Fall 2018 New Releases

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Bullfrog Communities, a project of Bullfrog Films, is pleased to announce Fall 2018 new releases for community and campus-wide screenings. New titles focus on a diversity of topics, including threats to equality, symbiosis in evolution, two complementary films on food economics, the devastation wrought by coal, a campaign of hope in Bethlehem, and militarism. Information about the titles is below. Click through to watch trailers. Also, stay tuned for a slate of additional new releases, including a Sundance Award-Winner on refugees, a film on voter suppression and disenfranchisement, and the next film from the makers of THE TRUE COST.

A DANGEROUS IDEA examines the resurgence of racism, sexism, xenophobia, and classism by addressing the current affinity for, and dangerous misuse of, gene science. From the history of eugenics; to the untold story of forced sterilization; to the rise of Trump, discriminatory politics and social Darwinist public policy; to the very idea that differences at birth are determinant; the film documents how biological nonsense is at the root of cultural, social and economic inequality.

SYMBIOTIC EARTH explores the life and ideas of Lynn Margulis, co-author of the Gaia hypothesis and primary modern proponent for the significance of symbiosis in evolution. A brilliant and radical scientist, her unconventional theories challenged the male-dominated scientific community and are today fundamentally changing how we look at ourselves, evolution, and the environment.

FOOD COOP, a profile of the highly successful Park Slope Food Coop, offers a vivid illustration of a cooperative economy at work and addresses the urgent need for access to food in urban markets; while FOOD FOR CHANGE looks at the current resurgence of food cooperatives in America and their unique historic place in the economic and political landscape.

While recent release TRIPLE DIVIDE [REDACTED] is an examination of the cover up of thousands of cases of documented water contamination due to fracking; new release CHESHIRE, OHIO is a stark reminder of the devastation caused by unchecked fossil fuel (development and) power generation. The film follows a community devastated by coal, resulting in American Electric Power's buyout and bulldozing of this Ohio River community after exposing them to years of harmful coal-ash pollution.

OPEN BETHLEHEM offers unique insight into the lives and experiences of the people living in Bethlehem over the past turbulent decade, offering a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by a multi-faith community whose struggles have an enormous influence on the cause of peace today.

is a short film about increased Navy presence on an island near Seattle, Washington, where an expansion of training activities is causing unnerving noise and water pollution on the island and in the greater Olympic Peninsula region.

Brings to light how false scientific claims have rolled back long fought for gains in equality, and how powerful interests are poised once again to use the gene myth to advance their interests.
Best Documentary, Santa Fe Film Festival
Society for Visual Anthropology Film Festival
American Psychological Association Film Festival

"In this time of false facts and backlash against a new equality, A DANGEROUS IDEA should be required viewing." Gloria Steinem


Lynn Margulis was a scientific rebel who challenged entrenched theories of evolution to present a new narrative: life evolves through collaboration.
"Captivating...Absolutely riveting...It creates a whole new way of thinking about the beginnings of and development of life." 
Ross Gelbspan, Pulitzer Prize winning reporter, Author, The Heat Is On and Boiling Point
"Funny, uplifting, inspiring, intellectually alive, refreshing, challenging and wonderfully informative...This is a movie about a hero and role model for us all...A brilliant description of an enigma, painstakingly untangled and clearly laid out for us all. There are many multifold delights in this film, packed with surprising revelations. It is both intensely personal and broadly insightful!"
Dr. Frederic B. Jennings Jr., President, Center for Ecological Economic and Ethical Education


Looks at the workings of a highly profitable supermarket, Brooklyn's Park Slope Food Coop, which for 44 years has been a shining example of a successful alternative economic system at work.
Greenpeace Film Festival
Environmental Film Festival Australia
"A truly thrilling film."
Céline Zug, Boite à Culture
"An amusing and enlightening food exposé...Capture[s] the essence of this unique emporium with a blend of humor and pragmatism, underlining how a sustainable business needs to have more in mind than just the bottom line in order to survive."
Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter


Tells the deep history of food cooperatives in America — the country's longest-surviving alternative economic system.
East Lansing Film Festival
Wild & Scenic Film Festival

"About food coops as meaningful — and highly successful — alternatives to our country's current industrialized food system. It situates the cooperative movement in 20th century history and focuses on its role in social change by establishing deep roots in local communities. This film should inspire anyone interested in creating socially just, community supported, and economically viable enterprises." 
Marion Nestle, Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, New York University, Author, Food Politics


Provides a powerful insight into a rural community being torn apart by fossil-fuel pollution.
First Place Documentary Feature, Knoxville Film Festival
Special Jury Award, Frozen River Film Festival
Free Press Award, Columbus International Film & Video Festival

"A vital film...shows firsthand the human cost of dirty energy. It is a harrowing and compelling story that hammers home the point: coal kills, fossil fuel companies care more about profit than people, and now more than ever, we need to pay attention to the true stories of our frontline communities." 
Bruce Nilles, Beyond Coal Campaign, Sierra Club


Explores increased activity at the navy base on Whidbey Island, Washington, which is making life unbearable for locals and wildlife — collateral damage in the ever increasing militarization of society.
”Bores deeply into the 'war zone' created by a Navy training site amidst rural farms, marine reserves and Olympia National Park in the state of Washington. The film, which explores all sides of this human and ecological tragedy justified in the name of national defense is ideal for...debate and strategic community planning."
Patricia Hynes, Professor Emerita of Environmental Health, Boston University, Director, Traprock Center for Peace and Justice


See http://bullfrogcommunities.com for a complete list of our titles. If you have questions, contact me at info@bullfrogcommunities.com.

Coming Soon: THIS IS HOME, about Syrian refugees in Baltimore; CAPTURING THE FLAG, about voter suppression; THE HERETIC, the new film from the makers of THE TRUE COST; and more...


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