The film we’ve all been waiting for … Randy Olson (of Flock of Dodos fame) has produced a new film called Sizzle. In the film Olson uses the approach he used in Dodos to address the global warming issue. I have not seen the film but hope to review it soon.
Mean time, here’s the press release in full:
SILLY AND SERIOUS PREMIERES:
“SIZZLE: A GLOBAL WARMING COMEDY” OPENS AT OUTFEST AND WOODS HOLE FILM FESTIVALS IN JULY
Hollywood, Ca. (June 9, 2008) – The new feature film from scientist-turned-filmmaker Dr. Randy Olson (“Flock of Dodos: the evolution-intelligent design circus,” Tribeca 2006, Showtime) titled, “Sizzle: A global warming comedy,” will have it’s world premiere at the Outfest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival on Saturday, July 19, 2008 in Hollywood, California. The east coast premiere takes place a week later as the Opening Night Film of the Woods Hole Film Festival on Saturday, July 26.
“The movie is both silly and serious,” Dr. Olson says. “It’s only fitting that we have a night of silliness in Hollywood at Outfest, followed by a night of seriousness at Woods Hole.”
The Woods Hole debut features a post-screening panel discussion including Andy Revkin the top global warming journalist for the New York Times and author of the hugely popular Dot Earth blog. Other panel members include Dr. Gary Borisy, Director of the Marine Biological Laboratory of Woods Hole, Dr. Naomi Oreskes of U.C.S.D. who is in the movie, and Randy Olson.
The movie is a unique and original mixture of three genres: mockumentary, documentary, and reality. It is the story of a scientist-turned-filmmaker (Olson) forced to team up with two fabulous but flaky Hollywood producers (comic actors Brian Clark and Mitch Silpa), who give him a crew that includes a global warming skeptic (comic actor Alex Thomas). Olson valiantly leads his ragtag crew through a series of interviews with top climate scientists as well as a half dozen major global warming skeptics. In each interview, his cameraman interrupts the discussion to argue with the experts about his beliefs that global warming is little more than a scam.
After realizing his interviews fail to provide enough material for a documentary, Olson and his soundman (Ifeanyi Njoku) journey to New Orleans in search of “the human face of global warming,” in time for the two year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. What they encounter in the Lower Ninth Ward provides a somber, stark contrast to the silliness of making a documentary feature, and calls into question whether even the wealthiest nation on earth is ready to deal with major climate events predicted by global warming.
“It’s a challenging film,” Dr. Olson says. “It takes you on a journey from the superficiality of Hollywood environmentalism to the skepticism of conservative critics of global warming to the face of human suffering in New Orleans. And it’s only fitting that we begin the release of the film with the gay community at Outfest. They seem to respect and appreciate the novel and creative approach we’ve taken to these two very important topics – global warming and Katrina – despite the current media saturation.”
The music score for “Sizzle,” comes from Grammy Award winner and Emmy nominee, legendary acoustic musician John McEuen — co-founder of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and host of his own XM radio show, “Acoustic Traveler.”
Tickets for both premieres go on sale in mid-June. At least a dozen universities are negotiating screening events in the fall featuring Dr. Olson joining post-screening panel discussions with global warming experts.
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