Symphony of Soil panelSymphony of the Soil is a documentary feature film that was brought to PGA Green screening committee co-chair Ahuvi Goldin's attention by PGA Green Committee member Jane Evans- Head of Physical Production at DreamWorks Studios. Goldin produced the informative PGA screening and panel event.

The film explores the complexity and mystery of soil and was filmed on four continents, sharing the voices of some of the world's most esteemed soil scientists, farmers and activists.  The film portrays soil as the protagonist of our planetary story.

Climate ChangeWhile climate change has become a familiar topic for documentaries, it's conspicuously absent from other genres of TV, film and new media.  In fact, the Hollywood Health & Society (HH&S) program at USC's Norman Lear Center tracked over 3,000 primetime TV storylines last year and found that less than 1 percent of those storylines contained any mention of climate change, global warming, renewable energy or sustainability.

SXSW Eco LogoAustin, TX will once again be at the cutting edge of the green movement when it hosts the first SXSW Eco "Sustainability Goes Viral" short film contest on October 7th.

"Sustainability Goes Viral" looks to attract the most entertaining, fun, informative, and must-see videos – you know, the ones you send to your friends - addressing the topic of sustainability.  Videos can be dramatic, comedic, mockumentary, or documentary – but they must be 5 minutes or less in length and they must have been produced after January 1, 2012.

The Great GatsbyThe Great Gatsby was Warner Bros. Pictures first attempt at greening a film shooting in Australia.  Enter GreenShoot Pacific, a sustainability consultancy company with international experience across production management industries including events, screen, sport, touring and facilities.  GreenShoot Pacific met with Warner Bros. Pictures Sustainable Production Manager Jon Romano before production, "When you don't know the landscape or infrastructure of a place, relying on a local company like GreenShoot was very helpful. The further you go from home base, the less control you have over such things as production set up, a knowledge of production facilities with appropriate sustainable policies or local sustainable suppliers. You have to rely on local knowledge, and that invariably means making a commitment to engage local experts."

PGA Green @ Habitat"As producers, we tend to be in our head so much," bemoaned Amanda Scarano Carter, Chair of PGA Green West. "It's very empowering to jackhammer rocks, build scaffolding and put up siding on a roof."  

Really?  Safe to say, most producers might list a number of other ways to decompress that don't include power tools, but speak to any PGA member who's volunteered for a Habitat for Humanity home build (open to all PGA members) and you'll find a similar story about a lot of dirt, sore muscles, but a happy heart.

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