'Years Of Living Dangerously' Documentary Film Debuts; Hollywood Stars Voice Opinion
This Sunday, Showtime will debut its nine-part documentary about climate-change, titled Years of Living Dangerously, which has gathered the support of numerous Hollywood celebrities.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the series' creators David Gelber and Joel Bach, who have become veteran producers for CBS's 60 Minutes, developed the concept of the documentary after doing several stories regarding climate change for hour-long news show.
The duo wanted a way to solely cover "the biggest story out there," Gelber said. "We felt that it was important to do something that had the power to put this back on the national agenda."
Gelber and Bach also said they wanted to create a documentary that didn't just rely on the use of talking heads and grim statistics to get audiences caring, but sought to combine high production value and personal narratives.
"We didn't want to do another competent documentary that would essentially preach to the choir and could be seen by a relatively small audience who already agreed this is a big deal," Gelber said.
Legendary director James Cameron, former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and veteran Hollywood producer Jerry Weintraub signed to become executive producers of the documentary.
Showtime President David Nevins told the Times that he wanted the documentary for his cable network because of its unique way of tackling an important issue.
"I'm always looking for things that feel like a new way to do television, a new way to use television," Nevins said, adding, "and this felt like a really deep dive into one of the issues of our moment."
The documentary will focus on personal tales and how climate change has affected certain groups or individuals while also being aesthetically pleasing to viewers with the use of globetrotting action-adventure sequences, and exotic locations, according to the Times.
The documentary's producers reached out to A-list stars Harrison Ford, Matt Damon, Jessica Alba and Don Cheadle to report on issues. Seasoned journalists Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes, food writer Mark Bittman and New York Times columnist Tom Friedman were also recruited to be part of the series.
Sunday's premiere episode will feature stories from the Indonesian jungle where deforestation has become a pressing matter with the rise in demand for palm oil. It will also focus on how drought has affected the small Texas town of Plainview and on the war-torn country of Syria where extreme weather has fueled political instability.
Years of Living Dangerously airs Sunday on Showtime at 10 p.m.
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