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Featuring an unprecedented cast of 100 celebrity narrators, the timely documentary Unity will be distributed by SpectiCast in select theatres worldwide beginning August 12.
Written and directed by Shaun Monson (Earthlings), produced by Melissa Danis and Monson, the film explores the interconnectivity of all life on Earth and our responsibility to do better. A production of Monson’s Nation Earth, Unity will is expected to premiere on 1000-1200+ screens across the globe. SpectiCast has partnered with Fathom Events for the domestic release on select U.S. screens. Tickets and more information including participating theatre locations and global distribution partners coming soon.
Seven years in the making, Unity explores humanity’s impact on the world and our opportunity for transformation. Presented in chapters, Unity takes an in-depth look at what it means to be human, exploring themes of love, tragedy and, ultimately, hope. Coupled with stunning cinematography, Unity is a singular and unforgettable cinematic experience. »
- Melissa Thompson
The film comes a decade after Monson’s documentary “Earthlings,” which explored humanity’s relationships with other animals. Produced by Melissa Danis and Monson through Nation Earth, “Unity” explores the interconnectivity of all life on Earth and what it means to be human, exploring themes of love, tragedy and hope.
SpectiCast has partnered with Fathom Events for the domestic release on select U.S. screens. The deal was announced Wednesday at CinemaCon.
Celebrities lending their voices to this powerful film include Aaron Paul, Adam Levine, Adrian Grenier, Alison Eastwood, Amanda Seyfried, Amy Smart, Anjelica Huston, Anton Yelchin, Arian Foster, Arlene Martel, Balthazar Getty, Ben Kingsley, Ben Whishaw, Beth Hart, Brandon Boyd, Caroline Goodall, Carrie-Anne Moss, Casey Affleck, Catherine Tate, Claire Forlani, Cloris Leachman, Common, Damien Mander, David Copperfield, »
- Dave McNary
All-media producer Ester Harding has joined the team to work with Hilton across all areas of the business.
Lucas, who had been doing some consulting work for Hilton, is also attached to direct for See Pictures the sci-fi thriller Otherlife, an adaptation of Kelly Eskridge.s novel Solitaire, which follows a woman who seems destined for greatness in a massive corporate entity that controls the world but quickly becomes a pariah and a murderer. »
- Don Groves
There are good ideas aplenty in Jerry Rothwell's "How To Change The World," which earned an Opening Night slot at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and will be part of the World Documentary Competition. Although its heroes are the founders of Greenpeace and pioneers of the modern environmental movement, "How To Change The World" isn't a blindly unquestioning piece of hero-worship. It's a warts-and-all look at idealism realized, idealism diverted and the fallibility of people with those highest of ideals. Rothwell's film has interesting ideas about the power of propaganda and the manufacturing of a political movement. It also has impressive participation from the available principles in the movement, many of whom have changed perspectives intriguingly in the 40 years since the instigating events in the story, events that astoundingly well-documented at the time. The back-and-forth between the self-representation of the early Greenpeace home movies and Rothwell's contemporary check-in offer both »
- Daniel Fienberg
“How to Change the World” charts the earliest days of Greenpeace as a group of Vancouver-based “eco-freaks” improvised their way into starting a global movement. Largely told through 16mm footage from an organizational archive of some 1,500 film cans that this documentary just begins to tap, Jerry Rothwell’s film focuses engagingly on the human dynamics, particularly the role of late leader Bob Hunter. The result will be a natural for educational and nature-oriented broadcast networks.
Hunter was a Vancouver Sun reporter whose intense interest in environmental issues landed him at the crux of an original group that reflected the city’s early Me Decade status as an equal-opportunity mecca for American draft dodgers, fishermen, spiritual seekers and more anarchistic counterculturalists. “Greenpeace” was more a coinage for a banner than anything else at first, as a loose consortium of activists planned a disruption of President Nixon’s planned five-megaton nuclear explosion »
- Dennis Harvey
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