Thursday, May 18, 2006

jp's recommendation: EDEN'S LOST AND FOUND

How Ordinary Citizens are Restoring
Our Great American Cities

following is my most recent email blast...


it's rare that i email nearly everyone on my list but after watching the first part of EDENS LOST AND FOUND, i'm compelled. the first of fours parts - tonight's was on chi-town: CITY OF THE BIG SHOULDERS - was so well thought-out and produced i have to say that it's one of the best films i've seen in a while.

like just about everyone i know, we all share a sense of gloom about what's currently going on; i don't think i have to belabor that point. but this film was so inspirational and touched on not just the environment, but education, race, the generation gap, business, politics... a large menu indeed - but it accomplished it so deftly i was blown away.

it's very moving, but beyond that, it told the story of normal, every day folk - chicagoans - who're not just talking but making real impact, finding their niche in life and in the process, real joy amidst conflict, strife and history - real accomplishment in this day and age. one of the profiles of a teacher who teaches environmental science in high school was so good, it made me question why every young person couldn't have an education like that, experiences like the ones she was generating for her students, let alone teachers who dug what they did as much as she obviously does. in one of her lines she said something about how what they were doing was powerful. true that.

one more point; i as much as anyone bemoan the corporate presence on pbs, but i have to say that some of the greatest films i've seen in the past few years have come through them. along with THIRST, which i wrote about last year, EDENS LOST AND FOUND has me cheering them on. and i make a damn ugly cheerleader.

next week is part 2 on philly. then a hiatus until the fall, where i and my fellow angelenos are profiled (LA, capital of pollution and the environment!), followed by seattle.

great people, great subject, great filmmaking. small is beautiful. here're the links: