It was starting to get warm in New York this month. Since we knew everyone wouldn’t want to be holed up in my apartment all day (as much as I know they love me) we decided to keep our documentary hour short. 

This TED Talk recently recevied a lot of press for being “banned”. I’m not sure we really have to make a big conspiracy out of everything, but it really is a great message, and it’s always good to hear it from someone you wouldn’t expect to hear it from. 

Nick Hanauer was preaching to brvnch choir this Sunday, but it’s a good argument to have in your arsenal. 


In March of 2012 we decided to revisit 2008. Many of our brvnchers had not yet seen “Inside Job”, a documentary made by the same man who made “No End In Sight” (another GREAT documentary), this movie attempts to get behind what happened during the financial crisis of 2008-2009. The filmmaker, Charles Ferguson, interviews a ton of major players - politicians, head of national and international financial institutions, even a Wall Street psychologist! It’s truly eye-opening what people will say on camera. 

No only is the film very well done, it will probably leave you angry. But that’s OK! At the Blackened Brvnch we like to turn that anger into discussion and slowly into problem solving. This movie rivaled our viewing of Gasland in the discussion it produced afterwards. 

You can watch this movie either on Netflix or Amazon. 


Monsanto has been in the news recently. More so than usual. I’m not sure what caused the uptick, but we thought, surely someone has made a documentary on Monsanto by now, right? Well, not one that we could find (though if you know of one, holler!) so we went with the next best thing, which turned out to be a very sobering doc called “The Future of Food.” It centers around GMO foods, which = Monsanto, mostly. 

The mood in the room when this movie was over was pretty heavy, but it also sparked some excellent discussions. We hope you take it on one day, if you haven’t seen it already.


In 2010, HBO released a documentary called “Gasland”. It’s kind of like what “Erin Brockovich” would have been had they told that story as a documentary. At the time, hydrolic fracturing was just starting to become part of the mainstream political consciousness. Which is crazy if you think about it, considering it has been going on in some areas of the country, as we see in “Gasland”, for nearly a decade or longer. 

No matter what you think about this issue, you should be thinking about it. New York state is currently in a battle over whether or not to allow around 40,000 natural gas drills to be built in the state, including drills that would have an effect on our drinking water. Yes, OUR DRINKING WATER. Just think about that for a second. If this doesn’t require our involvement, what does? 

"It’s amazing that what took mother nature millions of years to build can be destroyed in a few hours with a piece of heavy machinery."

Click here to see earlier fracking posts


Since December’s brvnch was dominated by our White Elephant gift exchange, we decided to show a shorter, but none-less-relevant, documentary - The Story of Stuff

I first saw this video during my last year at OU, and it completely blew my mind. And when I watched the faces of our brvnchers as it played, I remembered that shocked, angry feeling very well.

The 20-minute movie (which you can watch in full, above, or on the website) explains the current process of how all our stuff is extracted, made, consumed and disposed of, demonstrating how our emphasis on unlimited growth is inherently flawed. The perfect message for the holiday season, right?

This is one of those movies everyone should see, and doesn’t have an excuse to not see.