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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
and author of "Doing Time in the Garden" talks about the transformative
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)

Jamie Lee Curtis ... Herself - Narrator (voice)
Bill Logan ... Himself - Author, Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth

Vandana Shiva ... Herself - Physicist, Farmer & Environmental Activist
Fritjof Capra ... Himself - Theoretical Physicist & Author
John Todd ... Himself - Biologist & Eco-designer
Gary Vaynerchuk ... Himself - Host, Wine Library TV

Wangari Maathai ... Herself - Nobel Laureate & Founder of Green Belt Movement
Janine Benyus ... Herself - Founder, The Biomimicry Institute
Miguel Altieri ... Himself - Entomologist, UC Berkeley
Jeremy Narby ... Himself - Anthropologist & Author
Paul Stamets ... Himself - Mycologist
Andy Lipkis ... Himself - Founder & President, TreePeople
Bob Cannard ... Himself - Farmer
Kevin Rowell ... Himself - Natural Builder
Marisha Farnsworth ... Herself - Natural Builder
Jeannette Armstrong ... Herself - Speaker, Okanagan Indian Land (as Jeanette Armstrong)
David Orr ... Himself - Professor of Environmental Studies, Oberlin College

Sebastião Salgado ... Himself - Photographer & Co-Founder of Instituto Terra (as Sebastiao Salgado)
Wes Jackson ... Himself - Founder, The Land Institute
Lélia Wanick Salgado ... Herself - Co-Founder, Instituto Terra (as Lelia Salgado)
Pierre Rabhi ... Himself - Farmer & Environmental Activist
Jerry Glover ... Himself - Soil Scientist, The Land Institute
Benjamin Shute ... Himself - Co-Owner, Hearty Roots
Miriam Latzer ... Herself - Co-Owner, Hearty Roots
Danny Percich ... Himself - Farmer, Hearty Roots
Majora Carter ... Founder - Sustainable South Bronx

Alice Waters ... Herself - Chef-Co-owner, Chez Panisse & Founder, The Edible Schoolyard
Barbara Damrosch ... Herself - Journalist & Garden Designer
Will Brinton ... Himself - Founder, Woods End Laboratory
Peter Girguis ... Himself - Biologist, Harvard University
James Jiler ... Himself - Director, The Greenhouse Program
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Cannizzo ... Himself - Director, The Green Team
Katrina Hawkins ... Herself
Sharon Jackson ... Herself - Participant, The Green Team
Wes Kinney ... Himself - Owner, Kinney Compost
Hilda Krus ... Herself - Horticultural Therapist, The Greenhouse: Rikers Island

Cricket Leigh ... Herself - Temp Narrator
Lottie Manuel ... Herself
Francesca Mazzola ... Herself
Juan Mighty ... Himself - Participant, The Green Team
Edward Pagan ... Himself
Carlo Petrini ... Himself - Founder, Slow Food Movement
Richard Regester ... Himself - Eco-designer
Casimiro Roca ... Himself - Associate Pastor, Santuario de Chimayo (as Fr. Casimiro Roca)
Pabo Rolan ... Himself
Juan Vicent Sanchez ... Himself - Professor, Agriculture Studies, UCA
James Suntum ... Himself - The Parochial Vicar, Santuario de Chimayo
Helen White ... Herself - MSI Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Organismic & Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

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 Adams .... sound recordist
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 S. Keyes .... animator (as Eric Keyes)
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
Fernando Castillo Díaz .... spanish translation for dubbing
Leslie Gant .... production staff
Jennifer Glasgow .... production staff
Veronica Herrera .... production accountant
Eve Marson .... production staff
Lisa Yesko .... post production

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USA:86 min
Color | Black and White (archive footage)
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Founder - The Wine Library:With the amount of species that live in a teaspoon of dirt, I think it's very obvious dirt might be more alive than we are.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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