Surviving Progress

This feature documentary connects the financial collapse, growing inequity and the Wall Street oligarchy with future technology, sustainability, and the fate of civilization itself. Inspired by Ronald Wright's bestseller A Short History of Progress, Surviving Progress digs deep into human nature and patterns of history to challenge and redefine the very idea of progress.

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Ronald Wright
Mark Levine
Robert Wright
Marina Silva
Kambale Musavuli
Vaclav Smil
Colin Beavan
Michael Hudson
Jane Goodall
Chen Ming
Chen Changnian
Craig Venter
Raquel Taitson-Queiroz
Gary Marcus
Daniel Povinelli
Victor Gau
Margaret Atwood
Simon Johnson
Enio Beata
David Suzuki
Jim Thomas
Stephen Hawking
Michael Shellenberger
Ted Nordhaus
Philip Fearnside
Francisco Santos Olivera
Adelson Jose De Santana
Marcelo Gusmao
Marcelo V. Gusmao
Ana Maria Gusmao
Ana Flavia Gusmao
Joel Bellenson
Guo Yunzhe
Sing Lui
Zhang Ning
Yang Shi Min
James Reaux
Fabio Rodrigo Cavenaghi
Nancy Marcotte
Li Li
foley artist
Maxime Potvin
music contribution
Patrick Watson
Michael Ramsey
archive researcher
Nancy Marcotte
Mathieu Roy
Harold Crooks
Mathieu Roy
Harold Crooks
executive producer
Martin Scorsese
Emma Tillinger Koskoff
Mark Achbar
Betsy Carson
Silva Basmajian
Gerry Flahive
Daniel Louis
Denise Robert


  • kruscito

    “@Lilliput --> Alliance Canada is distributing this film, so we don't have a release date yet. I'll keep you updated!” — kruscito, 16 Nov 2011

  • Lilliput

    “When may I expect to purchase a copy of the DVD of surviving progress? ” — Lilliput, 14 Nov 2011

  • kruscito

    “@zarya and @Deacon68 --> Surviving Progress is currently in its festival run. When we have a more concrete public availability timeline for the film, we'll let you know!” — kruscito, 19 Sep 2011

  • zarya

    “I am looking forward to seeing this in Edmonton. When will it be released and where? The moment it is on media I would like to submit it for acquisition by the University of Alberta Library. This would be a great aid in many classes.” — zarya, 16 Sep 2011

  • Deacon68

    “After this screens at TIFF is there any information on when and where it will be available to the public?” — Deacon68, 13 Sep 2011

  • John Kennedy

    “Quite intrigued by this film... looking forward to watching it.” — John Kennedy, 11 Sep 2011

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