Download and Viewing Troubleshooting
Thank you so much for wanting to share our movie with your friends and family!
If you’re having trouble watching our movies on this site, you can try watching them on our YouTube Channel.
If you are having trouble trying to download our movies, please follow the directions below. Please be patient. Our movies are very big files and can take a long time to download, depending on internet strength and connectivity.
- We suggest connecting to the Internet with an ethernet port, not via wireless. The files are rather large and any interruption in your internet signal will cancel the download and you’ll have to start all over again.
- Click on the movie you want to download on our Movie Files page. (You will be taken to another page for download.)
- Hover your mouse over the movie you want listed below. (If you’re in the right spot, your cursor will turn into a hand.)
- If you’re on a PC, right-click. If you’re on a Mac, press “control” on your keyboard and click with your mouse at the same time.
- From the menu that pops up, select and click “Save Target As” on PCs or on “Save Link As…” on a Mac.
- Select the destination folder for your file and click “Save”.
- Last, but most importantly, please wait patiently as you download our movie. To pass the time, please consider donating to the Story of Stuff Project and help keep these (and most all other resources) free! Just be sure to do that in a new browser window or tab so you don’t interrupt your download.
- THANK YOU!
Requests For Annie
I’d love to do an interview with Annie or I want Annie to speak at my school/community group/graduation/birthday party. How do I get in touch?
I heard Annie wrote a book. How can I find out more about it?
Annie Leonard’s book, The Story of Stuff, was released in March 2010 in the US by the Free Press (an imprint of Simon & Schuster). You can find out more information about the book, including international releases, translations and where to purchase here.
Can I donate via PayPal?
Not right now. As much as we’d like to, we cannot accept PayPal donations.
You can make a secure, tax-deductible contribution to The Story of Stuff Project and find information on how to donate via check here. Thank you so much for your support!
Can I show one or more of your movies at my event?
YES! Our Creative Commons License permits you to download and share our films for free, as long as you promise us three things: that the screening is non-commercial, that The Story of Stuff Project is credited, and that the movie is shown in its entirety (ie, we’d rather you didn’t edit it!).
Finally, while sharing our films in full for non-commercial use is free, the production costs and hosting fees are not (for us, at least!). Donations in any amount are always appreciated. You can make a secure, tax-deductible online contribution and help keep this information available to all who want it. Thanks!
Where do the facts in your movies come from?
We here at the Story of Stuff Project take facts very seriously. Facts, in fact, are why we started making movies in the first place. We wanted to know the answers to burning questions like, ‘where does all of our garbage go?’ So we do research and speak with experts in the field to find answers to those questions.
To find the specific facts in each story, please visit our annotated scripts page. You can download the scripts of each our movies, with detailed line by line explanations of our sources—each article, journal, website and interview.
Our research takes us down many roads. You will find reports published the EPA, books like Cradle to Cradle, articles from the Financial Times, and literally hundreds of other sources that helped us explain the story of stuff to you. Please read them. You never know where they may lead you.
How can I watch your films with closed captions or in a language other than English?
For our hearing-impaired and international audience, we offer all of our films captioned in multiple languages. To view the captions, click the “CC” button on the top right-hand side of the movie player.
If your language is not available and you would like to volunteer to translate, click here. Thanks for helping!
The translated versions are unfortunately not yet available for download, but we’re working on it.
Do you have study guides for teachers and community educators?
We have curricula and study guides available for download on the Curricula section of our site. There you will find our faith curriculum, Let There Be…Stuff?, a link to our new high school-level curriculum, Buy, Use, Toss?, available from Facing the Future, and more.
For those of you looking to purchase DVDs, The Story of Stuff is available for purchase by credit card or check. Click here for info. We plan on having a master DVD that includes all of our films together in the future.
Each of our films is covered by a Creative Commons License. If you would like to use our films in way that is not covered by our license, please email Renee Shade with more information about your request. Please note that it may take at least one week for a response.