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Global Warming Movies Chasing Success, Impact of 'An Inconvenient Truth'

By    |   Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 06:03 PM

The grandaddy of global warming movies, “An Inconvenient Truth” is a hard-hitting 2006 Academy Award-winning documentary about former Vice President Al Gore’s campaign to educate society about global warming and its detrimental effects on the planet. Directed by Davis Guggenheim, the film portrays Gore’s message via a comprehensive PowerPoint slide show. Upon its release, film critic Roger Ebert wrote, “you owe it to yourself to see this film.”

Amidst subsequent political rancor and opposing scientific findings, it might seem that Gore’s so-called factual information did not come across as successfully as he might have hoped. Consequently, filmmakers have been taking new approaches in relaying the global warming issue.

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Chasing Ice,” directed by Jeff Orlowski, takes climate change documentaries to a new cinematic level by following his expedition into the Arctic. Through dramatic timelapse videos, James Balog, a professional photographer, illustrates the melting of ice caps and glaciers. Ironically, Balog states at the beginning of the film that he is a former climate change skeptic.

Equally striking is Edward Burtynsky and Jennifer Baichwal's documentary “Watermark,” which focuses on water and how it's perceived by civilization.

The filmmakers — in an attempt to emphasize the issue through romanticized shots of landscapes — appear to take for granted that their audience already has a certain amount of environmental awareness. But it does communicate that climate change can be portrayed in many forms.

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Two movies that tackle climate change on a fictional realm are “Snowpiercer” and “Interstellar.”

"Snowpiercer," released in 2013, demonstrates what happens when a failed global-warming experiment kills off most life on earth and how survivors are forced to go on without killing each other. The newly released “Interstellar” has been dubbed a “cli-fi,” a new genre of cinema that focuses on global warming issues. In the film, time/space travelers must seek out fertile land for crops after climate change destroys the earth’s agriculture.

Both illustrate a world gone terribly wrong as a result of climate change as well as offer a message that the end of Gore’s 10-year warning is upon us.

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The grandaddy of global warming movies, "An Inconvenient Truth" is a hard-hitting 2006 Academy Award-winning documentary about former Vice President Al Gore's campaign to educate society about global warming and its detrimental effects on the planet.
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