Sundance Channel Celebrates Earth Day 2001

'Our Spirited Earth,' 'Charcoal People' and 'Baraka'

Environmentally-Themed Films Air on Earth Day April 22



Apr 05, 2001, 01:00 ET from Sundance Channel

    NEW YORK, April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Sundance Channel celebrates Earth Day on
 Sunday, April 22nd with three films that highlight the beauty, complexity and
 fragility of our planet.  The program kicks off at 9:00pm with the world
 premiere of "Our Spirited Earth," a new animated short film by Oscar(R)-
 winning filmmaker Faith Hubley, and continues with two exceptional
 documentaries:  "Baraka," by Ron Fricke, and "The Charcoal People," by Nigel
 Noble and Jose Padilha.
     (Logo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010404/SUNDANCELOGO )
     "A commitment to preserving and protecting the environment has been a
 cornerstone of the Sundance philosophy for the past 20 years.  It's a value we
 at Sundance Channel share wholeheartedly and celebrate with an on-air tribute
 to Earth Day," remarked Sundance Channel's Liz Manne, Executive Vice
 President, Programming and Marketing.
     Sundance Channel's Earth Day line-up is as follows.  All times are
 Eastern/Pacific.
 
      "Our Spirited Earth" (World Premiere) -- Directed by Faith Hubley.  The
      pioneering animator's latest film casts the planet as a magical being
      reaching towards harmony with the universe, until modern civilization
      threatens her survival and she is forced to rebel.  Airs at 9:00pm.
 
      "Baraka" -- Directed by Ron Fricke.  An exquisite meditation on man and
      nature, shot in 24 countries on six continents.  Baraka's global panorama
      includes Iguacu Falls in Argentina, the temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia
      and the streets of Manhattan.  Airs at 9:15pm.
 
      "The Charcoal People" -- Directed by Nigel Noble and Jose Padilha.  This
      powerful documentary looks at the lives of Brazilian workers who cut down
      trees to produce charcoal for the multinational pig-iron industry.   Airs
      at 11:00pm.
 
     Under the creative direction of Robert Redford, Sundance Channel brings
 television viewers daring and engaging feature films, shorts, documentaries,
 world cinema and animation, shown uncut and with no commercials.  Through its
 original programs, Sundance Channel connects viewers with filmmakers, the
 creative process, and the world of independent film.  Launched in 1996,
 Sundance Channel is a venture between Robert Redford, Showtime Networks Inc.,
 and Universal Studios.  Sundance Channel operates independently of the
 non-profit Sundance Institute and the Sundance Film Festival, but shares the
 overall Sundance mission of supporting independent artists and providing them
 with wider opportunities to present their work to audiences.  Sundance
 Channel's website address is http://www.sundancechannel.com.
 
 

SOURCE Sundance Channel
    NEW YORK, April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Sundance Channel celebrates Earth Day on
 Sunday, April 22nd with three films that highlight the beauty, complexity and
 fragility of our planet.  The program kicks off at 9:00pm with the world
 premiere of "Our Spirited Earth," a new animated short film by Oscar(R)-
 winning filmmaker Faith Hubley, and continues with two exceptional
 documentaries:  "Baraka," by Ron Fricke, and "The Charcoal People," by Nigel
 Noble and Jose Padilha.
     (Logo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010404/SUNDANCELOGO )
     "A commitment to preserving and protecting the environment has been a
 cornerstone of the Sundance philosophy for the past 20 years.  It's a value we
 at Sundance Channel share wholeheartedly and celebrate with an on-air tribute
 to Earth Day," remarked Sundance Channel's Liz Manne, Executive Vice
 President, Programming and Marketing.
     Sundance Channel's Earth Day line-up is as follows.  All times are
 Eastern/Pacific.
 
      "Our Spirited Earth" (World Premiere) -- Directed by Faith Hubley.  The
      pioneering animator's latest film casts the planet as a magical being
      reaching towards harmony with the universe, until modern civilization
      threatens her survival and she is forced to rebel.  Airs at 9:00pm.
 
      "Baraka" -- Directed by Ron Fricke.  An exquisite meditation on man and
      nature, shot in 24 countries on six continents.  Baraka's global panorama
      includes Iguacu Falls in Argentina, the temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia
      and the streets of Manhattan.  Airs at 9:15pm.
 
      "The Charcoal People" -- Directed by Nigel Noble and Jose Padilha.  This
      powerful documentary looks at the lives of Brazilian workers who cut down
      trees to produce charcoal for the multinational pig-iron industry.   Airs
      at 11:00pm.
 
     Under the creative direction of Robert Redford, Sundance Channel brings
 television viewers daring and engaging feature films, shorts, documentaries,
 world cinema and animation, shown uncut and with no commercials.  Through its
 original programs, Sundance Channel connects viewers with filmmakers, the
 creative process, and the world of independent film.  Launched in 1996,
 Sundance Channel is a venture between Robert Redford, Showtime Networks Inc.,
 and Universal Studios.  Sundance Channel operates independently of the
 non-profit Sundance Institute and the Sundance Film Festival, but shares the
 overall Sundance mission of supporting independent artists and providing them
 with wider opportunities to present their work to audiences.  Sundance
 Channel's website address is http://www.sundancechannel.com.
 
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