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in theaters - 2011

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Please check our community screening page for upcoming events here.


Past Theatrical Events:

2/10/11  - Premiere - New York, NY– Film Society of Lincoln Center (Tickets on Sale Now)

2/11/11  - New York, NY– Cinema Village (Tickets on Sale Now)

2/18/11 - Los Angeles, CA - Laemmle Sunset 5 Theatre (Tickets on Sale Now)

2/19/11 - Santa Monica, CA - Laemmle Monica 4-Plex (3 days - 11AM matinees)

2/19/11 - Pasadena, CA - Laemmle Playhouse 7 (3 days - 11AM matinees)

2/25/11 – Austin, TX – Regal Arbor Cinema

3/4/11 – Portland, OR – Regal Fox Tower Stadium Q&A with Director Peter Byck on Sat. 3/5/11

3/4/11 – Seattle, WA – SIFF Cinema Q&A with Director Peter Byck on Fri. 3/4/11

3/11/11 - San Francisco, CA - Landmark Opera Plaza Cinema Q&A with Director Peter Byck on Fri. 3/11 and Sun. 3/13 

3/12/11 - Larkspur, CA - Lark Theater Q&A with Director Peter Byck on Sat 3/12 . Additional screenings on 3/14 & 3/15 @ 3:10PM  

4/15/11 - Chicago, IL - Facets Cinematheque

4/22/11 - Roanoke, VA - The Grandin Theatre


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cliff_etheredgecliff etheredge, wind farmer & west texas cotton farmer...

...was tired of watching the large ranches to the south lease their land to wind companies while his smaller ranching neighbors got none of the business. Defying the odds, he organized scores of 500 acre farms and has now created Peak Wind, one of the world's largest wind farms. His town of Roscoe, TX was dying – even their Dairy Queen had closed. Now, his son and many other kids from Roscoe are coming home to work on the wind farms. This is the story of green energy bringing families back together and resurrecting small towns.

col.dan_nolandan nolan, former army colonel...

...is our guide into the world of the Green Hawks – the folks in the Department of Defense who are leading the Pentagon's move towards energy efficiency and sustainable power. The U.S.'s forward operating bases in Iraq need diesel fuel for their generators. Convoys transporting this fuel are ideal targets for improvised explosive devices. Getting these bases more energy efficient and even fully wind and solar powered will save more than fuel. It will save lives.

bernie_karlbernie karl, geothermal pioneer and wild alaskan...

...has found a way to use 165 degree water to create geothermal power. Up until now, all geothermal needed at least 250 – 400 degree water temperatures. At most oil wells, 95% of the liquid drilled from the ground is hot water that measures around 165 degrees. The oil industry has always considered this water as waste and a nuisance. If Bernie could install one of these new geothermal units at every oil well in Texas, he'd create the same amount of power as 10 nuclear plants. United Technologies Corp., maker of Carrier air conditioners, has partnered with Bernie – and Goldman Sachs is predicting that they will sell 250,000 units; a true game changing technology.

van_jonesvan jones, civil rights advocate turned green jobs organizer and advocate...

...founded Green For All after a realization: "Green Jobs Not Jails." Green For All is working to get green jobs to disadvantaged communities. He was the main advocate for the Green Jobs Act, which George W. Bush signed into law in 2007. The Act was the first piece of federal legislation to codify the term "green jobs." Under the Obama administration, it has resulted in $500 million for green job training nationally. We share a moving moment with Van when solar panels are being installed by trainees of Solar Richmond & Grid Alternatives in Richmond CA.

michael_dunhammichael dunham, of JACO Environmental AKA “Fridge Guy” ...

...is responsible for the successful design and implementation of JACO’s energy efficiency appliance recycling programs.  JACO disposes of the nasty and powerful green house gas CFC-11, in old refrigerators in a safe and sustainable manner.


art_rosenfeldDr. arthur rosenfeld, the ‘father of energy efficiency.’ ...

... Art advocated California’s building and appliance efficiency standards over 30 years ago, which have saved Californians billions of dollars.  Art retired as Commissioner of the California Energy Commission in 2010 and now spends his time championing the benefits of "White Roofs." Thanks to Art, solutions to some of the toughest climate issues the world faces have already been well tested in California.

amory_lovinsamory lovins, Chairman and Chief Scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute...

... For four decades he has worked in energy policy and related areas. Amory worked professionally as an environmentalist in the 1970s and since then as an analyst of a "soft energy path" for the United States and other nations. He has promoted energy efficiency, the use of renewable energy sources, and the generation of energy at or near the site where the energy is actually used.  Amory has received ten honorary doctorates and won many awards. He has provided expert testimony in eight countries, briefed 19 heads of state, and published 29 books. In 2009, Time magazine named Amory as one of the world's 100 most influential people.

richard_bransonrichard branson, Founder/CEO of Virgin Atlantic Airways...

...Adventurer. Music entrepreneur. Branson is leading the hunt for the biofuel replacement to jet fuel as well. Branson has also offered $25 million to the first scientists who can demonstrably remove CO2 from the atmosphere. He probably will be starting another lucrative industry in the process. Besides the aviation biofuel research he’s funding, he’s also looking to make his Necker Island resort completely net zero by utilizing energy efficient renovations on all the buildings coupled with solar and wind power stations.

james_woolseyr. james woolsey, Former CIA director...

... and Venture Partner, VantagePoint, is the nation’s most vocal proponent for the plug-in hybrid car. He knows or nation’s addiction to oil is the biggest threat to our national security and he finds it distasteful that our oil purchases fund the very nations that profess their hatred for the West.

tom_friedmanthomas l. friedman is an internationally renowned author, reporter, and columnist...

... the recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes. The New York Times columnist and best-selling author of "Hot, Flat and Crowded," consistently rings the “green is good business” bell. Going green will save U.S. companies billions of dollars and it will also spur a whole new set of industries worth possibly trillions of dollars.

john_rowejohn rowe, Chairman and CEO of utility company, Exelon Corporation...

... believes the best, most effective place to deal with slowing climate change is in the inner cities, the places where buildings are the most energy inefficient, where appliances are old and in disrepair.

jim_rogersjames rogers, CEO of utility company, Duke Energy...

... wants to make energy efficiency in homes and offices universally accessible, just as there was universal access to electricity in the 20th century. He says it’s cheaper to save energy than to make energy.


gary_hirshberggary hirshberg, Chairman, President, and CEO of
Stonyfield Farm...

the world's leading organic yogurt producer and the author of Stirring It Up: How to Make Money
and Save the World (Hyperion Books, 2008). Gary is a frequent speaker on topics including sustainability, climate change, the profitability of green and socially responsible business, organic agriculture, and sustainable economic development. Gary on Stonyfield Farm CO2 reduction efforts: "These teams together in the last 3 years have generated $7.8 million of profits for my company.  That’s $7.8 million that translates into 46 new jobs and so even through the recession we were growing jobs.  And I can tell, it’s been our energy savings – that’s really been our bank.  I call it the First National Bank of Conservation. So, there’s nothing that makes more sense from an economic point of view than reducing your carbon footprint."

production notes and credits

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carbon nation is presented by:
clayway media & Earth School Educational Foundation, Inc.

Directed by: Peter Byck
Narrated by: Bill Kurtis
Produced by: Peter Byck, Craig Sieben, Karen Weigert, Artemis Joukowsky & Chrisna van Zyl

Production Notes

82 minutes, Color, 35 mm

Marketing & Booking Information

MJ Peckos - Mitropoulos Films
Office: (310) 273 1444

Steven Rafael-Required Viewing


Director: Peter Byck
Editors: Eric Driscoll & Peter Byck
Writers: Peter Byck, Eric Driscoll, Matt Weinhold, Karen Weigert
Producers: Peter Byck, Craig Sieben, Karen Weigert, Artemis Joukowsky, Chrisna van Zyl
Narrator: Bill Kurtis
Executive Producers: Paula Crown, Gigi Pritzker, Nick Pritzker, Peggy & Henry Sharpe, The Lemelson Foundation
Associate Producers: Michael Cochran, Gill Holland, Jim Slama, Gueta Mezzetti, Michael Leifer, Patricia Jones Blessman, Nick Street
Graphics: MFactor, Inc.
Composer: Flexi P; Orchestrator: Robert Hawes
Sound Designer: Robert Hawes/Neptunes Broiler
After Effects Artist: Andrew Fink
Animation: Six Point Harness


Director of Photography: Peter Byck
Additional Camera: Daniel Lir
Camera Assistants: Chrisna van Zyl, Michael Cochran, Bill Stark, Jim Slama
UDQ Wrangler: Michael Pucker

Special Effects

Michael White

Music & Sound

Supervising Sound Designer and Re-recording mixer: Robert Hawes
Sound Designers: Courtney Bailey and Bobby Garza Jr.
Additional Orchestration: Eric Lindsay and Matt Heck
Post Production Music & Sound Services: neptunesbroiler.com


Guitars: Eric Whorton, David Immerglück, FlexiP, Phil Maynes, Robert Hawes
Bass: Danny Kiely, David Immerglück, Eric Garcia
Drums: Paul Culligan, Ziv
Keys: FlexiP
Engineers: John Schroeder, Robert Hawes, Phil Maynes
Voice Over engineer: Brian Leitner

Assistant Director

Patrick Duncan

Additional Editing

Nick Towle, Christo Brock, Jeff Cowan

Editorial Consultants

Chris Bonno, Sean Casten, Ben Evans, Jonathan & Julia Friedland, Daniel Lir, George Meyer, Chris Peeler & Luke Phillips-PFC

J/KAM Digital: Digitizing + Technical Support

Keith Gore, Jeff Bass, Erik Beauchamp


Russell Goodwin, Simon Levine, Creighton Montei

Photographic Research

Asterios Kokkinos, Russell Goodwin, Chrisna van Zyl

Website Design


Original Graphic Design

Annie Buckman

Legal & Accounting for Earth School Educational Foundation, Inc.

Barry Sackett, Attorney at Law
Sackett & Sims-Taylor PC
Charles A. Deen, CPA & Susan S. Deen, CPA
Deen & Company


Rohit T. Aggarwala, - Dir. Of Long Term Planning and Sustainability, NYC Mayor’s Office
Jerry M. Allums  - Home and Solar Roof Owner, Richmond CA
Lela Allums - Home and Solar Roof Owner, Richmond CA
Peter Barnes - Economist and Senior Fellow, Tomales Institute
Richard Branson – CEO, Virgin Group
George Bravo – Driver, KKW Trucking
Lester R. Brown – President, Earth Policy Institute
Sean Casten – President & CEO, Recycled Energy Development LLC
Ralph Cavanagh – Lead Attorney, NRDC
Col. Jim Chevallier - Garrison Commander-Garrison Fort Irwin Army Base
Roger Duncan – Deputy General Manager, Austin Energy
Michael Dunham - Director of Energy & Environmental Programs, Jaco Environmental Inc
Cliff Etheredge – Partner, Peal Wind LLC
David Etheredge – Partner, Peak Wind LLC
Bob Fox – Partner, Cook + Fox Architects
Greg Franta - Senior Vice President/Chief Architect, Rocky Mountain Institute
Tom Friedman – Author & NY Times Columnist
Eric Gardner - Contract Officer Representative, 916th Support Brigade, US Army National Training Center, Fort Irwin
Wayne Gatlin Jr. – Solar Installer
Sherri Goodman - Senior Vice President & General Counsel, CNA
Eban Goodstein - Economic Professor, Lewis & Clark College
Stuart Grauer - President/Head of School, The Grauer School
Denis Hayes – President, Bullitt Foundation
Vickie S. Haynes – Owner, Vickie’s Gifts
Paul Reed Hepperly – Director of Research, Rodale Institute
Gary Hirshberg - Chairman, President and CEO of Stonyfield Farm
Gwen Holdmann - Vice President of New Development, Chena Hot Springs Resort
David Hone – Climate Change Advisor, Shell
Daryl Horne – Solar Installer
Sadhu Johnston - Chief Environmental Officer, City of Chicago
Van Jones – Founder, Green For All
Willie Jones  - Father of Van Jones
Bernie Karl – Proprietor, Chena Hot Springs Resort
James A. Kelly - Senior Vice President of Transmission and Distribution Business Unit, Southern California Edison
Kristina Kershner – Director, Architecture 2030
M. Glen Kertz - President/CEO, Valcent Products
Edward Kjaer - Director of Electric Transportation Division, Southern California Edison
Timothy Lasalle – CEO, Rodale Institute
Amory B. Lovins - Chairman & Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute
Joel Makower – Executive Director, GreenBiz.com
Col. Matthew Margotta – Commander, US Army Garrison-Hawaii
Edward Mazria – Executive Director, Architecture 2030
Kevin Mccullough – COO, RWE-
Michele Mcgeoy - Founder/Executive Director, Solar Richmond
Jeffrey W. Moyer - Farm Director, Rodale Institute
Daniel A. Nolan III – CEO, Sabot6, Inc.
Dana Pittard - Commanding General/Deputy Chief of Staff, US Army National Training Center, Fort Irwin
Peggy Rathmann – Carbon Farmer, Wick Farms
Paul Rode - Project Team Leader, Johnson Controls
Jim Rogers – Chairman, President & CEO, Duke Energy
Arthur Rosenfeld – Commissioner, California Energy Commission
John W. Rowe – Chairman & CEO, Exelon Corporation
Lance K. Toyofuku - Director of Public Works, US Army National Training Center, Fort Irwin
John Wick - Carbon Farmer, Wick Farms
Tom Williams - Director of External Relations, Duke Energy
R. James Woolsey - Former CIA Director, Venture Partner, VantagePoint

why ".tv"

Written by Robin Miller on .


tuvalu_snake_island Why choose ".tv" as one of the carbon nation domain names? see www.carbonnation.tv

The answer to this question is further evidence of carbon nation's commitment to expand public awareness regarding all matters of climate change, and climate change solutions.

The ".tv" extension doesn't stand for 'television'.  Tuvalu had a stroke of financial fortune.  When country code top-level domain names were shared out, Tuvalu was granted the eminently marketable ".tv". They are using a portion of the funds generated from the sale of their .tv address to pay for the yearly U.N. fees. It is estimated that by the year 2100, their chain of islands will be completely submerged by the waters of the South Pacific and/or uninhabitable.

Tuvalu, formerly known as Ellice Islands, is a Polynesian island, located midway between Hawaii and Australia.  It's population of approximately 12, 500 make it the second-least populous sovereign state in the world.  Only Vatican City has fewer inhabitants. 

The Maldives recently staged a cabinet meeting underwater to highlight the problems facing the country. IPCC predictions suggest that rising sea levels will make the country virtually uninhabitable by 2100

Tuvalu consists of 4-reef islands and 5-true atolls, totalling only about 26 square kilometres.  The highest elevation is 15 feet above sea level. This is second only to the Maldives, with average ground level of 5ft. above sea level.

The Tuvaluans are raising awareness and money so they can relocate to New Zealand.  Their spokesman, Ian Fry, was present at the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference in December 2009, and raised strong concern for the future of Tuvalu and the resettlement of its people.  Tuvalu specifically joined the UN to highlight climate change. 

The domain (".tv") is currently operated by dotTV, a VeriSign company; the Tuvalu government owns twenty percent of the company. In 2000, Tuvalu negotiated a contract leasing its Internet domain name ".tv" for $50 million in royalties over a 12-year period. The Tuvalu government receives a quarterly payment of US$1 million for use of the top-level domain.


Shores of Tuvalu

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