Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

November 3, 2017

Five Absorbing Documentaries From Bullfrog Films

Filed under: Counterpunch,Film — louisproyect @ 6:30 pm

COUNTERPUNCH, NOVEMBER 3, 2017

Unless you live in a major city like New York with its arthouse movie theaters, most of the documentaries I review will be beyond your reach. Furthermore, even if you live in such a city, you might be tempted to see something like “Wonder Woman” rather than a documentary about climate change on Saturday night when you are looking for entertainment or even a escape from thinking about impending catastrophes. This is a loss to you as well as the people who make such films since they often have to practically mortgage their homes to finance the production. Perhaps I am speaking mostly for myself, but I find most documentaries ten times more engaging than the standard Cineplex fare for the simple reason that the people featured in such films are just like most CounterPunch readers—trying to survive in an increasingly desperate world.

Fortunately for you and the courageous men and women that make such films, there are a small number of distribution companies that make them available as DVD’s or VOD after their initial theatrical or festival run. It is safe to say that they—like CounterPunch—are not in it for the money. One of the pioneering companies is called Bullfrog Films that operates out of Oley, Pennsylvania and that got its name from a nearby pond that spawned a noisy chorus of bullfrogs. The Bullfrog founders confess that when they came up with the name 30 years ago, they did not foresee that even frogs would be threatened by environmental contaminants. For both personal and societal reasons, the company is dedicated to distributing films about ecology, energy, indigenous peoples and the like. In this review, I will be covering five documentaries that have just become part of their catalog.

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