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Gimme Green


Isaac Brown, Eric Flagg

Isaac Brown, Eric Flagg

Isaac Brown, Eric Flagg

running time:
27 minutes

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Lawns are undeniably an American symbol. But what do they really symbolize? Pride and prosperity? Or waste and conformity?

GIMME GREEN is a humorous look at the American obsession with the residential lawn and the effects it has on our environment, our wallets, and our outlook on life. It's estimated that Americans use approximately 50 percent of their household water on their yards. By examining the social, commercial, and environmental pressures surrounding the green grass aesthetic, we begin to understand how a non-edible, resource-intensive plant could become our nation's largest irrigated crop. Spanning a wide range of perspectives and locales, and employing an engaging blend of gravity and levity, this documentary short examines Americans' true motives for maintaining a lush green lawn in their yards.

WINNER—Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' College Television Award
FINALIST—International Documentary Association's David L. Wolper Award
FINALIST—Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Student Academy Award
WINNER—Beverly Hills Shorts Festival, Best Documentary Short
WINNER—Phoenix Film Festival, Best Documentary Short
WINNER—Big Muddy Film Festival, Jurors' Citation
WINNER—Oxford International Film Festival, Best Documentary Short
WINNER—Houston WorldFest, Silver Remi Award
WINNER—deadCenter Film Festival, Best Documentary Short
WINNER—Toofy Film Fest, Golden Toof Award for Best Documentary Short
WINNER—Austin Film Festival, Audience Award for Best Documentary Short
WINNER—Oxford Film Festival, Best Documentary Short

GIMME GREEN aired on the Sundance Channel.
It can be purchased as a DVD on our online store by clicking here.
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