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Sneak Preview of “Crimes Against Nature” at Aspen Film Fest

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.




Well, it looks like the production difficulties have been sorted out, and Bobby Kennedy Jr.’s Crimes Against Nature film will finally see the light of day. Even sooner than expected, it turns out.

We just got word that there will be a sneak preview of this much-anticipated documentary film at the Aspen Film Festival on September 27th, 2pm, at the Wheeler Theatre.

The film is inspired by Kennedy’s environmental bestseller and is narrated by Morgan Freeman. This special film premiere will be followed by an evocative conversation with director Angus Yates and NPR science and environment correspondent Richard Harris on the current state of environmental policy and the roles that Americans and the media play to influence its future.

If you’re planning a trip to Aspen for FilmFest this year, better add this one to your must-see list!

Tickets are on sale now at http://AspenFilm.org






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RFK Jr. Film Faces Uncertain Future



Roger Friedman of FoxNews reports on his blog that Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s planned documentary film “Crimes Against Nature” may not see the light of day anytime soon – if ever. He writes:

I told you more than a year ago that filmmakers were busily putting together a documentary based on Robert Kennedy Jr.’s book, “Crimes Against Nature,” sort of his “Inconvenient Truth.”

In Denver, during convention week, I was told several times that there were going to be screenings of some kind on the Pepsi Center campus. There was also word at the Toronto Film Festival that it would be seen. Neither scenario materialized.

Alas, I now hear that the people who’ve made the film are at war among themselves and there is chaos instead of expected unity for this investigative take on environmental politics.

In one corner, there is director Angus Yates. He comes with quite a pedigree. Stepson of Mike Wallace, son of late journalist Ted Yates, Angus has a long list of filmmaking credits. He also grew up with Kennedy, which gives some advantage when it comes to making this film.

In the other corner, there’s wealthy newspaper heiress Clara Bingham, who put up a lot of the money for “Crimes Against Nature.” Even though she hasn’t seen the film, sources say Bingham wants to take it away from director Yates and give it her own imprimatur. She has no prior filmmaking credits, but is a journalist who did write the book upon which Charlize Theron’s movie “North Country” was based.

Calls to Bingham at her New York apartment were attempted, but a recorded message said the voicemail box was full.

In the middle of this: producer Sarah Johnson Redlich, who wants Yates to finish his film but with compromises.

“I like Angus and I think he’s made a good film. But he also tried to make a Michael Moore film. It doesn’t work. He took Clara’s script and threw it out, and used his own. Bobby didn’t think it was good.”

As for who controls the finished work, that remains to be seen. Yates has told friends that he owns the film, and can so what he wants with it. That may include a surprise screening next week to get reaction, thus pushing Kennedy to take the director’s side and end the controversy. In the end, it will be up to Bobby Kennedy which version of “Crimes Against Nature” is final.

But Redlich says that only she and Bingham have money in the project. “Angus doesn’t have one cent in it,” she said.

She adds: “If we could just get him to do these final things. To me, it’s where you place things. I come from a staunch Republican family. If you start with an attack on George Bush, and clips of George Carlin, they’re going to walk right out. The message is too important for that.”


Story copyright 2008, Fox News.


EDITOR’S NOTE: Hm. From what I gather, this basically means that someone is trying to tone down RFK Jr.’s message. Yes, why start a film about the destruction of our environment with an attack on George Bush, the worst environmental president in history? That just makes too much sense! Better tone that rhetoric down, Bobby…how dare you point out the obvious?


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Kennedy at Red Rocks DNC Kickoff Concert Tonight

 * This just in: couple more RFK Jr. appearances on today’s DNC schedule. If you’re in Denver and want to attend the concert, unfortunately it seems to be by invitation only. But the NEA event is open to the public. See below for full details on both events.



The Denver 2008 Convention Host Committee will present an official welcoming concert event for invited guests to celebrate the City’s greening efforts around the 2008 Democratic National Convention, as well as to raise environmental awareness. “Green Sunday At Red Rocks,” an opening act to Denver’s hosting of the Convention, will feature performances by recording artists and environmental advocates including Dave Matthews with Tim Reynolds, Sheryl Crow and Sugarland. 

The event also will feature addresses by Laurie David, global warming activist and producer of Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth”; Van Jones, founder and president of Green For All; Bill McDonough, architect and sustainable living pioneer; and Robert F. Kennedy Jr., senior attorney for NRDC and chairman of Waterkeeper Alliance.

Executive hosts for the event will be Gov. Bill Ritter Jr., Mayor John Hickenlooper and U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar. Congresswoman Diana DeGette and Gov. Tim Kaine of Virginia also will appear.

The event is made possible by donations from BNSF Railroad, MolsonCoors, Xcel Energy, Level 3, Diageo, and Liberty Media.

WHAT: Green Sunday at Red Rocks, a Denver 2008 Convention Host Committee event.

WHO: Dave Matthews with Tim Reynolds, Sheryl Crow, Sugarland, Laurie David, Van Jones, Bill McDonough, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Gov. Bill Ritter, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar, U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, Gov. Tim Kaine, Elbra Wedgeworth, Steve Farber.

WHEN: Sunday, August 24, 7 p.m., on the eve of the Convention.


Robert F. Kennedy Jr., to Address Hundreds of Education Activists,

Voting Delegates Attending Democratic National Convention



The National Education Association, in conjunction with the Colorado Education Association, will host Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and hundreds of educators — and voting delegates — on the eve of the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colo., underscoring the historic role activists and educators have played as one of the largest delegations to the convention for decades. Kennedy will speak to the NEA members and delegates.

Millions of dedicated educators and party activists are expected to play a critical role in the 2008 election. The hundreds of NEA members and DNC delegates, including 22 superdelegates, come from 41 states and the District of Columbia. NEA members attending the convention aim to put education and other pocket-book issues front and center in this election cycle and will work to inform the public and draw distinctions about where the candidates, Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama, are on the issues of concern to Americans. It’s one of the reasons NEA has launched a $50 million campaign to elect pro-public education candidates like Sen. Obama in the November election. The Association’s more than 3.2 million members live in every state, in every congressional district, and in every precinct in America.

WHO: Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

NEA President Reg Weaver

NEA President-Elect Dennis Van Roekel

Colorado Education Association President Beverly Ingle

WHAT: NEA and Colorado Education Association host party activists and delegates to Democratic Party Convention

WHEN: Sunday, August 24, 2008 12 p.m. (noon) – 2:00 p.m. MDT

WHERE: Hyatt Convention Center

Centennial Ballroom E, 3rd Floor

615 15th Street Denver, CO 80202


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RFK Jr.’s New IMAX Film in Theatres Next Month

It has been predicted that water conservation will be the top environmental topic for 2008, and just as Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth pushed climate change up the agenda, the new movie Grand Canyon Adventure could do the same for water.

The movie, which will premiere on March 14, 2008 in anticipation of World Water Day (March 22, 2008) in 3D IMAX theatres, follows environmental heroes Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Wade Davis, along with their daughters, as they journey down the Colorado River to raise awareness about the world’s growing shortage of fresh water.

“In our film, the Colorado River becomes a metaphor for global water issues, revealing how interconnected our rivers, water supply and human actions really are,” says the film’s two-time Academy Award-nominated producer/director Greg MacGillivray.

He adds, “A river trip is one of those amazing life events where you’re ripped out of your daily routine and inspired to see the world in new ways. With IMAX 3D images, we’re able to put the audience even more into the action and let them participate in every twist and turn.”

Rather than the fact filled, wordy style of An Inconvenient Truth, however, Grand Canyon Adventure focuses on the adventure side of things. The giant-screen film uses the whitewater rafting action and grandeur of the Grand Canyon to tell an engaging story of how ordinary people can make a difference for our parched planet – one that is running out of clean, fresh water so fast the U.N. estimates that 40% of the world could face life-threatening shortages by the year 2050.

“Safe fresh water is a human right like clean air, yet more than one-fifth of the world’s people suffer without adequate clean water,” says Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., who recalls going down the Colorado just a few decades ago with his own father and seeing wide, sandy banks and animals that have since vanished.

“My hope is that Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk will remind the world that restoring our waterways and conserving fresh water are important, not just in developing nations but here at home.” Kennedy says. “The quality and survival of our civilization will depend on it.”

Story by Ianto Everett, About My Planet.com.


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