8:00PM-10:00PM | Tuesday, October 19
"SIZZLE: A Global Warming Comedy"
"Sizzle: A Global Warming Comedy" is a feature film (85 minutes) that
(unfortunately) keeps getting more relevant with time. It premiered
in 2008 at the Outfest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and the Woods
Hole Film Festival. But the science community rebuffed the movie
because of it's inclusion of several climate skeptics. Nature
magazine called it unfunny and an army of science bloggers slashed
away, yet Variety Magazine (the most important voice of Hollywood)
reviewed the movie as, "an exceedingly clever vehicle for making
This changed last year with ClimateGate. Since then, a new
willingness has emerged among the cience/environmental crowd to
concede that the anti-climate science movement is aggressive, well
funded, and gaining significant ground. The strategy of ignoring
skeptics in hopes they will go away has vanished. And with the new
willingness to engage in the conflict has come a renewed interest in "Sizzle."
The movie is a unique hybrid of mockumentary, documentary and reality
built around the story of a well-intended by hapless scientist-turned-filmmaker who is forced to team up with a couple of Hollywood flakes
to make his documentary about global warming. Along the way he must
contend with producers who want to interview Tom Cruise (not a
scientist, but a Scientologist -- "most people don't know the
difference"), a cameraman who is a skeptic and likes to argue with
the scientists they are trying to interview, and a humiliating polar
bear nightmare for the filmmaker. But eventually it's a movie that
makes up for all the silliness with a somber visit to the Lower Ninth
Ward of New Orleans to witness the human side of a climate disaster.
This year "Sizzle" has screened or will screen at NASA Goddard Flight
Center, M.I.T., University of Arizona, University of Colorado, Yale
University, and Cornell University. The on-going relevance of the
movie is now being underscored by The New Suit Theater Group in
Chicago who are adapting "Sizzle" as a play that will open in
Join us for a viewing of this entertaining movie, followed by a post-screening panel discussion featuring the filmmaker, Dr. Randy Olson
along with several climate scientists.