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Surviving Progress
A film by Mathieu Roy & Harold Crooks

86 minutes, color, English, 2011

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Technological advancement, economic development, population increase - are they signs of a thriving society? Or too much of a good thing? Executive Produced by Martin Scorsese, this provocative documentary explores the concept of progress in our modern world, guiding us through the major "progress traps" facing our civilization in the arenas of technology, economics, consumption, and the environment.

Featuring powerful arguments from such visionaries as Jane Goodall, Margaret Atwood and Stephen Hawking, this enlightening and visually spectacular film invites us to contemplate the progress traps that destroyed past civilizations and that lie treacherously embedded in our own.

Executive Produced by Martin Scorsese & Mark Achbar (The Corporation, Manufacturing Consent).
Featuring: Jane Goodall, Margaret Atwood, Stephen Hawking, Craig Venter, Robert Wright, David Suzuki, Michael Hudson, Ronald Wright & more.

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"This mind-expanding documentary bristles with provocative insights and probing questions about humanity and the state of the world." - Los Angeles Times

" Chilling. It tells the truth." - Roger Ebert

"Critic's pick! An all-out assault on our entrenched world views." - Washington Post

" Elegant. Wisely humane to its core, this beautiful documentary reacquaints us with the idea that not all technological, materialistic and relentlessly acquisitive behavior works either for us or for those around us." - Chicago Tribune

"Critic's choice. Excellent! Succinct and entertaining. Weaves together a vast assortment of materials as well as information, to highly watchable results. Do the earth a favor: see this movie, and drag a skeptic you know along." - San Francisco Bay Guardian

"A who's-who of great thinkers are riveting as they walk us through the question of whether we will or can survive progress." - Seattle Weekly

"Clear, intelligent, visually striking... paints a portrait of a civilization with an end-game eerily similar to that of the Roman empire." - The Times-Pcayune (New Orleans)

"One of the most thought-provoking documentaries I've ever seen, and also one of the best looking. Epic in scope." - Ain't It Cool News

Recommended Reading

A Short History of Progress by Ronald Wright

The Myth of Progress: Toward a Sustainable Future by Tom Wessels

The Crash Course: The Unsustainable Future Of Our Economy, Energy, And Environment by Chris Martenson

A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

No Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet, and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process by Colin Beavan

Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth by Margaret Atwood

The Sacred Balance: Rediscovering Our Place in Nature by David Suzuki

Harvest for Hope: A Guide to Mindful Eating by Jane Goodall


See details about this film's theatrical run.

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No Impact Project
Colin Beavan
The Jane Goodall Institute
David Suzuki Foundation
Stephen Hawking
Margaret Atwood
Friends of the Congo
J. Craig Venter Institute
Ronald Wright

Disc Features

• Introduction by Martin Scorsese: New York City Premiere, Film Society of Lincoln Center
• Behind Surviving Progress: A Roundtable Discussion with the Filmmakers
• Extended Interviews: Ronald Wright (Common Sense and a Near Miss, Everytime History Repeats Itself, The Price Goes Up, Ideological Pathologies and Easter Island); Ronald Wright and Michael Hudson (The Roman Empire); Michael Hudson (The 90% vs The 10%, The Oligarchy and The Lobbyists, The Short Term Is The Long Term); Jim Thomas (Disruptive Technologies); Jane Goodall (Stealing from Our Children)
• Portrait Gallery: Voiceover by Ronald Wright and Gary Marcus
• Filmmaker Biographies

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