We the People 2.0

USA | 2016 | 90 minutes | Leila Conners

Decades of toxic dumping, drilling, and mining have been destroying American small towns, and the residents have been powerless due to corporate government influence. Now grassroots activists are leading a campaign to challenge the system head-on and save their communities.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

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We the People 2.0 confronts its viewers with the ravages of mine tailings and leaky containment ponds, of sludge and ooze and grue, all of which, the film documents, are killing people, particularly in the cancer-blighted small towns of North America. The film's brief is laudable: Alongside documenting grassroots activism, including the kayak flotillas that protested Shell Oil in Seattle, the film focuses on legal challenges presented to corporations by granting rights to ecosystems. Talking heads come from the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, a nonprofit that helps small towns draft laws against fracking, factory farming, and water privatization. The voice of narrator Walton Goggins, formerly of TV's rural meth-opera "Justified," is a great boon to the film, perhaps making viewers wish he would just let it rip in the grandiloquent manner of his TV character Boyd Crowder. The "2.0" in the title refers to what the filmmakers have dubbed "The Second American Revolution"—a battle not against a foreign power, but against corporate power.

Director Biography
Leila Conners started Tree Media with an aim to create stories that support civil society. We the People 2.0 is her second feature documentary.

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  • Director: Leila Conners
  • Principal Cast: Thomas Linzey, Ben Price, Cathy Miorelli, Tish O'Dell, Doug Shields
  • Premiere Status: World Premiere
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 90 minutes
  • Producer: Mathew Schmid
  • Screenplay: Leila Conners, Mathew Schmid
  • Cinematographers: Larkin Donley, Sam Miron, Tomi Skaria
  • Editors: Leila Conners
  • Music: Eric Avery
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: The 11th Hour (doc)
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP