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‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ ‘Custody,’ ‘Under the Tree’ to Compete in Zurich

14 September 2017 1:04 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Xavier Legrand’s “Custody” and Hafsteinn Gunnar’s “Under the Tree” are among the 15 feature films set to compete at the 13th Zurich Film Festival.

“Three Billboards,” a darkly comic drama with Peter Dinklage and Frances McDormand, and “Custody,” a French drama exploring domestic strife, both world-premiered at the Venice Film Festival and won best screenplay and best director awards, respectively. “Custody” also picked up the Lion of the Future for best first film.

“Under the Tree” is an Icelandic dramedy which world-premiered in Venice and is playing in Toronto, where it was just acquired by Magnolia for North American distribution.

Zurich’s competition lineup also includes Joshua Z. Weinstein’s “Menashe,” Justin Chon’s “Gook,” Cecilia Atán and Valeria Pivato’s “The Desert Bride,” Julia Solomonoff’s “Nobody’s Watching,” Kirsten Tan’s “Pop Aye,” Constantin Popescu’s “Pororoca,” Matan Yair’s “Scaffolding” and Jaron Albertin’s “Weightless »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Telluride Film Festival Lineup Includes ‘Darkest Hour,’ ‘Downsizing,’ ‘Shape of Water’

31 August 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Joe Wright’s “Darkest Hour,” Scott Cooper’s “Hostiles,” Angelina Jolie’s “First They Killed My Father,” and Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” will unspool for audiences at the 44th annual Telluride Film Festival, organizers announced Thursday.

Also set for debuts at the four-day event, unfolding over the Labor Day weekend, are Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’ “Battle of the Sexes,” starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell; and Paul McGuigan’s “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool,” with Annette Bening and Jamie Bell.

A number of films set for premieres at the Venice Film Festival will also make the journey to the southwest Colorado ski village, including Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” Andrew Haigh’s “Lean on Pete,” Paul Schrader’s “First Reformed,” and Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing.”

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- Kristopher Tapley

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An Inconvenient Sequel review – Trump looms over Al Gore's urgent climate-change doc

16 August 2017 8:17 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

New challenges – and a science-dismissing Us President – make Gore’s sequel to his 2006 film feel both cinematic and compelling

Related: Al Gore: 'The rich have subverted all reason'

Eleven record-breaking summers on from An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore doubles down. Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk’s galvanising documentary accompanies the former Us vice-president throughout 2015 and 2016, by which point he had pivoted from touring pro-bono slideshows to addressing the Climate Reality Leadership Corps programme initiated by the first movie’s success.

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- Mike McCahill

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‘Inconvenient Sequel’ Didn’t Match Original’s Big Debut, but It’s Not a ‘Bomb,’ Either

8 August 2017 4:07 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After its second weekend of release, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” got a flurry of unflattering headlines from the right-leaning publications.

The Washington Times reported that it was met with a “cool reception, placing 15th at the box office,” while Western Journalism published a story, “New Al Gore Film Bombs at the Box Office.” The Washington Free Beacon and Fox News also noted the middling performance of the sequel to “An Inconvenient Truth.”

So was it such a disaster? Not really.

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How Donald Trump Made ‘An Inconvenient Sequel’ 10 Times More Relevant

While “An Inconvenient Sequel” fell short of the take of the opening weekend of “An Inconvenient Truth” in 2006, its total gross so far is $1.1 million, which is still a respectable and even solid number in the world of documentaries, said Jeff Bock, senior box office analyst for Exhibitor Relations. “An Inconvenient Truth” grossed $24 million in its domestic box office, and »

- Ted Johnson

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Interview, Audio: Directors Bonni Cohen & Jon Shenk of ‘An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power’

7 August 2017 10:23 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The beauty of ex-Vice President Al Gore is that whenever his name is mentioned we think about his central passion… how Planet Earth is changing due to greenhouse gases and pollution. His groundbreaking “An Inconvenient Truth” documentary is a cultural icon, and now he is back with the aptly titled “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” co-directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk.

This is both an update of the first and a cause for optimism. Al Gore has his slideshow – which is being updated almost day-by-day, as depicted in the documentary – and there are ominous and apocalyptic signs still in the picture (Miami is altering its infrastructure because of rising ocean levels), but also there are true success stories as a result of Gore’s crusade. The wind and sun power industries are viable and becoming profitable enough to be adopted, plus the word is out.. in »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power – Review

3 August 2017 7:51 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

As the Summer slowly dissolves into Fall, film goers have been regularly bombarded, on an almost weekly basis, with follow-ups and franchise entries. But here’s something unique, a documentary sequel (hey, the “s-word” is even in the title). Well, fairly unique considering the acclaimed Paradise Lost: The Child Murders At Robin Hood Hills inspired several follow-ups, spin-offs (West Of Memphis) and a docudrama. But this new film is rare in its original’s influence on the culture, becoming a fertile source of satire while actually making a splash at the box office, and later garnering not one, but two Academy Awards (Best Song and Best Documentary Feature…a double play). So ten years has passed since the original and former vice-president Al Gore is still fighting the good fight in An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power.

Yes like the last film, Gore is the main focus, a true action »

- Jim Batts

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Directors Jon Shenk and Bonnie Cohen talk about the role of their ‘Inconvenient Sequel’ in the Trump-era

3 August 2017 8:57 AM, PDT | AwardsDaily.com | See recent AwardsDaily news »

There are movies that gain traction and relevance once political or social events happen. Bonnie Cohen and Jon Shenk’s “An Inconvenient Sequel” gained a lot since Trump’s recent »

- Jordan Ruimy

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Al Gore talks An Inconvenient Sequel and making a modern environmental documentary

1 August 2017 11:05 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Al Gore talks An Inconvenient Sequel and making a modern environmental documentaryAl Gore talks An Inconvenient Sequel and making a modern environmental documentaryMelissa Sheasgreen8/1/2017 1:05:00 Pm

When An Inconvenient Truth hit theatres 11 years ago Al Gore went from being known primarily as the former Vice President of the United States to being known as one of the world’s foremost environmental activists.

The documentary directed by Davis Guggenheim and based on the slide show that Gore had developed to educate people about global warming grossed $50-million worldwide — almost unheard of for a doc — and won the Oscar for Best Documentary.

Eleven years later Gore is releasing a follow-up film, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, this one from helmers Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk. We spoke with Gore in Las Vegas at the end of April, about a month before U.S. President Donald Trump shocked environmentalists by pulling »

- Melissa Sheasgreen

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‘Detroit’, ‘An Inconvenient Sequel’ Dominate Indie Box Office Prior to Wide Release

30 July 2017 12:24 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

With their wide releases coming next weekend, Annapurna’s “Detroit” and Paramount/Participant Media’s “An Inconvenient Sequel” made limited releases in New York and Los Angeles this weekend to big numbers at a very busy indie box office. “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power,” the follow-up documentary to Al Gore’s Oscar-winning doc “An Inconvenient Truth,” grossed $130,000 from four screens this weekend to earn the highest per screen average of the weekend with $32,500. The total was buoyed by special in-person appearances by Gore himself, who hosted Q&A sessions at The Landmark Theatre in L.A. Directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, »

- Jeremy Fuster

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How Donald Trump Made ‘An Inconvenient Sequel’ Ten Times More Relevant

29 July 2017 10:53 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

If you take in enough socially conscious documentaries — about the crackup of Syria, the power of the pharmaceutical drug industry, the rise of drone warfare, the machinations of the new gilded age, the nature of processed food, the mass incarceration of African-Americans, the lives of trans teenagers, the mystery of Alzheimer’s — then you know that a lot of them are out to change the world. That makes sense; the challenge of getting a feature-length documentary off the ground is such that it may be impossible to make one without hoping for it to have a major impact. Yet that doesn’t mean that a lot of them do. Documentaries help to create a slow and steady drumbeat of awareness about an astonishing range of issues, but only rarely does one come along that exerts a seismic, game-changing, point-tipping influence.

In 2006, “An Inconvenient Truth” was that kind of movie. It was impeccably well done: a proudly wonky »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Bonni Cohen on Why “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” Gives Viewers A Bucket of Hope

28 July 2017 10:31 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power”: Paramount Pictures and Participant Media

Bonni Cohen is an award-winning producer and director. She co-directed “Audrie & Daisy,” which premiered in competition at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and was picked up as a Netflix Original film. Her work as producer and director on “The Rape of Europa” earned her a PGA and WGA nomination and the project was short-listed for the Oscars. She co-directed “Inside Guantanamo,” which was nominated for an Emmy for Best Documentary in 2009.

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” is co-directed by Jon Shenk. The doc hits theaters today, July 28.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.

BC: A decade after “An Inconvenient Truth” brought climate change into the heart of popular culture, this sequel looks at both the escalation of the crisis and how close we are to a real solution. The film follows Al Gore during the year 2016 as he relentlessly pursues his work to help solve the climate crisis.

W&H: What drew you to this story?

BC: We were approached by Diane Weyermann at Participant Media, who we have had a long and wonderful relationship with. Jon and I had made “The Island President” about former President of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, and it was largely a climate change film with a single character at its center, [so that made us a good fit for this project].

W&H: What do you want people to think about when they are leaving the theater?

BC: I want people to feel that they have seen a dramatic and emotional story about an amazing man and his legacy of work. I want people to feel empowered — like change is possible and in their hands.

W&H: What was the biggest challenge in making the film?

BC: Climate change is depressing. There are so many climate crisis films out there that wag their finger at the viewer, scare and depress them with the apocalyptic nature of this problem.

Our challenge was to make sure to leave the audience with a bucket of hope, one filled with the solutions that are in place to solve this crisis and make sure the world is livable for our children.

W&H: How did you get your film funded? Share some insights into how you got the film made.

BC: We had the great fortune to work with Participant Media on this film. They were the producers of “An Inconvenient Truth” 10 years ago. They came to us with the budget raised and ready to go.

W&H: What’s the best and worst advice you’ve received?

BC: Best advice I have received: “Don’t confuse a good time with a good film.” My dear friend and mentor Jon Else has always said that you have to make sure to distinguish your film’s strength of narrative from the joy you may have had in making the film. This lesson is at the heart of disciplined filmmaking.

Worst advice: “Don’t become a documentary filmmaker if you want to be able to support a family!”

W&H: What advice do you have for other female directors?

BC: Find your voice. That distinction will make you an invaluable asset to your art.

W&H: Name your favorite woman-directed film and why.

BC: “Long Night’s Journey Into Day” by Deborah Hoffmann and Frances Reid. These two women created a beautiful and emotional story out of one of the darkest moments in human history. They found the humanity in it and brought it to the world. What a gift.

W&H: There have been significant conversations over the last couple of years about increasing the amount of opportunities for women directorsyet the numbers have not increased. Are you optimistic about the possibilities for change? Share any thoughts you might have on this topic.

BC: I am tremendously optimistic but that may be because I personally know so many talented, fearless women directors who are spending their lives doing this incredible work. We are seeing a golden age right now in documentary film and women are taking advantage. The numbers may not be there yet but I am hopeful we are trending to a better place.

Bonni Cohen on Why “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” Gives Viewers A Bucket of Hope was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Laura Berger

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'An Inconvenient Sequel' Review: Al Gore Returns to Save the World, One Lecture at a Time

27 July 2017 6:08 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

In 2006, Al Gore turned his slide show about global warming into An Inconvenient Truth, one of the most successful documentaries in box-office history. With the help of director Davis Guggenheim, the former Vice President won an Oscar and a Nobel Peace Prize, while the political right laughed its collective ass off and dismissed the movie as full of alarmist crap. Expect more divisive reactions to An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, with Trump leading the fake-news assault. This follow-up, directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, follows the celebrity eco-warrior »

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Al Gore at Town Hall: ‘Every Night Is a Nature Hike Through the Book of Revelations’ (Listen)

21 July 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Washington, D.C. — Al Gore says that recent environmental devastation and extreme weather, more than anything, is what is changing minds on the climate crisis.

Appearing at a SiriusXM/Variety town hall on Thursday, tied to the release of Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk’s new movie “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” Gore traces climate denial to the economic meltdown in 2008. Before that, the nominees of both parties, Barack Obama and John McCain, acknowledged that action needed to be taken to address climate change.

“You saw, really, the beginning of the modern fever of climate denial in the Republican party start then,” Gore said in the town hall. “But we are seeing pushback, now, and we are seeing a lot of changes with people who don’t want to engage in the argument. They don’t even feel comfortable using the phrase global warming. But they understand…that they have an obligation to their kids, and »

- Ted Johnson

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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Documentary Feature

5 July 2017 11:02 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Getting out early can be an advantage in the documentary race, which is often front loaded at January’s Sundance Film Festival. While a raft of movies made their mark, the question is which ones can sustain support through the end of the year.

Among that festival’s breakouts were three Syria documentaries. Daring and timely “City of Ghosts” (July 14, A & E/Amazon Studios), which is Matthew Heineman’s follow-up to his Oscar-nominated border drug war thriller “Cartel Land,” will get a major push. Any footage from Syria came from the fearless Raqqa journalists he tracked through Turkey and Germany, where they discover that they are not necessarily safe — anywhere.

It remains to be seen if there will be room for more than one Syrian documentary. HBO Documentary Films is forgoing Emmy consideration for “Winter on Fire” nominee Evgeny Afineevsky’s harrowing “Cries From Syria” (March 10, HBO), planning an Oscar push this fall. »

- Anne Thompson

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'An Inconvenient Sequel' ending to change

26 June 2017 1:26 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Participant Media confirms move ahead of July 28 release.

Producer and financier Participant Media confirmed on Monday that changes are being made to An Inconvenient Sequel before it launches through Paramount on July 28 in light of the Us withdrawal from the Paris climate accord.

Participant sources confirmed the move after directors Jon Shenk and Bonni Cohen spoke to press at the Nantucket Film Festival over the weekend, where the film screened as the closing night presentation.

While the film that screened was the same edit as the one presented in Cannes – itself a slight modification from the version that premiered in Sundance to include President Donald Trump’s assumption of office – there will be a new ending to the eco documentary.

Directors Jon Shenk and Bonni Cohen said the new version will incorporate a message of hope and address Trump’s shock withdrawal at the start of June from the global agreement on emissions levels.

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'Inconvenient Sequel' Directors to Change Film in Light of Trump's Climate Accord Exit

26 June 2017 9:57 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The directors behind An Inconvenient Sequel are breaking their silence in the aftermath of President Trump pulling the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord.

In a sit-down interview with The Hollywood Reporter at the Nantucket Film Festival, where the Al Gore-fronted climate change documentary was the closing-night film, Jon Shenk and Bonni Cohen say they have been scrambling to make additions to the film, including a new epilogue, before its July 28 opening.

“We spent a great deal of time with Al thinking about how to respond in the film,” says Cohen, who previously issued a joint statement with Shenk on »

- Tatiana Siegel

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Al Gore’s ‘Inconvenient Truth’ Sequel to Include Trump’s Exit From Paris Accord

1 June 2017 6:53 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” will get a last-minute edit to incorporate President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement.

“An Inconvenient Sequel” is slated for release July 28. Paramount said the filmmakers will revise the movie to include Trump’s controversial move, announced Thursday.

“The final film will address today’s news,” Paramount spokesperson Katie Martin Kelley told Variety.

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Gore stars in the film, which shows how the landmark 2015 Paris agreement came together. The documentary, produced by Participant Media, kicked off this year’s Sundance Film Festival, on the day before Trump was inaugurated. The film was met with overwhelmingly positive reviews.

The movie includes footage of then-candidate Donald Trump joking about global warming. Trump issued a sweeping executive order in March rescinding many of the climate change »

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Paris Agreement: Leonardo DiCaprio, Al Gore and More React to Donald Trump’s Decision to Withdraw

1 June 2017 4:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Donald Trump announced that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Agreement earlier today and, like many of his decisions, it was met shock and outrage from most inhabitants of the planet. Among them are Al Gore, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kal Penn, Chelsea Handler, Jason Reitman and many others from the film industry.

Read More: ‘An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power’ Trailer: Al Gore Returns to Save the World Once Again — Watch

Gore, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for his efforts to combat climate change, released a statement:

“Removing the United States from the Paris Agreement is a reckless and indefensible action. It undermines America’s standing in the world and threatens to damage humanity’s ability to solve the climate crisis in time. But make no mistake: if President Trump won’t lead, the American people will.

“Civic leaders, mayors, governors, CEOs, investors and the majority »

- Michael Nordine

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Hollywood blasts Trump Paris climate deal exit

1 June 2017 3:39 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

An Inconvenient Sequel team respond to Us withdrawal from Paris deal. Bob Iger resigns from White House advisory council.

Al Gore, the former Us vice-president and figurehead of the upcoming documentary An Inconvenient Sequel, David Linde, CEO of the film’s producer Participant Media, and directors Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk have lambasted Us president Donald Trump’s decision to exit the Paris climate deal.

Meanwhile Disney CEO Bob Iger tweeted he was stepping down from the President’s Strategic and Policy Forum “as a matter of principle.”

The responses came after Trump on Thursday pulled the Us out of the voluntary pact agreed in late 2015 to cap greenhouse gas emissions. Trump said the deal would damage the Us economy and added he might renegotiate a “better deal” for the country, although the validity of the latter claim was challenged by several countries.

‘Reckless and indefensible’

“Removing the United States from the Paris Agreement is a reckless »

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Hollywood blasts Trump climate deal exit

1 June 2017 3:39 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

An Inconvenient Sequel team respond to Us withdrawal from Paris deal. Bob Iger resigns from White House advisory council.

Al Gore, the former Us vice-president and figurehead of the upcoming documentary An Inconvenient Sequel, David Linde, CEO of the film’s producer Participant Media, and directors Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk have lambasted Us president Donald Trump’s decision to exit the Paris climate deal.

Meanwhile Disney CEO Bob Iger tweeted he was stepping down from the President’s Strategic and Policy Forum “as a matter of principle.”

The responses came after Trump on Thursday pulled the Us out of the voluntary pact agreed in late 2015 to cap greenhouse gas emissions. Trump said the deal would damage the Us economy and added he might renegotiate a “better deal” for the country, although the validity of the latter claim was challenged by several countries.

‘Reckless and indefensible’

“Removing the United States from the Paris Agreement is a reckless »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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