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Nat Geo, RadicalMedia to tackle climate change in “Paris to Pittsburgh”

National Geographic Documentary Films will present the television broadcast premiere of climate change documentary Paris to Pittsburgh from Emmy Award winner Sidney Beaumont and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Michael Bonfiglio. Produced by ...
September 12, 2018

National Geographic Documentary Films will present the television broadcast premiere of climate change documentary Paris to Pittsburgh from Emmy Award winner Sidney Beaumont and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Michael Bonfiglio.

Produced by RadicalMedia in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies, the film will chronicle the impassioned efforts of the individuals leading the charge in the battle against climate change. Set against the national debate over America’s energy future — and the Trump administration’s decision to exit the Paris Climate Agreement — the film explores the social and economic impacts of climate change-fueled disasters throughout the U.S. and the ways in which Americans are responding.

Featured in the film are local leaders and everyday Americans who embody a variety of stories of climate-related recovery and resiliency. The doc also analyzes the innovative efforts made by Pittsburgh, led by Mayor Bill Peduto who stood up to defy President Trump when he announced the U.S.’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, to reduce carbon emissions of the former boomtown, which was previously reliant on coal.

Other locations featured in the film include Puerto Rico, California, Iowa, Florida and New Jersey.

Paris to Pittsburgh will debut across Nat Geo on Dec. 12 at 9 p.m. ET/PT in the U.S., and will air globally in 172 countries and 45 languages.

Paris to Pittsburgh is executive produced by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Joe Berlinger and Jon Kamen for RadicalMedia and Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Katherine Oliver. Executive producer for National Geographic is Matt Renner.

The film is produced by Beaumont, with co-producers Lindsay Firestone and Katie Dunn. Antha Williams of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ environment program served as a consulting producer.

Bloomberg Philanthropies and RadicalMedia previously collaborated on the critically acclaimed documentary, From the Ashes, about the legacy and future of the coal industry in the U.S.

Paris to Pittsburgh reveals the inspiring steps communities across the country are taking to confront the severe health and economic threats posed by climate change,” said Geoff Daniels, the head of unscripted programming for National Geographic, in a statement. “From innovative ways to improve our food supply chain through Fleet Farming, parking lots shaded by solar paneled roofs to passionate college students making an impact in sustainable energy jobs, this documentary provides a hopeful roadmap for the future.”

“Americans are determined to uphold our end of the Paris Climate Agreement, with or without Washington’s help,” added Michael R. Bloomberg, environmentalist, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and Mayor of New York City from 2002-2013. “Paris to Pittsburgh shows how disconnected Washington is from the American people on climate change, and how communities across the country are taking action to confront the severe health and economic threats it poses.”

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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