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From the Surviving Progress opening at the Lincoln Center Film Society in New York City, April 6th, 2012. From left to right: Mathieu Roy (Director), Martin Scorsese (Executive Producer). Photo credit: Rachel Lowery
Surviving Progress opened in New York this past weekend, and crowds were able to enjoy Executive Producer and veteran filmmaker Martin Scorsese introduce the hit documentary. The film has been getting phenomenal reviews and is currently polling with a higher audience rating—88%— than The Hunger Games on Rotten Tomatoes!
“Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks’ film beautifully pieces together bits of history into an overarching discussion about the meaning and value of human progress, much in the same vein as Adam Curtis’s lyrical documentaries … a visually and intellectually engaging film.”- Film-Forward
Earth Island Journal - "Surviving Progress is essential viewing. It’s among the best eco-docs since 2006’s Oscar-winning An Inconvenient Truth. The interviews and archival footage are spliced with cinematically splendid close-ups revealing the wonder and splendor of a natural world that we must save — along with ourselves."
Film-Forward - "Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks’ film beautifully pieces together bits of history into an overarching discussion about the meaning and value of human progress, much in the same vein as Adam Curtis’s lyrical documentaries … a visually and intellectually engaging film.”
New York Times - "Zippily edited and nicely photographed, 'Surviving Progress' is a fine summary of a hot ugly mess." — MANOHLA DARGIS
Village Voice - "A who's who of great thinkers... are riveting as they walk us through the question of whether we will or can survive progress"
NPR - "provocative"
Film Journal - This visually impressive Canadian documentary, rich in expert ideas, is a terrific resource for those who think and really care to know.
Slant - "By turning the idea of progress on its head, the nimble Surviving Progress exquisitely presents to us the possibility that humankind's achievements may cause its downfall." Kalvin Henely, Slant Magazine
Rotten Tomatoes - 77% critics based on 13 reviews, 86% audience - based on 513 reviews
From left to right: Harold Crooks (Co-Director), Mathieu Roy (Director), Martin Scorsese (Executive Producer), Daniel Louis (Producer) Photo credit: Rachel Lowery
"A thought-provoking documentary on the major crises of our times brought on by an uncritical acceptance of the idea of progress."
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
"Martin Scorsese's executive producing credit provides a connotation of the superb production values employed in this essential documentary about the catastrophic effects of the industrial revolution on our planet."
"we need to have our memories refreshed often by docs like this."
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
"In an ironically overpopulated documentary genre, it's a fresh approach."
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
"often fascinating and beautiful to look at"
Stephen Cole - Globe and Mail
"Crucial, captivating and profoundly disturbing..."
Greg Quill - Toronto Star
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