Mar 31 • 10M

Cause Cinema Spotlight

True Romance, Bad Presidents and New Meat

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Jon Fitzgerald
Anchored by the concept of Filmmaking for Change, this podcast will include a combination of weekly social impact film and TV series recommendations (Cause Cinema Spotlight), with occasional showcases and collections, based on timely themes or cultural events.
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Welcome back to the Cause Cinema Spotlight.  Kind of a big week, as now we slide into the last day of March.  Just yesterday, a Manhattan Grand Jury issued the first-ever indictment of a former US President, so we’re highlighting a good movie classic, featuring another presidential drama.

And as we move into April, we’ll be celebrating Earth Month, leading up to Earth Day, April 22nd.  But this is the last day of March, which means the end of Women’s History Month, so we’ll kick things off with a terrific new film, the directorial debut of Raine Allen Miller.

Rye Lane is a romantic comedy that stars Vivian Oparah and David Jonsson, as Yas and Dom, two twenty-somethings both reeling from bad break-ups, who connect over the course of an eventful day in South London - helping each other deal with their nightmare exes, and potentially restoring their faith in romance. See on Hulu.

Next up, is a movie about the drama surrounding the only president to ever resign from office. Winner of 4 Oscars, including Best Adapted Screenplay by the lendary William Goldman.

Nobody knows anything...Not one person in the entire motion picture field knows for a certainty what's going to work. Every time out it's a guess and, if you're lucky, an educated one.”

― William Goldman, Adventures in the Screen Trade

All the President’s Men
Two green reporters and rivals working for the Washington Post, Bob Woodward (Robert Redford) and Carl Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman), research the botched 1972 burglary of the Democratic Party Headquarters at the Watergate apartment complex. With the help of a mysterious source, code-named Deep Throat (Hal Holbrook), the two reporters make a connection between the burglars and a White House staffer. Despite dire warnings about their safety, the duo follows the money all the way to the top. You can see on HBOMax with your subscription or rent on any of the other standard TVOD or AVOD platforms.

And finally, to kick off our Earth Month Showcase, a terrific doc by Liz Marshal, Meat the Future. Paul Jun at Filmocracy and I had the pleasure of presenting her with a special Inspiration Award at Filmocracy Fest and engaged in a wonderful Q&A. Great that it’s steaming now. Not to be missed.

Meat the Future
With animal agriculture occupying roughly 45% of the world’s ice-free surface area, and producing more greenhouse gases than cars, the prospect of meat consumption doubling by 2050 is a wake-up call for solutions. The future may lie with “clean meat,” also referred to as “cell-based meat,” and “cultivated meat” – a food science that grows real meat from animal cells without slaughtering animals. You can learn more and see where to watch here.

And that’s a wrap for the Cause Cinema Spotlight.  Hope you enjoy this week’s picks, and have a chance to check out the Earth Day Showcase - 30 documentaries at Cause Cinema - presented in partnership with the SIE Society.

Until next week, you take care.