TckTckTck Stupidby Brendon Bosworth / 18.09.2009
Next week is all about climate change. In New York, Ban ki-Moon is holding a special UN summit to discuss ways to accelerate climate change negotiations before the final Copenhagen pow-pow in December. In Pittsburgh the G20 will meet for two days and you know climate change is on that agenda. At the same time, The Climate Group, the UN, the City of New York, Government of Denmark, TckTckTck Campaign and the Carbon Disclosure Project have partnered up to host a week of events, protests, film screenings, talks and more in NYC.
We’re not in the Big Apple, but that doesn’t mean the environmentalists amongst us can’t get involved. Global activist group Avaaz will be co-ordinating a “Wake-up Call” on Monday, and SA is very much onboard. Across the country people are organizing five-minute flashmobs, where they’re going to run around together with their cell phone alarms going off. (I’m still not sure how effective this particular tactic will be, but it sounds like a good thing to do with your lunch break). Marches are scheduled, rallies will go down, all that heady business. At the same time, it’s the global premiere of Franny Armstrong (director of McLibel) and John Battsek’s (producer of One Day in September) Age of Stupid. An animation/drama/doccie about an archivist (Pete Postlethwaite) living alone in a screwed up world in 2055, assessing video footage from 2008 and decrying the fact that we didn’t stop climate change when we had the chance. The archival footage consists of real current news clips (courtesy CNN, BBC and co) and the soundtrack includes tunes from Depeche Mode and Radiohead. The “People’s Premiere” in London, aired on March 15, set a new Guinness World Record for the largest ever simultaneous premiere. The solar-powered cinema in Leicester Square was linked by satellite to 63 cinemas around the country, which meant that 10 000 people attended without travelling more than a few miles from home. Green as you like.
In Cape Town, the labia will be screening the Age of Stupid on 21st and 22nd September at 8:30 pm and 6:15pm respectively. Phone (021) 424 5927 to book.
You can watch the trailer here: http://www.ageofstupid.net/video/trailer
To get involved in a flash-mob event or protest, or host your own, click here to access the Avaaz map: http://www.avaaz.org/en/tcktcktck_map