Attention those of you in the NYC area: on Monday, February 7, 2011, select scenes from "The Last Mountain" will screen at the Cooper Union in New York City. Presented by the Cooper Union Institute of Sustainable Design, the clips will be a part of a screening and panel discussion about America's struggle to balance its energy needs with environmental concerns.
The event will take place in conjunction with "Landscapes of Extraction," a photography exhibit by J. Henry Fair, whose images were incorporated into the film. The exhibit "examines the collateral damage of the fossil fuels industries" and "enables viewers to personally connect how their energy use impact the planet."
The screening is serendipitous for me, as it will be held at my father's alma mater. He was very proud of being a student of the Cooper Union, and often reflected on his time there with fondness and gratitude.
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The famous Sundance marquis
Last week, the Uncommon Productions team hit up Park City, Utah for the world premiere of "The Last Mountain." The film debuted at the Prospector Square Theatre on Friday, January 21, and enjoyed five subsequent screenings at various venues throughout the prestigious film festival.
Following the premiere, the executive producers hosted the cast & crew of the film for a phenomenal dinner in celebration of its release, which was more than three years in the making. I was honored to meet two of the activists featured in the film: Maria Gunnoe, who has been fighting against mountaintop-removal coal mining near her homestead for years, and Antrim Caskey, the embedded journalist at Climate Ground Zero, one of the leading activist headquarters in West Virginia.
KT Tunstall in concert.
On Saturday night, KT Tunstall performed a benefit concert in connection with "The Last Mountain," with all proceeds going towards Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.'s Waterkeeper Alliance, an organization aimed at keeping the U.S. waterways clean. The concert was awesome (I love KT Tunstall!), and Bobby gave a great speech following the show, in which he outlined the importance of the issues touched upon in the film.
Thus far, general reception of the film has been positive. Here is a small sampling of the reviews that have trickled in:
Two more bits of good news to come up in the wake of Sundance: New Video announced its acquisition of U.S. DVD and Digital Rights to the film. Dada Films followed closely behind, announcing their acquisition of U.S. theatrical rights to the film, which will hit theatres this summer. The plan is for the film to continue its run on the festival circuit, and then begin its theatrical run on June 3, 2011 in top-20 U.S. markets!