When former Vice President Al Gore introduced An Inconvenient Truth in 2006, it helped bring concerns about the climate change and the environment to the forefront. Now, as another anti-environmental president, President-elect Donald Trump, is set to take office and has named climate haters to prominent roles impacting the economy and environment, Gore, Participant Media and Paramount Pictures are introducing the sequel to the Academy Award-winning documentary.
“Now more than ever we must rededicate ourselves to solving the climate crisis. 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,” Gore said. Since leaving office, Gore has worked tirelessly to promote the environment and renewable energy like solar power.
“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,” said Participant Media Founder Jeff Skoll.
The new work—the name of which has not been released—will debut on Jan. 19, opening day of the Sundance Film Festival. It is part of the festival’s The New Climate series—the first time the long-running film festival has including a focus on one issue—which includes 14 documentaries as well as short films and virtual reality experiences.
"This film and the 13 other films and projects that are part of The New Climate slate this year add a new chapter to our legacy of showcasing stories on the environment and climate change,” said John Cooper, director of the Sundance Film Festival. “When my team and I first watched this film, we were taken by its complete, sensitive and cinematic presentation of the issues. It was emotional to see the scope of our world's problems—and heartening to see the potential for progress."
The original documentary focussed on Gore’s book and slide presentation. The new film explores the world and focusses on changes that are occurring—both positive (like the quick expansion of renewable energy) and negative (faster than expected melting at the poles)—in the decade since the original was released.
“It has been our honor to work with Participant on the follow-up to An Inconvenient Truth,” stated Directors Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk. “Climate change is the story of our time and following Al Gore during this critical moment in history has been both sobering and incredibly inspiring. We couldn’t be more excited to have Paramount taking the film out to a wide audience around the world."Tweet