Zeitgeist Films has acquired U.S. theatrical rights for Robert Stone’s “Earth Days”, which closed the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Zeitgeist will open the film in New York and Los Angeles in mid-August, with a national rollout early September.
The film looks back to the dawn and development of the modern environmental movement–from its post-war rustlings in the 1950’s and the 1962 publication of Rachel Carson’s incendiary bestseller “Silent Spring,” to the first Earth Day celebration in 1970 and the subsequent political action. It chronicles the stories of the era’s pioneers – among them Former Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall; biologist/Population Bomb author Paul Ehrlich; Whole Earth catalogue founder Stewart Brand; Apollo Nine astronaut Rusty Schweickart; and renewable energy pioneer Hunter Lovins – are illustrated with, according to Zeitgeist, “extraordinary never before seen archival footage from candy-colored Eisenhower-era tableau to classic tear-jerking 1970s anti-litterbug ads.”
“Earth Days” was produced by American Experience Films for WGBH, and will be aired on PBS in April 2010 in honor of the 40th anniversary of the first Earth Day celebration.