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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.
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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
Jeanette Armstrong ... Herself - Speaker, Okanagan Indian Land
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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Dirt for Dummies, 24 May 2014
Author: David Ferguson ( from Dallas, Texas

Greetings again from the darkness. "Dirt might be more alive than we are." It could be a tag line for the newest horror flick, but instead it's one of the key elements to this well presented and informative documentary that's been around, and discussed, for a few years.

Inspired by William Bryant Logan's book "Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth", the three filmmakers roll out interviews from what must be a some kind of world record in professional diversity: farmers (of course), Mycologist (had to look it up), Professors, Physicist, a Pastor, Entomologist, Anthropologist, Ecologist, Horticulturalist, a Native American spokesperson, a prison worker, photographer, a wine expert (who eats dirt) and even a Nobel Laureate. This group would make up quite the dinner party!

Doing much more showing than telling, the film avoids the doom and gloom of so many "destroying the earth" documentaries and instead uses splashes of animation to lighten the mood, while still making serious and important points. Still, the negative light is directed at monoculture farming (single crop over large land areas), strip-mining, logging, fertilizers and pesticides.

On the bright side, hope is provided through many isolated efforts of those trying to save the dirt! These aren't extremists picketing corporate farms, but rather groups of people doing what they can. Rooftop gardening and schoolyard gardens (by ripping out asphalt) are two of the most interesting. A fascinating point is made that if Ethiopia were properly farmed, it could feed all of Africa.

The story of Clyde's pickup is pretty interesting as well - though I wondered why it never got towed. We get a history lesson on the use of dirt as a building material, and how man's greed created the Dust Bowl, but somehow the one thing that is stuck in my head is Dino Pee ... the point that all of Earth's water is continually recycled, and every glass of water we drink goes back millions of years and could contain traces of ... well you get the idea.

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