re: documentary


Richard Moore

From: Jim Fadiman
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Subject: Re: re/ documentary : "A Compelling Necessity"
Date: Wed, 20 Jun 2007 01:35:55 EDT

       rkm> I don't see any reason why I couldn't focus a pilot
         locally, here in Ireland, and more specifically in Wexford

excellent idea especially since Ireland is now seen as prosperous and 
forward thinking.
the whole memo is wonderful summary or where you are and what has to 
be done and how it might happen.



Hi Jim,

Thanks for your encouragement. I just hope I can move from 
imagination to reality. Please thank Dorothy for the book draft on 
making docs. Good advice there. I was pleased as well that much of 
what she said was harmonious with my intuition. She raises the 
question of whether or not a narrator is appropriate. Will need to 
think about that one.


From: "P. Margot Bogdonavich" <>
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Subject: RE: re/ documentary : "A Compelling Necessity"
Date: Sat, 23 Jun 2007 14:26:25 -1000

starting there sounds like a very 'SOUND'  idea.  good place to get 
your feet wet in that type of project.  Sending aloha for you and the 
idea.  Susie Jenkins


thanks susie - rkm

Date: Sun, 24 Jun 2007 14:52:08 +0200
From: Bob Ocegueda <>
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Subject: Re: re/ documentary : "A Compelling Necessity"

Hi Richard,

I think the idea for this documentary is excellent.  We need many 
more examples of positive solutions to our problems.  Visual 
production have a much greater impact in our consciousness than words 
alone.  I wish you the best of luck for its completion.

I would also like to suggest the use of YouTube or the like, for 
shorter pieces (or longer if they are split into 10 minute chucks) 
It is proving to be invaluable to the dissemination of ideas.

Best regards.



Hi Bob,

I don't really understand the YouTube phenomenon, or mySpace. Do you 
understand how people find out about specific 'places', and how 
places become popular?


From: "Robert Gregory" <>
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Subject: re planning for a film

One thought I have is that you should study Soylent Green - the 
impact continues after years and years, to resonate with me - cheers 
- bob g


HI Robert,

What scenes, or themes, are for you the most evocative of the film's impact?


From: "NancyAnn" <>
To: "'Richard Moore'" <•••@••.•••>
Subject: RE: Gore's Book on Democratic Discourse
Date: Sun, 24 Jun 2007 12:26:22 -0600

I have not read Gore's book.  Yes, I agree with your comments, and 
would like to add a couple of comments.

For those of us who live in privileged society, where we have access 
to resources, part of our lifestyle has been to use our resources to 
protect ourselves from the vulnerabilities that come with living in a 
physical body.  This is not a bad thing, it is part of surviving. 
Yet, we forget how vulnerable we all are, when we personally do not 
experience life threats, and when we have lived in "comfort" over 
time.  An insulated life tends to develop a world view that says the 
world is "safe".  Then we fail to notice the ways that systems we 
build protect this "safety" illusion for those of us who "have", and 
at the same time limit the survival resources for others who "have 
not".  Then when  the "inevitable" happens (human or natural) which 
shakes that illusion and puts us in touch with our mortality we want 
to "fix" the "whatever" that has threatened our illusion of safety. 
 It is interesting that people born into this insulated life, have 
little ability to understand or compassion for people who find 
themselves "poor" in terms of resources.  There is a tendency to 
blame them as if they created their "poor" condition.  It reminds me 
of the expression, "There but for the grace of God go I."  The 
picture seems similar whether it be people in "developing" countries, 
people at the effect of a natural disaster, or people who have lost 
jobs because of medical crisis and found themselves homeless.  Too 
often I have seen "needy" people in this country treated with the 
greatest of disrespect when they name the problems in the "systems" 
that fail to provide for needs and services they require for basic 
survival, even when those needs and services are the reason for the 
systems existence. 

My QUESTION is how do we give a VOICE to these "voices" that cannot 
heard? that DO understand the deep rooted failings in our systems, in 
a way that is so undeniable we are shocked into doing real change, 
instead of shooting, defiling, or firing the messengers and their 
invaluable messages?  Yes, talking is a beginning.  But must contain 
the real stories of intolerable pain and suffering, that is 
preventable, to move people into action.  Talking must move beyond 
the analytical to heart "sense", to policy and strategy changes that 
MUST happen to restore dignity and respect to ALL people.  This kind 
of change only happens when people's consciousness of what is 
happening and level of disgust is so high, they will no longer 
tolerate  "life as usual".  We had a small taste of that with 9-11, 
then later in the New Orleans disaster, but we failed as a society to 
focus on the inadequate infrastructures that contributed to and 
participated in creating disaster of larger proportions.  We were all 
moved in recent years by the fall of the Berlin wall and the fall of 
communism in USSR, and the dramatic events that ensued.  Perhaps, it 
is time to focus on vital issues and walls of tyranny within our own 
government systems to find the rigid yet vulnerable systems that must 
come down for real change to happen.  It takes a common vision of 
great proportions to move people toward creating a more sustainable 
world.  It seems important to support such visionary leaders as they 
step forward to share their message.

NancyAnn Stealey  :o)


Hi NancyAnn,

Thanks for your very thoughtful contribution.

You ask how we can give voice to those who cannot be heard -- 
referring to those we would consider to be disadvantaged. I'd answer 
this with a question...Do you have a voice? Do any of us have a 
voice? I'd say we need to begin by 'achieving voice' ourselves, those 
of us who are not disadvantaged. We need to understand that seeing 
our sentiments echoed in the mass media is not at all the same as 
'having a voice'. Indeed it is the opposite, it is a substitution for 
a voice, an intentional inducement to complacency, a lulling voice 
saying 'there, there, everything will be ok, don't worry'.

You say: "This kind of change only happens when people's 
consciousness of what is happening and level of disgust is so high, 
they will no longer tolerate  'life as usual'." This is a sentiment 
I've heard from many people. It is strangely ironic that many people 
who want positive change are hoping for things to get worse. There is 
a logic to that perspective, but it is not grounded in observation. 
We are already in a situation that is intolerable. The nation is 
embroiled in a brutal and unpopular war, our national finances are a 
balloon waiting to burst, the Constitution has been cancelled, our 
streets are home to the homeless and destitute, our government 
operates concentration camps, the media lies to us, and our President 
is a fool. Just how bad does it need to get before we reach a tipping 

The 'hope it gets worse' perspective is overlooking the boiling-frog 
phenomena. If things get worse gradually enough, with good enough 
cover stories at each step, then a tipping point will never be 
reached. The perspective is also overlooking how people actually 
behave in times of social collapse. If things do get really worse, as 
in an economic collapse, everyone will look to the government to save 
them, to bring in food supplies, etc. It is not a time when people 
will have the luxury to be rebellious.

There will never a better time than now to 'achieve our voice' and 
stop tolerating 'life  as usual'. And it as much for ourselves and 
our children that we need to do this, as it is to alleviate the 
suffering of others.

best wishes,


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