'Age of Stupid' to be shown in Muncie

Starr Press Report
4 September 2009

MUNCIE -- In a "first-of-it's-kind" worldwide live event broadcast from New York with live satellite feeds from the Himalayas and a remote Indonesian rain forest, NCM Fathom and Spanner Films will present a green global big screen event to movie theaters across the country showcasing a powerful look into climate change.

The U.S. debut of the eco doc-drama The Age of Stupid will be followed by a live discussion with the foremost international environmental leaders and scientists in "The Age of Stupid LIVE from New York" on Sept. 21.

The event will be broadcast at 7:30 p.m. at ShowPlace 12. Tickets are $12.50, available at the theater box office and at www.FathomEvents.com.

This unique, one-night, live green carpet event will be simulcast from a solar tent in New York to more than 440 movie theaters. The documentary uses dramatization to forecast decades into the future detailing a life where the warnings of climate change were not heeded.

The event is part of Un Climate Week when world leaders will unite to discuss reforming the world's environmental Kyoto Treaty that is up for review in December. Additionally, the event will also be seen on tape delay to more than 30 countries, marking the first global premiere of its kind.

After the viewing, director Franny Armstrong (McLibel, Drowned Out) and producer Lizzie Gillet will be joined by world-renowned scientists, celebrities and political figures including Kofi Annan, former United Nations Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize winner; Gillian Anderson, actor and star of The X Files; and Pete Postlethwaite, actor and star of The Age of Stupid. Audiences will also hear from field scientists working in the Himalayas and Indonesian rain forest live via satellite. Radiohead's Thom Yorke will wrap up the event with an acoustic performance of the film's title track.

The event will feature a live procession on a green carpet (made of recycled soda bottles) as guests arrive at NYC's Winter Garden by bicycle, solar car, rickshaw, sailboats and other low carbon methods. Local theater audiences are also encouraged to arrive via bicycle, carpool or mass transit to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The electricity used to power this event will be provided entirely from renewable sources, and all food and drink will be organic and locally sourced.