Wednesday, November 7, 2007

?Everything?s Cool??or not

Hailey producer presents documentary on global warming


By SABINA DANA PLASSE
Express Staff Writer

The documentary ?Everything?s Cool? promotes CO2 emissions reduction with some very entertaining and interesting perspectives. Photo by Willy Cook

The documentary film "Everything's Cool" has rounded the country playing film festivals since it's premiere at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. In its second screening in the Wood River Valley, "Everything's Cool" will make its Ketchum premiere at The Community Library on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 6 p.m.

The film was first presented at the Liberty Theatre in Hailey on Friday, May 11, to benefit Whole Communities, an environmental network, in the Wood River Valley.

Presenting the film will be one of the film's producers, Hailey resident Chris Pilaro. Pilaro spent four and a half years making "Everything's Cool" with director Judith Helfand and Daniel Gold and their company, Toxic Comedy Pictures. Unlike the plethora of serious environmental films that have made their way to the big screen in the past year—such as Nobel Prize winner Al Gore's "The Inconvenient Truth" and "The 11th Hour," narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio—"Everything's Cool" offers a mix of earnest and lighter moments.

The film presents the issues of global warming on a human level with real people living real lives. "Everything's Cool" follows several characters who are "global warming messengers" who spend their lives dealing with the issue of global warming through activism while trying to live a responsible, environment-friendly life.

Pilaro spent a great deal of time researching the film's message: that global warming is real and has caused an enormous rift between members of the scientific community and political leaders who have questioned their findings. Although the United States may be finally responding to the threat, it is under pressure from the rest of the world to lead the way in transforming its fossil-fuel-based economy.

The film has been hailed for the director and producing team's committed outreach plan, as well as educating the film-going public about climate change, which has been the platform of "Everything's Cool" at several festivals.

Through Working Films, the activist arm of Helfand's Toxic Comedy Pictures, not only has there been an agenda for change at film festivals, but cooperation with other filmmakers to promote outreach on similar projects.

The presentation is free—donations are accepted. For more details, call 726-3493.




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