Discounting the Future

Adam Parr directed this beautiful short film, from Here on Earth, about Baltimore’s Howard Wicker and his efforts to curb the patterns of self-destruction that arise when a neighborhood is left to die…  Even though Here on Earth is primarily about the environmental crisis facing our planet, we thought it was important to include a film that spoke of more social (and perhaps, more immediate) issues.

In certain areas of Baltimore, less than half of the houses are occupied, and the streets resemble a war zone, the apocalypse, or the set from a zombie movie.   Can we expect stewards of the environment to emerge from such places?  It’s important to remember that relative wealth, not absolute wealth, determines how people perceive their chance for future wellbeing…  Without a more egalitarian society, can we possibly hope to save our planet?

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We are a multimedia production company that transforms plain text into dynamic, interactive multimedia apps for portable devices, such as the iPad. We work with any traditionally printed matter – from brochures to novels and children’s books – and incorporate professional video, interactive graphics and maps, and even games.

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