Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Film: Recipes for Disaster - April 16th filming

Recipes for Disaster follows a young Finnish family as they rid themselves of all oil-based products for a year. The challenge proves to be more emotionally difficult than the family anticipates and John, father and instigator of the oil fast, must find a balance between living oil-free and keeping a functional family.

Filmmaker John Webster undertook this oil diet to see what happens when individuals take responsibility for their contributions to climate change. During this year-long fast, the family remains in mainstream society, continuing their suburban lives. But the emotional strain the diet puts on the family offers more drama and opportunity for self-analysis than predicted, and disaster sets in. As John teeters on the brink of extremism, his militancy threatens to pull the family apart. He must negotiate the fine line between fanaticism and staying true to his values.

Location: Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St.)
Date & Time: Thursday, April 16th, 7pm
Admission: $10
Tickets: On sale NOW at
Tickets also available at (CASH ONLY):
Videomatica - 1855 W.4th Avenue and DOXA Office - #5-1726 Commercial Drive
Box Office - 1 hour prior to screening
Doors open at 6:15pm. All tickets are non-refundable.
* Filmmaker in attendance via Skype!

This is part of what you will see on this line:
What happens when a determined young family gives up all oil-based products for a year?

Filmmaker John Webster and his family decided to own up to their transgressions and kick their addiction to oil. They committed to a one-year "oil detox". It's quite simple really: the family will go on with their suburban lives, but without using any fossil fuels, driving cars or flying in airplanes. They won't buy anything packaged in plastic like food, makeup, shampoo, toothpaste or kids' toys. This last item proves a particular challenge to Webster's two young sons.

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