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?”