Friday, November 2, 2007

Everything's Cool

Tonight, Karen and I are heading to see the documentary Everything's Cool, which is screening at the Orpheum Theater as part of the three-day Tales From Planet Earth, a film festival showcasing environmental films from around the world. According to the event's Web site, "this journey across the globe will explore how stories told through film shape our understanding of nature and inspire action on behalf of environmental justice and the diversity of life."

The film Everything's Cool was featured at last year's Sundance Film Festival, so of course that was reason enough to make me want to check it out (Karen knew that would do it for me. I have a personal goal of making it to as many Sundance Film Festival features as possible. I've learned that nothing beats independent uniquely mind expanding). Anyhow, the event's Web site offers the following synopsis:

In their signature upbeat comedic style, Daniel Gold and Judith Helfand weave an entertaining, character-driven tale about the mother of all problems: global warming. The film explores whether North America is finally "getting" global warming in the wake of the most dangerous chasm ever to emerge between scientific understanding and political action. In their own ironic and desperate way these "so-sad-they-are-funny"-vignettes of apathy, frustration and individual activism might very well be the thing that finally speaks to the public. In a society numbed by frequent and generally overblown prophecies of doom, the film tackles the truly daunting task of enlightenment and inspiration for action with wit and style. (Description adapted from the Sundance Film Festival.)

I also found an interesting review of the film on IndieWire. I'm most excited that the screening will be followed by a post-show discussion with Daniel Gold and Judith Helfand, directors of Everything's Cool. Very Sundance Film Festival.

Admittedly, I have a lot to learn about global warming, and this film should be a fun and educational way to start!

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