This Changes Everything, the climate-change documentary that premiered at the Toronto Film Festival this month, will screen September 26 in 13 cities around the world, with more in the works. 350.org and Greenpeace are among the organizations teaming to promote Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein’s film ahead of the U.N.’s COP21 climate meeting in December in Paris. Special screening cities of the docu — which presents portraits of seven communities on the front lines of both fossil fuel extraction and the climate crisis it is driving — are Berlin, Bergen, Oslo, Barcelona, Edinburgh, Manila, London, Dublin, Manchester, Bucharest, Stockholm, Thessaloniki and Amsterdam, where the film will be projected on a coal-fired power station. All of the screenings will be accompanied by panel discussions with environmentalists, anti-austerity activists and labor organizers. This Changes Everything will get an October 2 theatrical release in New York via Abramorama, and filmBuff will launch it October 20 exclusively on iTunes.
Speaking of FilmBuff, the digital entertainment curator has acquired worldwide rights to another docu, The Russian Woodpecker, which won the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at Sundance this year. First-time director Chad Gracia’s film will get a day-and-date theatrical and VOD release on October 16. It follows Ukrainian artist Fedor Alexandrovich’s journey in search of the “criminal” behind the Chernobyl nuclear plant meltdown. A victim of that 1986 disaster as a 4-year-old, he discovers a dark secret that leads to threats against his life amid growing clouds of revolution and war in his homeland. His investigation begins with a question: What really happened?One big question: What is the enormous steel structure now rotting away a few miles from the disaster site — a towering Cold War weapon nicknamed “the Russian Woodpecker” for the clicking sound it emitted as it interrupting radio frequencies around the world? “Chad is an incredibly talented filmmaker, and we couldn’t be more thrilled about working together,” said Janet Brown, FilmBuff CEO. “We can’t wait to bring THE RUSSIAN WOODPECKER to audiences everywhere.”