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January 27, 2011

Green Documentaries up for Oscars

Oscar Nominations The Oscars have long been known for shedding light on noteworthy and entertaining films, so that this year’s ballot is loaded with green movies doesn't come as much of a surprise. In the Best Documentary category, Gasland (directed by Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic) and Sun Come Up (directed by Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger) are nominated.

In Gasland, Fox explores how hydraulic fracturing ("fracking"), a method of drilling for natural gas, threatens water safety around the U.S.

Sun Come Up is a short film about the Carteret Pacific Islanders, who must leave their homeland due to changes wrought by global warming, making them the world’s first climate refugees.

Another Best Documentary nominee, Waste Land (directed by Lucy Walker and Angus Aynsley), follows Brazilian artist Vik Muniz, who works with the garbage pickers at one of the world's largest landfills to turn trash into large portraits for art auctions and museums.

Feeling the urge to discuss the flicks prior to the awards on Feb. 27? The Sierra Club is sponsoring house parties to watch Gasland. Sign up to host or attend one here.

--Shirley Mak

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