Get ready for the Gore/Live Earth media blitz. From now until your ears echo the sweet enjoyment of Live Earth on July 7th, no one will be able to escape the information swell that’s coming. The first preview of Live Earth’s impact will launch on April 25 at the NY Tribeca Film Festival. Former Vice President Al Gore will host the opening night gala, which will feature seven SOS short films (out of a commissioned 60!) tackling various issues surrounding climate change. SOS, which stands for Save Our Selves is the organization behind Live Earth and the brainchild of founder Kevin Wall. Joined by Tribeca Film Festival founders Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff, Wall had this to say regarding the April 25th event,
â€œ’Tribeca provides the ideal audience and platform for the SOS message. Just like music, films have the power to inspire people to change themselves and the world around them.’â€
Gore was quick to add,
â€œ’Global warming is a generational challenge requiring both U.S. leadership and a global response. The SOS Short Films Program harnesses some of the worldâ€™s most creative minds to educate, inform and inspire people across the globe to solve the climate crisis.Â Premiering the SOS films at Tribeca will ensure that these pieces will be viewed all over the world for years to come – and hopefully they will help spur to action the next generation of international leaders to join the effort to solve the climate crisis.’â€
As mentioned, the seven films are simply part of a larger 60 that will play during the July 7th Live Earth event.Â There are some pretty impressive filmmakers behind these 10-minute shorts:Â Kevin MacDonald, Director, Last King of Scotland; Aardman Animation, Producers, Wallace and Gromit; Ari Sandel, Director, Oscar-winning, West Bank Story; and Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, Directors, Oscar-nominated Jesus Camp to name a few.
Ecorazzi will be on hand for gala night during the Tribeca Film Festival and will report back on all the green glamour and entertainment that’s sure to follow. It’s worth noting for interest-sake that the event is being sponsored by General Motors and National Geographic.Â Visit the Live Earth site for more details or check out the official Tribeca Film Festival site.