Scrambling to gather footage for his movie Gasland, director Josh Fox was chased off
drilling sites; to this day he lives with treats against his career and life. Traveling
ambitiously to the far corners of the earth to reveal the human impact of global warming,
moviemaker Michael Nash endured African commando questioning at gunpoint and often
worked without sleep for days on end to bring home the raw material for Climate
Refugees. Louie Psihoyos, after months of dodging Japanese police and thugs under the
cloak of darkness to film dolphins slaughters in the The Cove, became a wanted man
before the doc premiered in Tokyo last fall.






MICHAEL NASH – Want to get your documentary into Sundance? Here’s a tip from one
of this years 16 entries in the competition category. Have the Speaker of the House, the
governor of Colorado and the Senator from Massachusetts make phone calls on your
behalf. “you’ve really created quite the buzz around the office,” Sundance director Trevor
Groth told director-producer Michael Nash when he phoned to wave the white flag.
“Who’s calling next, Obama.”

The truth is that Climate Refugees a visually and emotionally gripping expose of the
human impact of climate change, was already a shoo-in. By figuratively taking Al Gore’s
slide show out of the lecture hall and onto a three year journey to the far corners of the
planet, as well as the upper echelon of American and world political offices, the two-man
crew of Nash and Producer Justin Hogan came home with the most compelling proof yet
that we better damn well act now. From the African Congo to the island nation of Tuvalu, 
the scenery is amazing, even as the millions of faces of starving refugees are tragically sad.
Perhaps more than any other film this year, Climate Refugees should be a game changer.
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Redford on the New Sundance
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As the 2010 Sundance Film Festival comes to an end this weekend, how is Robert
Redford feeling about this year’s installment?
In an interview, Mr. Redford, who created the Sundance Institute in 1981, first made it
clear how unhappy he was with the road the festival was recently traveling under
Geoffrey Gilmore, who stepped down as director last February.
“This year I got very heavily involved again because we had to let some folks go,” Mr.
Redford said. “It was the right thing to do. Geoff was ready to go and we were also ready
to move on. I felt the festival was flat-lining and not going in the direction I wanted.”
Specifically, Mr. Redford worried about too much Hollywood hoopla and not enough
attention to the mission of Sundance, which is to highlight filmmaking happening outside
of the studio system. A spokeswoman for Mr. Gilmore, who now works for the company
that runs the Tribeca Film Festival, said he was unavailable to comment.
Does Mr. Redford think an array of changes implemented for this year’s festival – a new
director, a renewed focus on cinematic “rebellion” and smaller films, making some
Sundance content immediately available on the Internet – has successfully steered
Sundance back in his preferred direction?
“As long as we can be moving forward, I am thrilled,” he said.
Mr. Redford did not want to discuss specific movies he liked, but he made an exception
to mention three “wonderful” documentaries: “Enemies of the People,” about
Cambodia’s killing fields; “A Small Act,” about an African boy whose education was
sponsored by an anonymous woman; and Michael Nash’s “Climate Refugees,” about the impacts global
warming will have on global population centers. “That film can be an agent for social change – that’s
really exciting to me,” he said.

Hollywood goes to Copenhagen climate summit



Think melting arctic ice caps are the biggest threat from global warming? Dangers to polar bears? Think again, and think fast.
To hear film director Michael Nash and others talk, bigger issues are national security and the prospect of millions of refugees displaced due to world weather changes. And they are not problems for the future, they are issues today.
Director/producer Nash and producer Justin Hogan are going to Copenhagen this week where their documentary "Climate Refugees" will play Monday for a private audience of leaders and scientists at a world summit on climate change.
Nash interviews a range of scientists and politicians from U.S. Senator John Kerry to former Congressman Newt Gingrich who view climate change as a security issue if mass displacement leads to conflict among countries competing for resources.
The movie, looking at the human toll of global warming, heads to its world public premiere in January at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah where climate change documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" debuted in 2006 before going on to critical acclaim, box office success and Oscar glory.
Nash told Reuters he was thrilled to be showing his movie in Copenhagen to politicians who can pass laws that stem global warming, but the Sundance premiere would boost the film with general audiences.
"It's great to go to Copenhagen, but we also need the people to tell the policymakers what they want," Nash said.
Three years ago Nash began reading about mass migrations of people looking for water and food in dry regions of Africa and losing their homes to rising seawater in Bangladesh.
With video camera on shoulders, he and Hogan ventured to such places, including Orissa, India, where the coastal village of Kanhapura has vanished. They spent time on Tuvalu, a South Pacific island that is slowly sinking and where thousands of people will soon be displaced.
In figures released last Tuesday, the International Organization for Migration estimated climate change would drive a billion people worldwide from their homes in the next four decades. In 2008, 20 million people became homeless in environmental disasters, the IOM said.
"One of the things I learned traveling to some 50 countries is that we better hope man is causing (climate change) because if we are in a natural cycle and it is caused by something we can't control, that would really be alarming," Nash said.
"Climate Refugees" ultimately offers hope that global warming can be stemmed.