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No Vacancy (View Trailer)
A Dancing Star Foundation Production
In Association With Population Communication
Written and Directed by: Michael Tobias
Produced by: Jane Morrison, Bob Gillespie, and
Elizabeth Hughes

If current world population trends were to continue, human numbers could more than double, hitting 13 billion sometime in the 22nd century. A population explosion of such magnitude would be ecologically disastrous for humans and for most biodiversity.

No Vacancy is a chronicle of sobering optimism in a world more accustomed to thinking about population as a dilemma with little hope of positive reversal. Family planning professional Bob Gillespie journeys the world in search of answers, providing an extraordinary window on remarkable changes occurring in country after country; new currents that have resulted in smaller family sizes and the empowerment of women and children.

From Iran, Mexico, Ghana and Nigeria, to countries across Western Europe, as well as the U.S., India, China and Indonesia, No Vacancy paints an emotional, at times provocative portrait, of a global transformation; a fertility transition that may well prove to be one of the most important ingredients in humanity's survival, and the survival of the earth.

No Vacancy was made in collaboration with Population Communication, with principal funding from the Fred H. Bixby Foundation and additional support from Population Communication. The film has been given to hundreds of NGOs around the world and premiered in 2006 on KQED-PBS-San Francisco, as well as going into international distribution with Zia Films of Santa Fe. The book version, No Vacancy: Global Responses to the Human Population Explosion, edited by Michael Tobias, Jane Morrison, Bob Gillespie and Elizabeth Hughes, is now available from Hope Publishing as are videos of the 56-minute Broadcast version and the 90-minute Director's Cut.

No Vacancy is being broadcast currently on many other PBS affiliates throughout the United States through NETA (the National Educational Telecommunications Association.)

No Vacancy,written and directed by Michael Tobias, is to the world's population explosion what Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" is to global warming.

No Vacancy, the feature documentary, first premiered on KQED/PBS in San Francisco. It has, to date, been screened at nearly thirty festivals, fund-raisers and premieres throughout the world, and was the winner of several festivals. To order the film, click Products on the main navigation of this site.

PDF FILE: Regarding a Sustainable World

KQED Pressroom: Public Television: No Vacancy: Press Release

The international version of No Vacancy – at 56 and 90 ½ minutes in length, is distributed by
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List of Festivals at which No Vacancy was or will be screened:

Red Bank International Film Festival
Cinequest Sudbury International Film Festival
COMMFFEST Community Film Festival (Winner, Best Documentary Award)
Secret City Film Festival
Queens International Film Festival
Big Muddy Film Festival
FAIF-AICAA International Film Festival
Flint Film Festival
Omaha Film Festival
EarthVision International Environmental Film Festival (Winner: Environmental Sustainability Award)
Anchorage International Film Festival
Bay Street Film Festival
Swansea Bay Film Festival
International Film Festival England
International Film Festival South Africa
Da Vinci Film Festival, Corvallis, Oregon
Honolulu Film Festival, Hawaii

Las Vegas Film Festival Crystal Award 2009

Winning Submission 2008
The Indie Gathering Film Festival Westlake, OH