"Sweet Land" - The Latest Carbon-Neutral Movie Production


Joining the productions of "Syriana", "An Inconvenient Truth" and "The Day After Tomorrow" in climate-neutrality, indepedent film "Sweet Land" has offset the carbon emissions caused by the films' production. The film, shot in Montevideo, Minnesota, cost about $1 million to make and $15,000 to offset the 8,000 tons of carbon produced as a result; included in the cost is the report of "every mile driven by every vehicle, every gas receipt ... every airline ticket, every actor who traveled, every pound of film," that contributed to the film's carbon footprint. The film offset its emissions by investing in a reforestation project in Germany and windmills and compact fluorescent lighting in Jamaica. "For me, it's less of a political statement about global warming, and more just, there's got to be a nicer, cleaner way to do this," said film director and writer Ali Selim. The film, which opened in limited release last Friday, itself has nothing to do with the environment, except that it was shot in the austere farm country of Minnesota, Selim's home state; herein lies perhaps the most interesting part of the story. If filmmakers can begin to realize that they can reduce their environmental impact without producing anything particularly "green," or that making "environmental movies" is not required to take positive action, carbon offsets can become just another part of making movies, or another part of daily life. We think that'd be a pretty good thing. ::Sweet Land via user GreenLiving at ::Hugg

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