by Michael dEstries
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The only thing I know really well about Newark, New Jersey is that it has an airport. That, and there are lots of ‘colorful’ descriptions of the area online. Perhaps they are justified, as the Sundance Channel is reportedly developing a new documentary of the city and the problems it’s facing.

Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker is said to be on board to assist Sundance with the new series. Reuters is reporting that Whitaker might have a voice-over role — with producing credits as well.

“Whitaker, the Oscar-winning star of “The Last King of Scotland,” will serve as an executive producer with the series’ directors, Marc Levin (“Slam”) and Mark Benjamin (“The Last Party”).

With regards to how in the world all this might relate to green, the series is said to address and seek solutions to some of the environmental problems faced by the city; as well as violence, education, and poverty. Look for it to debut in 2009 with an initial order of six half-hour episodes.

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Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • JerseyVegan

    This is awesome! I live 2 blocks from the Newark city line so I’m all too aware of all those “colorful” descriptions. I was at a conference not long ago where a woman who works with Newark Social Services was talking about how Newark is trying to create “green” jobs, like teams who can go into apartments or houses and remove lead paint, etc. Newark also faces severe pollution issues so I don’t think it will be difficult for this documentary to talk about environmental issues.