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Healthcare Doc ‘Bending the Arc,’ Exec Produced by Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Gets U.S. Release (Exclusive)

16 August 2017 9:47 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Abramorama has acquired U.S. theatrical rights to the healthcare documentary “Bending the Arc,” with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck as executive producers.

The film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year, will open on Oct. 6 in New York, followed by a release to Boston, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and select cities across the U.S.

The movie is directed by Kief Davidson, whose credits include “The Ivory Game” and “A Lego Brickumentary,” and Pedro Kos, an editor on “Waste Land” and “The Island President.” The producer is Cori Shepherd Stern (“Open Heart,” “Warm Bodies”).

The film centers on three Harvard med students — Jim Kim, current president of the World Bank; Paul Farmer; and Ophelia Dahl — who became pioneers of global health by inventing an international framework for fighting diseases such as tuberculosis, AIDS, Sars, and Ebola.

Variety‘s Geoff Berkshire gave “Bending the Arc” a strong review: “For anyone who wants to believe in »

- Dave McNary

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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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In praise of Dogwoof documentaries

3 August 2017 1:59 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Dave Lawrie Aug 4, 2017

Blackfish, The Act Of Killing - we celebrate the great documentaries distributed by the UK's Dogwoof...

Did you know that around 20 percent of the films released in the UK are documentaries? It’s a surprisingly large figure. I think the reason behind it might be that ‘documentary’ is considered to be a genre in and of itself. “And the Academy Award for best documentary feature goes to…”. They're all lumped into the same bracket. Also, they're relatively cheap to make and can be assembled independently by a team of only a few people. Success at the box office is often down on the priorities list for creators wanting to spread a message, tell a story or get a point across and, when they only need to recoup that small amount to be considered successful, documentary cinema becomes fertile ground for ambitions to grow in.

See related  Preacher »

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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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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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Cannes 2017 Women Directors: Meet Bonni Cohen — “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power”

19 May 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” will premiere at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival on _________. The film is co-directed by Jon Shenk and will hit theaters 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 does it mean for you to have your film play at Cannes?

BC: Playing at the Cannes Film Festival is every filmmaker’s dream. What can I say? It’s unbelievable.

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 directors yet 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.

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Cannes 2017 Women Directors: Meet Bonni Cohen — “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” 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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Sundance 2017: Climate Change and Cussing Nuns Kick of 33rd Film Festival

23 January 2017 9:32 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

As in the past few years, the 2017 Sundance Film Festival kicked off with a sampling of six movies from the different sections, but the movie that probably had the most interest right off the bat was the premiere of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.

Ten years after Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth was blowing minds about global warming from its 2006 Sundance premiere to winning the Oscar, he’s back with an update that offers at least some hope for the future of the earth, but tempered with a warning that the United States could end up backtracking under the leadership of a vocal denier of climate change.

The previous movie was essentially Gore’s slide show presentation of graphs and charts showing how the build-up of carbon gases in the atmosphere has created unstable climate and weather, being responsible for the increase in the deadliest typhoons and hurricanes. At first, »

- Edward Douglas

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‘An Inconvenient Sequel’ Filmmakers on Al Gore and Fighting Climate Change in the Trump Era — Sundance 2017

19 January 2017 4:30 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It’s hard to imagine “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” having a happy ending. The follow-up to 2006’s Oscar-winning climate change documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” includes Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton in the U.S. presidential election, a result that some environmentalists view as disastrous for the future of the planet.

Read More: Sundance 2017: Check Out the Full Lineup, Including Competition Titles, Premieres and Shorts

But 10 years after former U.S. vice president Al Gore frightened audiences with his slideshow of photos, charts and reams of data bluntly displaying the impacts of the global climate crisis, “An Inconvenient Sequel” finds a surprisingly optimistic Gore working tirelessly on his mission of spreading awareness about both the impacts of global warming and the concrete solutions humans can take to avert disaster.

“It’s just astounding how both absolutely devastating it is in terms of where we are with the environment, »

- Graham Winfrey

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Lrm's 10 Most Anticipated Sundance Film Festival Premieres

17 January 2017 10:15 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Later this week, Lrm will be attending this year’s Sundance Film Festival. While the festival tends to be a mixed bag of indie films, some will be picked up for distribution by studios and turned into mainstream hits, others will flounder and be lucky to get a VOD release. Even so, there’s no denying that Sundance is the real beginning of the year for most movie lovers as we’ll be talking about the movies below for the next 12 months.

Last year alone, Sundance held the premieres for The Birth of a Nation, Manchester by the Sea, Captain Fantastic, Love and Friendship, The Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Sing Street and many more films, some that appeared on The Weekend Warrior’s year-end Top 25. One or two of those might even receive Oscar nominations when they’re announced next week on January 24.

Most of the films I’ve selected »

- Edward Douglas

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