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San Francisco Film Society
Franny Armstrong (England, 2009)
In an innovative screening event, on the eve of the U.N. General Assembly's climate session, The Age of Stupid will be launched internationally in one of the largest simultaneous film experiences the world has ever seen. Brought to you by Fathom Events, this unique mass-screening event will launch in the U.S. from a solar-powered cinema tent in New York linked by satellite to over 700 cinemas in more than 40 countries. Audiences are invited to go to their local theater to watch the VIPs arrive in Manhattan by boat, bike, rickshaw, chipfat car or skateboard, before braving the paparazzi on the green carpet. This one-night-only live event is your only chance to see The Age of Stupid on the big screen and is timed for the day before the U.N.'s climate meeting, when 80 heads of state—and therefore the world's media—will gather in New York. The event is an official part of UN Climate Week.

The Age of Stupid, a hit at the 2009 San Francisco International Film Festival, is a passionate documentary about global warming that combines a compelling fictional premise with urgent warnings about the cost of inaction. "In the year 2055, a man called the Archivist (Pete Postlethwaite) pores through a limitless digital video library in a storage tower high above the stinking brown desolation, wondering why humankind failed to respond to the myriad signs of climate change" writes Michael Fox. "He hones in on the late ’00s when records show a rapidly approaching tipping point that will spell doom for our shortsighted species. The footage unearthed by the Archivist turns out to be real-life interviews conducted by filmmaker Franny Armstrong (Drowned Out, SFIFF 2003). Blending these verité stories with cutting-edge graphics and a pinch of gallows humor, Armstrong delivers a cautionary, pre-apocalyptic documentary that succeeds in piercing our complacency to a degree matched only, perhaps, by An Inconvenient Truth. The Age of Stupid is a potent testament that we are all in this together, and it’s time to hurry up and get smart." The Guardian UK calls The Age of Stupid “a captivating and constantly surprising film: the first successful dramatization of climate change to reach the big screen."

Following the film, there will be a 40-minute live event featuring Kofi Annan, Gillian Anderson, Mary Robinson, Franny Armstrong, Pete Postlethwaite and other leading thinkers, celebrities and political figures from around the world. Audiences will hear from scientists working in the Himalayas and Indonesian rain forest via live satellite link and from a group of children speaking from the very room in Copenhagen in which all our futures will be decided at the UN climate summit in December. Radiohead's Thom Yorke will wrap up the evening with a short acoustic performance.

Presented as part of the Film Society’s environmental film series supported by the Goldman Environmental Prize.

Written by Franny Armstrong. Photographed by Franny Armstrong and Lawrence Gardner. With Pete Postlewaite, Jeh Wadia, Alvin DuVernay III, Layefa Malemi, Jamila Bayyoud, Adnan Bayyoud, Piers Guy, Fernand Pareau (89 min, Spanner Films)
September 21, 2009, 8:00 pm
Century 9 San Francisco Centre
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