Play Again • Portland screening

Thomas Doherty is featured in a film called PLAY AGAIN, a documentary that investigates the consequences of a childhood removed from nature,  from Portland documentary film makers Ground Productions. PLAY AGAIN enjoyed a SOLD OUT premiere screening at the Bagdad Theater on Monday, May 15th, 2010. PLAY AGAIN will have its world premiere at FICMA, The International Environmental Film Festival in Barcelona, Spain, the first week of June.



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Still from Play Again
Still from Play Again

One generation from now most people in the U.S. will have spent more time in the virtual world than in nature. New media technologies have improved our lives in countless ways. Information now appears with a click. Overseas friends are part of our daily lives. And even grandma loves Wii.

But what are we missing when we are behind screens? And how does this impact our children’s well being, our society and the very future of our planet?

At a time when children play more behind screens than outside, PLAY AGAIN explores the changing balance between the virtual and natural worlds. Is our connection to nature disappearing down the digital rabbit hole?

This documentary follows six teenagers who, like the “average American child,” spend five to fifteen hours a day behind screens. PLAY AGAIN unplugs these teens and takes them on their first wilderness adventure – no electricity, no cell phone coverage, no virtual reality.

Through the voices of children and leading experts like Richard Louv, Juliet Schor, Bill McKibben, Susan Linn, Diane Levin, Nancy Carlsson-Paige, Charles Jordan, Gary Small and David Suzuki, PLAY AGAIN looks at how the imbalance between the virtual and natural worlds impacts our children’s well being, our society and the very future of our planet.

Ground Productions is now getting ready to release PLAY AGAIN, a documentary that investigates the consequences of a childhood removed from nature.

PLAY AGAIN offers solutions and encourages action for a sustainable future.



Published by Thomas Doherty

Psychologist Thomas Doherty's work on environmental sustainability and health has been featured in publications like the New York Times and in talks worldwide. Thomas consults with individuals and organizations through his business Sustainable Self. He was the founding Director of the Ecopsychology Certificate Program at Lewis & Clark Graduate School and Founding Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed academic journal Ecopsychology. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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