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Doc NYC 2017 Women Directors: Meet Jessica Wolfson — “Hot Grease”

Hot Grease

Jessica Wolfson has created award-winning media content for Espn 9 for IX, MTV, Conde Nast, Nyu, Canon, and many nonprofit organizations. At IFCtv Original Programming, she developed and produced documentaries including “This Film Is Not Yet Rated” by Kirby Dick and “Wanderlust” by Bob Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman. Wolfson directed and produced the award winning “Radio Unnameable,” named “Top 10 Films of 2012” by the New York Daily News.

Hot Grease” will premiere at the 2017 Doc NYC film festival on November 12. The film is co-directed by Paul Lovelace and Sam Wainwright Douglas.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.

Jw: Set in Houston, Texas in the shadow of the nation’s oil industry, “Hot Grease” tells the surprising story of how the bio-diesel industry is turning an ostensibly worthless raw material — spent kitchen grease — into a green energy source capable of fueling all of the trains, ships, and trucks throughout the country — if it can overcome the powerful forces working against it.

Featuring innovators, entrepreneurs, grease collectors, and supporters like Senator Al Franken, “Hot Grease” follows the battle for bio-diesel's future and it’s very survival.

W&H: What drew you to this story?

Jw: The film was inspired by a 2015 New Yorker magazine article by John Colapinto also called “Hot Grease” about the underground world of used cooking oil and the theft that has become an increasing problem since the rise of biodiesel.

Prior to that bio-diesel was not on my radar. I was familiar with it like many people were — hippies filling their old Mercedes with french fry oil, and Willie Nelson and Neil Young running their tour buses on it. It sounded like a great idea but not something I realized could make a significant impact on our fuel stream and to helping control climate change.

W&H: What do you want people to think about when they are leaving the theater?

Jw: We hope “Hot Grease” is able to educate and perhaps inspire those, who like us, had heard of biodiesel but didn’t know what it was or how much good it can do. Also it’s important to understand that the only way to diversify our nation’s fuel supply with renewable and alternative fuels is to have increased governmental support.

There is so much potential and opportunity for all forms of renewable energy to be incorporated into our fuel and energy sectors to help reduce carbon emissions and control the increasingly adverse effects of climate change. We are at a pivotal moment in history to take those steps to become innovators, change-makers, and to make this a priority for our industries and lawmakers.

W&H: What was the biggest challenge in making the film?

Jw: The biggest challenge in making “Hot Grease” was to try to explain the Renewable Fuel Standard (Rfs) in a concise and interesting way. The Rfs mandates the amount of bio-diesel that needs to be blended into our diesel fuel supply. It is a complicated law and boiling it down simply was a challenge.

W&H: How did you get your film funded? Share some insights into how you got the film made.

Jw: “Hot Grease” was funded by Discovery Channel for their Impact Discovery strand and will air November 16 on the network.

W&H: What does it mean for you to have your film play at Doc NYC?

Jw: Doc NYC is a great festival. I have produced several films that have played here over the years. As a New Yorker it is an honor and thrill to be able to premiere my work in my hometown and to share it with my friends and family.

W&H: What’s the best and worst advice you’ve received?

Jw: The best advice I got was when I was just starting out in my career. It was to reach out to filmmakers whose work you admire and talk to them about their process. That seems like an intimidating prospect but what you’ll find is that people love to talk about themselves and when you are interested in them, they often will open up, and be very generous with their time.

W&H: What advice do you have for other female directors?

Jw: My advice for female directors is to surround yourself with a strong support team and to find collaborators that you trust and are inspired by. I have had the great fortune to work with an amazing team on this project including my co-directors Paul Lovelace and Sam Wainwright Douglas, who happen to be my husband and one of my oldest friends.

W&H: Name your favorite woman-directed film and why.

Jw: I don’t have one particular film that is my favorite but I’m a big fan of the work of Claire Denis, Sofia Coppola, and Agnès Varda. They each have clear voices and cinematic visions that I respect and admire.

W&H: There have been significant conversations over the last couple of years about increasing the amount of opportunities for women directors yet the numbers have not increased. Are you optimistic about the possibilities for change? Share any thoughts you might have on this topic.

Jw: I very much hope that the culture of the film industry will change and there will be more opportunities for women, not just as directors but as producers, cinematographers, editors, and in crew positions. But the only way this will happen is for people to make a conscious effort to hire these talented women in these positions and for younger women to be encouraged to pursue these careers.

We can’t wait around for policies to change — we have to change them ourselves from inside the industry.

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Mindy Newell: Wilson Fisk and Hell’s Kitchen

“Today, the only reminder that this stretch of (Manhattan’s) SoHo was once a forest of filling stations known as Gasoline Alley is a coffee shop of the same name that sells single-origin coffee beans from Burundi.” • Sarah Maslin Nir, “With Gas Station’s Closing, A Fuel Desert Expands in Manhattan,” The New York Times, April 22, 2016

“On a block where a kebab could once be had at 2 a.m. from Bereket, the 24-hour Turkish restaurant that was forced to close in 2014, there will now be a 30,000-square-foot Equinox gym and spa with a lounge and juice bar; condo residents will be able to access the two-story gym through a private entrance. Gone too, are places like Ray’s Pizza and Empanada Mama. While such spots and the unmemorable single-story buildings that once housed them could not claim any historic significance, they were popular haunts that gave the area its character…
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‘Kiss the Ground’ Soil Documentary in the Works

Big Picture Ranch and Benenson Productions are teaming up on “Kiss the Ground” to chronicle the movement to bring back healthy soil, Variety has learned exclusively.

Big Picture Ranch has credits on “Fuel,” “The Big Fix” and “Pump” while Benenson produced “Dirt! The Movie” and “The Hadza: Last of the First.”

Kiss the Ground” will be produced by Josh Tickell, Rebecca Harrell Tickell and Bill Benenson, who was an early investor and an exec producer on Netflix’s “Beasts of No Nation.”

Josh and Rebecca Tickell are directing. Laurie Benenson, Anna Getty and Michelle Lerach exec produce.

The film is inspired by a collaboration with the California-based nonprofit organization Kiss the Ground, a champion for regenerative living and the restoration of soil worldwide. The documentary will look at how soil – and the microbial universe that it houses – is the foundation for all life above ground.

The film also looks at
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Pump documentary trailer explores the fuel crisis and its solutions

Pump documentary trailer explores the fuel crisis and its solutions
A trailer for Pump has been released.

The documentary explores the fuel crisis and the solutions offered by petrol alternatives.

Tesla Motor CEO Elon Musk features in the film, alongside Citizens for Affordable Energy CEO and founder John Hofmeister and former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

It was directed by Joshua Tickell and Rebecca Harrell Tickell, whose previous projects include the Sundance award-winning 2008 film Fuel.

The film focuses on alternatives to fossil fuels and the ease in which we could switch to them.

A release date for Pump is yet to be confirmed.
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Pump Trailer and Poster Aim to Break Our Oil Addiction

Our dependence on oil is obviously a politically touchy subject (personally I like keeping the planet as clean as possible and my wallet full without depending on a non-renewable resource) but, as fans of both cinema and Tesla MotorsElon Musk, we have decided to share both the Pump trailer and poster with you. The documentary on alternative fuel and vehicles comes from directors Joshua Tickell and Rebecca Harrell Tickell, who previously helmed the Sundance award-winning film Fuel. The film stars Musk along with John Hofmeister (Founder and CEO at Citizens for Affordable Energy) and Luiz Inácio da Silva (Brazil's president from 2003-2011). Hit the jump for the Pump trailer and poster. I like how the trailer is actually almost upbeat. I find myself falling into doom and gloom territory when considering the environment, but Pump has me feeling more optimistic. Which is worth a share alone. Trailer via YouTube.
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Indiewire @ Hulu Docs: Go On the Road With These 6 Great Road Trip Docs, Available to Stream For Free

Indiewire @ Hulu Docs: Go On the Road With These 6 Great Road Trip Docs, Available to Stream For Free
With summer halfway over, it's time to get away -- let these docs inspire you to take a virtual vacation on the road. The latest edition of Indiewire's curation of Hulu's Documentaries page spotlights films which take to the open road in their exploration of a wide range of topics.  Watch these docs now for free!In "Fuel," director Joshua Tickell, concerned about our overdependence on foreign oil, finds his own solution. Traveling across the Us in his biodiesel-fueled Veggie Van, he spreads the word about sustainable energy alternatives.Offering a unique perspective on modern America, Doug Pray's "Big Rig" rides along with long-haul truck drivers, crossing over forty state-lines to reveal the lives of these often overlooked men and women.Amanda and Rachel, a young lesbian couple, set out from their home in Philadelphia to Ames, Iowa to tie the knot in an over-the-top ceremony presided by a lady rapper.
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DVD Release: The Big Fix

DVD Release Date: June 19, 2012

Price: DVD $ $24.95

Studio: Green Planet Productions

The 2011 documentary film The Big Fix recounts the events surrounding the 2010 sinking of the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico and paints a disturbing picture of the aftermath of the largest oil spill in America’s history.

Directed by the husband-and-wife filmmaking team Josh and Rebecca Harrell Tickell (Fuel), the film contains interviews with scientists, government officials, journalists, attorneys and Gulf States natives. It sets out to reveal the powerful political and corporate system that put profits over the health and long-term sustainability of people and the environment in the aftermath of the spill. The film posits that no matter what the petroleum and government officials say, the oil is still coming ashore, the seafood industry is wiped out, and many people of the locals are sick.

Most disturbingly, Rebecca Harrell Tickell became ill after being exposed
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Documentary News: Dave Grohl to Direct Sound City; GoDigital to Release Oil Spill Doc The Big Fix June 19

News on a pair of interesting documentaries surfaced tonight: Dave Grohl will direct and produce Sound City, a feature-length documentary about the legendary recording studio in Van Nuys, California. GoDigital acquired The Big Fix, a documentary about the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, for release on June 19. Hit the jump for more on both movies, including trailers. Grohl gushed to Variety: "Sound City is a film about America's greatest unsung recording studio. Deep in California's sun-burnt San Fernando Valley, it was the birthplace of legend. It was witness to history." Sound City has hosted Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Cheap Trick, Guns N' Roses, Fear, Rage Against the Machine, Slipknot, Nine Inch Nails, and Metallica over the years. Also, it's where Grohl laid down the drum tracks for Nirvana's Nevermind in 1991. Variety says Grohl will incorporate interviews with the artists and producers who have recorded at Sound City to "discuss
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Cannes 2011: ‘The Big Fix’ Puts the Bp Oil Spill In a Larger Context

Cannes 2011: ‘The Big Fix’ Puts the Bp Oil Spill In a Larger Context
Getty Josh Tickell

Environmental activist and documentary filmmaker Josh Tickell has become increasingly cynical in the last few years.

His 2008 feature debut “Fuel,” which played at Sundance that year, was “filled with the naivety and joy of green energy solutions,” he says. Now, his latest “The Big Fix”—which premieres today at the Cannes Film Festival—”strips away any shred of delusions, gets right to it and shows how the system runs.”

Produced, in part, by actor Peter Fonda, who also appears in the film,
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Deepwater Horizon Doc Directors Ready for Controversy at Cannes

Documentary directors Josh and Rebecca Tickell made plenty of news with their Sundance doc Fuel, about America’s dependency on foreign oil and the financial prospects of bio-diesel fuel. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Josh and Rebecca Tickell haven’t experienced anything like the growing controversy over their new documentary The Big Fix, about the corruption surrounding the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and its massive clean up. “We are taking on the oil companies, the U.S. government, the military and the banks,” Josh Tickell said at Cannes. “And we are exposing something that the U.S. media didn’t cover. So there is danger.”
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Deepwater Horizon Doc Directors Ready for Controversy at Cannes

Documentary directors Josh and Rebecca Tickell made plenty of news with their Sundance doc Fuel, about America’s dependency on foreign oil and the financial prospects of bio-diesel fuel. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Josh and Rebecca Tickell haven’t experienced anything like the growing controversy over their new documentary The Big Fix, about the corruption surrounding the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and its massive clean up. “We are taking on the oil companies, the U.S. government, the military and the banks,” Josh Tickell said at Cannes. “And we are exposing something that the U.S. media didn’t cover. So there is danger.”
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Deepwater Horizon Doc Directors Ready for Controversy at Cannes

Documentary directors Josh and Rebecca Tickell made plenty of news with their Sundance doc Fuel, about America’s dependency on foreign oil and the financial prospects of bio-diesel fuel. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Josh and Rebecca Tickell haven’t experienced anything like the growing controversy over their new documentary The Big Fix, about the corruption surrounding the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and its massive clean up. “We are taking on the oil companies, the U.S. government, the military and the banks,” Josh Tickell said at Cannes. “And we are exposing something that the U.S. media didn’t cover. So there is danger.”
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'American Idol' MySpace auditions: Brace for 'Achy Breaky Heart,' 'Mickey,' 'Copacabana,' and 'Your Body's Callin'

'American Idol' MySpace auditions: Brace for 'Achy Breaky Heart,' 'Mickey,' 'Copacabana,' and 'Your Body's Callin'
American Idol has entered the MySpace era (aka 2006), and is tapping into the powerful musical legacies of Toni Basil, Billy Ray Cyrus, and the Crash Test Dummies. Nope, I’m not pulling your leg. For the first time in its ten-season history, Fox’s behemoth of a singing competition is giving contestants the chance to audition online at myspace.com/americanidol from now through Oct. 6. Hopefuls between the ages of 15 and 28 (as of July 15, 2010) can submit 40-second videos in which they belt out one of 90 pre-approved tracks (listed below). Idol producers will then invite a select number of online auditioners
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'Modern Warfare 2' Resurgence Pack To Be Released On Xbox Live

Downloadable pack adds five new maps for online combat.

By Russ Frushtick

'Modern Warfare 2' Resurgence Map Pack screenshot

Photo: Infinity Ward

Editor's note: The "Modern Warfare 2" Resurgence Pack has been pushed back to later on Thursday (June 3), as it requires a title update from Microsoft. A representative of the company, Larry "Major" Nelson, tweeted that he'll announce the availability of the Resurgence Pack on his blog.

With Thursday's release of new maps for "Modern Warfare 2," the biggest entertainment launch of 2009 will get a little bigger. Called the Resurgence Pack, this download-only content will be available exclusively on Xbox Live and adds five maps to the game's online multiplayer modes.

The Resurgence Pack is a mix of new and old. Three of the maps are made up of completely original content, while the remaining two are based on popular maps from the original "Modern Warfare." Here's a brief rundown of
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Fuel - Movie Review

A good natured cheer-leading session for clean vehicles, .Fuel. is several measures short of the intensity it will take to put Hummers where they belong---in museums The latest addition to the plethora of environmental films is Josh Tickell.s flamboyant .Fuel.. The film launches a socio-political debate on the control and distribution of energy starting with the gas tank and going forward. This is a non-technical film written for complete accessibility by a large cross-section of the nation. Specifically it seems aimed at teens and liberal arts college students and centers much of its analysis of global change on America.s love affair with the automobile. New director Josh Tickell has a unique point of view from which to describe climate
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Fuel Uses Education and Inspiration to Make Impassioned Case for Green Energy

Fuel is a documentary about oil, but it is not about the use of petroleum as the energy source for America's cars, light bulbs and computers. The film presents crude oil and its byproducts as the fuel that powers the military-industrial complex, political corruption, corporate greed, environmental destruction, and disease. While Fuel's labeling of oil as the root cause of all of those scourges at times goes too far (especially when tying oil directly to 9/11 and its aftermath), it provides compelling evidence of at least partial causality. Director Josh Tickell and the main character of Fuel, biodiesel. The narrative of Fuel follows the life of its director, Josh Tickell, and his near-lifelong quest to cleanse America of its addiction to oil by tirelessly promoting clean, renewable alternatives to petroleum power. Tickell's story begins in Louisiana, the heart...
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Josh Tickell named U.N. Goodwill Ambassador

Josh Tickell named U.N. Goodwill Ambassador
Josh Tickell, who directed the Sundance Film Festival award-winning documentary "Fuel," has been named a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador and will accept an award on Thursday, June 11 at the second annual Ireo Renewable Energy Awards Gala, following the Ireo Renewable Energy Conference, at the U.N. headquarters in New York.

The Ireo (Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Organization) founded the annual event to honor those individuals and organizations who advance alternative energy solutions.

Ireo is a proponent of clean and efficient energy sources combined with sustainable development and social awareness.

In "Fuel," Tickell examines oil use in America. It begins its national theatrical rollout this September.
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Movie Review - 'Fuel'

Fuel

Directed by Joshua Tickell

Not Rated

The debate in America over alternative sources of energy should not be a political one. We use far more oil and power than any other country in the world per capita and even Nixon called for a push away from fossil fuels and non-renewable energy back in the 1970s. This isn't about taking anybody's Hummer away. It's about moving past a 19th century technology in the 21st century.

Even in the 1920s, there were experiments with alternative fuels; Howard Hughes designed a car that could travel from L.A. to San Francisco on water alone.

The problem, aside from the $500,000 price tag at the time, was what would happen with all that steam if there was an accident. But it was out there.

You could even go back further to the invention of Rudolf Diesel in 1897. And though diesel has received a bad
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Allen Lands 19th Screenplay Nomination

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Allen Lands 19th Screenplay Nomination
Woody Allen has claimed his 19th Writers Guild Awards nomination, while Coen Brothers Ethan and Joel and The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button screenwriter Eric Roth have landed their fourth nod.

The Writers Guild of America Award nominations were announced on Wednesday.

Allen (Vicky Cristina Barcelona) will battle the Coens (Burn After Reading), Dustin Lance Black (Milk), Tom McCarthy (The Visitor) and Robert Siegel (The Wrestler) for the Best Original Screenplay honour.

Meanwhile, Roth is in competition with Jonathan and Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight), John Patrick Shanley (Doubt), Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon) and Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) for the Best Adapted Screenplay prize.

Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story, Chicago 10, Fuel, Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson and Waltz With Bashir will compete for the Best Documentary Screenplay.

The awards will be presented on 7 February in both Los Angeles and New York.

The WGA West cancelled last year's black-tie ceremony due to the writers strike.

'The Dark Knight' Among WGA Awards 2009 Nominees

"The Dark Knight" has bagged another prestigious awards' nomination. After collecting a nod for its producers from the 20th Producers Guild Awards, the superhero movie starring Christian Bale and Heath Ledger earned a 2009 Writers Guild Awards' count for its writers from the Writers Guild of America on Wednesday, January 7.

Contending for the adapted screenplay kudo, "Dark Knight" enlisted its writers team consisting of Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer. The trio will be in competition with Eric Roth and Robin Swicord of "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button", John Patrick Shanley of "Doubt", Peter Morgan of "Frost/Nixon" and Simon Beaufoy of "Slumdog Millionaire".

"Dark Knight" aside, last year WGA Award winners for best adapted screenplay, Joel and Ethan Coen, have once again received a nomination from the WGA. This time, the men behind gritty crime drama "No Country for Old Men" vie for Best Original Screenplay for
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