Last week at SXSW—the annual part-festival, part-conference intersection of tech, film, music, education, and culture in Austin, TX—The Climate Pledge co-hosted a “Party for the Planet” featuring a sneak peek of our upcoming documentary series, Future Forward. Aligned with the mission of co-host EarthX Film, an environmental film movement, the event aimed to create an engaging experience that makes room for informational storytelling that inspires audiences to get outside, push boundaries, and protect the environment. Held at the Moody Theater, the afternoon included film clip screenings, a panel discussion, and live music from critically acclaimed composer and multi-instrumentalist, Kishi Bashi.
At the intimate event award-winning director Ondi Timoner, who has a rare achievement of having received the U.S. Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival twice, shared a teaser of her Future Forward film “The Future of Flight.” The short film (5min, 30sec) tells the story of a groundbreaking collaboration between Climate Pledge signatories Neste and JetBlue working together to reduce carbon emissions in the aviation industry. The audience whistled and cheered when they watched the film trailer, signaling an appreciation of content that provides hope and a path forward when facing the climate crisis.