‘An Inconvenient Truth’ Sequel to Debut at Sundance

An Inconvenient Truth sequel
Courtesy of Participant Media

Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” is getting a sequel.

Paramount Pictures and Participant Media will release the follow-up to the critically acclaimed documentary next year.

The film will premiere on Jan. 19 — the opening night of the Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, the sequel follows Gore as he continues his decades-long fight to build a more sustainable future for our planet.

“Now more than ever we must rededicate ourselves to solving the climate crisis,” Gore said Friday. “But we have reason to be hopeful; the solutions to the crisis are at hand. I’m deeply honored and grateful that Paramount Pictures and Participant Media have once again taken on the task of bringing the critical story of the climate crisis to the world.”

Paramount chairman and CEO Brad Grey said, “We are honored to be working again with Al, Jeff Skoll, and everyone at Participant on a film whose message is as urgent as ever. Al’s tireless efforts to bring about change continues to inspire all of us as we fight for the health of our world for future generations.”

“An Inconvenient Truth,” directed by Davis Guggenheim, was released in 2006. The movie, which followed Gore’s campaign to educate citizens about global warming, premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and and won two Oscars — best documentary feature and best original song. The film grossed $49.8 million worldwide.

Jeff Skoll, the executive producer, founder, and chairman of Participant Media, said, “A decade after we took a risk in backing a film centered around a slide show presentation and one human’s quest to awaken global consciousness about our changing planet, we are proud to bring global audiences a promising update: that a future powered by clean, safe, renewable, inexpensive, non-polluting energy is no longer a dream but a very attainable reality.”

Richard Berge and Diane Weyermann will produce the pic. It’s executive produced by Skoll, Guggenheim, Lawrence Bender, Laurie David, Scott Z. Burns, and Lesley Chilcott.

Paramount Pictures will release the film in theaters in 2017.

Gore and Skoll will also appear on the festival’s Power of Story panel on Jan. 22 with Mohamed Nasheed, the former president of the Maldives; producer Heather Rae; and environmentalist and scientist Dr. David Suzuki. The conversation will be moderated by “Democracy Now!” journalist and broadcaster Amy Goodman.

The movie is part of Sundance’s New Climate program dedicated to conversations and films about environmental change and conservation. The New Climate section includes 14 documentaries, short films, and virtual reality experiences, marking the first time that festival programmers have focused on a specific cause.

Robert Redford, president and founder of the Sundance Institute, said, “I believe that storytelling is the greatest platform for getting people to care and take action on some of the most pressing issues of our time. Amid escalating threats to our environment, independent perspectives are adding the depth and dimension needed for us to find common ground and real solutions.”

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  1. Gore’s first doc An Inconvenient Truth ” completely omitted the tremendous contribution animal agriculture makes to climate change (51% GHG watch Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret). Bill McKibben and Naomi Klein also ignore this issue as well. So does Democracy Now!. So does The Real News Network.

    All the mainstream corporate media ignore it ( no surprises there). So does Greenpeace, Sierra Club and 350.org. The Near Term Extinction people ignore it. So do all of the green groups, political parties etc.

    Breaking The Set with Abby Martin and Pulitzer prize recipient Chris Hedges have addressed it, but this is rare. Democracy Now! had as guests the makers of Cowspiracy on a year or so ago and just once. They have proceeded to ignore the issue since, yet continue to invite Bill McKibben who not only intentionally ignores this issue, but advocates for animal farming. This information about animal agriculture’s contribution to climate change has been around for at least 10 or more years.

    It would seem eating animal products is more important than our species survival.

    How sad is that? Are we so stupid? I guess we are.

    Isn’t it ironic that we have been exploiting and murdering countless nonhuman sentient animals over our short human history for mostly palate pleasure and that this unnecessary and horrific violence and great injustice (and our inability to address human breeding and overpopulation), will eventually be the cause of our own extinction?

    Species is an irrelevant criterion just as race, sex, gender, etc is an irrelevant criterion as to whether individuals (no matter what species) deserve the right to belong to the moral community and not to be used as property, as resources. Where we have one form of discrimination (speciesism) we will have all forms (racism, sexism, heterosexism, ableism, classism etc). This issue of interconnectedness has been talked about for thousands of years. There’s a good reason for this.

    Although veganism is more than a diet, in relation to diet, we can easily meet all our nutrition needs from plants (and other non-animal sources). A plant based diet is delicious and the variations are endless (just look online). A few moments of palate pleasure cannot justify the torture and murder of over one trillion land and aquatic animals each year. A person who eats a plant-based diet (no animal products – meat, dairy, eggs etc) saves 1,100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 30 square feet of forested land, 20 pounds CO2 equivalent, and prevents the torture and killing of at least one sentient animal’s life EVERY DAY.

    We can do something right now to end our participation in violence and our moral compartmentalisation. Let’s stop wringing our hands about the violence in the world when we ourselves are participating in it at least 3 times a day if we eat animal products, wear animal products and use animals. Let’s stop wringing our hands about the oil industry and about our corporate-owned governments doing nothing about climate change and the sixth mass extinction taking place right now. Let’s stop crying about world hunger when we can do something right now to address it in our own lives (poorer countries are exporting huge amounts of grain and soy to feed farm animals in the West). We can do something right to address the dwindling water resources on the planet since animal agriculture uses massive amounts of water as well as pollutes the oceans and causes dead zones. We can do something right now to end the number one contributor to the Amazon Rainforest destruction – animal agriculture. We can do something right now to address the myriad of diseases that are directly related to our animal-product consumption and address the rise in superbugs directly related to massive amounts of antibiotics used in animal agriculture (80% of antibiotics used in the US are used by animal industry). We can do something right now to do the right thing by other sentient animals (99.99% of the planet’s population) whose only home is this planet too, and who deserve to be treated with respect and not to be tortured, exploited and killed.

    Here’s some facts from the book “The Sustainability Secret,” and their documentary, “Cowspiracy,”. Animal agriculture accounts for at least 32,000 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year, or 51 percent of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions. Methane and nitrous oxide are rarely mentioned in climate talks, although those two greenhouse gases are, as the authors point out, respectively, 86 times and 296 times more destructive than carbon dioxide. Cows used in agriculture, worldwide, produce 150 billion gallons of methane daily. And 65 percent of the nitrous oxide produced by human-related activities is caused by the animal agriculture industry. Water used in fracking ranges from 70 billion to 140 billion gallons annually. Animal agriculture water consumption, the book notes, ranges from 34 trillion to 76 trillion gallons annually. Raising animals for human consumption takes up to 45 percent of the planet’s land. Ninety-one percent of the deforestation of the Amazon rain forest and up to 80 percent of global rain forest loss are caused by clearing land for the grazing of domesticated animals and growing feed crops for meat and dairy animals. As more and more rain forest disappears, the planet loses one of its primary means to safely sequester carbon dioxide. The animal agriculture industry is, as Andersen and Kuhn write, also a principal cause of species extinction and the creation of more than 95,000 square miles of nitrogen-flooded dead zones in the oceans.

    Whether we want to ignore it because it is the other “inconvenient truth”, and whether we like it or not, the solution to many of the world’s problems today can be found in veganism. (the ethical position). (To find out more UVEArchives.wordpress.com)

    Go vegan because nonhuman animals are not our resources. They are sentient, they love life, they have relationships with others and the world. They have a right to live their lives free of our dominance and interference. There will never be peace while animal exploitation exists. Being vegan is much easier than you think. Start here to find out more HowToGoVegan.org BeFairBeVegan.com

    • oncejolly says:

      McKibben and Klein are both aware of the Goodland and Anhang analysis (the original source of the claim that livestock accounts for 51 percent of greenhouse gases). They also know that it’s flawed analysis.

      • Nonsense. They are aware of it, and it is inconvenient. They are not vegan and to promote veganism will make them unpopular because it requires people to change so they won’t do it. They have a career to protect.
        In the end, our love of animal products will not only kill us (they are deleterious to our health), and kill other animals (who are completely innocent in all this) but it is destroying the environment, our home, their home (six mass extinction has already started).

        Please don’t spread disinformation. There’s enough of it around as it is. Watch Cowspiracy.

      • oncejolly says:

        Bill McCibben wrote a 2010 article in Orion Magazine in which he states, “The numbers range from 18 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions to — in one recent study that was quickly discredited — 51 percent.” He otherwise acknowledges that meat is emission-intensive. Danny Chivers has an accessible blog entry at New Internationalist explaining why the 51 percent number is wrong and he favors the more recent claim by the FAO that livestock accounts for 14.5 percent of emissions. Naomi Klein cited Chivers at a public talk that she gave in London. The claim that livestock accounts for more than half of emissions *is* misinformation. The team behind Cowspiracy has actively promoted that misinformation. As are you.

      • You’re paying attention to McFibben? Someone who promotes animal agriculture, who wants more animal agriculture and who thinks we can all go back to small community animal farms? Completely illogical, impossible for most and is unsustainable. And let’s not forget, that we would still be participating in violence since these nonhumans are sentient and are not “things” for us to use for trivial reasons which is what we mainly use them for (taste pleasure). We don’t need animal products to survive, we can easily meet all our nutrition needs from plants (and other non-animal sources), so McKibben is promoting an outdated and violent way of live.

        If you want to promote misinformation and disinformation based on an animal exploitation promoter, then go ahead, but don’t waste my time.

      • oncejolly says:

        Danny Chivers is a vegan. And he recognizes that the Goodland and Anhang analysis is nonsense.

      • Oh well then if Danny Chivers thinks so, then it must be nonsense ;-) Good day to you.

      • oncejolly says:

        Doug Boucher of the Union of Concerned Scientists has also been critical of Cowspiracy and the claim that livestock accounts for 51 percent of emissions.

  2. Will this sequel also point out the Global Warming was a complete hoax that GORE invented and profited majesticly from?

    Climate change, which exists from the beginning of time, was what was finally acknowledged when there was overwhelming evidence that it was a fabrication.

    Or will their be mention of Gore’s own hypocrisy regarding the massive carbon footprint that he himself created with multiple homes and private jets?

  3. Shelley Watkins says:

    I really hope he doesn’t ignore the destruction caused by the worst offender: animal agriculture industry. That truth was definitely too inconvenient for him to address in the first film. Watch Cowspiracy.

  4. Pathetic, the first 4 comments here were deniers, or worse, imbeciles. If the overwhelming evidence that continues to grow year after hotter than ever year wasn’t enough for you, I guess a mass extinction or cataclysmic storm will have to do. Pathetic, you make me sick.

  5. CapitalP says:

    Wait a minute! Okay Hollywood, you guys have gone too far with this sequel thing now. Even Documentaries coming out with sequels too? lol. Will Al Gore be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe next? What the hell.

  6. VJ says:

    Watch Al Gores personal net worth warm up just like the Earth! Just another snake-oil salesman hacking money from the stoopid. How much is Crazy Al worth now?

  7. tlsnyder42 says:

    AIT has been proven to be baloney. And, here’s another article showing that most scientists really don’t believe there’s enough evidence to warrant all the hysteria. Also, it recently was found that solar panels actually are worse for global warming. So much for all this crazy collectivist claptrap!

  8. SPIKE says:

    Hey everybody, let’s support Al Gore with his convenient lies about climate so he can make billions off carbon credits. he’s a major stockholder in a company that will be selling them, so the more global warming suckers he can catch in his net the more money he makes. CONFLICT OF INTEREST, PEOPLE!!

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