Sunday, January 22, 2:30 p.m.
328 Main St.
We are living in a new climate, and not just the one created by global warming. As our political outlook shifts toward deeper denial, and corporate interests work to obscure the story and the science, how can visual storytellers create new narratives that change the conversation, the culture, and possibly the world? Former vice president Al Gore, global entrepreneur and philanthropist Jeff Skoll, scientist and broadcaster Dr. David Suzuki, former president of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed, filmmaker Heather Rae, and moderator Amy Goodman discuss how filmmakers can elevate understanding and urgency among policy makers and the public alike.
Amy is host and executive producer of Democracy Now!. She has earned some of journalism’s most prestigious awards, including the I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence, the George Polk Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Award for international reporting, the Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award, and the United Nations Correspondents Association’s Global Prize for reporting on climate change. She has co-authored six New York Times best sellers and co-writes a weekly column syndicated by King Features.
Former vice president Al Gore is chairman of The Climate Reality Project, a nonprofit he founded that is focused on solutions for the global climate crisis, and is co-founder and chairman of Generation Investment Management. Gore served 16 years in Congress and served as vice president of the United States from 1993–2001. He is the author of five best-selling books and was the 2007 Nobel Peace Laureate.
Mohamed Nasheed was the Maldives’s first democratically elected president. He is the recipient of the Anna Lindh Prize, United Nations Champions of the Earth Award, James Lawson Award, and Global Green Award for International Environmental Leadership. Time magazine declared him a "hero of the environment" and Newsweek named him in its list of "World’s Ten Best Leaders."
Heather Rae produced Frozen River, which won the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for two Academy Awards, and last year's Netflix original film Tallulah. She produced and directed Trudell (2005), a documentary about late Native American activist John Trudell. Currently producing Oceti Sakowin, a film about the uprising at Standing Rock, the Native American mother of three once ran the Native Program at Sundance Institute.
Jeff Skoll is dedicated to creating a sustainable world of peace and prosperity. Inspired by the belief that stories well told can change the world, Skoll founded Participant Media in 2004. Participant films have garnered 50 Academy Award nominations and 11 wins, including best documentary for An Inconvenient Truth (2006) and best picture for Spotlight (2015). Skoll's portfolio of philanthropic and commercial enterprises includes the Skoll Foundation, Skoll Global Threats Fund, and Capricorn Investment Group.
Dr. David Suzuki is a scientist, broadcaster, author, and co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation. He is familiar to television audiences as the host of the CBC science and natural history series The Nature of Things and to radio audiences as the original host of CBC Radio's Quirks and Quarks. His written work includes more than 57 books, 19 of them for children. Dr. Suzuki lives with his wife and family in Vancouver, BC.
SECTION Power of Story
COUNTRY Sunday, January 22, 2:30 p.m., Egyptian Theatre, Park City
RUN TIME 90 min