The feature film for December is The Letter Writer, written and directed by Christian Vuissa. It is a story about connection across generations as a teenage girl learns a valuable lesson from her mentor, a man at the end of a long life.
The Oscar nominations are in. As a 25 year Academy member who votes each year for these awards, here’s my perspective on the crosscurrents I sense this year from my fellow Academy members:
I’m personally thrilled that Avatar and The Blind Side are the two most nominated films. Yes! They both richly deserve that recognition. While I expected Avatar to get its due, I was very pleasantly surprised to see such warm acceptance of The Blind Side. Usually, the Academy is very snooty about films that do not win critical accolades, and it was not exactly a critic’s favorite. It’s way too positive and emotionally satisfying for the cynics, uh, critics.
We are thrilled to announce that Gaiam has been nominated for Green Business of the Year by Co-Op America. We’re among just 10 green businesses vying for the 2008 People’s Choice Award in a contest that is “a celebration of the leaders of the green economy, and a challenge to corporate America to follow their path.”