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2019 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: #35. Brett Story – The Hottest August (Docu)

2019 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: #35. Brett Story – The Hottest August (Docu)

A subject close to Robert Redford’s heart, climate change has been haphazardly handled in the likes of An Inconvenient Truth and perhaps The Hottest August is the truth serum that is needed for the now. Helmer behind The Prison in Twelve Landscapes (2016), Brett Story was a 2016-2017 Sundance Institute Art of Nonfiction Fellow, went to the 2018 Doc Edit Lab,  and is supported by the Cinereach folks.

Rooftop Films 2019

Gist: A film about climate change, disguised as a portrait of collective anxiety, The Hottest August offers a window into the collective consciousness of the present.

Production Co./Producers: Danielle Varga (Cameraperson), Brett Story.

Prediction: U.S. Documentary Competition.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. TBD (domestic). TBD (international).

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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