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Fuel (2008)

Fields of Fuel (original title)
Not Rated | | Documentary | 18 September 2009 (USA)
America is addicted to oil and it is time for an intervention. Enter Josh Tickell, a man with a plan and a Veggie Van, who is taking on big oil, big government, and big soy to find solutions in places few people have looked.

Director:

Joshua Tickell (as Josh Tickell)

Writer:

Johnny O'Hara
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laurie Lennard ... Self - Stopglobalwarming.org (as Laurie David)
Joshua Tickell ... Self / narrator
Larry David ... Self - Actor / Comedian / Environmentalist
Larry Hagman ... Self - Actor / Renewable Energy Advocate
Woody Harrelson ... Self - Actor / Environmentalist
Jack Johnson ... Self - Musician / Environmentalist
Willie Nelson ... Self - Musician / Farm Aid Co-Founder
Julia Roberts ... Self - Actress / Spokesperson & Chairwoman of School Bus America
Neil Young ... Self - Musician / Farm Aid Co-Founder
Richard Branson ... Self - Founder of Virgin (as Sir Richard Branson)
Gal Luft Gal Luft ... Self - Executive Director of Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (as Dr. Gal Luft)
Colin Campbell Colin Campbell ... Self - Oil Geologist / Author (as Dr. Colin Campbell)
Herman Franssen Herman Franssen ... Self - President of International Energy Associates (as Dr. Hermann Frassen)
Matthew Simmons Matthew Simmons ... Self - Former Advisor to President Bush
Bill Shepard Bill Shepard ... Self - Author / Professor of Electrical Engineering & Renewal Energy (as Dr. Bill Shepard)
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Storyline

Director Josh Tickell takes us along for his 11 year journey around the world to find solutions to America's addiction to oil. A shrinking economy, a failing auto industry, rampant unemployment, an out-of-control national debt, and an insatiable demand for energy weigh heavily on all of us. Fuel shows us the way out of the mess we're in by explaining how to replace every drop of oil we now use, while creating green jobs and keeping our money here at home. The film never dwells on the negative, but instead shows us the easy solutions already within our reach. Written by Rebecca Harrell

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Plot Keywords:

oil | fuel | green | vegetable | energy | See All (24) »

Taglines:

The world is addicted to oil... It's time for an intervention. See more »

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

On January 1, 2010, Director Josh Tickell married Producer Rebecca Harrell, who also starred in the Christmas movie "Prancer" as a young girl. She also wrote and sang the song "Drive" that plays during the closing credits. Rebecca has been instrumental in changing the direction of the film since Sundance, and has breathed new life into Josh's efforts to bring education about sustainable fuels to the country and the world. See more »

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Features Louisiana Story (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

Heart of Gold
(1971)
Written by Neil Young
Performed by Neil Young
Courtesy of Reprise Records
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Do yourself a favor and watch this film!
16 October 2008 | by maryariadneSee all my reviews

EVERYONE NEEDS TO SEE THIS FILM. Coming from the perspective of someone who knows very little U.S. energy consumption or the politics surrounding it, I found the film extremely accessible, clear, and captivating. It enlightened me on the big picture (which until seeing this film seemed overwhelming and unapproachable), gave me a sense of hope, and empowered me as the average citizen with simple things I can do to be a part of the solution. I was touched and inspired by FUEL and came away with a whole new outlook on the world and life itself!

Synopsis (from the FUEL website): Most Americans know we've got a problem: an addiction to oil that taxes the environment, entangles us in costly foreign policies, and threatens the nation's long-term stability. But few are informed or empowered enough to do much about it. Enter Josh Tickell, an expert young activist who, driven by his own emotionally charged motives, shuttles us on a revelatory, whirlwind journey to unravel this addiction — from its historical origins to political constructs that support it, to alternatives available now and the steps we can take to change things. Tickell tracks the rising domination of the petrochemical industry — from Rockefeller's strategy to halt ethanol use in Ford's first cars to the mysterious death of Rudolph Diesel at the height of his engine's popularization, to our government's choice to declare war after 9/11, rather than wean the country from fossil fuel. Never minimizing the complexities of ending oil dependence, Tickell uncovers a hopeful reality pointing toward a decentralized, sustainable energy infrastructure. Sweeping and exhilarating, Tickell's passionate film goes beyond great storytelling; it rings out like a bell that stirs consciousness and makes individual action suddenly seem consequential.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,386, 20 September 2009

Gross USA:

$32,465

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$32,465
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (European Film Market)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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