Jun 2, 2017

Al Gore emerges a winner thanks to Trump's Paris decision

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"Ten years ago, 'An Inconvenient Truth,' the documentary about Al Gore giving a slideshow presentation about an obscure scientific issue, became an unlikely blockbuster that sparked a global conversation about the climate crisis."

In a convenient coincidence, "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power" — trailer herehits theaters July 28 (Paramount Pictures, with Partiicant Media).

A Gore source tells me in an email that it now appears Trump has given the film a new ending, and a real sense of urgency:

  • People familiar with the project are pointing to a significant advocacy campaign around the film that will use the movie, the film's subject and a combination of media and advocacy to mobilize people in cities across the country.
  • Groups like the Sierra Club, the Climate Reality Project and Indivisible, as well as leaders in the business and investor communities, are joining forces to make this a summer of actionaround climate.
  • "The goal is to help fill the gap left by the Trump administration."
  • "The unifying theme: If President Trump won't lead on this important issue, then the American people will."

P.S., from The Wrap's Matt Donnelly: "Filmmakers behind 'An Inconvenient Sequel' ... ... will update the movie to include Trump's Thursday withdrawal ... The climax of the film sees Gore riding through the streets of Paris, wheeling and dealing to get people on board for the agreement ahead of United Nations 2015 Climate Change Conference."

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