Dirty Business (2010)

  • Executive Producer: Robert J. Rosenthal
  • Consulting Producer: Alex Gibney
  • Community Engagement Coordinator: Andy Myers
  • Executive Producer: Christa Scharfenberg
  • Community Engagement Director: Kristin Henry
  • Director: Peter Bull
Film Length:
89 minutes & 60 minutes available
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Dirty Business: 'Clean Coal' and the Battle for Our Energy Future is a feature documentary that investigates the true cost of our dependence on coal for electricity in the age of climate change. Politicians and corporate interests have mounted a formidable public relations campaign promoting 'clean coal' as being crucial to solving our energy/climate problem. Despite major concerns on the part of scientists and environmental groups, there has been little public education about this issue, which was a high-profile topic of the 2008 presidential campaigns and is a central element of President Obama's energy policy.

Can coal ever really be made 'clean'? If we were to try to wean ourselves off coal, how would we keep the lights on? Is renewable energy ready for prime time? Guided by Rolling Stone reporter Jeff Goodell, Dirty Business seeks answers in a series of stories shot in West Virginia, Nevada, Kansas, New York, Saskatchewan and China.

The film asks: can we rethink the way we produce and consume energy - and summon the political will to do it - in time to avert environmental disaster?

The Film Campaign

Working Films directed the film's audience engagement campaign to deepen public understanding of the true cost connected to the sources of energy, expose the dirt behind "clean coal", and shine light on the viability of green energy alternatives.

With our allies, we worked with youth, groups of faith, backyard communities and the green jobs workforce to support the move to a clean energy economy.

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Issue: Environment, Health


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Bring Dirty Business to your community - host a community screening or house party to deepen the understanding of coal through looking at the cycle of coal and full human and environmental impacts and identify steps that we all can take to support smart energy solutions.

Have your audience take action - There are a number of resources for your audience to take action right after they see the film. If you are screening Dirty Business in connection with a partner organization and their campaign, make plans with them to encourage audience members to get involved in the issues at hand after they watch the film. Otherwise, download our screening resources for ideas on how to plug in.

Event Name Date City State   Location Status
Dirty Business Community Screening Sep 27, 2014 Wilmington NC United States Working Films Complete
Dirty Business Special Screening Sep 24, 2014 Wilmington NC United States Working Films Complete
Green Movie Night-First Unitarian Church Austin, Tx Mar 21, 2014 Austin TX United States First Unitarian Universalist Church, Austin, TX Complete
Kansas Interfaith Power and Light - Manhattan Public Library, KS Oct 22, 2012 Manhattan United States Complete
View and Conversation about Our Energy Future Oct 06, 2012 Vancouver United States Complete
Coffee Talk Sep 15, 2012 Eastsound United States Complete
Dirty Business - Reel Power Film Festival Series Sep 13, 2012 Appalachia United States Complete
Dirty Business Apr 08, 2012 Clearlake CA United States Clearlake United Methohdist Church (venue) Complete
Dirty Business Apr 10, 2011 Arlington VA United States 2121 Crystal Drive Complete
Dirty Business Feb 17, 2011 Durango CO United States tba Complete
Dirty Business Jan 15, 2011 Nevada CIty CA United States 216 Main Street Complete
Dirty Business Dec 01, 2010 Evansville IN United States 200 SE Martin Luther King Blvd. Complete
Dirty Business Nov 18, 2010 Oberlin OH United States 135 W Lorain St Complete
Dirty Business Nov 17, 2010 Rolla MO United States 400 W 13th St. Complete
Dirty Business Nov 11, 2010 WALLA WALLA WA United States 345 BOYER AVE Complete
Dirty Business Nov 08, 2010 Williamsburg VA United States 3051 Ironbound Rd Complete
Dirty Business Oct 21, 2010 Manhattan KS United States Petticoat Lane and Mid-Campus Drive Complete
Dirty Business Oct 14, 2010 Olathe KS United States 13890 West 127th Street Complete
Dirty Business Oct 10, 2010 Lawrence KS United States 1204 Oread Ave. Complete
Dirty Business Oct 07, 2010 Ames IA United States In the Memorial Union, Pioneer Room, Iowa State University, 2229 Lincoln Way Complete
Dirty Business Oct 04, 2010 Mt Pleasant MI United States rm339 Case Hall, Michigan State, 399 N Lansing St Complete
Dirty Business Sep 27, 2010 Athens GA United States 234 W. Hancock Ave Complete
Dirty Business Sep 25, 2010 Athens GA United States 234 W. Hancock Ave Complete
Dirty Business Aug 11, 2010 Wichita KS United States 536 North Broadway Street Complete
Dirty Business Aug 09, 2010 Lawrence KS United States 940 New Hampshire Street Complete

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