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FUTURE WEATHER: Science meets story at Tribeca

A fictional film born from a factual source: that’s not so unusual, right? Almost any biopic falls loosely into that category, and films ranging from THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES to FROST/NIXON openly blend historical fact and a filmmaker’s imagination (as did their sources’ authors). But a story born from a scientific article? Sounds like either a stretch, or the prelude to a really boring evening. Even this kind of reimagining has worked in the past, though – think FAST FOOD NATION – and writer/director Jenny Deller is giving it another go her forthcoming FUTURE WEATHER.

Set to premiere later this month at the Tribeca Film Festival, takes the science of global warming (gleaned from a New Yorker article), and makes it the obsession of teenager Lauduree (played by Perla Haney-Jardine). The middle schooler’s obsession with ecological collapse makes sense: her own world is in the process of falling apart, as her mother takes off, and her remaining caretaker, her grandmother (Amy Madigan), is struggling with decisions about moving away with her boyfriend. While the movie incorporates the science, it isn’t about climate change, but, rather, how science can serve as both refuge and dangerous distraction from reality.

No doubt, many Tribeca attendees will be intrigued by the still unusual inspiration for a story about family relationships, so following the premiere, the director, along with producer Kristin Fairweather, and actresses Madigan,  Haney-Jardine, and Lily Taylor, will participate in a roundtable discussion “on how an article about a scientific and environmental issue planted the seed for an intimate fiction film, and inspired an environmentally sensitive production.”

FUTURE WEATHER is the only environmentally-themed film playing at Tribeca this year. If you get a chance to see it, come back and share your thoughts. If you can’t get to New York on April 29, you should have opportunities to catch this one at other festivals throughout the year. At the very least, you can check out the companion short, “Save the Future,” above.

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Featured image credit: FUTURE WEATHER press materials