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Oil

A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash

A documentary film that debunks the conventional wisdom that oil production will continue to climb, and instead stares bleakly at a planet facing economic meltdown and conflict over its most valuable resource. "Our civilization's addiction to oil puts it on a collision course with disaster .. the film visits with the world's top experts and comes to a startling but logical conclusion--our industrial society, built of cheap and readily available oil, must be competely re-imagined and overhauled.

A Crude Impact

As the worldwide dependence on oil continues to grow, what does it mean for our world? Journeying from the West African Delta to the Amazon rainforest, from Washington to Shanghai, from early man to the unknown future, Crude Impact unravels the complex entanglement of a fierce devotion to oil with the fate of indigenous cultures, human rights, our global economy and the planet itself. Fueled by discovery, outrage, humor and ultimately hope, the film offers an inspirational vision for change. Directed and written by James Jandak Wood. 2006. 200 min.

Blind Spot: Peak Oil & the Coming Global Crisis

A documentary about the current oil and energy crisis exploring the energy depletion scenerio of "Peak Oil" and its implications for the future of civilization. Includes interviews with sociologist William R. Catton, evolutionary biologist Jason Bradford, environmental analyst Lester Brown, NASA's James Hansen, author Bill McKibben, and others. Directed, photographed and edited by Adolfo Doring. 2009. 54 min.
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Blood and Oil

This film unearths declassified documents and highlights forgotten passages in prominent presidential doctrines to show how concerns about oil have been at the core of American foreign policy for more than 60 years -- rendering our contemporary energy and military policies virtually indistinguishable. Based on the book Blood and oil by Michael T. Klare. Directed by Jeremy Earp. c2008. 52 min.

Extreme Oil.

Dist.: Films Media Group. 2004. 57 min. each installment, Pipeline. Follows the circuitous route of the 1,100-mile BTC oil pipeline, that links the cites of Baku, in Azerbaijan; Tbilisi, in Georgia; and Ceyhan, in Turkey. The pipeline will transport the previously untapped energy reserves of the Caspian Sea to the Mediterranean, but its route makes many detours around areas of regional conflict and territorial dispute. The Oil Curse. Contrasts the cases of Ecuador and western Africa looking at how the discovery of oil has affected the local populations.

Oil, The Epic of Black Gold

Presents an extensive history of oil and the oil industry in six 52 min. segments. "The Epic of Black Gold ... starts at the very beginning in the middle of the 19th century and ends somewhere in the future, a future as of yet, quite undefined." Technical progress, economy, history, environment and geopolitical strategies are all examined and analyzed in this series based on over 20 years of filmmaking in the U.S., Europe, Middle East, Asia and South America. Includes interviews with historians, corporate executives, Saudi princes and dictators.

Oil. Each installment 58 minutes. 1986.

Oil: God Bless Standard Oil. Opens with the story of John D. Rockefeller, the father of the modern oil industry. [preservation copy]; Oil: Floating to Victory. Charts the growth of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group and British Petroleum, Europe's leading oil companies, against the backdrop of the two world wars. [preservation copy]; Oil: Sisters Under Siege. Focuses on the trials and tribulations of the seven major oil corporations known as the "seven sisters"--Exxon, Mobil, Chevron, Texaco, Gulf, British Petroleum and Royal Dutch/Shell.

The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power

This PBS miniseries tells the epic history of oil... how it has dominated global politics, shaken the world economy, and transformed our century. Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning book by Daniel Yergin. Each program approximately 60 minutes. Contents: Tape 1. Program 1. Our plan. Program 2. Empires of oil -- Tape 2. Program 3. The black giant. Program 4. War and oil -- Tape 3. Program 5. Crude diplomacy. Program 6. Power to the producers -- Tape 4. Program 7. The tinderbox. Program 8. The New order of oil. 1992. 480 min. [preservation copy] Pt. 1-4

What if the Oil Runs Out

Transporting viewers to the year 2016, this program paints a disturbing picture of an oil-starved America and the socioeconomic upheaval that may accompany the death of the Oil Age. This docudrama follows a middle-aged, Midwestern couple through violence at gas stations, conflicts with neighbors, and the loss of their livelihood; it also focuses on their daughter, an oil prospector determined to find new crude oil fields in the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge. The film is interspersed with interviews with experts and notable statistics on oil production and consumption.