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Fuel (2008)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 18 September 2009 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Joshua Tickell (as Josh Tickell)

Writer:

Johnny O'Hara
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Cast

Credited cast:
Joshua Tickell ... Himself / narrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barbara Boxer ... Herself - Senator - California
Richard Branson ... Himself - Founder, Virgin Group
George W. Bush ... Himself - President of the United States (archive footage)
Jimmy Carter ... Himself - President of the United States (archive footage)
Sheryl Crow ... Herself - Musician / Environmental Activist
Larry David ... Himself - Actor / Comedian / Environmental Activist
Deborah Dupre Deborah Dupre ... Herself - Environmental Activist and Josh's Mom
Jeremiah Dupre ... Josh's brother
Dwight D. Eisenhower ... Himself - President of the United States (archive footage)
Perry Freeze Perry Freeze ... Himself - Owner of Diesel Volkswagen Jetta
Larry Hagman ... Himself - Actor / Renewable Energy Advocate
Joseph Harberg ... Himself, Environmental Expert
Woody Harrelson ... Himself - Actor / Environmentalist
Jay Inslee Jay Inslee ... Himself - Congressman, Washington
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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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The world is addicted to oil... It's time for an intervention. See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Горючее 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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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Richard Branson flew director Josh Tickell and producer Rebecca Harrell to do a private interview with him in his living room in England for FUEL. See more »

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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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