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Idle Threat
Directed by
George Pakenham

USA / 2012 / 60

World Premiere

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A self-described vigilante, George Pakenham walks the streets of New York to stop what many see as a victimless crime: idling. What they dont realize is how they are contributing to the oil crisis, asthma and air pollution through their need for climate control. In order to raise awareness, Pakenham goes door-to-door, that is car door-to-car door explaining to unknowing drivers that they are breaking the law when they idle for more than three minutes. Responses vary from thanks to anger, but Pakenham never wavers. He wants the dangers that idling produces to be recognized as legitimate, and lobbies for the laws that are already in place to be enforced. Directed by Pakenham himself, Idle Threat follows one mans quest to make the world a better place for everyone to live, and shows that if you try hard enough, one person really can make a difference. Heather Olin
George Pakenham graduated from the University of Arizona in 1972. After that, he traveled around the world, visiting Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia. While working in advertising and finance, he produced one documentary and three short films. He hates waste and foul air, which compelled him to begin the Idle Free Campaign in New York City in 2006. Since the campaign began, he has raised awareness in New York and around the world about the dangers of idling.
Cast/Featuring: NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Click and Clack from Car Talk and Ben McGrath of the New Yorker
Executive Producer(s): George Pakenham
Producer(s): George Pakenham, Michael Beller
Director(s): George Pakenham
Screenwriter(s): George Pakenham, Freddie Mac
Cinematographer(s): George Pakenham, Freddie Mac, Bill Stanton, Sara Burns
Editor(s): John Freeburn, Freddie Mac
Composer(s)/Music: Freddie Mac, Nicolas Despo
Sound Designer(s): Freddie Mac

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