Sunday, April 22, 2007


Java Studios has been tracking the latest development from Sundance as it has launched THE GREEN. Announced last July, it now comes to the small screen, with 13-Part Original Series “Big Ideas for a Small Planet”™ Don;t miss it!



Sundance Channel’s THE GREEN, a new weekly primetime destination focusing on environmental topics, launches April 17, 2007 at 9pm. With THE GREEN, Sundance Channel becomes the first television network in the United States to establish a major, regularly-scheduled programming destination dedicated entirely to the environment.

THE GREEN will present original series and documentary premieres about the earth’s ecology and concepts of “green” living that balance human needs with responsible care for the planet. THE GREEN reflects the current tipping point in public awareness about ecological issues and the trend towards environmentally sustainable approaches to modern living. The destination is designed to be both edifying and entertaining, with an emphasis on information, practical advice and community building. Presented by Robert Redford, the destination is hosted by award-winning journalist Simran Sethi and community advocate and MacArthur Fellow Majora Carter, two dynamic leaders who have distinguished themselves with revolutionary ideas in such areas as civic planning and global business practices.

Leading off each edition of

is the original program “Big Ideas for a Small Planet,” a documentary series presenting the forward-thinking designers, products and processes that are on the leading edge of a new green world. Each episode revolves around a different green theme as it spotlights a specific innovator or innovation that has the potential to transform our everyday lives. Theindividuals profiled range from scientists to fashion and product designers, entrepreneurs to first-time inventors. The series also features a cast of recurring commentators, including activists, scientists, writers, and environmental personalities provide the big-picture context to each week’s stories episode of “Big Ideas for a Small Planet” is paired with a thematically complimentary documentary premiere at 9:30pm e/p. For example, the debut episode of “Big Ideas for a Planet” explores alternative fuel sources, and is followed by the television premiere of Awakening – The Oil Crash

, a look at the past, present and future of the world’s oil reserves. “Big Ideas for a Small Planet” will repeat each night following the documentary.

The upcoming schedule for


is as follows: (First show was April 17. Cable stations re-broadcast so check listings)

Tuesday, April 24th

“Big Ideas for a Small Planet: Build”

– Over time, the American way of building has changed, as technology has allowed structures to grow larger and less dependent on traditional necessities like natural light, cross ventilation, natural materials and local availability. Bu this approach creates emissions through both production and transport, and also depletes environmentally valuable resources. “Build” tours three different “green” homes that prove comfort and style are quite compatible with low-impact building practices. The minds behind these residences are: Michelle Kaufman, architect and creator of the prefab Glidehouse modular house; Carlton Brown, a visionary real estate developer bringing green buildings and amenities to low-income neighborhoods including Harlem; and Mitchell Joachim graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who is working on the Fab Tree Hab, a home grown from living trees.

Waste = Food

(U.S. Television Premi ere) – Directed by Rob van Hattum.

Van Hattum delivers an exciting introduction to the work of American architect/designer William McDonough and German ecological chemist Michael Braungart, who may well be starting a new industrial revolution. Taking their cue from nature’s conversion of animal waste into plant nutrients and vice versa, McDonough and Braungaut have created a “cradle-to-cradle” protocol in which every product, once discarded, is somehow usable – whether it becomes another product or breaks down into non-toxic “food” for the biosphere or the technosphere.

Waste = Food shows their principles at work in a host of guises, from the revamped Ford Motors production facility in Detroit, to a line of recycled (and recyclable) shoes at Nike, to a model village under construction in China.

Tuesday, May 1st

“Big Ideas for a Small Planet: Cities”

– America’s big cities are increasingly squeezed to the limits, plagued by traffic gridlock, urban heat islands, power outages and decreased quality of air and water. Across the country, mayors, civic planners, entrepreneurs and ordinary citizens are re-thinking our cities, coming up with new projects, standards and policies to improve urban life. “Cities” visits three such people: Dennis Wilde, a green-minded developer who is transforming a former industrial brown field in Portland into the nation’s largest eco-friendly community; Verdant Power’s Trey Taylor, who hopes to meet increased electrical demand with a revolutionary underwater turbine system that he will test in New York City’s East River; and guerilla gardener Heather Flores, who advocates for creating green spaces in poor neighborhoods – and makes her own when the city won’t.

Crapshoot: The Gamble with Our Wastes (U.S. Television Premiere)

– Directed by Jeff McKay.

This Canadian documentary examines the origins and evolution of the sewer, that marvel of engineering that flushes away our daily wastes, out of sight and out of mind. But while the sewers of classical Rome helped define a civilization, today’s sewers carry heavy metals, chemicals, solvents and other materials the Romans could scarcely imagine. Traveling through Canada, Sweden, the United States and India, McKay reveals how these potentially toxic wastes can end up back where they started, above ground, on farms and in the food chain.

The film looks at how different communities have responded to mounting evidence of health risks posed by sewer sludge, and interviews the engineers, activists and ordinary citizens who advocate a new approach to waste disposal.

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