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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

RNN Live at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival

We love covering live events.  We love bringing you there.  Getting invited to broadcast from this year's Sundance Film Festival is a nice way to start 2017.

As you might guess Sundance has, at past Festival's, launched important films that dramatically highlighted some of our greatest environmental challenges...and, failures.  This year will be the same.  The line up is exciting.  However, as you will read here, we are reporting on much more than the release of important documentaries.  We'll give you insight into just how eco-friendly Sundance is run.  Stay tuned:

RNN is happy to announce that we will be covering the 2017 Sundance Film Festival from  the opening day, January 19, to closing ceremonies, January 29. Our very own Azzurra Catucci will be arriving in Park City, Utah to begin providing coverage. Azzurra will be focusing on the films and documentaries that are speaking about such concerns as climate change, environmental issues and overall sustainability. She will also be reporting on the festival itself and how eco-friendly it is, from recycling, composting, all to way to whether the food served is being locally sourced.

 This year's festival is in some ways making sustainability a top priority with An Inconvenient Sequel, the followup to watershed environmental documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, making its world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. As a Day One screening, part of The New Climate, a program dedicated to conversations and films about environmental change and conservation.

A decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change into the heart of popular culture comes An Inconvenient Sequel, a riveting look at both the escalation of the crisis and how close we are to a real solution. Directed by Sundance Film Festival alumni Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk.

The Honorable Al Gore, 45th Vice President of the United States, will also join the Festival’s Power of Story panel, a collaboration between Sundance Institute and The Redford Center, with former President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, producer Heather Rae (Frozen River, RISE), social entrepreneur and philanthropist Jeff Skoll and environmentalist and scientist Dr. David Suzuki. A conversation between these prominent figures, who bring decades of direct experience with climate change and its effects, will be moderated by Democracy Now! journalist and broadcaster Amy Goodman on January 22, 2017, and livestreamed from Park City’s Egyptian Theatre at

The New Climate includes 14 documentaries, short films and virtual reality experiences across the Festival’s categories, and marks the first time that Festival programmers have focused efforts to highlight a specific cause.

Robert Redford, President and Founder of Sundance Institute, said, "I believe that storytelling is the greatest platform for getting people to care and take action on some of the most pressing issues of our time. Amid escalating threats to our environment, independent perspectives are adding the depth and dimension needed for us to find common ground and real solutions."

RNN is looking forward to our coverage and to sharing the stories from the story tellers themselves with you.
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