Interruptions & Meeting Points

Photo of Judy Lief in Spearhead Canyon

Judy Lief on One Body One Heart What happens when your idea of your life is rudely interrupted by the reality of your life, your life as it is? This documentary from John Ankele explores this provocative question. It is about interruptions and about meeting points. So much can be learned at meeting points and intersections: between Zen and Christianity, sickness and health, life and death, self and other. At … Read More →

Coal Cars on the Tracks: Carbon in the Sky

Audience at the Reading Movies 11 Theatre

Two arresting images from the screening of The Wisdom to Survive, our film on climate change, which screened in  downtown Reading, PA, October 13: As my host and old friend, Blair Seitz, and I passed under a trestle, on an outing that morning, we saw dozens of fully loaded coal cars standing above us on the railroad tracks. And, although they were nearly hidden against the black of the night sky, … Read More →

The Answer is Community

Environmentalist and activist Rev. Sharon Delgado

Wisdom to Survive is an exquisitely-filmed documentary that presents an overview of the climate crisis, including its causes, effects, and directions of hope. Poignant scenes illustrate the sacred beauty of the natural world, the tragedy of its diminishment, and our human interconnectedness with the rest of creation. The film unflinchingly names global free-market capitalism as the system that underlies the current plunder, with scenes of massive technological resource extraction causing … Read More →

Netroots & Detroit Water Shut-Offs

Detroit Turn on the Water

The Wisdom to Survive is part of the Changing the Climate on Climate Change screening showcase at Netroots Nation this year. Turns out, our program was scheduled for the same time as the rally led by National Nurses United to protest planned water shut-offs. I’m proud to say that the participants in our showcase were unanimous in agreeing to re-schedule so we could all attend the rally. Here’s the press … Read More →

Reach towards the Light

YELLOW WETLANDS, oil on linen, 12" x 20", 2004. By Ron Gee.

I really appreciated your unique and surprising approach to the issue of climate change, that besides the obvious economic and social impact of the declining ecosystem, there is a spiritual dimension which too often takes a back seat. Because the problems are so seemingly insurmountable, it is easy to allow fear and cynicism to paralyze us into inaction and acceptance. I think you are right to remind us of values … Read More →

Positive Climate Change in the Human Family

Greenhouse at Sunpoint Farm

Dostoevsky’s “Beauty will save the world” was quoted at the opening, and that’s a good description of The Wisdom to Survive. Every scene was more stunning than the last. Even in the devastation scenes, the people crying out were beautiful. I never knew anything about Joanna Macy. She has a joy and wonder in her face that is bigger than the miseries she has digested. I also loved her recommendation … Read More →

Come Out of the Closet

Jim Merkel, Author of Radical Simplicity

The beauty of this film is that it calls me out of the closet. To shake off whatever cultural baggage there is that inhibits me from admitting to those around me that I care. In this hyper individualistic, hyper materialistic, hyper militaristic epoch, caring and wearing your heart on your sleeve is risky and radical. And bolder still is to stand up for whales and polar bears, Afghans and Native … Read More →

Who Was in the Room?

2 girls on windswept beach

Thanks, Anne, for providing me with the chance to see the third showing of The Wisdom to Survive. It was an extremely compelling film. I liked the conversation that followed the showing but as often is the case, my thoughts took some time to crystalize. When they did, I asked myself, “Who Was in the Room?” The excellent cast of articulate characters that contributed on camera was quite evident. They … Read More →

Activists Packed the House in Rosendale

J&A Rosendale

The Rosendale, NY screening of our latest film The Wisdom to Survive was a wonderful event and especially gratifying for us because of the enthusiastic response of the audience. This is only the second time this film has been seen by anyone but us. We had lost a bit of perspective as we stared at the editing screen for a year. But the response at Rosendale (and the earlier screening … Read More →

Launching WISDOM TO SURVIVE in Vermont

Standing ovation at WISDOM's premiere. The sold-out screening was sponsored by Sustainable Woodstock.

Filmmaker Anne Macksoud was present at the very first public screening of The Wisdom to Survive: Climate Change, Capitalism and Community. Presented by Sustainable Woodstock, the screening was sold out. Anne was sitting on the floor. Others were sitting in chairs placed in the aisles. Anne reports that, at one point, she was struck by the quiet in the room. Afraid the audience had fallen asleep, she glanced around: they … Read More →