The Sundance Film Festival has announced that it's opening night film on January 19 will be the follow-up to Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth. Directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, the sequel chronicles Gore's efforts to educate the world on the permanent changes we've made to the planet and what we can do to slow the disastrous environment we're creating.
The first film, directed by Davis Guggenheim, premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and went on to win two Academy Awards for Best Documentary Feature and Best Original Song, going on to gross nearly $50 million worldwide.
"Now more than ever we must rededicate ourselves to solving the climate crisis," Gore said following the announcement. "But we have reason to be hopeful; the solutions to the crisis are at hand. I'm deeply honored and grateful that Paramount Pictures and Participant Media have once again taken on the task of bringing the critical story of the climate crisis to the world."
Brad Grey, Paramount CEO, said, "We are honored to be working again with Al, Jeff Skoll, and everyone at Participant on a film whose message is as urgent as ever. Al's tireless efforts to bring about change continues to inspire all of us as we fight for the health of our world for future generations."
Executive producer Jeff Skoll added, "A decade after we took a risk in backing a film centered around a slide show presentation and one human's quest to awaken global consciousness about our changing planet, we are proud to bring global audiences a promising update: that a future powered by clean, safe, renewable, inexpensive, non-polluting energy is no longer a dream but a very attainable reality."
The film will be featured as part of Sundance's New Climate program, which contains 14 documentaries, shorts, and virtual reality experiences, which is the first time Sundance has devoted their efforts to a singular cause.
"I believe that storytelling is the greatest platform for getting people to care and take action on some of the most pressing issues of our time," said Robert Redford, founder of the Sundance Institute. "Amid escalating threats to our environment, independent perspectives are adding the depth and dimension needed for us to find common ground and real solutions."
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