Hazard & Disaster Film and Video Annotation Project

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Hazard & Disaster Film and Video Annotation Project

Emergency Management Higher Education Project

Emergency Management Institute

Federal Emergency Management Agency

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

June 26, 2006

Created by:i

Richard T. Weber

Table of Contents:
Statement of Purpose for the Project …………………………………….. 3
Overall Description of Project …………………………………………….. 3
Orientation to Annotation Format …………………………………………….. 3
Film List …………………………………………………………………….. 3
Documentaries/Video List …………………………………………………….. 51
Considerations for Obtaining Videos …………………………………….. 106
Selected Bibliographies of Disaster Film Related Material …………….. 106

Statement of Purpose of this Project:
FEMA requests an annotated listing of specified and additional disaster-related films and videos, including DVD footage where appropriate, for utilization by faculty teaching hazard, disaster, emergency management and homeland security college courses, as well as by instructors in training courses.

Overall Description of List:
This list provides a cross-section of fiction and non-fiction films pertaining to a host of natural, technological and man-made hazards. The intent of this project is to assist course facilitator s to choose relevant films for classroom viewing and discussion.

Annotation Format:
Annotation to include: Title, Director, Producer, starring, date of release, plot summary, runtime, color system, hazard(s) associated with film (if any), narrative on rationale for film/video inclusion in the listing (such as positive and/or negative examples of emergency management issues), source (where and how to access/acquire the film or video), appropriate example sequences (clips) for class (with time and/or chapter in film)


Arlington Road
Armageddon Dirty War
Dante’s Peak Fearless
The Day After Tomorrow Hard Rain
Daylight Tidal Wave: No Escape
Deep Impact The Towering Inferno

To Film/Documentary List

Arlington Roadii

Directed By:

Pellington, Mark

Produced by

Columbia TriStar

Gorai, Tom (Producer)

Samuelson, Marc (Producer)

Samuelson, Peter (Producer)



Hazards Associated with Film:


Weapons of Mass Destruction

Plot Summary:

Widowed when his FBI agent wife is killed in an FBI anti-terrorist operation gone wrong, a college professor (Bridges) becomes increasingly obsessed with the culture and sub-society of these dangerous groups. The arrival of new neighbors (Robbins, Cusack), gives him new spirit, as they are gregarious and friendly, with two children (Gamble, Green) that his son (Clark) can be friends with. He is even beginning to see another woman (Davis). However, he begins to suspect something is odd about the neighbors, something about the way they don't want him to see certain parts of the house, or a set of blueprints they have there. Are his neighbors terrorists... or is the stress of losing his wife merely driving him past the point of paranoia?

Narrative/Rationale: (Appropriate Examples)
Arlington Road provides an interesting depiction of domestic terrorism and extremist groups. This movie provides a solid backdrop to discuss domestic terrorism as it shows fictional but paralleling true events of terrorism.

Chronology of Film: (Appropriate Emergency Management Related Information)

:30 Child walking down street with injured and bloodied hand; Michael finds boy he does not know

3:50 Title sequence

5:52 Michael Faraday is waiting for boy at hospital; Oliver Lang enters with wife; boy was supposedly playing with fireworks

7:25 Shot of Michael Faraday’s neighborhood; Michael laments his not knowing the neighbor

9:50 Faraday starts a course on separatist groups and terrorism in U.S. history

10:49 Faraday visits his slain wife’s grave; Michael and Graham Faraday lie flowers on her grave; Wife’s partner shows up to pay his respects with Faradays.

13:45 Michael and family attend the birthday party for Oliver Lang’s son; discussion ensues of Michael dating his graduate student

17:00 Graham Faraday begins building “compound” with Lang’s son in living room

18:40 Michael sees disturbing plans and doubts it is a shopping mall

19:40 Michael discusses with Brooke his doubts of the previously mentioned plans

20:50 “Roosevelt Federal Building” bombing is discussed as part of Faraday’s class; argument ensues as to the truth of the lone bomber explanation provided by government

25:10 Graham Faraday is inducted into a discoverer troup

26:00 Dinner with Faradays and Langs; intense conversation over the truthfulness of government and who is accountable for their actions

31:40 While at batting cage, Oliver tells Michael his son wants someone “to pay” for his mother’s death

34:00 Michael F. orders Oliver’s transcripts as he is researching his past

37:00 Faraday realizes Oliver Lang is actually William Fenimore from Kansas, a convicted mail bomber

39:15 Faraday describes a Ruby Ridge type scenario of Seaver Parsons in West Virginia; Faraday’s wife died at this event; reasons for shooting are described

46:00 Michael F. permits son to go to Discoverer Camp with Lang’s son, against his better judgement

47:30 Faraday determines reason for name change of Lang; day after Lang’s death

52:00 Faraday searches the Lang home for clues

55:40 Farraday searches at library to find additional information about Lang (Fenimore)

58:05 Faraday discusses Lang’s past with Brooke; she doesn’t believe him and leaves him

1:02:20 Lang finds out Michael is researching his past and confronts him; describes reason for bombing and name change

1:07:40 Brooke sees exchange of cars and brief case in parking deck (with student of Faraday); Brooke tails Oliver to Liberty Delivery Company

1:11:20 Brooke calls Michael from strip mall to tell him she believes him; she leaves a message on the answering machine

1:12:50 Michael sees Brooke’s wrecked car on the news as he gets home and rushes to her; he confides afterwards to the Langs; Brooke’s message was erased from Michael’s machine

1:15:00 Michael calls Graham to find out how camp is going

1:17:07 Michael receives call from Agent Carver and realizes his phone is being tampered

1:19:50 Faraday goes to St. Louis to get information on Dean Scobe, Roosevelt Federal Building bomber; Faraday realizes Discovery Troup is a front for right wing extremist groups; He flies home to get Graham out of camp; Upon arrival at camp, Faraday realizes his son has been abducted by someone posing as him

1:26:00 Michael attend Oliver Lang’s party uninvited; Suspects working with Lang throughout movie are in attendance; Lang threatens Faraday with the loss of his son

1:30:31 Agent Carver does research about Lang; his record is clean since the bombing

1:33:00 Faraday rents a car to do recon; He calls Lang’s office from car phone; Michael finds the phone booth Brooke used to call him; He sees the Liberty Delivery truck; Finally, he sees man load grey hard-base boxes into van

1:36:03 Liberty driver sees he is being tailed; Michael sees Graham in rear window of van; Lang intercepts Faraday as he is chasing van with Graham; Lang and Faraday fight; Lang explains his views on extremism and hints to Faraday the location of the next bombing

1:40:30 Faraday escapes Lang and attempts to catch van

1:44:00 Faraday tries to enter FBI Headquarters chasing the van; He succeeds believing the bomb and Graham are in the Liberty van entering headquarters

1:46:00 Agent Carver realizes the bomb may be in his car; Faraday rushes to vehicle and opens trunk

1:47:50 Bomb explodes in parking deck of FBI Headquarters

1:48:20 News reports and footage of rushing people, frantic calls and wounded leaving scene

1:49:50 News reports showing Faraday as lone bomber

1:51:20 Lang burns file of Faraday in his fireplace

1:52:16 Lang and Family are looking forward to moving someplace “someplace safe”


Jeff Bridges – Michael Faraday

Tim Robbins – Oliver Lang/William Fenimore

Joan Cusack – Cheryl Lang


Available in most rental stores




Color System

Run Time (full)

MPAA Rating



117 min.



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