XXVI: Cool It, Dig!

two oak stacks by andy goldsworthy in New York's Storm King Art Center

When the trailer for Ondi Timoner’s new environmental-themed documentary film “Cool It” finished, at Landmark’s Guild in Menlo Park (before screening of “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” the other night), I was the guy who exclaimed “DIG!”


The film is about Bjorn Lomborg, the Danish environmentalist who dissents from the left and right conventional views about what the fjernt is happening.

Reminds in tone of Astra Taylor’s “Examined Life,” which I saw in Austin and Berkeley last year.

To remind: I am Earthwise because Cathy White Eagle confused the project I was working at for Bay Area Earth Day At Stanford with my own name; but I was working on Earthday because I had been reading Jerry Mander and Helena Norberg-Hodge. Dig? (In a previous life, I had been helping an oil company convince you to “Turn your engine into a washing-machine.” People do! (But people doo, too).

On the same subject (at least by Plastic Alto standards), I recommend “Client 9” Alex Gibney’s film about the connection between the Wall Street “Too Big to Fail” crisis (do you recall, the thing about a trillion dollars of our money to help ultra-rich bankers and traders keep their beach houses and Picassos — I believe if my math brain serves at this early hour that a trillion dollars is 300 million times $3,300 each) and the selective prosecution of New York Governer Eliot Spitzer (who had sex with hookers, but before that served notice, first as state Attorney General, then as Governor, that he suspected some misdoings on Wall Street and acted in the public interest to try to rein in their greed — about two years before the eventual meltdown and bail out).


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Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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8 Responses to XXVI: Cool It, Dig!

  1. markweiss86 says:

    I found the Goldsworthy image on Artlex dot com by Michael Delahunt

  2. markweiss86 says:

    Reminds me of the fact that in 1975, when I was a fifth grader at Fremont Hills Elementary School, there was a correction printed in the student newsletter wherein Mr. Akimo explained that his catchphrase was not “QUIET!” as had been reported, but “COOL IT!” I think his name was Jim Akimo; someone on a Addison School Alumni social networking movie spells it that way. I was a student of Olive Borgsteadt.

  3. Mark Weiss says:

    gratuitous plug for Gary Meyer’s Balboa Theater in San Francisco, currently showing “Red.” Gary is a founder of Landmark Theaters.

  4. markweiss86 says:

    In related news, Palo Alto mayor emeritus Peter Drekmeir (also former head of Bay Area Action and the Earth Day event I worked on) is inviting people to a local screening of :

    DIRT! the Movie

    FREE showing at World Centric, 2121 Staunton Court, Palo Alto (behind JJ&F Market)
    Tuesday, November 30, 7pm
    Sponsored by: World Centric, Common Ground, Palo Alto Green Energy and Compost Initiative, Silicon Valley Action Network, Films of Vision and Hope, and Transition Palo Alto

    DIRT! the Movie, narrated by Jaime Lee Curtis, brings to life the environmental, economic, social and political impacts of soil. It shares the stories of experts from all over the world who study and are able to harness the beauty and power of a respectful and mutually beneficial relationship with soil.

    DIRT! the Movie tells the story of Earth’s most valuable and underappreciated source of fertility–from its miraculous beginning to its crippling degradation. The opening scenes of the film dive into the wonderment of the soil. Made from the same elements as the stars, plants and animals, and us, dirt is very much alive. Though, in modern industrial pursuits and clamor for both profit and natural resources, our human connection to, and respect for, soil has been disrupted.

    Real change lies in our notion of what dirt is. This movie teaches us that when humans arrived 2 million years ago, everything changed for dirt. And from that moment on, the fate of dirt and humans have been intimately linked.

    For more information about the free showing, please email Peter Drekmeier at pdrekmeier@earthlink.net.

  5. markweiss86 says:

    two more follow-ups:
    1) I went to a new cafe in MP not PA and met a young man named Jordan Graham who said he was a PA (production assistant) on two of Ondi’s films;
    2) yesterday at the Cali Ave farmers market I ran into ex-BAA stalwart Susan Stansbury and her husband Cedric (something long and French) who were collecting signatures for an initiative to build a $20 million compost plant at Bixbee park and it made me want to research the issue and maybe throw my weight (or height) behind the proposal. I wanted to get Rob Syrett to help me design some posters for the cause. I am thinking green yogurt swirl with headline GREEN GOOP YES! and their url, pagreenenergy.org, maybe a run of 200 put up in storefronts.

  6. markweiss86 says:

    Cedric de la Beaujardiere and here is their link:

  7. Mark Weiss says:

    I have to remember to write something on Earthday for Earthday April 22, perhaps about Harmony Festival of Rohnert Park, but also keeping in mind that Charles Mingus’ day is April 23. (Also, Al Young is at JazzSchool Berkeley that weekend).

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