Hollywood Hearths Rock’N’Roll Dreams

Sustainable Filmmaking and The Rock ‘n’ Roll Dreams of Duncan Christopher

by: Christina Kleehammer

[Christina has worked in the Hollywood Film Industry for 20 years as a filmmaker, writer and journalist]

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Dreams of Duncan Christopher is an award-winning dramatic comedy by Hearth Studios, a collaborative of artists and social entrepreneurs who are finding and creating new ways for film production to actually nurture the environment, instead of take from it.  

As the awkward son of a rock star, Duncan Christopher works through the grief over his father’s suicide by deciding to carry on his father’s legend and become a rock star himself.  The story unfolds when the only gig his cousin Charlie can get him is in a local karaoke competition.  

Not only does the movie promote sustainability with plot elements that involve a wind generator and cars that run on biodiesel and crank electricity, but the production methods were sustainable as well.  Hearth Studios offset the entire film-making process from development through post-production, and then some.  Through NativeEnergy, the film is not just carbon neutral, it’s carbon negative.  Tulsa Biofuels donated biodiesel (made from recycled vegetable oil donated from local restaurants) to the production set for the trailers and trucks to run on.  Even the costumes and catering materials were chosen with sustainability in mind.  In fact, the filmmakers made every decision by asking the question, “How can we make this sustainable?”


The Rock ‘n’ Roll Dreams of Duncan Christopher will be showing this Saturday, May 1st, 2010, at 9:30 p.m., at the Los Angeles United Film Festival.  The screening will include a Q & A session, plus a meet and greet with several of the filmmakers, including Jack Roberts and Justin Monroe, who love to make connections with individuals sharing a similar heart and ideas for healing the Earth, especially through the arts.

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One thought on “Hollywood Hearths Rock’N’Roll Dreams

  1. Ben Lupinetti says:

    Hey! I came across your article and I wanted to let you know about our screening of “Duncan Christopher” at the TULSA UNITED FILM FESTIVAL coming up JULY 29th through August 1st. We’re devoting Saturday July 31st to “Environmental Day,” with a lineup of outstanding green-themed films.

    Environmental Day kicks off with the documentary “Tapped,” a behind-the-scenes look into the unregulated and unseen world of an industry that aims to privatize and sell back the one resource that ought never to become a commodity: our water. This revelatory film features those caught at the intersection of big business and the public’s right to water.
    View the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcnNXnllCmE&feature=related

    The day continues with “Dive!” in which director Jeremy Seifert and his friends dumpster dive in the back alleys and gated garbage receptacles of L.A.’s supermarkets, salvaging thousands of dollars worth of good food and uncovering a disturbing truth about waste in America. The result is equal parts entertainment, guerrilla journalism and call to action.
    Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HlFP-PMW6E

    Closing out the day are two screenings of “The Rock ‘n’ Roll Dreams of Duncan Christopher,” and capping off the night is a special midnight screenings of John Carpenter’s cult classic, “The Thing.”

    It’s a truly wonderful, inspiring lineup of films shown with a select group of short films from an international collection of filmmakers, and each screening will be followed by Q&A with the filmmakers.

    I wanted to ask if you would be interested in helping us promote the event on your blog, just a blurb to help get the word out. Please don’t hesitate to call or write back.
    Ben Lupinetti
    (323) 860-0757

    And for more information about the TULSA UNITED FILM FESTIVAL, follow the link below:


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