EARTH DAY – PLANETARY THE NEW ENVIRONMENTAL DOCUMENTARY RELEASED ON APRIL 22
NEW YORK / LONDON (March 12, 2015) – Abramorama, Vimeo and SHFT.com have partnered to distribute PLANETARY, a Planetary Collective in association with Reconsider film. The filmmakers will present the film globally day-and-date theatrically and on Vimeo On Demand on Earth Day, April 22, 2015. PLANETARY, a cross- continental cinematic journey and film-going experience like no other, will make its World Premiere next week at the SXSW Film Festival in the Vimeo Theater (March 17, 2015).
A provocative and breathtaking wakeup call, PLANETARY is a poetic and humbling reminder that it’s time to shift our perspective. The film asks us to rethink who we really are, to reconsider our relationship with ourselves, each other and the world around us – to remember that: we are PLANETARY.
In a stunning visual exploration, the film interweaves imagery from NASA Apollo missions with visions of the Milky Way, Buddhist monasteries in the Himalayas, and the cacophonous sounds of downtown Tokyo and Manhattan, with intimate interviews from renowned experts including astronauts Ron Garan and Mae Jemison (the first African American woman in space)
celebrated environmentalist Bill McKibben, National Book Award winner Barry Lopez, anthropologist Wade Davis, to National Geographic Explorer Elizabeth Lindsey, and Head of the Tibetan Buddhist Kagyu school, the 17th Karmapa. They shed new light on the ways our worldview is profoundly affecting life on our planet.
The unique nature of this release marks the first time that Vimeo has partnered to present the theatrical release of a feature film, in addition to its exclusive Vimeo On Demand window. A global celebration of Earth Day, the film will have special screenings in major cities around the country. PLANETARY will be available for pre-order beginning today at https://vimeo.com/ondemand/planetary.
Richard Abramowitz, President of Abramorama stated, “PLANETARY is an extension of our intent to provide thoughtful experiential films to the expanding community of people looking to connect. We’re thrilled to be working with the filmmakers and distribution partners in this new model to show the film in theaters across the nation and around the globe.”
PLANETARY is the follow-up to the award-winning short film ‘Overview’ which was featured on Vimeo Staff Picks before going on to receive nearly 7 million views to-date. The film captivated audiences with astronauts’ stories of what it means to see the Earth from space and its success was a driving force behind the decision to make a feature length film. Sir Richard Branson called ‘Overview’ “An exceptional documentary” and NPR, Cosmos and Culture called it “Breathtaking”.
Jeremy Boxer, Creative Director, Film+Video Vimeo added, “We are excited and proud to present PLANETARY to the world. The film was incubated on Vimeo and only fitting that we release this beautiful film globally on Vimeo On Demand.”
Peter Glatzer, co-founder of SHFT.COM said, “When we first saw ‘Overview’, we knew we had to find the filmmakers and figure out a way to work with them. We are proud to be working with Planetary Collective and our distribution partners on a film that shares so many of the core values we hold at SHFT.”
Stephen Apkon, President of Reconsider commented, “We can’t think of a more important film to be involved with, or a better team than Planetary Collective. At the heart of all of our environmental and social challenges is a profound disconnection with the natural world. PLANETARY deals with this magnificently – not from a place of fear, but of affection. For this planet we call home and for the experience of life itself.”
PLANETARY is the debut feature from Planetary Collective and is directed by Guy Reid, written and edited by Steve Watts Kennedy, with director of photography Christoph Ferstad. Executive produced by Paul Hawken and Stephen Apkon, the film features an original score by Human Suits.
To view the trailer for PLANETARY please visit: weareplanetary.com