Sprawling from Grace

Driven to Madness

This feature-length documentary explores the ravages of American suburban sprawl, what America has lost as a result, and the perils we face if we don't change the way in which we build our cities. Americans have been lulled into a false sense of security by cheap energy that has allowed us to spread endlessly into our landscape. We are trapped behind the wheels of our automobiles. With the demand for oil out pacing the Earth's ability to supply it, this suburban living arrangement will fail. America's love affair with the automobile is unsustainable and, like Nero, we are fiddling away, confident that tomorrow will be as promising as today. The wake up call is coming.

A rather long winded documentary explaining America's history of its addiction to oil and mobility. It suggests several solutions that focus on public transit, high density urban development and the increase of quality of life.

Director(s): David M. Edwards
Script: David M. Edwards
Production: Emotion Pictures Productions
Music: Bob Studinger
Actors: Thomas S. Ahlbrandt, Justin Barr, Dena Belzer
Year: 2008
Duration: 82 min
Picture format: 16:9
Our age recommendation: 16
Language (audio): English
Country of origin: United States
Shooting Locations: United States
Screening rights: Journeyman Pictures ()

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Main topic(s): Mobility Urbanization + Smart Cities
Secondary topics: car fossil fuel infrastructure public transportation urban development
Mentions: automobile public transit suburbs urbanization car growth transport
Topic Page(s): Urbanization + Smart Cities Mobility

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