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Carbon Neutral Never Sounded So Sweet

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One benefit about being a treehugging entertainment-world gossip-monger is that I get to find all sorts of stories everyday that make me feel better about this little world of ours. Today, I found out about this little independent movie, and it crossed my screen because of it’s carbon neutrality.

Sweet Land looks to be just that…the sweetest love story. It holds a lot of familiar faces, though the names don’t really ring a bell: Elizabeth Reeser, Tim Guinee, Lois Smith, Alex Kingston, John Heard, Ned Beatty, and Alan Cumming.

No, it’s not some love story based around some global warming topic. It’s just a love story. But the green director behind-the-camera is what made this story ecorazzi-worthy. The film is carbon-neutral. Why? “For me, it’s less of a political statement about global warming, and more just, there’s got to be a nicer, cleaner way to do this,” said film director and writer Ali Selim.

The Planet Ark article goes into more detail:

Filming in Montevideo, Minnesota, population 5,346, Selim used sunlight instead of film lights whenever possible during shooting and had actors carpool to the set instead of driving on their own. He kept them at the location rather than paying to have them fly back and forth.

He also used the practice of “shooting out” each location before moving on to the next, that is, getting every necessary shot, so that transporting the entire costly enterprise from one place to another was kept to a minimum.

After the movie wrapped, the paperwork began: Selim’s wife Robin, the movie’s co-producer, added up “every mile driven by every vehicle, every gas receipt … every airline ticket, every actor who traveled, every pound of film,” Selim said.

So, how much carbon did they estimate the film created? 8,000 tons. Which actually seems like a low number. They offset these emissions by investing in a reforestation project in Germany and windmills and compact fluorescent lighting in Jamaica. (If you’re not already using CFL light bulbs in your home, go change them today!)

The film has a very limited release. See if it will be in a theater near you soon.

Via – AutoblogGreen

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