About the Film
Now decade since "An Inconvenient Truth" brought climate change to the forefront of popular consciousness, giant hurricanes wreak destruction in the Carribbean and Texas in the US, while epic monsoon rains in India kill thousands and drive millions from their homes. This is the setting for the release of "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power," a new documentary directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk (“Audrie & Daisy”). No remake of the 2006 Davis Guggenheim’s Oscar-winning documentary, "Inconvenient Sequel" make the case that climate change denial is an increasingly hard sell with the continuing rise in extreme weather.
Now gray-haired and at times sounding angrier in his speeches, Mr. Gore, in “Sequel,” takes on the air of a Shakespearean figure, a man long cast out of power by what he casually refers to as “the Supreme Court decision” (meaning Bush v. Gore) but still making the same arguments that have been hallmarks of his career. “The dots are seldom connected in the media,” he says at one point, but events like these are symptoms of global warming.
While the US withdrawal from the Paris accords make the future less certain, the film notes positive developments from the large -- the 2015 launch of the Deep Space Climate Observatory satellite -- to the small, e.g., his visit to the Republican mayor of a city in Texas that has decided that renewable energy does make market sense.
Bonni Cohen has produced and directed award-winning films including The Island President, winner of the 2011 TIFF People's Choice Documentary Award. She produced and directed The Rape of Europa, earning PGA and WGA award nominations. Bonni also co-directed Audrie & Daisy, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.
Jon Shenk has directed and photographed many award-winning films, including The Island President, winner of the 2011 TIFF People’s Choice Documentary Award, and Lost Boys of Sudan, winner of a 2004 Film Independent Spirit Award. He co-directed and photographed Audrie & Daisy (2016 Sundance Film Festival). Shenk was DP for the Academy Award–winning Smile Pinki, and he won an Emmy for Blame Somebody Else.