America by Kelly Way
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Kelly Way, director/producer
Sweden for next stop Lisbon. The team behind Kelly Way has over 60 years
of combined experience including major Hollywood feature films,
television shows, and commercials. From left: Jason Lord/sound design/composer,
Giovani Lampassi/cinematagrapher, Kelly Way/ director/producer and Damien
The project “Asleep in America” is a documentary that
explores the topic of Peak Oil. Peak Oil happens when global demand
for fossil fuels surpasses supply. Experts agree that Global Peak
production will surely happen. They disagree only on when it will
happen. Oil industry analysts predict the Global Peak could occur
around 2020. Critics disagree and provide evidence suggesting the Peak
will occur as early as 2010. Either way, the Peak is inevitable.
The mission of this documentary is to objectively examine
the relative aspects of the Peak Oil situation and bring to light
the ramifications it has for the future of industrialized societies.
It will ask and attempt to answer the following questions:
Is more energy needed
to improve world-wide standards of living, and
Is the world supply
of fossil fuels sufficient to meet future demands?
Because many noted petroleum geologists
around the world say the answer to the above question is a resounding
NO, what should we be doing now?
What is the documentary “Asleep in America” intended
Many Americans seem unconcerned or uninformed about
the problem of diminishing fossil fuel reserves. It is, however,
vitally important for America to wake up to…and confront…this issue.
Here in the U.S., 20 million barrels [42gallons each] of oil are required
each day to satisfy our current needs. Although our country has only
5% of the global population, Americans consume 25% of the world’s energy.
And, as the US makes plans for future growth, its people and its leaders
need to understand that our nation is a part of a finite biosphere blessed
with only a limited endowment of natural resources. New and alternative
sources of energy will be required coupled with new methods of conservation.
People everywhere need to hear, understand and cooperate. “Asleep
in America” will tell the story.
How will it be done?
“Asleep in America” will confront the interrelated
complexities of geology, economics and politics. These elements
will be analyzed, evaluated and clarified. They will be used to inform
the viewer of the critical issues involved and the potential solutions
that are possible. “Asleep in America” will consult and work with
Prof. Kjell Aleklett, Professor of Physics, at Uppsala University
in Sweden, to document the status of world wide energy reserves. Professor
Aleklett is the President of the Association for the Study of Peak
Oil (ASPO), a network of scientists affiliated with European institutions
and universities. Its mission is to define, evaluate and quantify the
world’s endowment of gas and oil reserves. In addition, ASPO attempts
to predict the date of the peak and the financial, social and political
impact of the inevitable decline of the world’s oil and gas production.
Prof. Aleklett, working with his ASPO colleagues, has applied the Hubbert
analytical model developed 49 years ago. Despite clear and overwhelming
evidence of diminishing energy reserves, Prof. Alekett has had to confront
cynical European forces similar to those in the United States. He and
his ASPO colleagues are pleased to be a part of the “Asleep in America”
I have spent twenty years in the movie business. My
experience as a filmmaker has taught me one thing. In order to successfully
engage an audience, you must tell a story from a human perspective.
It is my intention to use the cinematic process, along with the principles
of the documentary format, to tell this story. Using the aforementioned
techniques, I will explore the character of Professor Aleklett and reveal
his passion and humanity to my audience thus allowing the viewer see
him as a concerned and dedicated scientist. I believe that taking this
approach will inform, inspire and motivate. Professor Aleklett is a
powerful and dynamic figure at the forefront of the Peak Oil movement.
He has a unique way of explaining complex ideas in a simplified manner
and is dedicated to advancing understanding for the good of humanity.
We will go to Europe to tell the story of Peak Oil
in America because, at the moment, there is no movement in the
U.S. to comprehensively explore the topic. I believe it is often
better to make observations from the outside looking in than from
the inside looking out.
I have assembled a skilled team of filmmakers to tell
this story. With over 60 years of combined experience including major
Hollywood feature films, television shows, and commercials, I am confident
that this team has the skill, knowledge and sensitivity to create an understandable,
meaningful, and timely program that will inform, entertain and, most
importantly, energize its audience.
The time has come for the American Media and entertainment
communities to be a part of the solution to the world energy situation.
Help is needed to inform American leaders and citizens about the
impending crisis. There may be no greater problem facing the human
race. Because the U.S. is the world’s largest consumer of these limited
resources, its people should share the obligation to address and solve
the many issues involved. I am committed to making this documentary
and spreading this important message. If you have any questions or would
like to know more about me please contact me any time.
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