Shifting Baselines

It’s movie time again for my sometimes co-blogger, Dr. Randy Olson, who today opens the website for his new movie, “Sizzle: A global warming comedy.” Just the fact that they have been invited to the Outfest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival of Los Angeles for their world premiere tells you that it’s something more than your standard dry science documentary. Tickets go on sale June 16 and you can attend the premiere if you’re able to get one before it sells out, which it will because it’s part of the festival so there’s only a limited number available. He says the whole cast and crew will be present plus Dr. Naomi Oreskes of U.C.S.D. who, at least in the early cut I saw, sort of steals the show. A week later they will have what they’re calling their East Coast/Academic Premiere as the Opening Night Film at the Woods Hole Film Festival.


See you at the premiere, July 19 in Hollywood!


  1. #1 Jeff W.
    June 9, 2008

    Cool! I heard him mention this on the Skepticality podcast. I may be coming down with some friends from SF for the premiere. Sounds like a fun night.

  2. #2 Milan
    June 9, 2008

    It will be interesting to see whether it is funny, informative, both, or neither.

  3. #3 Randy Olson
    June 9, 2008

    I’d say it’s neither, which I suspect you’ll find both funny and informative.

  4. #4 Erik Hoffner
    June 10, 2008

    Milan: I’ve seen said film and it is funny, informative, and both.


  5. #5 Milan
    June 11, 2008

    While I understand the rationale for making a light-hearted film about climate change, it also seems a bit odd to make a comedy about something that could plausibly exterminate the human race.

    Runaway climate change is human extinction, pure and simple. That said, if comedy stands a chance of helping us avoid it, I am wholeheartedly in favour.

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