Video Services Corp
along with Planet In Focus
a film by Josh Tickell
Change Your Fuel…Change Your World
Winner of many awards including Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.
Opens in Toronto July 2 for a special limited engagement
Bloor Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W.
“a vital, superbly assembled documentary” – Los Angeles Times
“Tickell knows how to grab an audience” – Variety
“Dynamic and persuasive. It’s a must-see, and not just for environmentalists.” – Seattle Times
To celebrate a new Canadian distribution deal between Cinema Libre Studio of Los Angeles, California, and Video Services Corp of Toronto, the multi-award winning documentary FUEL will open July 2 at Toronto’s Bloor Cinema. FUEL is a comprehensive and entertaining look at energy in North America: a history of where we have been, our present predicament, and a solution to our dependence on foreign oil.
Reactionary and timely given the current crisis in the Gulf of Mexico, FUEL is an amazing, in-depth, personal journey of oil use and abuse as it examines the faltering US auto and petroleum industries and the latest stirrings of the American mindset toward alternative energy.
Directed by biodiesel expert and environmentalist Josh Tickell, FUEL may be known by some as the “little energy documentary,” but in truth, it is a powerful portrait of America’s overwhelming addiction to, and reliance on, oil.
Having been born and raised in Louisiana, one of the USA’s largest oil producing regions, Tickell saw first-hand how the industry deceives the public and damages the environment. After one too many people became sick with pollution related cancers, including his mother, Tickell knew he just couldn’t idly stand by any longer and decided to make a film, focusing both on the knowledge and insight he discovered while giving hope that solutions are within reach.
Tickell, a regular guy who felt he could make a difference, spent 11 years, from November of 1997 until 2008, showing himself – and others – that an individual can indeed make a difference.
Along Tickell’s journey he interviewed politicians, historians, professors and a sprinkling of activist, including such green celebrities as Woody Harrelson, Julia Roberts, Sheryl Crow, Larry David and Neil Young, all of whom have their own take on one of the most important and pressing concerns of the modern era.
“This is a timely and important subject matter and we are confident that audiences are hungry for information on the fuel industry in North America,” stated VSC President Jonathan Gross. “Current unfortunate circumstances have increased interest in fuel companies and their activities.”
FUEL will be coming to DVD on July 27th following the July 20th release of the health-themed Cinema Libre documentaries Dying To Have Known, The Gerson Miracle, The Beautiful Truth and Healing Cancer. Future 2010 releases include Oliver Stone’s South of the Border and The End of Poverty?, a Cannes selection.
About Video Services Corp.
Holy Rollers starring Jesse Eisenberg, now in theatres in Canada is the latest release from Video Services Corp. which is developing a reputation for bringing quality art house cinema to Canadian audiences. Recent films from VSC include Rob Siegel’s Big Fan and the Red Baron.