February 24th, 2011

Let’s Pollute!

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Last weekend we watched the Oscar-nominated short film Let’s Pollute! at the The Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, PA.

Director Geefwee Boedoe uses reverse psychology and humor to get us to think about our impact on the environment. This satire whisks us through history right up to things we can do today to continue pollution. Will this encourage us to make better choices? Or will we continue with our culture of disposability and environmental destruction?

I also love Boedoe’s illustration style and presentation–we’re watching 1950s-educational-film. He gave me permission to post some stills from the movie. Here are some images about the average American family, working hard through each era to do their part by polluting as much as they can.

Back in the days of yore, people used to repair things:

Still from Let's Pollute © Geefwee Boedoe

Still from Let's Pollute © Geefwee Boedoe

Repairing things and using things more than twice doesn’t cause pollution fast enough, so people invented THE MACHINE:

Still from Let's Pollute © Geefwee Boedoe

Still from Let's Pollute © Geefwee Boedoe

Today you too can be doing your part to pollute! Turn on every light in your home:

Still from Let's Pollute © Geefwee Boedoe

Still from Let's Pollute © Geefwee Boedoe

Seeing Let’s Pollute! right after our Carbon Nation field trip has kept me thinking about the small things we can do every day to create less waste. It’s a topic that comes up a lot at our office—just ask my plastic-free coworkers about their efforts.

Look for screenings of Let’s Pollute! and the other nominated animated shorts here. (It’s too late to see  the animated shorts at the Colonial, but you can still see the live shorts at 7:30 there tonight.)

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(A bit of 1950s trivia about the Colonial Theatre: It’s the theater people fled from in the Steve McQueen version of The Blob.)

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Comments

    Great post. Any idea if stills like these are available for purchase?

    if I watch the film shorts, do I have to sit through a movie about Jefferson Starship?

    Matt! I wish the stills were for sale, I didn’t see any info on that, but maybe you could ask on their facebook page?

    Steve-O, actual Jefferson Starship is on their way to yours, to sing to Oskar.

    Love the reverse psychology and the retro illustrations. They remind me of the “Pizza, pizza” carton guy from Domino’s commercials. And it’s good they’re showing the film in a renovated old picture palace instead of a suburban multiplex.

    O-Gphoto: I am told that they built this city. This might explain the extensive damage in the last 2 earthquakes.

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