A group of middle school students in India protest plastics. Image courtesy of Participant Media.
Appalachian citizens fight mountaintop strip-mining. Papua New Guineans refuse commercial logging. An African man turns his village to cooking with solar power. British filmmaker Brian Hill's new documentary, Climate of Change, narrated eloquently by Tilda Swinton, delivers inspiring stories and breathtaking visuals that shift the focus to solutions and what we can personally do about global warming. It premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival four times between April 22 and May 1, but it's also coming to the festival's Video-on-Demand into 40 million homes. Not in New York City? No problem. Here's the trailer and how to catch it:
"We are the renters of this world, not its masters," reminds Pooshkar, the 13-year-old member of the youth environmental defense group in India in this eco-documentary. Hill sought out regular people from around the world who believed things have gone far enough and took matters into their own hands. He explains the power of their simple steps on the environment:
I hope an audience will take from the film what I did: a sense of being inspired by the people in the film, a feeling that if they can do it so can I. I think the film also has a message of anti-materialism, that human happiness and well-being don't necessarily depend on material goods. And I hope they will take away a feeling that they can change their own behavior and make a difference.
From Participant Media, the producers of Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth, Climate of Change has a limited run in New York, but the Tribeca Film Festival which opens today, is bringing a dozen films to Video-On-Demand for 60 days, now through June 16.
This dramatic move means indie films get a chance to be seen outside Manhattan, reaching cable and satellite systems, including Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Cox Communications, Verizon FiOS, Direct TV, Bresnan Communications and more. Subscribers will have access via pay-per-view offerings. It's also offered on Vudu and Amazon Video On Demand for just $5.99.
Home access is important for small, issue-based projects like Climate of Change to reach a wider audience -- key to Hill's vision of instigating a "Climate of Change." Taking the festival outside of lower Manhattan, Tribeca will also stream several films online, such as environmentalist Sebastian Copeland's arctic trek, Into the Cold, along with panel discussions with filmmakers as part of its Virtual Festival.
Need more motivation to catch this film? Click on the links to see compelling excerpts of the film including a visit to the Global Seed Vault in Norway's permafrost, watch the articulate youthful uprising against plastic, and see how individuals trying to turn back deforestation in New Guinea. It's summed up by one man who won't accept a free chainsaw and money for trees from logging companies: "If we are going to be blinded by the money, that's the end of us."