A Crude Awakening

Overview

Basil Gelpke and Ray McCormack's nonfiction treatise Crude Awakening joins Maxed Out, An Inconvenient Truth, and other recent documentaries devoted to unearthing and exploring forces that are untying the connective threads of contemporary society. The subject at hand is crude oil - specifically, the depletion of petroleum from the Earth, in an era when consumption threatens to exceed supply. The overtone of the film is speculative but admonitory; Gelpke and McCormack suggest that if western society fails to ...
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Overview

Basil Gelpke and Ray McCormack's nonfiction treatise Crude Awakening joins Maxed Out, An Inconvenient Truth, and other recent documentaries devoted to unearthing and exploring forces that are untying the connective threads of contemporary society. The subject at hand is crude oil - specifically, the depletion of petroleum from the Earth, in an era when consumption threatens to exceed supply. The overtone of the film is speculative but admonitory; Gelpke and McCormack suggest that if western society fails to reinvent itself altogether (via such innovations as hydrogen-powered autos, and a decreased reliance on fiscally unsound Middle Eastern nations), economic cataclysm is not simply likely but inevitable. To underscore this point, the filmmakers contrast obscenely naïve shorts from the 1950s that promise depthless oil supplies, with contemporary warnings from geologists who suggest that the bottom of the well is close at hand. McCormack and Gelpke also interview such subjects as former OPEC secretary general Fadhil Chalabi and Bush advisor Roger E. Ebel.
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Special Features

Extended interviews; Bonus chapter: Petrostates; Theatrical trailer; Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/31/2007
  • UPC: 767685992036
  • Original Release: 2006
  • Rating:

  • Source: Docurama
  • Time: 1:25:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Basil Gelpke Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Ray McCormack Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Heinz Kurz Sound/Sound Designer
Linda Litwoski Associate Producer
Frank Messmer Cinematographer
Daniel Pfisterer Cinematographer
Robert Porter Sound/Sound Designer
Daniel Schnyder Score Composer
Georgia Wyss Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- A Crude Awakening
1. Precious and Non-Renewable [5:34]
2. We Use It for... Everything! [4:36]
3. From Boom to Bust [6:33]
4. A Magnet for War [6:46]
5. The Numbers Don't Add Up [3:11]
6. Peaking Out [5:05]
7. The Last Frontiers [5:08]
8. The Other Side [4:52]
9. An Insatiable Demand [4:11]
10. The End of the American Dream [8:52]
11. Securing New Supplies [7:07]
12. Technology to the Rescue? [9:45]
13. Life After the Peak [8:41]
14. End Credits [2:17]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- A Crude Awakening
   Play Film
   Scene Selection
   Audio Setup
      5.1 Channel Surround
      2.0 Channel Stereo
   Special Features
      Bonus Chapter: "Petrostates"
      Theatrical Trailer
      Additional Interviews: Colin Campbell
      Additional Interviews: Matthew Simmons
      Additional Interviews: Fadhil Chalabi
      Additional Interviews: David L. Goodstein
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