“The New Climate”

2017 Sundance Film Festival

(I’m so incredibly grateful to Sundance Institute and the Film Festival for once again having the right idea at just the right moment. While their commitment to showcasing and celebrating the role of artists in changing our world is nothing new, this inspired way to call attention to vital and challenging works is just what we need and builds on decades of their support and a sustained leadership in the field. Behind the scenes, here are some of the folks that led the ideas: Sundance Institute Board Chair Pat Mitchell, Executive Director Keri Putnam, Film Festival Director John Cooper, Director of Programming Trevor Groth, Sundance Group advisor Julie Mack, Film Festival Programmer Hussain Currimbhoy and the force that is Documentary Film Director Tabitha Jackson, all to be saluted. — JB)

(From Sundance.org) For the first time, the Festival is focusing its programming efforts to drive attention and action around a specific theme: climate change and environmental preservation. The New Climate program builds on the Institute’s longstanding commitment to showcasing environmental films and projects, including An Inconvenient Truth, Blackfish, The Cove, Gasland, Chasing Ice, Racing Extinction and Collisions, among others. (Of course, so much of this also stems from the champion activist himself, Bob. — JB)

Robert Redford

About The New Climate, Robert Redford said, “My own engagement on climate change began more than 40 years ago, and the urgency I felt then has only grown stronger given its very real and increasingly severe consequences. If we’re going to avoid the worst-case scenario, then we must act boldly and immediately, even in the face of indifference, apathy and opposition.”

BREAKING: 10 years after the debut of An Inconvenient Truth — Al Gore returns to Sundance Film Festival with the sequel and The Redford Center is so proud and humbled to collaborate with them on #TheNewClimate panel >>> http://bit.ly/2hfiLNO

AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH UNTITLED SEQUEL | #TheNewClimate | Sundance Film Festival 2017

Chasing Coral / U.S.A. (Director: Jeff Orlowski) — Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world. World Premiere. (U.S. Documentary Competition)

CHASING CORAL | #TheNewClimate | Sundance Film Festival 2017

Trophy / U.S.A. (Director: Shaul Schwarz, Co-Director: Christina Clusiau) — This in-depth look into the powerhouse industries of big-game hunting, breeding and wildlife conservation in the U.S. and Africa unravels the complex consequences of treating animals as commodities. World Premiere. (U.S. Documentary Competition)

TROPHY | #TheNewClimate | Sundance Film Festival 2017

Water & Power: A California Heist / U.S.A. (Director: Marina Zenovich) — In California’s convoluted water system, notorious water barons find ways to structure a state-engineered system to their own advantage. This examination into their centers of power shows small farmers and everyday citizens facing drought and a new, debilitating groundwater crisis. World Premiere. (U.S. Documentary Competition)

WATER & POWER: A CALIFORNIA HEIST | #TheNewClimate | Sundance Film Festival 2017

Plastic China / China (Director: Jiu-liang Wang) — Yi-Jie, an 11-year-old girl, works alongside her parents in a recycling facility while dreaming of attending school. Kun, the facility’s ambitious foreman, dreams of a better life. Through the eyes and hands of those who handle its refuse, comes an examination of global consumption and culture. International Premiere. (World Cinema Documentary Competition)

PLASTIC CHINA | #TheNewClimate | Sundance Film Festival 2017

Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman / U.S.A. (Directors: Susan Froemke, John Hoffman, Beth Aala) — From the Montana Rockies to the wheat fields of Kansas and the Gulf of Mexico, families who work the land and sea are crossing political divides to find unexpected ways to protect the natural resources vital to their livelihoods. These are the new heroes of conservation, deep in America’s heartland. (Documentary Premieres)

RANCHER, FARMER, FISHERMAN | #TheNewClimate | Sundance Film Festival 2017

Look and See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry / U.S.A. (Directors: Laura Dunn, Jef Sewell) — This cinematic portrait of the changing landscapes and shifting values of rural America in the era of industrial agriculture is seen through the mind’s eye of farmer and writer Wendell Berry. (Spotlight)

LOOK AND SEE: A PORTRAIT OF WENDELL BARRY | #TheNewClimate | Sundance Film Festival 2017

RISE / Canada (Director and screenwriter: Michelle Latimer) — This vibrant and immersive documentary series explores the front lines of indigenous resistance. Episodes Apache Stronghold, Sacred Water and Red Power examine factors that threaten indigenous liberation in the 21st century. A series of contrasts, this series is both a condemnation of colonialism and a celebration of indigenous peoples. Continuing Sundance Institute’s ongoing commitment to presenting bold stories from within the Native American and Indigenous communities, we are proud to debut three episodes: Apache Stronghold, Sacred Water and Red Power, followed by an extended Q&A. World Premiere. (Special Events)

RISE | #TheNewClimate | Sundance Film Festival 2017

Chasing Coral: The VR Experience (Artist: Jeff Orlowski) — Zackary Rago, a passionate scuba diver and researcher, documented the unprecedented 2016 coral bleaching event at Lizard Island on the Great Barrier Reef with this exclusive underwater VR experience. (New Frontier)

CHASING CORAL: THE VR EXPERIENCE | #TheNewClimate | Sundance Film Festival 2017

Melting Ice (Artist: Danfung Dennis) — Viewers are taken on a transcendent exploration into the devastating consequences of climate change on Greenland’s ice sheet. Stand under collapsing glaciers, next to raging rivers of ice melt and witness rising sea levels — all visceral warnings of our planet’s future. (New Frontier)

MELTING ICE | #TheNewClimate | Sundance Film Festial 2017

Tree (Artists: Milica Zec, Winslow Porter, Key Collaborators: Aleksandar Protic, Jacob Kudsk Steensen) — This virtual experience transforms you into a rainforest tree. With your arms as the branches and body as the trunk, you experience the tree’s growth from a seedling to its fullest form and witness its fate firsthand. (New Frontier)

TREE | #TheNewClimate | Sundance Film Festival 2017

The Diver / Mexico (Director: Esteban Arrangoiz) — Julio César Cu Cámara is the chief diver in the Mexico City sewer system. His job is to repair pumps and dislodge garbage that flows into the gutters to maintain the circulation of sewage waters. (Shorts)

EL BUZO (THE DIVER) | #TheNewClimate | Sundance Film Festival 2017

Visions of an Island / U.S.A. (Director: Sky Hopinka) — Indigenous and foreign presences coexist on an Alaskan island in the center of the Bering Sea. (Shorts)

VISIONS OF AN ISLAND | #TheNewClimate | Sundance Film Festival 2017

Hot Winter: A film by Dick Pierre / U.S.A. (Director: Jack Henry Robbins, Screenwriters: Jack Henry Robbins, Nunzio Randazzo) — One of the first films in American cinema to address climate change, Hot Winter: A film by Dick Pierre, was also a hardcore porno. All sex scenes have been removed as to not distract from the conscious message. (Shorts)

HOT WINTER: A FILM BY DICK PIERRE | #TheNewClimate | Sundance Film Festival 2017

For more information on the program and how to attend the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, click out sundance.org/festival