Laurie David, a producer of An Inconvenient Truth, announced today that 50,000 DVD's of the acclaimed documentary will be donated on a first come, first serve basis to teachers across the country interested in using the film as a teaching tool in classrooms via www.participate.net.
The DVD's will be given away starting Monday, December 18, 2006 thru Thursday, January 18, 2007. Teachers are encouraged to log on to www.participate.net to request the DVD, which will be delivered within 6-8 weeks. Every teacher must provide a nine-digit federal tax ID number belonging to the school where they teach.
"Since the film debuted, we have received hundreds of emails from teachers interested in using An Inconvenient Truth in their classrooms to educate students about global warming. I am thrilled that we are able to give away these DVD's through the generosity of individual citizens who are underwriting this effort and I hope it helps inspire and move a generation towards solving this urgent problem," said Laurie David, a producer of the film.
A free downloadable curriculum guide to accompany An Inconvenient Truth is available for download at Participate.net courtesy of the film's financier, Participant Productions. Developed by Topics Education for Participant Productions and Paramount Home Entertainment, the "AIT in the Classroom" curriculum is aligned with national curriculum standards and is designed for use in high school Earth Science, Environmental Science, Physics, and Chemistry classes. It can also be used in civics classes, middle school science classes, and offers Serving Learning opportunities for students.
"An Inconvenient Truth has ignited a national movement to make the public aware of the effects of global warming and how each of us can contribute to the solution. By providing access to this film together with curriculum support materials for educators, we intend to support our teachers, advance the study of environmental science and contribute to a new generation of environmentally-conscious citizens," said Jim Berk, CEO, Participant Productions.
This generous donation was made possible with the cooperation of Paramount Vantage, Participant Productions and The Environmental Media Association. The Environmental Media Association was created in 1989, as a non-profit 501(c)3.
An Inconvenient Truth is the critically-acclaimed documentary directed by David Guggenheim, produced by Laurie David, Lawrence Bender, Scott Burns, and co-produced by Lesley Chilcott, based on former Vice President Al Gore's presentation on global warming. A passionate and inspirational look at one man's fervent crusade to halt global warming's deadly progress by revealing the truths about it, An Inconvenient Truth offers a dramatic call to action that "shouldn't be missed" (The New Yorker). The film has received the best documentary award from the National Board of Review, San Francisco Film Critics Circle, Washington DC Area Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Online, Los Angeles Film Critics, Critics Choice Award, as well as the Stanley Kramer Award from the Producers Guild of America. Lauded by critics and viewers alike, the film eloquently weaves the science of global warming with Al Gore's personal history and lifelong commitment to reversing the effects of global climate change. Gore presents a wide array of facts and information in a thoughtful and compelling way: often humorous, frequently emotional and always fascinating. In the end, An Inconvenient Truth accomplishes what all great films should: it leaves the viewer involved and inspired.
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