Wholphin: Horror Docs
An interview with Tetsuo Jimbo, journalist who drove into the Fukushima Daiichi evacuation zone.
Kids + Money by Lauren Greenfield
USA, 15 minutes, 2008, digital projection
A piercing short film by photographer Lauren Greenfield, Kids + Money is a conversation with young people about the influence of money in their lives. Born of the extremes of poverty and wealth that define the Los Angeles landscape, teens and tweens from Pacific Palisades to East Los Angeles address how they are shaped by a culture of consumerism.-GETTY MUSEUM
Here Comes Greatness by Matthew Luem & Greg Fiering
USA, 20 minutes, digital projection
This piece examines a fascinating manifestation of the ennui suffered by suburban kids in Southern California.-Rahul Chadha, STRANGER THAN FICTION
A documentary-in-production about how the government forcibly sterilized Native American women during the 1980s.
A is for Atom by Adam Curtis
UK, 1992, 60 minutes, digital projection
The film shows that from very early on - as early as 1964 - US government officials knew that there were serious potential dangers with the design of the type of reactor that was used to build the Fukushima Daiichi plant. But that their warnings were repeatedly ignored. The film tells the story of the rise of nuclear power in America, Britain and the Soviet Union. It shows how the way the technologies were developed was shaped by the political and business forces of the time. And how that led directly to inherent dangers in the design of the containment of many of the early plants. Those early plants in America were the Boiling Water Reactors. And that is the very model that was used to build the reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. Three of them were supplied directly by General Electric. In 1966 the US government Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards tried to force the industry to redesign their containment structures to make them safer. But the chairman of the committee claims in the film that General Electric in effect refused.-Adam Curtis, BBC
Brent Hoff is the editor and co-founder of Wholphin DVD where he films drunk bees, crying competitions, and illegal trans-border volleyball matches. Before that he authored Mapping Epidemics, a book on pandemic disease transmission, made TV at The Daily Show, VH1, and Nickelodeon, and wrote articles about squid. His feature script "El Diablo Rojo" was recently awarded the Tribeca Sloan grant and he has been named one of Filmmaker Magazine's "25 Faces to Watch" in 2012.
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