Escape from Suburbia - The Movie


Escape from Suburbia is a rich interplay on the subtle relationships between the potential solutions each person faces as the demand for fossil fuels outstretches supply. With issues such as the energy crisis, neighborhood gardens and the collapse of the American way-of-life, it would be easy for the independent film to use its 90-minute running time to whirl into a rant that leaves the viewer shocked and the director sounding like an eco-crazy - but the result of Escape from Suburbia is the complete opposite.
Escape from Suburbia: Beyond the American Dream is the second film in a trilogy by director Gregory Greene
that examines the declining world oil production and its affects on American suburban life. The first film of the trilogy, The End of Suburbia : Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream, focused primarily on the science of the Hubbert Peak Theory and Peak Oil with interviews by Dr. Colin Campbell, Julian Darley, James Howard Kunstler and Richard Heinberg.


Escape from Suburbia chronicles the journey of three people (Kate Holloway, Philip Botwinick and Carol Steinman) as they struggle to do what they feel is best within the coming era after Peak Oil. Where The End of Suburbia was direct and brutally honest, Escape from Suburbia is a rich interplay on the subtle relationships between the potential solutions each person faces as the demand for fossil fuels outstretches supply. With issues such as the energy crisis, neighborhood gardens and the collapse of the American way-of-life, it would be easy for the independent film to use its 90-minute running time to whirl into a rant that leaves the viewer shocked and the director sounding like an eco-crazy - but the result of Escape from Suburbia is the complete opposite. The director does a wonderful job with dealing with the complex layers involved with transportation, urban density, local farming, industrial agriculture, over-population, renewable energy and governmental attitudes toward peak oil.

The film has heart-felt and heart-breaking scenes, especially with the story about South Side Farm, a 5. 7-hectare community garden in Los Angeles. Hope springs up as Greene follows Botwinick in his quest to educate the public about peak oil, and then ultimately follows his heart in finding a more sustainable way of life. The film leaves room for the viewer to evaluate if the main characters are making the best decisions in dealing with the knowledge they have about the end of cheap oil. The less direct approach by the second film forces the viewer to chew on the topics, and draws lines to many other environmental issues highly visible in today’s media.

The film, also, makes it clear that time is running out, solutions do exist and that all hope is not lost. Check out the Escape from Suburbia website to watch the trailer, info for select venues and the DVD. It’s one of the best films on the subject and what people can do when it seems nothing can help the problems of peak oil.

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