Eskimo actor makes 'cli-fi' debut in "Chloe and Theo" - Film is nominated for best movie, best actor, best actress, best screenplay and best director in the upcoming 2015 CLI FI MOVIE AWARDS in Hollywood (see: korgw101.blogspot.com)
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NEW YORK, IN FRONT OF THE UN BUILDING -- Take an engaging and photogenic Inuit man from Canada and put him a 'cli-fi dramatic comedy' that aims to serve as a warning flare about possible global wamring impacts in the far north, and you've got a winner by Hollywood standards.
Meet Theo Ikummaq, the Inuit man who plays himself in the movie that is sure to touch millions. Fans are already talking about the film on social media and will soon be lining up to see it when opens this summer.
"Chloe and Theo"is about a man who comes to New York to try to persade the United Nations to do something about global warming before it wipes his people's homes in the far north off the map. Oh, and Dakota Johnson ["50 Shades of Gray"] co-stars are a young woman who wants to help him.
It's a serious movie, with a cli-fi theme and cli-fi message, but it's also billed as a comedy, too. There's some heavy dialogue, some good comic lines, and it's a tear-jerker that will not only touch your heart but may very goad you into action.
At a recent screening of the movie at World Bank function in Washington, Marty Katz, the founder and president of Prospero Pictures and the producer of "Hotel Rwanda," sat in on a panel discussion about the power of cinema to connect with people over serious issues.
When asked to talk about how a movie like "Chloe and Theo" might connect with viewers on the pressing issue of global warming, the Canadian film maven responded by asking a few questions himself, according to a transcript of the World Bank event.
''Can film be an agent for social change? Can the arts be an agent for social change? Can anything but the arts be an agent for social change?" Katz asked. "I can’t think of how to change people’s perception or behavior except for the arts. That’s why governments who don’t want people’s behavior to be changed sensor the arts."
"I think that film can be a catalyst for those who can be social agents who can affect change in the world and I think that’s a great thing," Katz said.
Later, he tweeted and I saw this on his Twitter feed:
“You need the big story that comes from films. Then you need to give tools to people to make them able to make a change”@martinfkatz #TakeOn — Connect4Climate (@Connect4Climate) April 15, 2015
Like "Games of Thrones," this Enza Sands-directed movie is the latest in an expanding genre of films, novels and TV shows that touch on the genre of climate-change fiction, or "cli-fi."
While climate change can be a scary and overwhelmingly difficult topic that people want to avoid, as Manjana Milkoreit at Arizona State University has blogged, storytelling in movies like "Chloe and Theo" can bring the harsh realities of climate change home to world audiences -- and world leaders!