Two nights ago Tipper and I went to the opening of the Tribeca Film Festival joining with Robert De Niro and my friend Kevin Wall to launch a series of 60 short movies that have been commissioned as part of the Live Earth concerts on 7/7/07. Jon Bon Jovi performed after the films were shown and a huge crowd attended.
The Live Earth concerts will benefit the Alliance for Climate Protection and serve as a powerful wake up call all around the world with performances over a 24-hour period from all seven continents. Now these short films are being added to the toolkit that we'll use to get the message out and launch the multi-year mass persuasion campaign. Our goal is to create an appropriate sense of urgency that pushes the world's political system over the tipping point across which effective solutions to the crisis will be demanded.
The festival was a lot of fun! There were huge crowd and lots of enthusiasm. Everyone enjoyed the music, the movies, and the stimulating conversations that focused on solutions to the climate crisis.
Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, founded the Tribeca Film Festival in the wake of the attacks of September 11, 2001. The festival, now in its 6th year, has been a source of hope and renewal and as always is held right next to the site of the attacks against the World Trade Center towers. As a result, this festival always carries a lot of extra emotion and embodies the determination of the people in New York City and all over the United States to rebuild, renew, and reach out to one another in an optimistic and hopeful way.