About

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I make films, and have been since the days it required real film. There’s visual evidence of both the vintage camera and vintage cinematographer below.

Most of my documentary work has focused on environmental issues, though lately I have branched out into a related area that underlies environmental, and for that matter, almost all human conflicts––variability in our perceptions of fairness. While that may sound somewhat abstract, I am convinced that understanding fairness is central to resolving conflicts amongst ourselves, and restoring balance between humanity and the natural world. The human sense of fairness has deep roots in our evolutionary past, and I’m digging down to see where they lead.

My attempts to understand the human sense of fairness have taken my work in some interesting directions. It includes activities beyond filmmaking, as several years ago I became part of the development team for an organization called Prosocial World.

You can see some of my work on this site, including writings and videos about the evolution of our sense of fairness, and my most recent environmental documentary, Seeing the Forest. There’s also the introductory video about Prosocial.

I am currently working on three projects: Continuing development of Prosocial World, a film about the Salish Sea, and a film series about the theory of the major transitions in evolution.

ALAN YOUNG

Another little known fact: I directed the very first infomercial for George Foreman’s Lean Mean Fat-Reducing Grilling Machine, also a while ago.

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