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A Crude Awakening

  • Runtime: 1 hr. 25 min.
  • Genres: Culture & Society, Environmental Science, Social Issues
  • Director:Basil Gelpke, Ray McCormack


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...more