From: BR Public Relations
Published April 22, 2015 09:35 AM

The Evolution of Life and the Revolution to Save Us

Using Earth Day to jumpstart a global conservation fundraising effort, director Rob Stewart is following up on his hit documentary SHARKWATER with the multiple award-winning REVOLUTION, set to hit theaters worldwide and digitally on Earth Day, April 22.


As part of a unique distribution strategy, Stewart is offering the film to the conservation community as a fundraising tool for their own campaigns. REVOLUTION will also be released digitally through the innovative streaming service Yekra on April 22 and will be available on DVD/Blu-ray May 12. As the youth of today play such an important role in conservation, select screenings on Earth Day will offer free admission to kids.


In 2007, SHARKWATER met with global acclaim, winning more than 40 major international film festival awards and seen by more than 124 million people. One of the highest grossing Canadian documentaries of all time, the film shed light on the barbaric practice of finning sharks, thus igniting a global movement to protect them and changing government policy around the world. Today shark fin imports have dropped 70% and shark finning has been banned in most countries. 
Now REVOLUTION takes the fight to save the oceans to the next level. Stewart filmed REVOLUTION over four years in 15 countries, from the coral reefs in Papua New Guinea to the rainforests in Madagascar. The film is Stewart’s response to the pleas of leading scientists and conservationists, who told him that the bigger picture of the planet being in jeopardy needed to be told. They made the convincing case that by the middle of this century, we could have no fish in the sea, no coral reefs, no rainforests and a planet that can’t sustain many forms of life.
REVOLUTION is an empowering firsthand look into the most important issues facing humanity, the story of how we got here, the ecosystems we depend on for survival, and the dawn of the largest movement that’s ever existed that’s rising to the challenge of saving our world.


Executive produced by Gus Van Sant (MILK, GOOD WILL HUNTING) REVOLUTIONmade its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and has gone on to win 14 awards at some of the biggest film festivals in Canada and abroad. The gorgeous cinematography — much of it filmed by Stewart — includes never-before-seen marine life and endangered wildlife in remote areas, such as dancing Lemurs, lynx, pygmy seahorses, and flamboyant cuttlefish.
An inspiring call to action, the film is an adventure 3.5 billion years in the making that dives into the evolution of life through some of the world’s most charismatic and little known species, and the man-made catastrophe facing our world. Uncovering the cause of the mass extinctions of the past, Stewart’s film deftly and courageously outlines the revolution needed to save us from the same fate that ended the reign of the dinosaurs – a mass extinction caused by Ocean Acidification, the very same crisis our oceans face today. Positioning the environmental crisis as an opportunity for our youth to become heroes, the documentary is a compelling and uplifting call for humanity to fight for the world we want, pointing to revolutions of the past as examples for the kind of change needed today.


The documentary takes on ocean acidification, tar sands, deforestation, over-population, pollution and food scarcity, and includes some of the world’s leading scientists. Stewart covers several major successful environmental protests featuring Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and activists who use non-violent civil disobedience similar to the tactics of Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., to send a message to governments worldwide. What quickly becomes apparent is that the global conservation movement depends on the passion of young people, and that information changes everything.


50% of the proceeds from REVOLUTION’s release will benefit conservation. Groups and charities can host, play, stream and sell REVOLUTION to support their own initiatives. “The conservation movement is the biggest that has ever existed,” says Stewart. “It should be winning the battle to save our world… all that’s missing is awareness. We hope by releasing REVOLUTION in this exciting way that we can help educate and empower everyone to get involved.”
The film will also be distributed to classrooms worldwide to educate and empower those whose future is at stake. During the making of REVOLUTION, Stewart was contacted by an elementary school teacher in Saipan who had showed her young students his previous film, SHARKWATER. The students were so inspired by the film that they got involved with their local government, resulting in Saipan banning shark fins. This triumph underscored to Stewart what a difference a film can make, and that humanity will do the right thing once educated about an issue.


 


"If you go to one movie this year it must be Revolution."
David Suzuki, science broadcaster, academic and environmental activist


 


Social Media And Other Supporting Materials
Movie trailer and photos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21hGAKv_0Bs
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/vl3s6gwowg616i2/AABYKk6l3Y9nxaqO_9MWJnh9a?dl=0
Official website, including guides for educators and students: http://www.therevolutionmovie.com
Twitter: @film_REVOLUTION
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/revolutionmovie







Contact Info: Media Contact: Diane Blackman / BR Public Relations
212.249.5125 dblackman@brpublicrelations.com


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