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  • Grades: 9-12
  • College/University
  • Adult
  • Activism
  • Capitalism
  • Climate Change
  • Conservation
  • Consumerism
  • Environment
  • Fuel
  • Green Building
  • Pollution
  • Renewable Energy
  • Sustainable Development
  • Transportation

If you are interested in having the film's director, Josh Tickell, appear for a speaking engagement at your event, please contact:
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The world is addicted to oil... It's time for an intervention.

  • Length: 111 minutes
  • Directed by Josh Tickell
  • Written by Johnny O’Hara
  • Producers: Greg Reitman, Dale Rosenbloom, Rebecca Harrell, Daniel Assael, Darius Fisher
  • Executive Producers: Pat Black III, John Paul Dejoria, Robbie Little, Stephen Nemeth, John Goldsmith, Janet Morrow
  • Co-Producers: Hans Pausch, Todd Sali, Laura Martorella, Greg Mcmclatchy, Kevin Vickery
  • Editors: Tina Imahara, Michael Horwitz
  • Director of Photography: James Mulryan
  • Music Supervisor: Mike Meeker
  • Composer: Ryan Demaree, Edgar Rothermich

Starring: Barbara Boxer, Richard Branson, Sheryl Crow, Laurie David, Larry David, John Paul DeJoria, Larry Hagman, Woody Harrelson, Jay Inslee, Robert Kennedy Jr., Willie Nelson, Julia Roberts, Josh Tickell, Neil Young

FUEL is a comprehensive and entertaining look at energy in America: a history of where we have been, our present predicament and a solution to our dependence on foreign oil. Rousing and reactionary, FUEL is an amazing, in-depth, personal journey of oil use and abuse as it examines wide-ranging energy solutions other than oil, the faltering US auto and petroleum industries, and the latest stirrings of the American mindset toward alternative energy.

Fuel As first time director and narrator of the film, Josh Tickell offers a virtual tour guide through the drama of fuel, the history, the politics, the mess that the world is in and the fascinating alternatives for a way out. In the movie, he interviews politicians, historians, professors and a sprinkling of activist celebrities, all of whom have their own take on one of the most important and pressing concerns of the modern era. Interviews with a wide range of environmentalists, policy makers and educators, along with such “green” celebrities as Woody Harrelson, Sheryl Crow and Larry Hagman offer serious fuel for thought.

FUEL encourages the discussion about the consequences of abusing our oil resources. Especially now, during this moment of “Change” going on in our country, it is extremely important to examine all the factors that have contributed to not only the economic meltdown, but also the environmental crisis and this country’s position in the world. And now as Americans look for answers and seek accountability, FUEL can help break the discussion wide open as it exposes the shocking connections between the auto industry, the oil industry and government, while exploring alternative energies such as solar wind, electricity and non-food based biofuels.

  • DVD ISBN 1-59587-130-6
  • CLS Catalog: CLS1094
"IMPRESSIVELY COMPREHENSIVE"..."FUEL" is a vital, superbly assembled documentary that presents an insightful overview of America's troubled relationship with oil and how alternative and sustainable energies can reduce our country's -- and the world's -- addictive dependence on fossil fuels."
- Gary Goldstein, LOS ANGELES TIMES
"UNABASHEDLY INTIMATE"...Thanks to an informative, buoyant tone and the director'sown restless intelligence, the film preaches to the unconverted with passion, energy and graphics so clear that they would make Al Gore weep all over his PowerPoint."
- Jeannette Catsoulis, NEW YORK TIMES
"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.
- Caroline Libresco, THE SUNDANCE INSITUTE
"THE UNOFFICIAL SEQUEL TO AL GORE'S 'AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH'"...Tickell gets points for intellectual honesty for directly addressing critics who are concerned that increased use of biofuels will impact the global food supply, possibly pricing poor countries out of the market for such staples as corn. He doesn't dismiss the argument but offers some next generation technological solutions, from algae farms in the desert to "vertical farms" in the cities.
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dvd extras

Language: English
Sustainable Biodiesel Extra with HERObx
Building a Green Bottom Line with John Paul Dejoria
How to Get 150MPG from Your Prius
How to Save Thousands Through Energy Efficiency
Director and Creative Team Commentary

awards, festivals, and screenings
  • Best Documentary, Award - Sundance Film Festival (2008)
  • Current Energy Earth Friendly Award - AFI Dallas Film Festival (2008)
  • IVCA Award for Corporate Social Responsibility - Clarion (2008)
  • Best Documentary Jury Award, Best Screenwriting - Sedona Film Festival (2008)
  • Best Documentary, Audience Award - Gaia Film Festival (2008)
  • Producer's Award - Santa Cruz Film Festival (2008)