By: Vegetarian Times


Vilified by the chemical industry as a �fanatic defender of the cult of the balance of nature,� Rachel Carson was no commune-dwelling hippie. A marine biologist who�d worked at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, she was a prize-winning author when her most famous�and controversial� book, Silent Spring, was published in 1962. Exposing the health and environmental fallout of pesticide use, the book was attacked as alarmist by such mainstream media as Time and Newsweek.

Unfolding during the year following the release of Silent Spring, A Sense of Wonder is essentially a monologue with scenery. But when the monologue is inspired by Carson�s writing, which remains fresh and relevant, and shot by Academy Award�winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler, you can�t help but be moved. Kaiulani Lee�s assured performance as Carson anchors the film, which Lee adapted from her stage play of the same name.

This month, which happens to be National Women�s History Month, the National Women�s History Project is presenting nationwide screenings of A Sense of Wonder. No question, Carson merits the recognition. Not only was she a single woman supporting both an adopted child and an aged mother. Critics sought to undermine her authority by accusing her of being �hysterical� and deriding her �emotional outbursts��barbs they would never hurl at a man.

More information and DVDs are available at asenseofwonderfilm.com.

� Amy Spitalnick, Associate Editor

Comments (0)

recent posts

  • Birthday Canyon, Greenland ice sheet
    Media Watch: Chasing Ice
    By: Amy Spitalnick | Comments (0)

    Glaciers are canaries in the global coal mine, the film says, and we ignore their peril at the expense of our own. James Balog hangs off cliff by Columbia Glacier, Alaska to install time-lapse camera. READ MORE

  • A scene from FED UP (courtesy of RADIUS-TWC)
    Movie on a Mission: Fed Up
    By: Amy Spitalnick | Comments (0)

    As if being a teen isn’t crazy enough, consider the extra stress of being a teen who’s obese. Stephanie Soechtig, producer and director of the documentary Fed Up, says, “I could see government policy, marketing, and industry-funded science actually playing out in these kids’ lives.” READ MORE

  • photo credit: Growing Cities
    Movie on a Mission: Growing Cities
    By: Amy Spitalnick | Comments (0)

    Documenting a road trip to scout out urban farms across America, Growing Cities visits rooftops, back yards, and reclaimed abandoned lots under cultivation in major urban centers including Seattle, Atlanta, and Detroit. READ MORE

  • photo credit: Animal Place
    Movie on a Mission: Turlock
    By: Amy Spitalnick | Comments (1)

    Documenting the second-largest farm animal rescue in the U.S., Turlock gives witness to the rescue of more than 4,000 hens abandoned by the A&L Poultry egg farm west of Turlock, Calif. The film follows the rehabilitation of the rescued birds and the birds’ adoption by new owners. READ MORE

  • photo credit: Tricia Lee Pascoe
    Veg Celeb: Q&A with Ed Begley Jr.
    By: Amy Spitalnick | Comments (0)

    Known to arrive at Hollywood events on his bicycle, Ed Begley Jr. is an indefatigable advocate for green living. The actor lives in a solar-powered home near Los Angeles; construction of his new, Platinum LEED–certified residence is chronicled on the Web series On Begley Street. READ MORE

  • Suzy Amis Cameron (photo credit: Brandon Hickman)
    Veg Celeb: Q&A with Suzy Amis Cameron
    By: Amy Spitalnick | Comments (0)

    Marking its fifth anniversary in style, the Red Carpet Green Dress contest is adding menswear to the mix on Oscar night. Founded by eco-activist Suzy Amis Cameron, Red Carpet Green Dress not only spotlights ethical and sustainable fashion but also helps raise funds for nonprofits. READ MORE

  • padyatra10
    Movie on a Mission: Pad Yatra
    By: Amy Spitalnick | Comments (0)

    The 700 people spreading the message of environmental stewardship across the Himalayas in Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey literally walk the walk. Trekking 450 miles through a region devastated by climate change, participants collected nearly half a ton of plastic litter while teaching villagers the three R’s: reduce, reuse, recycle. READ MORE

  • DeborahKoonsGarcia_photo_by_Nic_Coury_Monterey_County_Weekly_1000
    Movie on a Mission: Symphony of the Soil
    By: Amy Spitalnick | Comments (0)

    Dismissed as dirt, soil gets no respect from most of us. The gorgeously shot documentary Symphony of the Soil recasts the stuff as a key player in hot-button issues, such as water scarcity, climate change, and food security. READ MORE

  • cat
    Movie on a Mission: The Paw Project
    By: Amy Spitalnick | Comments (0)

    Can you imagine a doctor advocating a procedure that’s not in the best interest of his or her patient? Yet that is the case with declaw surgery, argues The Paw Project, a film documenting the efforts to abolish the crippling procedure and rehabilitate cats who have been subjected to it. READ MORE

  • foxFurFarm
    Movie on a Mission: The Ghosts in Our Machine
    By: Amy Spitalnick | Comments (0)

    The Ghosts in Our Machine is a lyrical, often wordless, film that shadows Jo-Anne McArthur as she documents the lives of animals in research labs and in fur and factory farms. READ MORE

  • speciesismmovieposter
    Movie on a Mission: Speciesism: The Movie
    By: Amy Spitalnick | Comments (0)

    Even as a vegetarian, I realized while watching the documentary Specieism: The Movie that I’m not free of species bias. READ MORE

  • OMGGMOgasmask
    Movie on a Mission: GMO OMG
    By: Amy Spitalnick | Comments (0)

    Watching the documentary GMO OMG reminded me of a rallying cry heard in the late ’60s and early ’70s, “The personal is political.” Yes, filmmaker Jeremy Seifert takes the condescension of the biotech industry personally, but that’s kind of the point. READ MORE

  • Lion Ark ColoColo free
    Animal Rescue: Q&A with Tim Phillips, director of Lion Ark
    By: Amy Spitalnick | Comments (1)

    “Lion Ark captures what it feels like to be on the frontline of animal rescue,” says the film’s director, Tim Phillips. Phillips is also vice president and cofounder of the nonprofit Animal Defenders International (ADI), which, as READ MORE

  • Blackfish
    Reality Bites: Q & A with Gabriela Cowperthwaite, Director of Blackfish
    By: Amy Spitalnick | Comments (0)

    “I guess they thought I’d go away, and the film would fall into the indie-documentary abyss,” says director Gabriela Cowperthwaite, in answer to my asking why she thinks SeaWorld declined to participate in her recently released documentary Blackfish. The film investigates the deadly 2010 attack on a trainer in SeaWorld’s READ MORE

  • 21158051_max
    The Dawning of The East: Q & A with Filmmaker Zal Batmanglij
    By: Amy Spitalnick | Comments (0)

    Serving up consciousness-raising along with suspense, the newly released film The East stars Brit Marling as Sarah Moss, a private security agent infiltrating an anarchist collective intent on avenging corporate wrongdoing. Costarring Alexander Skarsgard and Ellen Page as members of the collective, The East is the second film from the READ MORE

  • Making Waves: Q&A with filmmakers of The Whale
    Making Waves: Q&A with filmmakers of The Whale
    By: Amy Spitalnick | Comments (0)

    A: We sent a previous version of the film to Ryan. He watched it and loved it, and he agreed to narrate it. He grew up in Vancouver, not far from where Luna’s family comes from, and he remembers watching whales when he was young. READ MORE

  • Q & A with Filmmaker Brian Wendel
    Q&A with Forks Over Knives Filmmaker Brian Wendel
    By: Jolia Sidona Allen | Comments (18)

    Q  Fork Over Knives makes the connection between the foods we eat and the diseases we suffer from. Why is it so difficult for many Americans to make this connection and, consequently, to make the dietary changes necessary to cure themselves? READ MORE

  • Eco Honors: Avatar & Bones Earn Accolades from the Environmental Media Association
    Eco Honors: Avatar & Bones Earn Accolades from the Environmental Media Association
    By: Vegetarian Times | Comments (1)

    Making an impact was the mantra of the evening. The notion that Hollywood must use its voice to invigorate the public and motivate them to action echoed throughout the night. READ MORE

  • VT Film Review: The Cove
    VT Film Review: The Cove
    By: Vegetarian Times | Comments (1)

    This jaw-dropping documentary motivates viewers to take action against this tragic injustice. The Cove is now available on DVD, and can be purchased at http://www.lionsgateshop.com or wherever DVDs are sold. READ MORE

  • Beguiling Botanicals
    Beguiling Botanicals
    By: Amy Spitalnick | Comments (0)

    The film’s advice for preserving plants that have entwined their lives with ours includes conserving lots and lots of varieties of seeds. Visiting a USDA-run apple research center, described as a botanical version of Noah’s ark, the camera READ MORE

  • A Documentary with Definite Impact
    A Documentary with Definite Impact
    By: Vegetarian Times | Comments (0)

    Colin Beavan, a writer of two published historical novels, decided to do something new in the Fall of 2006. He devised a plan to make as little of an environmental impact as possible READ MORE

  • Into Indie?
    Into Indie?
    By: Vegetarian Times | Comments (0)

    So far the footage includes scenes from Vietnam, Iceland, Peru, and India, and emphasizes the local flair and people almost as much as it does the amazing waves and surfers who ride them. READ MORE

  • Compassionate Cinema: Q & A with Filmmaker Holly Mosher
    Compassionate Cinema: Q&A with Filmmaker Holly Mosher
    By: Vegetarian Times | Comments (0)

    These days, green is the way to go. People are growing more aware of the importance of preservation of the Earth. We can buy hybrid cars, vegan clothing, and organic food. And in that spirit, Dorit Dyke founded the Green Lifestyle Film Festival in Los Angeles three years ago. READ MORE

  • You Are What You Eat
    You Are What You Eat
    By: Vegetarian Times | Comments (1)

    In addition to the special diet, the participants are encouraged to exercise and taught about food selection and preparation in hopes of changing their bad habits so they can continue their healing once they return to their daily lives. READ MORE

  • Unsilenced
    By: Vegetarian Times | Comments (0)

    Vilified by the chemical industry as a �fanatic defender of the cult of the balance of nature,� Rachel Carson was no commune-dwelling hippie. A marine biologist who�d worked at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, she was a READ MORE