Freedom (2011)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Environmental Science, Social Issues  |   Run Time - 105 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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In a follow-up to their documentary The Big Fix, Josh Tickell, director of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award-winner Fuel, and his wife Rebecca Harrell Tickell, continue to look at the ways Americans are compromising their freedom though overreliance on fossil-based fuels, and ponders the potential benefits on switching to ethanol for our ever-increasing energy needs. For the past two decades, Tickell has devoted his life and career to exploring alternative energy sources. Now, as the U.S. becomes entangled in three wars over oil, and the massive BP oil leak reveals deep-sea drilling to be a dangerous endeavor, some claim that the time is right to begin actively implementing alternative energy sources. Interviews with a wide array of opinionated media personalities including Deepak Chopra, former NATO head Wesley Clark, activist actor Ed Begley, Jr., and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich reveal just what a high cost our reliance on petroleum may have on our country, and future generations.