Ahead of its world premiere at this month's Toronto International Film Festival, Ondi Timoner’s hot-topic doc "Cool It" has been acquired by Roadside Attractions for U.S. distribution this fall. Maple Pictures will distribute the film in Canada.
Timoner, the only filmmaker to win the Sundance Grand Jury prize twice, profiles controversial economist and political scientist Bjorn Lomborg in "Cool It." Lomborg first gained widespread recognition for for his book "The Skeptical Environmentalist," and later set out to challenge Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth," in lectures and his 2007 book, "Cool It."
"Many docs we see are satisfied to introduce yet another problem to fret about,” said Roadside Attractions co-president Eric d’Arbeloff in a statement. "But "Cool It" is so exciting because it’s radically structured toward solutions. In the same way our movie "The Cove" demonstrated that a small group of activists can change the world, we think that this brave film could help start real progress on global warming."
Producer Terry Botwick added, "Bjorn ‘s message is extremely provocative. He brings a refreshing perspective on how we think about solving, not just global warming, but also other major problems facing the world."
The deal was negotiated by d’Arbeloff and attorney Greg Bernstein on behalf of Roadside Attractions and Botwick and attorney Steve Fayne of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld on behalf of 1019 Entertainment, the company that produced the film.