Inconvenience Sequel: Truth to Power–Al Gore Follow-Up to his Oscar Winning Docu

Al Gore received two standing ovations as An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power made its world premiere Thursday at the Sundance Film Fest.

“Now we are undergoing a time of challenge, but we are going to prevail,” said the former vice president. “I’m not going to give all the evidence of why I’m so confident. Always remember that the will to act is a renewable resource.

“We will win,” Gore told the crowd. “No one person can stop this movement. We want this movie to recruit others.”

Sundance founder Robert Redford spoke before the film and said “the Supreme Court was not very kind to him.”

This time around, the film offered a more hopeful message than the dire warning of the original, despite concerns that the incoming president will reverse some of the environmental gains made under the Obama administration. In the past, Trump has called the idea of manmade climate change a “hoax.”

Gore said: “We will know soon enough. It’s not the last conversation. A lot of people started out as climate-change denialists. Whether he will change remains to be seen.”

Participant founder Jeff Skoll joined Gore and the filmmakers on stage. Participant financed both An Inconvenient Truth and the sequel.

Directed by husband-and-wife filmmakers Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, An Inconvenient Sequel offered a stylistic departure from Davis Guggenheim’s original that put Gore’s cautionary slideshow presentation on full display. This outing is more cinema verite, following a globetrotting Gore from Greenland to China to Paris for the 2015 United Nations Climate Conference, where the 196 attending nations agreed to reach net-zero greenhouse gasses by the end of this century, if not sooner. Gore, the documentary’s protagonist, is seen more as an agile negotiator in the sequel than the original’s professorial crusader.

The premiere drew a mix of industryites, including Paramount chief Brad Grey. Paramount released the original, which became one of the highest-grossing documentaries of all time, earning $50 million worldwide. The studio will release the sequel on July 28, coinciding with the release of Gore’s companion book from Rodale.

“Now we are undergoing a time of challenge, but we are going to prevail,” said the former vice president. “I’m not going to give all the evidence of why I’m so confident. Always remember that the will to act is a renewable resource.

“We will win,” Gore told the crowd. “No one person can stop this movement. We want this movie to recruit others.”

Sundance founder Robert Redford spoke before the film and said “the Supreme Court was not very kind to him.”

As Sundance’s opening-night film, An Inconvenient Sequel kicked off the 2017 event. The climate-change docu made its debut 11 years after Oscar winner An Inconvenient Truth premiered in Park City.

The new film offered a more hopeful message than the warning of the original, despite concerns that the incoming president will reverse some of the environmental gains made under Obama.

In the past, Trump has called the idea of manmade climate change a “hoax.”

Trump appointed climate change skeptic Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency, and ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State.

Gore was asked by an audience member what sense he got on that elevator in Trump Tower. He said: “We will know soon enough. It’s not the last conversation. A lot of people started out as climate-change denialists. Whether he will change remains to be seen.”

Participant founder Jeff Skoll joined Gore and the filmmakers on stage. Participant financed both An Inconvenient Truth and the sequel.

An Inconvenient Sequel played big in Park City, known for its environmentally minded docus

This year, for the first time, Sundance is dedicating an entire program to climate, featuring films on water scarcity and coral reef destruction, as well as virtual reality programs that gives viewers immersive sense of the dangers.

Directed by husband-and-wife filmmakers Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, An Inconvenient Sequel offered a stylistic departure from Davis Guggenheim’s original that put Gore’s cautionary presentation

This film follows globetrotting Gore from Greenland to China to Paris for the 2015 United Nations Climate Conference, where the 196 attending nations agreed to reach net-zero greenhouse gasses by the end of this century, if not sooner.

Gore, the documentary’s protagonist, is seen more as an agile negotiator in the sequel than the original’s crusader.

The premiere drew chief Brad Grey of Paramount, which released the original, one of the highest-grossing documentaries of all time, earning $50 million worldwide.

The studio will release the sequel on July 28, coinciding with the release of Gore’s companion book from Rodale.

Gore said his talks have continued privately after a very public meeting with Trump on December 5.

“He was receptive to some of what I had to say, and I appreciated that,” Gore said. “Trump made a number of statements and wrote a bunch of tweets that caused concern, but he also has other statements that give rise to the possibility that he and his team will take a fresh look at the reality of what we’re facing here.”