
Juan Vicent Sanchez ... Professor Agriculture Studies - UCA
Sebastião Salgado ... Photographer / Co-Founder - Instituto Terra
Leila Salgado ... Co-Founder - Instituto Terra
Majora Carter ... Founder - Sustainable South Bronx
Peter Girguis ... Assistant Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
Helen White ... Herself - MSI Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Organismic & Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
Lottie Manuel ... Herself
Hilda Krus ... Horticultural Therapist - The Greenhouse: Rikers Island
James Jiler ... Program Director - The Greenhouse: Rikers Island
Edward Pagan ... Himself
Pabo Rolan ... Himself
Barbara Damrosch ... Author / Organic Farmer
Wes Kinney ... Owner - Kinney Compost
Will Brinton ... Founder - Woods End Research Laboratory

Alice Waters ... Founder - Edible Schoolyard
Sharon Jackson ... Participant - The Green Team
Juan Mighty ... Participant - The Green Team
John Cannizzo ... Director - The Green Team
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jamie Lee Curtis ... Narrator
Katrina Hawkins ... Herself

Cricket Leigh ... Temp Narrator
Francesca Mazzola ... Herself
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Directed by
Bill Benenson 
Gene Rosow 
Eleonore Dailly (co-director)
Produced by
Bill Benenson .... producer
Laurie Benenson .... executive producer
Tracy J. Brown .... associate producer
Eleonore Dailly .... producer
Christine Deitner .... associate producer
Tyler Harbour .... associate producer
Marisa Murgatroyd .... associate producer
Gene Rosow .... producer
Dileep Singh Rathore .... line producer: India
Lisa Yesko .... post-production producer
Original Music by
Jorge Corante 
Cinematography by
David Aubrey 
Ben Bloodwell 
César Boretti 
Steve Elkins 
Walter Lorrusso 
Marisa Murgatroyd 
Tom Pakulski 
Antonio Rossi 
Film Editing by
Alexandra Komisaruk 
Rob Seidenglanz 
Jonathan P. Shaw 
Brian Singbiel 
Production Management
Emmanuel Pappas .... production supervisor: India
Salman Shaikh .... production manager: India
Andrew Troy .... post-production manager
Sound Department
Mark Berger .... re-recording mixer
Chris Blunk .... sound
Tom Eichler .... sound
Jon Greasley .... mix technician
Michael Kowalski .... supervising sound editor
Claudio Musajo .... sound
Saul Rouda .... sound
Jaimie Siedow .... dialogue recordist
Federico Soro .... sound
Susumu Tokunow .... sound
Animation Department
Ben Ceccarelli .... animation director: title sequence
Ben Ceccarelli .... animator
Madevi Dailly .... animation director
Eric Keyes .... animator
Andy Lueddeke .... design/stop animation: opening title sequence
Jeffrey McCarthy .... key animator: opening credits
Luc Perez .... animator
Nicolay Vorontsov .... animator
Selina Wagner .... animator
Robert Zwietz .... animator
Editorial Department
Toby J. Brown .... assistant editor
Morgan Gross .... first assistant editor
Bradford Hill .... assistant editor
Jonathan Liebert .... digital cinema mastering
John Sellars .... colorist
Music Department
Ludovico Einaudi .... composer: additional music
Todd MacKenzie .... music editor
Tom Schnabel .... music supervisor
Other crew
Leslie Gant .... production staff
Jennifer Glasgow .... production staff
Veronica Herrera .... production accountant
Eve Marson .... production staff
Lisa Yesko .... post production

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Additional Details

USA:86 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Female Inmates:God made dirt, and dirt don't hurt. Put it in your mouth and let it work. Dirt!See more »


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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Good points, but linked poorly, 26 June 2010
Author: meow9 from United States

Dirt! did a good job of touching on important issues facing soil today - monoculture, artificial fertilizer, soil erosion, desertification, slash and burn, etc - as well as some solutions for better soil care and conservation - compost, polyculture. What it did a poor job of was presenting how all the issues are interrelated through physical and biological processes (e.g. nitrogen cycle, life and death). The formation and roles of soil were sadly under-explained. The viewer is left with a scattershot impression of trouble but the big picture is woefully incomplete.

My sense is that the documentarian wanted to emphasize the spiritual and emotional rather than the scientific or even economic aspects. This bias makes it a good film for the uninitiated - those who need to be impressed with the value of the 'skin of the Earth' - but those who keep abreast of ecological disasters-in-the-making would probably prefer a film with a more compelling, cohesive, substantive narrative.

Too bad, because soil is an extremely important resource, and everyone should know its value and the consequences of mismanagement. Dirt! delivers the right message, but if only it would deliver it more persuasively...

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