After a successful grand opening of “Surviving Trump: The Art of Resistance,” WOW Co-Founder Fenton Bailey jetted off to Sundance Film Festival and attended the premiere of Al Gore’s sophomore film “An Inconvenient Sequel,” ten years after the original documentary, which was a down-to-facts reveal of global warming, and well, our “current climate.”
Bailey penned a review and how it’s “more timely than ever.”
[Courtesy, Billy Luther’s Instagram]
Vice President Al Gore spoke last night after a standing ovation at #SundanceFilmFestival’s opening night of #AnInconvenientSequel. Ten years after “An Inconvenient Truth” the film gives us a harrowing update on the acceleration of climate change, and the steps being taken to avert the end of the world.
It is a sequel as powerful and even more timely and urgent given that this was the day before the inauguration of the Climate Denier In Chief.
It could so easily have all been doom and gloom, but the fact is that more energy from the sun hits the earth every day than the entire planet consumes in a year. So there is no energy crisis, although we might first destroy the planet and ourselves bingeing to death on fossil fuels.
Some of the most gripping scenes in the film detail the role played by Al Gore in the behind-the-scenes negotiations to pull off the Paris accord. You realize the value and giant leap it represents, especially when it was a victory snatched from the jaws of defeat.
Sadly the election of Trump is another enormous setback. The subtitle of the film is #truthtopower and included Gore going to meet with Trump post-election. Honoring the confidentiality of the meeting, he nonetheless made it clear that Trump is currently on the wrong side of history and expressed what felt to me like unfounded optimism about the long term outcome.
In front of me sat a probably climate denier and trumpanzee. He refused to applaud, to stand, or in anyway join in the emotional response to the film. I could not understand how anyone could see the facts, see the charts, hear the experts and still think global warming is a hoax. Seeing so clearly is not believing to so many people.
But beside me sat my son Nolan, ten years old. I wondered if perhaps the film was either too boring or too much for him. It was a lot of information and some truly heart-wrenching scenes of suffering. So I asked him afterwards if he was scared; “No” he said ” I learnt a lot. We just need to fix this.” He got it, he took ownership and clearly intends to do something about it. I was stunned. I was so proud of him, and so honored to be his dad. And fuck the guy sitting in front of me.
[Nolan at “Surviving Trump: The Art of Resistance,Photo by Denise Morales]
Where we have so far failed, and to the extent that we have taken two steps back with this unfit President and his loony cabinet, I realized that – as Gore said – right and truth will ultimately and can only prevail. This will get fixed if not by my generation at least by subsequent ones.
Others joined in the excitement of the screening as well: