In a new column I wrote over at Cinematical/Moviefone, I look at the concept of response documentaries — films made to rebuke or contribute to the content of other docs on the same topic — with specific focus on Ondi Timoner‘s latest, “Cool It.” If you’re at all interested in the global warming issue and debate, or if you’ve at least seen Davis Guggenheim’s (and to some extent Al Gore’s) “An Inconvenient Truth,” you should see this new film which spotlight’s the controversial ideas of Bjorn Lomborg. And in addition to watching Timoner and Lomborg interviewed at indieWIRE, you should check out some of what Timoner said this week in anticipation of the release of “Cool It.” Here is a snippet of a quote from the column responding to how the film’s being called an “anti-‘Inconvenient Truth'”:
the biggest challenge for a socio-political film is to get both sides in the theater. If ‘an anti-‘Inconvenient Truth” is going to get the Republicans who don’t think climate change is real into the movie theater because they feel finally there’s a movie that speaks to them, and then they go and they actually listen to it, they’re going to find out that climate change is happening.
Timoner also wants to stress an important part of Lomborg’s plan for dealing with climate change which was unfortunately left on the cutting room floor, to her disappointment:
it’s very unpopular in America, and I think the producers cut it because it’s unpopular. I’m disappointed that it’s not in the film. My goal always was to [present] how we raise the money and how we spend the money, according to what we discover in this film.
What is this unpopular idea that was excised from “Cool It”? Read the rest of the interview and column here to find out.