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MIA AND THE MIGOO

EXPANDS NATIONALLY APRIL 22

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH EARTH DAY NETWORK

NEW YORK, NY – MAR 15, 2011 – Animation specialists GKIDS today announced the English language voice cast for  their award-winning animated feature MIA AND THE MIGOO by director Jacques-Rémy Girerd.  The new English language version is produced by US distributor GKIDS and Matthew Modine, and features John DiMaggio, Whoopi Goldberg, Matthew Modine, Wallace Shawn, and James Woods, and introduces Amanda Misquez as Mia.  The film opens theatrically for an exclusive engagement at New York’s IFC Center on March 25, with national bow set for Earth Day, April 22, in partnership with Earth Day Network.

 

 

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MIA AND THE MIGOO is the second feature by animator Jacques-Rémy Girerd, founder of famed French animation studio Folimage and recipient of France’s Ordre national du Mérite (National Order of Merit), one of the nation’s highest honors.  The film was winner of Best Animated Feature at the European Film Awards in December 2009 and is being released theatrically in the US by GKIDS with the support of MEDIA International.

 

 

JOHN DIMAGGIO

WHOOPI GOLDBERG

MATTHEW MODINE

WALLACE SHAWN

JAMES WOODS

 

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WINNER!

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS

 

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Created from an astonishing 500,000 hand-painted frames of animation, MIA AND THE MIGOO is a stunningly beautiful and thrilling family adventure that pits a plucky, wild haired young heroine Mia against profit-hungry developers, with the future of life on Earth in the balance.  One night Mia has a premonition. So after saying a few words of parting at her mother’s grave, she sets out on a journey across mountains and jungles in search of her father, who has been trapped in a landslide at a disaster-plagued construction site on a remote tropical lake. In the middle of the lake stands the ancient Tree of Life, watched over by innocent, bumbling forest spirits called the Migoo, who grow and change shape as they please, morphing from small childlike beings to petulant giants. It is the Migoo who have been disrupting the construction to protect this sacred site – and now together with Mia they join in a fight to find Mia’s father and save the Tree.

 

MIA AND THE MIGOO opens March 25 for an exclusive one week engagement at New York’s IFC Center, where GKIDS has opened previous animated films Azur and Asmar, Sita Sings the BluesThe Secret of Kells, andSummer Wars.  The film will then open nationally on Earth Day, April 22, in partnership with Earth Day Network, the environmental organization behind the global Earth Day celebration.  All theatrical proceeds from the film’s opening weekend will support Earth Day Network’s Canopy Project, a world-wide tree-planting initiative. Each tree planted counts towards A Billion Acts of Green®, the world’s largest environmental campaign.

 

About Earth Day Network – The first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.  www.earthday.org

 

About GKIDS – GKIDS is a distributor of award-winning filmed entertainment specializing in independent animation for both adults and children. GKIDS is also producer of the New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival, North America’s largest festival of film for children and teens. NYICFF jury members include John Turturro, Uma Thurman, Susan Sarandon, Matthew Modine, Gus van Sant, and James Schamus.

 

 

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>Bumble and Bumble’s Doc on Vidal Sassoon

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>Talking About Cool[ing] It

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Bjorn Lomborg, “Smart Solutions to Climate Change.”

Bjorn Lomborg and Ondi Timoner’s approach to the Macro Theme of Global Climate Change is simple:  Dollars & Cents

“I support the carbon tax,” said filmmaker Ondi Timoner in a recent interview with Greening Hollywood. “It’s only 6 cents at the gas pump and it would raise $270 Billion.” Money, she says, that could be used to fund R&D of new clean energy sources and also green jobs.

The best way to silence someone is to destroy their reputation,” said Timoner.

Cool It! the documentary about Global Climate Change that opens in major U.S. markets today, follows scientist and professor Bjorn Lomborg as he discusses the issues of global climate change with experts around the world.  This Dane is the editor of the book  Smart Solutions to Climate Change, and the author of The Skeptical Environmentalist, which The Guardian U.K. says are two very different outlooks on the same issue by the same person.

In his new book, Lomborg concludes, “Investing $100bn annually would mean that we could essentially resolve the climate change problem by the end of this century.”

In his own defense, Lomborg explained to Greening Hollywood in a telephone interview that, “My fundamental point is not that we shouldn’t worry [about climate change]. It’s that we need to be led by good information, good judgment. We have to keep asking How big is the problem? And not focusing only on people who shout the loudest or have the cutest animal. We have to worry about [climate change] in the smartest possible way so that we end up doing a lot of good. Not just feeling good.”

Ondi Timoner, a Sundance Kid, whose previous documentaries “We Live In Public,” and “Dig!” very candidly admitted that she knew very little about the issue of climate change when she first met with Lomborg to discuss the for-hire film project.

About that first creative meeting, Timoner recalled, “I didn’t know if Bjorn was legitimate or not but I grilled him for five hours. He expressed his ideas in such interesting ways that when I left that meeting I was convinced that he was worth hearing; he was worth knowing about.  The best way to silence someone is to destroy their reputation,” said Timoner.

“I was also overwhelmed by the subject matter. I felt challenged to make climate change an entertaining subject matter, not so dry.  I saw that after 18 years of climate change conferences there was no forward motion. I wanted to make a movie where I could engage the audience so they feel empowered to do something.”

One point that Timoner and Lomborg agree on is that there’s a need for solutions when it comes to the Climate Change debate.  They both recognize that there’s a polarization between the left and the right and their approaches to Climate Change.  Lomborg, a scientist who has become comfortable with and around cameras in recent years, has a good response that just might cut to the quick of that polarization:

“Think forward to our kids and grandkids…It doesn’t matter if we’ve spoken beautifully about climate change. It matters if we have done something about it.” – Bjorn Lomborg

Cool It! Trailer HERE.  In U.S. Theaters starting today.

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>COOL IT opens LA on 11/12/10

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Cool It blasts through the polarizing logjam of the climate change debate to bring a solid plan for solutions” – director Ondi Timoner

 

Roadside Attractions presents

“COOL IT”

In theaters nationwide on Nov. 12, 2010

 

Feature documentary plays in Los Angeles

at the Laemmle Monica 4-Plex & in Orange County

*additional theaters TBA

 

Climate catastrophe? The end of civilization as we know it?   COOL IT is based upon the book of the same name and lectures by Bjorn Lomborg, the controversial author of The Skeptical Environmentalist.  Award-winning filmmaker Ondi Timoner travels the world with Lomborg exploring the real facts and true science of global warming and its impact.  Lomborg is the founder and director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center, a globally respected think tank that brings together the world’s leading economists to prioritize major global problems — among them malaria, the lack of potable water and HIV/AIDS — based upon a cost/benefit analysis of available solutions. Amidst the strong and polarized opinions within the global warming debate, COOL IT follows Lomborg on his mission to bring the smartest solutions to climate change, environmental pollution, and other major problems in the world.

 

Roadside Attractions will release COOL IT nationwide on November 12, 2010. The feature documentary will play in Los Angeles at the Laemmle Monica 4-Plex and in Orange County. Additional theaters TBA.  COOL IT is a 1019 Entertainment Production in association with Interloper Films. An Ondi Timoner Film.

 

Rating: PG for thematic elements. Running Time: 87 minutes


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