Article About THRIVE in Ashland, Oregon
Power Play: Local Film Examines the Hold Big Energy Producers Have on the Planet
By John Darling, DailyTidings.com
May 23, 2012
A futuristic $7 million documentary film called "Thrive," directed by Ashland resident Stephen Gagne, will have its Ashland premiere Thursday at the Varsity Theatre. There'll be a panel discussion afterward featuring the movie's producer-authors, Foster and Kimberly Gamble.
The flashy and engaging film, rich in special effects produced by Liquid Buddha Studios in Ashland, was released last November. Its premise: that people can produce limitless, free energy and reduce wars and starvation related to energy, but backers of the old and expensive energy systems are standing in the way.
The movie shows at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at the Varsity Theatre and 7 p.m. Friday, May 25, in the Rogue River Room of the Stevenson Union at Southern Oregon University. The SOU show is free to students, staff and faculty, with a $5 to $10 suggested donation for others.
Both showings will be followed by panel discussions with the public by the Gambles, Gagne and Goa Lobaugh of Liquid Buddha.
The film is narrated on-screen by the Gambles, who seem to ride a "navigator, like a flying carpet" to any spot on Earth (or off it) as they explain who is controlling the world's oil, gas, coal and nuclear resources and keeping them expensive, Foster Gamble said in a phone interview.
Plentiful and cheap energy can be created using a doughnut-shaped structure called a torus, which creates harmonic resonance, amplifying and generating energy, Gamble says.
"It's a simple concept but hard to create devices that can access the energy directly," he says.
Gagne, after years as chief sound technician in movies and for Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, Crosby, Stills and Nash and other groups, hooked up with Gamble in the 1980s.
Gagne took film at New York University from Martin Scorcese and did sound for his "The Last Waltz" and Barbra Streisand's "A Star is Born." His colorful career featured many inventions, including an underwater piano for PBS specials on dolphins. The instrument was designed, he said, to communicate in a dolphin's language frequency.
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