Help tell the tale of Tales from Planet Earth for a chance to win

October 31, 2013

Are you a sci-fi fanatic? A documentary devotee? What brings you to Tales from Planet Earth? 

We want to know! Throughout the festival, we'd love to hear your feedback on our social media channels. And if you smile for the camera, you’ll have a special chance to win.

We’re sharing 10 copies of best-selling author Ruth Ozeki's latest novel “A Tale for the Time Being” and 10 DVDs from a collection of favorite films shown at past Tales festivals.

How to enter?

Tales from Planet Earth picture frame

While attending Tales from Planet Earth screenings at The Marquee Theater at Union South and at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, you will see large, festival-themed picture frames in the lobby. Grab the frame – and a friend or two, perhaps – and snap a picture.  

Those who post a photo with the frame to Twitter, Instagram or the Tales from Planet Earth Facebook page and include the #tfpe hashtag will be entered to win (additional details below).

We look forward to seeing you in the theater and online!


1. Ten randomly selected winners will receive one copy each of “A Tale for the Time Being.”

A Tale for the Time Being

This new novel from critically acclaimed author Ruth Ozeki is the selection for the fifth year of Go Big Read, UW-Madison’s common-reading program.

Ozeki tells a powerful story of the right book falling into the right reader’s hands. A novelist on a remote Canadian island finds a diary, written a decade earlier by a troubled teenage girl in Tokyo, when it washes ashore following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The book’s inventive narrative alternates between the two characters, examining the relationship between writer and reader, past and present, fact and fiction.

Ozeki, also a filmmaker, will participate in the Tales from Planet Earth opening roundtable, Tales of Time and Futures, on Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. at The Marquee Theater.

2. Ten other randomly selected winners will receive their choice (one DVD each) of past Tales favorites. Winners can select from:

The City Dark (2011) - Since the beginning of humanity, the night sky has inspired and transfixed us. What have we lost in our era of artificial light?

The Cove (2009) - This documentary comes across as an espionage thriller and environmental advocacy film rolled into one. At stake is the annual slaughter and capture of dozens of dolphins in the hidden cove of the Japanese town of Taiji.

Food, Inc. (2008) - An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry.

If a Tree Falls (2011) - When Daniel McGowen, mild-mannered son of a New York City cop, decided that the system was stacked against the environment, he joined a group labeled by the FBI as eco-terrorists. A sensitive film reviewing the actions and motivations of people on both sides of the law.

The City Dark

Manufactured Landscapes (2006) - The world and work of renowned artist Edward Burtynsky, who creates large-scale photographs of "manufactured landscapes."

My Dog Tulip (2009) - A delightful adaptation of J.R. Ackerley's 1956 memoir and bittersweet account of the author's 14-year relationship with his adopted Alsatian. (Note: Not a children's film.)

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Winds (1984) – The story of a princess growing up in a feudal-like world a thousand years after a war has devastated much of Earth's environment and technology.

Saving Luna (2008) – The true story of Luna, a baby male orca who gets separated from his family in a remote Canadian fjord and touches hundreds of intersecting lives.

Sleep Dealer (2008) – This science-fiction masterpiece imagines a future in which all U.S. borders are closed to immigration yet foreign workers continue to perform labor remotely via robotic connections.

Ten Canoes (2006) – An absorbing and stylish paean to the rich oral traditions of Aboriginal Australia. A man teaches his younger brother an important lesson through an ancient fable. 

What's On Your Plate (2009) – Two New York City pre-teens journey across the systems that provide them with food and take charge of their health against the onslaught of unhealthy food choices bombarding them.

Yes Men Fix the World (2009) – Sequel to the 2003 smash success The Yes Men. Professional rabble-rousers Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno pose as their industrious alter egos, exposing those profiting from Hurricane Katrina and other events.

Rules for participation

To participate in the book and DVD drawing, participants must upload a photo with the Tales from Planet Earth picture frame, including the hashtag #tfpe in their post, to Twitter (, Instagram ( or the Tales from Planet Earth Facebook page ( between Nov. 1-3. Picture frames will be located at The Marquee Theater at Union South and at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.

How to claim prize: Twenty winners will be determined through a random drawing of all eligible entries on Nov. 4, with ten receiving one copy of the novel “A Tale for the Time Being” and ten receiving one DVD of their choice from a collection of past Tales films.

Winners will be notified by Nov. 5 through the channel in which they entered (Twitter, Instagram or Facebook). If a prize winner is unable to be contacted or is unable to accept the prize, an alternate winner will be selected from the remaining eligible entries.

General: Acceptance of the prize constitutes permission to use the winner's name and/or likeness in advertising, promotion and public relations efforts, and winner grants the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the University of Wisconsin all rights to said use, without additional compensation.