Sundance, the left-leaning indie film festival held in Utah each January, helped turn former vice president Al Gore into the media’s favorite film star. Now, the festival is set to do it again.
A sequel to Gore’s film, An Inconvenient Truth, will premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, according to The Hollywood Reporter (THR). The original premiered at Sundance in 2006 before its wide release and media fanfare later that year.
The festival will open with Gore’s follow-up and be part of the New Climate section of the festival. THR reported the thematic program is a first for Sundance.
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Paramount Pictures and the liberal Participant Media company backed the new film, just as they did An Inconvenient Truth. If history repeats itself, Gore will again be courted by the news media as he promotes his climate alarmist agenda.
In the five years after An Inconvenient Truth was released, 98 percent (266 out of 272 stories) of network news shows excluded criticism of the movie’s scientific claims — in spite of inaccuracies.
Network reporters called Gore the “darling of hollywood,” and in a nod to Gore’s work, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell said she thought he “settled” the science of climate change. Others dubbed Gore a “high-profile champion” and the “golden boy of the Oscars.”
Former Good Morning America co-host Diane Sawyer remarked that Gore was "helping awaken the world to global warming" and "educating the world."
Despite all the hype surrounding Gore and the film, a British court found nine scientific errors in his documentary.
Gore’s reappearance at Sundance will come on the heels of his Dec. 5, and 6 24 Hours of Reality event, in which celebrities and journalists supported his cause.
Former Good Morning America (GMA) weatherman Sam Champion anchored part of Gore’s broadcast and tweeted about the show. After hyping the danger of climate change for years on ABC’s morning show, Champion now does it for The Weather Channel.
Champion once asked on GMA whether global warming would "force us into space to live", and warned it could cause "the ultimate climate disaster."
Famous actors Zachary Quinto, Ryan Reynolds, Ian Somerhalder and Julia Louis Dreyfus also joined Gore’s 24 hours of liberal climate activism. Climate Reality Project’s list of featured guests included many other stars like Sarah Backhouse, Bon Jovi, Mary Lambert and Patrick J. Adams.