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published CRUTCH 2022-01-19 10:13:59 -0500


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CRUTCH chronicles the gravity defying life of Bill Shannon, an internationally renowned artist, breakdancer and skate punk — on crutches.


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Two decades of exclusive access, plus a lifetime of archival footage, depict Bill Shannon from his early years, to his rise as an award-winning dancer and cutting-edge performance artist whose work finds outlet at prestigious venues worldwide.

CRUTCH documents Bill's extraordinary journey: the history of his medical odyssey and his struggles with chronic pain, the evolution of his crutch dancing and skating, his rise to become a world-renowned performance artist, and his transformation from an angry skate punk to an international hero.

CRUTCH also dives into Bill's provocative street performances, in which he exposes the hidden world of assumptions disabled people encounter in public, on a daily basis. While the film questions his early exploitation of strangers' good Samaritan impulses, it also marvels at Bill's ability to create solutions and empower others to navigate similar challenges.

From childhood "cripple" to international provocateur, CRUTCH is an emotional story of a one-of-a-kind artist's struggle to be understood.

96 minutes
SDH Captioned

Directed by Sachi Cunningham, Vayabobo
Produced by Vayabobo, Sachi Cunningham
Writer: Vayabobo
Executive Producers: Stephen Nemeth, Michael Levin, Sarah Evans, Billy Graves, Tim Cunningham, Nancy Blachman
Co-Executive Producers: Earl Cole, Betsy Stahl
Editor: Nick Bradford
Directors of Photography: Sachi Cunningham, Vayabobo
Music: George Karpasitis, Te'Amir Sweeney
Music Supervisor: Jennifer Lanchart
A Vayabobo/Seasachi Film

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COMMUNITY SCREENINGS (single events with license to charge admission)
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"You realize that CRUTCH may be about him, but it's also about us. Beneath its surface lays a strong critique of you, me, and all the ways we interact with individuals who have disabilities...CRUTCH suggests we discard our own metaphorical crutch, which is our presumptions about how to manage encounters with disabled individuals, and move, maybe unsteadily, to a place where we ask, rather than assume."
Erin Bomboy, The Dance Enthusiast

"A brilliant intersection of performance, movement science, and social commentary."
Pamela Block, Prof, Sociocultural Anthropology, Western University

"Watching Bill Shannon dance can be enthralling, disturbing and voyeuristically captivating. But what makes him such a singular artist is that he's likely to be carefully observing you, too...A powerful film."
Andrew Gilbert, KQED

"Sheds light on a much-overlooked artist who has created unlimited possibilities within his own limited situation. It's what they call 'flipping the script on traditional disability narratives.'"
Nadja Sayej, Forbes

"This is truly an inspiring story of overcoming constraints to make yourself a new kind of presence in the world...Moving in his own way, he seems to float above the ground. The crutches do not keep him earthbound. They make him fly."
Bradley Gibson, Film Threat

"CRUTCH is a global story, a powerful story, a transformational story, and one which will have you re-evaluating your own perspectives. From childhood 'cripple' to international provocateur, CRUTCH is an engrossing, emotional story of an artist's struggle to be understood."
Dance Informa Magazine

"Entertaining and enlightening."
Carla Hay, Culture Mix

"A cohesive and forward-moving story that will make you wonder why you've ever griped about anything."
Tony Frankel, Stage and Cinema

"His art didn't fit in with traditional styles, so he forged his own path and quickly invented an artistic language to explore the boundaries of his body and creativity. His dancing became political art...CRUTCH evolves into a fascinating study of art that asks about your own preconceptions."
Ricardo Gallegos, Shuffle Online

"THIS is a dancer you've never seen before...This is a great film to watch to celebrate the human spirit and unlimited human potential."
Trina Boice, Movie Review Mom

"Authentic and powerful documentary...We could all take a page from [Bill] Shannon's playbook."
Jennifer Vintzileaos, Starry Magazine

"A mind-blowing participatory work."
Mark Rifkin, This Week In New York

"A wonderful portrait of a man following his heart to do wondrous things."
Steve Kopian, Unseen Films

"A refreshing perspective that will grab your attention...It pushes past cynicism to teach and entertain and delight."
Liz Whittemore, Reel News Daily

"An exhilarating recounting of the artistry of Bill Shannon."
Brad Schreiber, Brad Schreiber

"A rare and necessary mirror to the able-bodied viewer's deeply ingrained subconscious perceptions of the disabled."
Michael Dequina, The Movie Report

published THE EMOJI STORY 2021-12-14 16:04:15 -0500


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In THE EMOJI STORY we explore the complex, conflict-prone, and often hilarious world of the creators, lovers, and arbiters of emoji, our world's newest pictorial language.



The rapid rise of emoji (Japanese for "picture character") is a global phenomenon without precedent. Their widespread use and ability to convey complex messages have not only cemented emoji's place as an emerging digital language, but prompted difficult questions about the creation of a language and digital communication's fraught ties to identity and inclusion.

In THE EMOJI STORY, directors Martha Shane and Ian Cheney lead viewers on a deep dive into the ever evolving world of picture characters, from their humble beginnings in Japan to mobile keyboards the world over, and shed fresh light on the private consortium that approves new emoji offerings and the individuals fighting to make the language more representative of its billions of users.

Directed by Martha Shane After Tiller, From This Day Forward and Ian Cheney King Corn, The Search for General Tso, The City Dark, Truck Farm, Bluespace, The Greening of Southie, A Sense of Wonder.

Premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival as PICTURE CHARACTER.


79 minutes
SDH captions for the deaf and hard-of-hearing

Directed by Martha Shane, Ian Cheney
Produced by Ian Cheney, Jennifer 8. Lee, Martha Shane
Executive Producers: Fred Benenson, Peter Friedland
Editor: Frederick Shanahan
Cinematographers: Emily Topper, Ian Cheney, Lucy Martens
Original Score: Ben Fries, Simon Beins
Opening Titles & In-Film Graphics: Ben Radatz, Sean Donnelly
Associate Producers: Margaux Sax, Chirstina Choe


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"Emojis are everywhere - on texts, tweets, Facebook pages, Instagram, are used equally by artists, politicians, advertisers, and others. What is happening? Does emoji writing constitute a new language? Something is definitely going on. This documentary provides an excellent overview of what is going on, how we got there, and where we are going. It is for both emoji users and non-users."
Marcel Danesi, Professor of Anthropology, University of Toronto, Author, The Semiotics of Emoji: The Rise of Visual Language in the Age of the Internet

"Enlightening...Clever...Everything you always wanted to know about emojis, but were afraid to ask."
Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter

Peter Keough, The Boston Globe

"You should never have this much fun learning about Unicode...It's a doc, but also an underdog story...Fascinating."
Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica

"A fascinating insight into something that everybody now takes for granted - and gives people some background to what they are cultivating and curating in the name of friendship and connection across the information highway."
John Higgins, Film and TV Now

"Interesting...A fun look at the importance of emojis...Conveys the spirit of happiness that emojis are supposed to have."
Nathaniel Muir, AIPT Comics

"Incredible creation stories...Who gets to be represented?"
Arielle Pardes, Wired

"A funny, witty and engaging documentary that explores the multifaceted aspects of emojis, the global digital pictograms that are bedazzling communication and cultural representation. THE EMOJI STORY points towards new pathways to learning and education, and is a must watch in classrooms and community settings."
Sanjay Asthana, Professor at the School of Journalism and Strategic Media, Middle Tennessee State University, Co-author, Palestinian Youth Media and the Pedagogies of Estrangement


"Fun, lighthearted...Inspiring."
Dami Lee, The Verge

"THE EMOJI STORY tells the history of emojis and unpacks their cultural significance on a global scale. This fascinating documentary is a welcome addition to the media and cultural studies curriculum."
Laurie Ouellette, Professor of Media and Cultural Studies, University of Minnesota

"Highlight[s] the importance of representation in how we communicate...Endearing and inspiring."
Marty Swant, Adweek

The idea of a feature-length documentary about emojis may sound whimsical, but the more filmmakers Ian Cheney and Martha Shane probe the topic, the more intriguing questions are opened up."
Jake Wilson, The Age

"It all makes for fascinating viewing."
Christopher Llewellyn Reed, Hammer to Nail

"Informative, entertaining...It's all bound to make you think twice before sending your next text — and wonder what imagery is missing that could make that message even more impactful."
Edwin Arnaudin, Asheville Movies

"This is probably one of the most insightful documentaries about the shaping of our modern language I've seen in some time."
Khadjiah Johnson, Black Nerd Problems

"A globe-trotting adventure that is as fun as it is thoughtful in exploring the sensitivities involved in the ongoing creation of a new language right before our eyes."
Stephen Saito, The Moveable Fest


published THE DIVIDED BRAIN Resources in THE DIVIDED BRAIN 2021-11-24 15:58:59 -0500



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Hidden Brain Excellent episode of NPR's "Hidden Brain" featuring Iain McGilchrist

BrainWorld Magazine: The Divided Brain: An Interview with Dr. Iain McGilchrist

very well mind: Left Brain vs. Right Brain Dominance: Is the analytical-creative separation true or false?

The Brain Research Foundation

Channel McGilchristThe official platform of renowned psychiatrist, author and thinker, Dr Iain McGilchrist.

Institute for New Economic Thinking: Could Modern Crises Stem from Problems in the Human Brain? We are a public information initiative of The Kavli Foundationthe Gatsby Charitable Foundation, and the Society for Neuroscience – global nonprofit organizations dedicated to advancing brain research.

Psychology Today: The Brain: We No Longer Need to Take a Side


published THE DIVIDED BRAIN 2021-11-24 15:58:23 -0500


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THE DIVIDED BRAIN explores Iain McGilchrist's pioneering exploration of the differences between the brain's right and left hemispheres and their effects on society, history, and culture.



THE DIVIDED BRAIN is a mind-altering odyssey about one man's quest to prove a growing imbalance in our brains, and to help us understand how this makes us increasingly unable to grapple with critical economic, environmental and social issues; ones that shape our very future as a species.

THE DIVIDED BRAIN follows Dr. Iain McGilchrist on a journey of discovery as he travels to meet his champions and critics and defends his vision on the implications of his theory. Dr. McGilchrist is a prominent British psychiatrist and neuroscientist who may have uncovered an insidious problem with the way our brains function. He has been compared to Freud and Darwin. He believes that one half of our brain—the left hemisphere— is slowly taking power, and that we in the Western world are simultaneously feeding its ambitions. This half of the brain is very proficient at creating technologies, procedures and systems, but it cannot understand the implications of these on the people and the world around it.

McGilchrist knows that if he is right, we may be creating the technologies and the conditions that will spell our own downfall. With the clock ticking on critical issues, he must make his case and help us all to find ways to restore balance before it's too late.


78 minutes
SDH captions for the deaf and hard-of-hearing

Directed by Manfred Becker
Produced by Vanessa Dylyn
Executve Producers: Vanessa Dylyn, Niki Barbery Bleyleben, Kirkland Newman Smulders
Writers: Stephen Milton, Vanessa Dylyn
Director of Photography: John M. Tran
Editors: Dave Kazala, Eamonn O'Connor, Edwin Janzen, Regan Latimer
Original Score: Alex Khaskin
Digital Media Producer: Cathleen MacDonald
Narrator: Seana McKenna


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"An inordinate number of people will revive, thrive and flourish as a result of this film."
Dr. Miranda Banks, Author, Fitter, Faster, Stronger, Smarter


The film operates on many levels as a science documentary, a philosophical debate, a political essay, and environmental film, drawing links from each field to further the conversation about the interconnectedness of our world and our ways of thinking...The Divided Brain invites audiences to dive deeper into the ideas proposed by these conversations. It encourages us to expand our ways of thinking to save the planet, and there's no doubt that's the first step we collectively need to take."
Pat Mullen, POV Magazine

"One of the most powerful and thought-provoking films on the subject... And now, with the world gripped by a mysterious virus that literally came out of nowhere, this documentary allows one to question if the right decisions and proper actions are now in place to deal with the post-COVID-19 world of tomorrow."
Rita DeMontis, Toronto Sun

"Dr. Iain McGilchrist is one of the most profound thinkers alive, not only on the brain, but on art, philosophy and the human condition, and this fascinating film, so much deeper than almost all films on the brain, is a fabulous entry point to this most poetic and soulful man's thoughts...You can't help but be changed and broadened by encountering these revelations, and you can't help but understand yourself, and the world around you, better for having watched it.
Dr. Norman Doidge, Author, The Brain's Way of Healing and The Brain That Changes Itself

"The Divided Brain is a very powerful documentary that has not shied from including critical voices. It conveys, with great clarity and conviction, the immeasurable dangers of the colonization of the brain by the left-brain hemisphere."
Sunil Kumar, PhD, former dean, London School of Economics and Political Science

"A stunning film!"
Gerald Ashley, Visiting Fellow at Newcastle Business School, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

"McGilchrist has a remarkably imaginative, creative and learned mind. He has created a grand synthesis that spans his experiences treating neuropsychiatric patients and his encyclopedic knowledge of literature and the arts. It should be no surprise that such an original and ambitious project is vulnerable to criticism. Nonetheless, McGilchrist's central claim - that we urgently need to rebalance our thinking - is not only broadly correct but also of tremendous social importance."
Anthony Jack, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Psychology, Neurology, Neuroscience and Organizational Behavior, Case Western Reserve University

"This provocative and evocative movie brings forward a timely and important question about how we use our brains: whether certain aspects are being driven by modern culture, and in turn driving us toward smaller and more specialized views of the world. How this question is answered may have significant consequences on how we relate to ourselves, each other and our planet."
Judson A. Brewer, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Director of Research and Innovation, Mindfulness Center, Brown University

"The Divided Brain
is a universally accessible in-depth journey-backed by scientific findings of how humans process and interpret our world-into the benefits as well as the potential costs of a structuralist approach to societal development. Interestingly, the film explores how the mapping of the functional specialization of the cerebral hemispheres reflects not only how humans explore and manipulate the laws of nature to our benefit, but also how overdependence on empirical structuralism results in unforeseen consequences. This thought-provoking approach should leave viewers questioning the current zeitgeist, as by eschewing the gestalt in favor of immediate technological benefit we may in fact be missing the forest for the trees."
Robert Assini, PhD, Neuroscientist

"An extraordinary film that traverses science, art, nature, history, culture, music, education and humor, and thereby skillfully exemplifies its subtle, visionary, beautiful and timely message."
Dr. Jonathan Rowson, Scottish Chess Grandmaster, former Director, Social Brain Centre at the RSA

"Beautifully filmed, aesthetically pleasing and completely engrossing...Magnificent work."
Sylvie Hammerson, European Dana Alliance for the Brain

"An absolutely brilliant film!"
Camila Batmanghelidjh, CBE, Founder, Kids Company

"A remarkable piece of work...It deserves as wide an audience as possible."
Michael Driver, Chairman, Convex Capital

"A fascinating documentary which filled me with admiration for the amazingly rich and amusingly imaginative human brain."
Leslie Caron, Academy Award nominee, Gigi and An American in Paris

"So much food for thought for how we live...A great film - urge you to see it!"
Nina Jasinski, Chief Marketing Officer, Ogilvy UK

"A fascinating look at the brain and how fragile its overall chemistry truly is."
David Voigt, In the Seats

"The work of Iain McGilchrist is essential to understanding the dangerous imbalance in our thinking and culture between what he characterizes as left and right hemisphere thinking. This engaging film vividly dramatizes his important message and as such should be widely viewed in educational circles that aspire to a more humane future."
David Lorimer, Program Director, Scientific and Medical Network, Author, A Quest for Wisdom, Editor, Paradigm Explorer

"Provocative...To further test his theory, [McGilchrist] looks at history, the animal kingdom, early childhood development, and other cultures and is convinced Western society is over-emphasizing the left hemisphere in education, work, finance, and government. With a fascinating look at the brain and its implications for mankind, this film is recommended."
Trudie Root, Video Librarian


published THE BOYS WHO SAID NO! in Films 2021-11-12 17:21:57 -0500

published The Boys Who Said NO! 2021-11-12 16:41:28 -0500

The Boys Who Said NO!

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In THE BOYS WHO SAID NO!, young Americans, barely adults, find their faith in their country shaken by the Vietnam War. Inspired by Black America’s crusade for equal rights, young Americans choose to resist the Vietnam War, and openly refuse military service, risking prison to end the horrors of war.

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THE BOYS WHO SAID NO! is the first documentary film to profile the young men and women who actively opposed the military draft in order to end the Vietnam War. The film shows how their personal and collective acts of nonviolent resistance, risking arrest and imprisonment for up to 5 years, were a critical part of the antiwar movement, intensifying opposition to the war and eventually forcing an end to both conscription and the war.

Drawing on original interviews with more than thirty male and female nonviolent activists and historians, THE BOYS WHO SAID NO! explores the influence of Gandhian nonviolence and the impact of the civil rights movement on Resistance members, a connection illustrated in footage of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. visiting and supporting Joan Baez and others jailed for blocking the Oakland Induction Center in 1967.

THE BOYS WHO SAID NO! is an overdue and definitive account of the principled and powerful nonviolent resistance to America's most problematic war. These young men risked years in prison to challenge a war of tragic human proportions. Their leadership, personal sacrifices, and example had a direct effect on ending the war, and are an important example for today's movements for social justice and peace.

95 minutes
SDH Captioned

Directed by Judith Ehrlich
Produced by Christopher Jones, Judith Ehrlich, Bill Prince
Executive Producers: Clara Bingham, Robert Estrin, Alan Gould, Robert Levering and Carolyn Leone Levering, Robert and Marie Weissbourd, Bob Zaugh
Editor: Scott Walton
Writers: Michael Chandler, Judith Ehrlich
Composer: Beth Custer
Narrator: Michael Stewart Foley

We offer two basic screening options: in-person or virtual. Book an in-person screening using the button below. For an online screening, fill out the virtual screening request form.

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"Terrific film...An ode to the power of activism."
G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle

"Some films are too important not to see. THE BOYS WHO SAID NO! is one of those films. There are many different kinds of courage. Having moral and social courage to stand up for what one believes in is perhaps one of the most courageous things anyone can do. Watch THE BOYS WHO SAID NO! to educate yourself on an important part of American history and watch it to renew your faith in the belief that your voice also has the power to make a lasting difference."
Documentary Drive

"A stand out film...THE BOYS WHO SAID NO! is a playbook for the resistors of conscience putting individual belief in combined effort to change the minds of America. Profound and startling in its revelation of how the revolution to justice starts with one person understanding their power to say no. Fascinating because it is a movement from the beginning to end offering lessons learnt to future fighters for justice."
Annie McLoughlin, Showreel

"There's more courage and moral integrity in this documentary than in any fictional blockbuster. The wars now underway and those being threatened are as unjust as those 50 years ago, and with women being added to draft registration, we need more saying NO. We also need to recognize the scale of the horror of the war on Southeast Asia and avoid the foolishness of desiring a draft. Our planet is imperiled by military spending, and the time to learn from and act on the lessons of this film is not in the future. It is right now."
David Swanson, Executive Director of, Campaign Coordinator for, Advisory Board Member of Veterans For Peace

"Wonderful, truly inspiring and informative, with a powerful message about the necessity of resisting unjust war and the imperative of nonviolence. The linkage to the civil rights movement and the role of Dr. King is brilliant and critically important. A fantastic job on an essential film that everyone who cares about justice and peace will want to see."
David Cortright, Vietnam-era Veteran, Director of Policy Studies, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame

"THE BOYS WHO SAID NO! tells an important story...Theirs was a cause built on fundamental American responsibilities - that we speak truth to power and resist the unjust, unjustifiable, and illegal. It's an engaging, compelling documentary with considerable relevance today. And there's a lesson in it that transcends the Vietnam era: that individual actions can make a difference."
Leonard Steinhorn, Affiliate Professor of History, School of Communication, American University

"There is never a blueprint for social movements - there are templates - and this film is an important one. It's powerful. ...beautifully highlights another link on the chain of the long arch of American activism."
Susan Erenrich, Ph.D., Adjunct Professorial Lecturer, School of Professional and Extended Studies, American University

"Finally, an account that shows the diversity of the antiwar movement! History comes alive in this thorough account of draft resistance, its roots in the Civil Rights Movement, and the eventual fusion of the two. Young viewers fighting for equity and a healthy planet will be particularly appreciative of this chance to witness the efficacy of creative nonviolent actions, while those who think they know the Vietnam War era well will learn new details about the coalitions that were formed in the efforts to end it."
Elise Lemire, Professor of Literature, Purchase College SUNY, Author, Battle Green Vietnam: The 1971 March on Concord, Lexington, and Boston

"Shows how bravery and courage are contagious. As this feature presents, it's when one steps out of the pages of history that people can pave a way for real change. Successful resistance doesn't have to be violent, and social change can start from the smallest of acts. An interesting, thought-provoking and ultimately challenging film, THE BOYS WHO SAID NO! is not to be missed."
Joel Kalkopf, Switch

"This inspiring and long-overdue documentary explores a decisive era in recent American history...An excellent service in memorializing this enduring portrait of America during an earlier time of momentous inner conflict."
Emily Mendel, Culture Vulture

"Make it a must-see."
Local News Matters, Bay Area

"Enlightening and absorbing...A film that speaks to the present as eloquently and as urgently to its audience as the resistors did to their audiences 50 years ago. THE BOYS WHO SAID NO! is too important a film to be missed."
Emily Chase,

"An insightful and comprehensive documentary. The film is especially prescient today as it dovetails in with the Civil Rights movement and the current issues relating to the racial divide in America and the rest of the world."
Peter Krausz, Movie Metropolis, WYN-FM Melbourne

"A powerful film. Ninety minutes of goodness."
KTVU, Fox Mornings on 2

"A fascinating documentary about the lengths that a government would go to in order to keep a war machine working, and also the ways in which passive as well as active protest can be a tool of change."
Samaya Boron, Right Now

"A fascinating exploration of the protest movement that helped reinforce draft resistance during the Vietnam War era."
Dov Kornits, Filmink

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Additional Resources



Center on Conscience and War

Courage to Resist

Metta Center for Nonviolence

Resource Center for Nonviolence 

Vietnam Peace Commemoration Committee

War Resisters League

World Beyond War

American Friends Service Committee

Draft Resistance News

Fellowship of Reconciliation

Veterans for Peace



Sir! No Sir! 2005 documentary from Bullfrog Films about the anti-war movement within the ranks of the United States Armed Forces during the Vietnam War.

The Most Dangerous Man in America, Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers. Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith, filmmakers. Oscar-nominated documentary that goes to the heart of the lies and deceptions that drove the Vietnam War and the courage it took to release the Pentagon Papers.

The Good War and Those Who Refused To Fight It Produced and directed by Judith Ehrlich, this is the story of conscientious objectors during World War II.



Draft Resisters and Related

Dancis, Bruce. Resister: A Story of Protest and Prison during the Vietnam War. Cornell University Press. 2014. Autobiography of a resister.

Elmer, Jerry. Felon for Peace: The Memoir of a Vietnam-Era Draft Resister. Vanderbilt University Press, 2005.

Ferber, Michael and Staughton Lynd.  The Resistance.  Boston: Beacon Press, 1971. Survey of the draft resistance movement.

Foley, Michael S. Confronting the War Machine: Draft Resistance During the Vietnam War. University of North Carolina Press. 2003. A history of the draft resistance movement focused on the Boston group.

Gaylin, Willard, MD., In the Service of Their Country: War Resisters in Prison. Viking Press, 1970. A psychological study of resisters written by a psychiatrist/psychoanalyst.

Gottlieb, Sherry Gershon.  Hell No, We Won’t Go!  Resisting the Draft During the Vietnam War.  New York: Viking Press, 1991. Oral histories of resisters.

Gould, Richard. Refusal to Submit: Roots of the Vietnam War and a Young Man’s Draft Resistance. Susan Kaplan, 2017. A memoir and historical record unveiling a complex and multifaceted antiwar movement, based on personal narrative, meticulous research on the war, and interviews with fellow draft resisters who served time at the federal prison in Safford, Arizona.

Harris, David and Joan Baez Harris.  Coming Out.  Pocket Books, New York.  1971. Written shortly after Harris’s release from prison.

Harris, David.  I Shoulda Been Home Yesterday.  Delacorte Press. 1976. Harris’s account of his time in prison.

Harris, David. Our War: What We Did In Vietnam. Random House. 1996. Memoir of and commentary on the war from Resistance leader David Harris.

Keith, Jeff.  Inmate 31114 – A Draft Resistance Memoir.  Xlibris Corporation, 2006. Served time from 1965 to 1966 for refusing the draft.

Kusch, Frank.  All American Boys- Draft Dodgers in Canada During the Vietnam War.  Westport, CN: Praeger Publishers, 2001.

Naeve, Lowell. A Field of Broken Stones.Libertarian Press, 1950. After being rejected by twenty publishers, the chronicle of a World War II draft resister has become a classic of civil disobedience and objection.

Useem, Michael. Conscription, Protest, and Social Conflict: The Life and Death of a Draft Resistance Movement. John Wiley & Sons, 1973.

Zimmer, Timothy W. L.  Letters of a C.O. from Prison.  Valley Forge, PA: The Judson Press, 1969.

General Histories of the War

Axelrod, Alan. The Real History of the Vietnam War. Sterling Publishing. New York. 2013

Bradley, Mark Philip. Vietnam At War. Oxford University Press. 2009.

Karnow, Stanley. Vietnam: A History. Viking Press. 1983. Highly reviewed.

Lawrence, Mark Atwood. The Vietnam War: A Concise International History. Oxford University Press. 2008.

Neale, Jonathan.  A People’s History of the Vietnam War.  The New Press, New York, 2001. A history told by those who fought the War on both sides.

Rotter, Andrew J.  The Causes of the Vietnam War in The Oxford Companion to American Military History, John Whiteclay Chambers II, Editor.  New York: Oxford UP, 1999.

The Civil Rights Movement

Burns, Stewart.  To the Mountaintop – Martin Luther King Jr.’s Sacred Mission to Save America 1955 – 1968.  Harper, San Francisco.  2004. Biography of Dr. King and movement history with an emphasis on his spiritual base and the use of original documents and oral histories.

Hall, Simon.  Peace and Freedom: The Civil Rights and Antiwar Movements in the 1960s. University of Philadelphia Press.

Lucks, Daniel. Selma to Saigon: The Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War. University Press of Kentucky. 2014. Traces the continuity between anti-racism activism and anti-war activism in the 1960s.

Dissent in the Vietnam War Era

Aguilar-San Juan, Karin, and Frank Joyce. The People Make the Peace: Lessons from the Vietnam Antiwar Movement. Essays by nine activists about their involvement in people-to-people diplomacy during visits to Vietnam during the War, including visits to the North.

Berkeley Art Center Association.  The Whole World’s Watching – Peace and Social Justice Movements of the 1969s and 1970s.  2001.  Berkeley, California. Catalog of a 2006 exhibit, focused on northern California with more than 100 photographs.

Bingham, Clara. Witness to the Revolution: Radicals, Resisters, Vets, Hippies, and the Year America Lost Its Mind and Found Its Soul. Random House. New York. 2016. Fascinating survey of dissent in America from August, 1969, to August, 1970.

Burns, Stewart.  Social Movements of the 1960s – Searching for Democracy. Twayne Publishers, Boston.  1990. The continuities between the Civil Rights, the antiwar, and the Women’s Rights Movements, and their impact.

Cluster, Dick, Editor.  They Should Have Served that Cup of Coffee – 7 Radicals Remembers the 60s.  South End Press, Boston, MA, 1979. Essays and interviews with seven activists in social change movements of the 1960s.

Gettleman, Marvin E., Jane Franklin, Marilyn B. Young and H. Bruce Franklin.  Vietnam and America, The Most Documented History of the Vietnam War.  Grove Press, New York, 1995. Extensive collection of essays and original documents telling the history of the War.

Gosse, Van. The Movements of the New Left, 1950-1975: A Brief History with Documents. Bedford/St. Martins. 2005. Original source material.

Hayden, Tom. Hell No: The Forgotten Power of the Vietnam Peace Movement. Yale University Press. 2017. Book-length essay about the meaning of the antiwar movement.

Jeffreys-Jones, Rhodri. Peace Now! American Society and the Ending of the Vietnam War. Yale University Press. 1999. Examines the involvement of students, African-Americans, women, and labor in the anti-war movement.

Lewis, Penny. Hardhats, Hippies, and Hawks: The Vietnam Antiwar Movement as Myth and Memory. Cornell University Press. 2013. Explores the extensive opposition to the Vietnam War among working-class Americans.

Robbins, Mary Susannah. Against the Vietnam War. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. 1999. Essays from a wide variety of antiwar activists.

Wells, Tom. The War Within: America’s Battle Over Vietnam. University of California Press. 1994. Year-by-year history of the antiwar movement.


Coyote, Peter.  Sleeping Where I Fall.  A Chronicle.  Counterpoint.  1999. Now an actor, Coyote was deep in 1960s counter-culture life in the Bay Area.

Didion, Joan.  Slouching Towards Bethlehem.  Random House, New York.  2000. Incisive essays about life in the 1960s including her own.

Ellsberg, Daniel.  Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers.  New York, NY: Penguin Books, 2002. The government think-tank insider who broke ranks to reveal a top-secret report detailing government deception about the War.

Gitlin, Todd.  The Sixties; Years of Hope, Days of Rage, New York, NY: Bantam Books, 1987. Insider’s view of the era and particularly the rise and violent collapse of the New Left.

Other Aspects of the War and the Anti-War Movement

Appy, Christian G.  Patriots: The Vietnam War Remembered from All Sides.  Penguin Books, 2003. Oral history from participants in all aspects of the war and anti-war experience.

Appy, Christian. Working-class War: American Combat Soldiers and Vietnam. University of North Carolina Press. 1993. Oral history of the war from working-class servicemen, who made up 80% of those who served in Vietnam.

Barkan, Steven E. Protesters on Trial: Criminal Justice in the Southern Civil Rights and Vietnam Antiwar Movements. Rutgers. 1985. Aspects of prosecution of and the legal process for anti-war activists, and the Civil Rights Movement.

Baskir, Lawrence M. and William A. Strauss.   Chance and Circumstance: The Draft, the War and the Vietnam Generation.  New York: Alfred A. Knopf.  1978. Classic survey of the Vietnam-era draft itself – who was drafted and who was not, who resisted, evaded, or escaped, and how..

Kerry, John and Vietnam Veterans Against the War.  The New Soldier.  Edited by John Thorne and George Butler.  Collier Books, New York.  1971. Compelling account of a series of demonstrations and actions by War veterans in 1971, including throwing their medals onto the steps of the US Capitol.


Chung, Nguyen Ba and Kevin Bowen.  6 Vietnamese Poets.  Curbstone Press, Willimantic, CT, 2002.Six Vietnamese poets who came of age during the Vietnam War.

Model, David.  Lying for Empire, How to Commit War Crimes with a Straight Face.  Common Courage Press, 2005. Eight Presidents, and their lies and war crimes, including some of the Vietnam War era.

Perry, Charles.  The Haight-Ashbury – A History.  Vintage Books, Random House, New York.  1985. The center of the counter-culture – sex, drugs, and rock and roll.

Sallah, Michael and Mitch Weiss.  Tiger Force – A True Story of Men and War.  New York & Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 2006. An elite volunteer fighting force descends into a seven-month period of atrocities and war crimes.

Yuki, Tamura and Marilyn B. Young.  Bombing Civilians: A Twentieth-Century History, The New Press, 2008. The modern phenomenon of indiscriminate bombing of civilians.

Photographs of the War

Griffiths, Phillips Jones.  Vietnam Inc. Collier Books, New York.  1971. The War in photographs

Leroy, Catherine, Editor.  Under Fire: Great Photographers and Writers in Vietnam.  Random House, New York, 2005. The War’s photographs, and the stories of the photographers and their subjects.

Nonviolent Social Change

Cooney, Robert P. J. Jr. and Helen Michalowski. The Power of the People – Active Nonviolence in the United States.  Culver City, CA: Peace Press, Inc.  1977. A history of nonviolence social change movements in America.

Gregg, Richard B. The Power of Nonviolence.  J.B. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia, 2007.

Lynd, Staughton. Accompanying: Pathways to Social Change. PM Press. Oakland, California. 2013

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October is Campus Sustainability Month!

Bullfrog Communities

October is Campus Sustainability Month, an international celebration of sustainability in higher education. During this month, colleges and universities organize in alliance with The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education to create awareness and encourage participation in events that raise visibility of campus sustainability.

At Bullfrog Communities, we have a treasure trove of environmental documentaries that provide a wide variety of what sustainability can look like from many points of view. Newly released films like CONNECTIVITY PROJECT highlight how different cultures and traditions from around the world, and science, embrace the importance of interconnectedness; THE POINT OF NO RETURN takes viewers behind the headlines of the first solar-powered flight around the world, where two courageous pilots take turns battling nature, their own crew and sometimes logic itself to achieve the seemingly impossible, to inspire a developing renewable-energy future; ENTANGLED, the multi-award winning documentary that chronicles the efforts to protect North Atlantic right whales from extinction, the impacts of those efforts on the lobster industry, and how the National Marine Fisheries Service has struggled to balance the vying interests; and our newest film, NATURE'S CLEANUP CREW, take a look at the different kinds of animals and insects that protect the earth from waste; among many more.

Below is a list of recommendations to book for your October Campus Sustainability events. And don't forget — every spring we will offer Earth Day Festival in a Box, with specials on 3, 5 or 7 film screenings. This offer will be announced in March with a deadline for booking (not necessarily hosting) screenings is the end of April.

These films are available for screenings, both in person and through our virtual screening platform, Bullfrog Communities Streaming. Book now for October Campus Sustainability events!

Examines the ripple effects of our actions in an interconnected world.
Sustainability Award, Cinema Verde International Film & Arts Festival
Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival
Colorado Environmental Film Festival
"This is probably one of the most important projects on earth at this time. Its brilliance lies in its simplicity and its necessity. You have hit the core of not just the problem but of where we should all be focusing our attention. I was so deeply moved by this work."
Jean Houston, Co-Founder, The Foundation for Mind Research
"This series weaves scientific, historical, environmental, cultural, linguistic and social evidence to illuminate the complexities of our world. Each segment taps into a learner's sense of wonder with vivid examples of connections. The conclusion offers a compelling call to action which will inspire viewers to consider their own agency and responsibility to impact change."
Mary Jane Eisenhauer, Professor, Early Childhood Education, Interim Associate Director, School of Education and Counseling, Purdue University Northwest

Connectivity Project

Examines the lives of the busy scavengers who live among us in our cities, recycling the mountains of waste our consumer society leaves behind.
Animal Behavior Society Film Festival
"Reveals the hidden lives of critters in and around cities. This film is entertaining with a solid educational perspective that will engage students and the general public."
Mark Hostetler, Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida
"Taken on a global journey, we learn the critical role these creatures hold in the urban centers they call home. NATURE'S CLEANUP CREW complements science topics like predator-prey relationships, biodiversity, and species decline. It allows students to see science skills in practice: designing and implementing investigations based on scientific inquiry, cause and effect relationships, and using technology to gather data. Indirectly, students see professionals collaborating to solve problems, struggling with complex issues, and using media to raise awareness. This communication about science is as vital as the science itself."
Jennifer Hammonds, Senior Manager, Curriculum and Instruction, Education and Engagement, National Wildlife Federation

Connectivity Project

African communities on the front lines of the poaching crisis fight to protect their wildlife for future generations.
Filmmakers' Choice Award, Andrew Sabin Family Foundation Environmental Award, Hamptons DocFest
Outstanding Cinematography, Tallgrass International Film Festival
Outstanding Excellence: Cinematography, Excellence: Feature, Nature Without Borders
"Joyously hopeful and yet achingly sad, the documentary shows us that there is no longer time to take conservation efforts slowly. NO FEAR, NO FAVOR shows the horrors of poaching in graphic detail juxtaposed with resilience and love. It reminds us that effective conservation requires participation and ownership in the local communities."
Muna Ndulo, Professor, International and Comparative Law, Director, Berger International Studies Program, Cornell University

No Fear No Favor

Two Friends. 750 miles. One Question. If the Grand Canyon isn't worth saving, what is?
Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Nature Documentary
Grand Prize, Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival
Best Feature, Banff Mountain Film Festival
Director's Award, Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival
"Engages viewers with mind-blowing images that highlight both the canyon's massive scale - there are expanses of striated redrock stretching to the horizon, the Colorado a narrow ribbon of silver far below the rim - and its micro environment."
Cindy Hirschfeld, Sierra Club Magazine
"Stunningly beautiful...We rejoice with the completion of the difficult task, but perhaps more importantly, we come away with an awareness of how we must protect our national parks from further development and destruction. Viewers interested in both environmental concerns and hiking experiences will enjoy this beautifully shot, thoughtful production."
Sue-Ellen Beauregard, Booklist Online


Documents the journey of the Solar Impulse — the first solar-powered, round-the-world flight — demonstrating the tremendous potential of renewable energy sources.
Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Hawaii International Film Festival
"[An] absorbing documentary...A fascinating feat of human and scientific accomplishment."
Justin Lowe, The Hollywood Reporter
"Think we can't take on big technological challenges any longer? Believe our energy conundrum is hopeless? POINT OF NO RETURN proves otherwise! A stunningly beautiful and engaging film, POINT OF NO RETURN restores faith in human ingenuity, international cooperation, and our ability to reach new frontiers in sustainable energy."
Brian Black, Professor, History and Environmental Studies, Pennsylvania State University - Altoona, Editor, Energy and Society


Las Vegas provides an example to the world of how any city can and must create its own sustainable water solutions.
"A fascinating look at what it takes to make a city bloom and thrive in the desert. It's a great kickoff to a community or classroom discussion about fresh water - how we use, manage and value it, and how to ensure we have enough for the future."
Sandra Postel, Director, Global Water Policy Project, Author, Replenish: The Virtuous Cycle of Water and Prosperity
"Water is the central character in Las Vegas' past, present, and future. It also plays a starring role in the city and the region's economy, culture, and politics. While this may be true in many places, what is different in this geography is the tremendous innovation and creativity taking place to do more with less, the collective sense of urgency that time is running out, and the determination of many to make a difference. We can find a better path forward with water at its heart."
Nicole Silk, President and CEO, River Network


How climate change has accelerated a collision between one of the world's most endangered species, N. America's most valuable fishery, and a federal agency mandated to protect both.
Best Non-Broadcast Film, Jackson Wild Media Awards
Best Feature Film, International Wildlife Film Festival
John de Graaf Environmental Filmmaking Award, Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Best Conservation Film, International Ocean Film Festival
""This powerful and effective film lays out two fundamental structural problems in current efforts at conservation as a whole: When we face tough challenges, we replace 'process' with results. ENTANGLED shows clearly that management measures need to be biologically effective, not just politically palatable."
Matthew McKenzie, Professor of History, University of Connecticut, Author, Breaking the Banks and Clearing the Coastline
"A brilliant film that brings the difficult conversations to the forefront, while encouraging a solutions-based approach by all sides that is urgently needed to help save our marine life, our oceans, and ultimately ourselves...[The film] presents the current plight of the North Atlantic Right Whale with a balanced perspective showcasing the complex and disturbing effects of climate change and human interaction on an already endangered species."
Ana Blanco, Executive Director, International Ocean Film Festival


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NATURE'S CLEANUP CREW examines the lives of the busy scavengers who live among us in our cities, recycling the mountains of waste our consumer society leaves behind.

With the help of thoughtful and passionate scientists who have come to understand and love them, we find out what makes scavengers tick. We debunk myths about them. We ask...What adaptations have they evolved to do their job? What benefits do they provide to humanity? How can we humans work with them, so that they can do their job even better?

On Broadway in Manhattan, we see the tourist crowds from the ants' point of view, as a team of young entomologists discover how important they are to keeping the streets clean. In Berlin, we discover how scavenging foxes have adapted to survive in an urban environment—something they've had to do because they have nowhere else to go. In Toronto we hunt for the elusive opossum—the shyest scavenger of all—to find out how they help to make our cities healthier. In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia we track the city's teaming population of vultures to find out how they protect people from deadly disease.

By the end, we may not all see nature's cleanup crew as beautiful creatures the way some scientists do, but we're likely to be willing to give them the respect they deserve.

54 minutes
SDH Captioned

Directed by Robin Bicknell
Produced by Robert Lang
Writer: Allen Booth
Editor: Bill Towgood
Cinematography: Derek Rogers, Russell Gienapp
Original Music: Eric Cadesky, Nick Dyer
Narrator: David Suzuki
A Kensington Communications Production in association with Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, with the participation of ZDF/ARTE



Screening Options:
$24.95 Home Use DVD purchase (private use only)

COMMUNITY SCREENINGS (single events with license to charge admission)
$100 Small Community Screening (1-50 people)
$200 Medium Community Screening (51-100 people)
$350 Large Community Screening (100+ people)

"Taken on a global journey, we learn the critical role these creatures hold in the urban centers they call home. NATURE'S CLEANUP CREW complements science topics like predator-prey relationships, biodiversity, and species decline. It allows students to see science skills in practice: designing and implementing investigations based on scientific inquiry, cause and effect relationships, and using technology to gather data. Indirectly, students see professionals collaborating to solve problems, struggling with complex issues, and using media to raise awareness. This communication about science is as vital as the science itself."
Jennifer Hammonds, Senior Manager, Curriculum and Instruction, Education and Engagement, National Wildlife Federation

"A global mass extinction event is well underway and so we humans must be better at coexisting with our non-human counterparts. This film highlights the critical importance of wildlife in our urban ecosystems. With a majority of humans living in urban areas around the planet, everyone should watch this film - particularly urban planners, city governments, and education programs of all levels. Biodiverse cities are 'happy' cities!"
Jason D. Luscier, Associate Professor of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Le Moyne College

"Reveals the hidden lives of critters in and around cities. This film is entertaining with a solid educational perspective that will engage students and the general public."
Mark Hostetler, Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida

"Scavengers play a key role in ecosystems. This film uses wildlife to highlight the important ecosystem service of recycling waste produced by people, and thus how people benefit from rats, Virginia Opossum, and the at-risk condor species around the world."
Tracy Rittenhouse, Associate Professor, Natural Resources and the Environment, Director, Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation Center, University of Connecticut

"This film is creatively shot and does a wonderful job of highlighting the often overlooked but very important role that scavengers play in nature and in urban areas. It presents tangible examples of ecosystem services provided by mammals, birds, insects, and even bacteria, who feed on the things humans leave behind. Perhaps most importantly, the film also gives good examples of how ecologists conduct the studies that lead to new understandings of the importance of scavengers and our dependence on them."
Travis J. Ryan, Professor of Biological Sciences, Co-founder, Center for Urban Ecology, Butler University

"An amazing documentary that teaches lots of useful facts...One really starts to have a better understanding for these animals."
Nick Wangersky, Hollywood North Magazine

"Invites us to look into the important services that 'pest' species offer humans living in urban environments and how species like vultures actually help to reduce the spread of diseases. This is an important learning opportunity that reveals the underappreciated ways that animals work to clean-up after us and to make our lives healthier."
Jenn Smith, Associate Professor of Biology, Mills College

"NATURE'S CLEANUP CREW is both informative and entertaining, presenting interesting examples of how species can provide ecosystem services in urban and surrounding areas. It shows the audience up close the important roles the foraging behavior of some commonly disliked and misunderstood species have, as well as how biologists, researchers and wildlife care workers go about studying these species. As an animal behaviorist interested in urban ecology, human-wildlife interactions and conservation, I really enjoyed this film and recommend checking it out."
Barbara Clucas, Assistant Professor, Department of Wildlife, Humboldt State University


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