UH film series looks beyond oil for world energy
Alternative energy sources are the focus of Beyond Oil, a 10-part University of Hawai'i-Manoa Cinema Series that begins Sunday and continues each Sunday through Aug. 6.
Films screen at 5 p.m. at UH's Spalding Auditorium. Admission is $5 general, $3 for UH students and faculty; on-campus parking is free.
The series is programmed by Don Brown, in cooperation with the UH Office of Sustainability.
PROGRAM 1: UNDERSTANDING THE PROBLEM, PART 1: PEAK OIL, POLITICS, AND THE WORLD SUPPLY. SUNDAY
Directed by Audrey Brohy and Gerard Ungerman. USA, 2005; 93 minutes
Documentary focuses on the global oil problem of ever-rising consumption and declining production, with footage shot in Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
PROGRAM 2: SOLAR ENERGY. JUNE 11
Directed by David Kennard. USA, 2006; 56 minutes
A look at the history and potential of solar energy. Narrated by John Cleese.
PROGRAM 3: UNDERSTANDING THE PROBLEM, PART 2: PEAK OIL AND AMERICA'S NEEDS. JUNE 18
Directed by Gregory Greene. USA, 2005; 78 minutes
How will America and the promise of the suburban lifestyle be affected by the depletion of the world's fossil fuel supply?
PROGRAM 4: WIND ENERGY. JUNE 25
Directed by Ole Tangen. USA, 2004; 32 minutes
The wind energy debate: Is it the solution for the future or a blight on the landscape?
Directed by Michell Voss. USA, 2003; 32 minutes
A look at such projects as windturbine manufacturing in Denmark and wind-powered beer production in Fort Collins, Colo.
PROGRAM 5: MIRACLE FUELS: COLD FUSION & HYDROGEN POWER. JULY 2
Produced by Infinite Energy. USA, 1999; 60 minutes
The history and possibilities of cold fusion as a power resource.
Directed by Geoff Holland. USA, 1996; 58 minutes
An overview of hydrogen technology.
PROGRAM 6: ENERGY FROM THE EARTH: ETHANOL & BIO-DIESEL. JULY 9
Directed by Suzanne Harle. USA, 2002; 17 minutes
Charris Ford travels in his veggie-fuel-powered rig. Celebrities, including Daryl Hannah and Dennis Weaver, also drop in.
Directed by Faith Morgan. USA, 2005; 53 minutes
What happened when Cuba lost more than half of its oil imports after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1990?
PROGRAM 7: NEW IDEAS & GEOTHERMAL ENERGY. JULY 16
Directed by J. Douglas Kenyon. USA, 2004; 56 minutes
The secrets of unsung inventors whose technological breakthroughs could result in clean, alternate energy come to light.
Directed by Marilyn Nemzer. USA, 2002; 22 minutes
Exploring the use of geothermal energy, a clean and natural resource.
PROGRAM 8: WATER & HYDROGEN POWER. JULY 23
Directed by Hans-Ernst Weitzel. USA, 1981; 29 minutes
From biomass is created biogas, a clean fuel.
Directed by Neal Livingston. USA, 1986; 25 minutes
The history of water power in the United States. The filmmaker also creates his own micro-hydro unit.
Directed by Geoff Holland. USA, 2002; 27 minutes
This film considers the promise of hydrogen as an energy source.
PROGRAM 9: COAL POWER. JULY 30
Directed by Marc Brodzik. USA, 2006; 75 minutes
Hard coal (anthracite), found primarily in northeastern Pennsylvania, is a clean-burning and energy-efficient energy source.
PROGRAM 10: ALTERNATIVES AROUND THE WORLD: HYDROGEN, BIOGAS, SOLAR, WIND & WATER. AUG. 6
Directed by Jim Hamm. Canada, 2000; 46 minutes
Profiling solar energy, biogas, wind energy and hydrogen fuel cells and ground-source heat around the world.
Directed by Geoff Holland. USA, 1999; 28 minutes
How renewable energy can be stored for later use. Narrated by Peter Coyote.