Global Premiere preparations 1 - New York
New York, New York
Crazy days here at Stupid Towers and our sister bunker across the pond in NYC as we buckle up and bear down on the moment we've been working towards for the past six years: The Age of Stupid Global Premiere. There's too much to tell for a single news item, so this one focuses on the plans for the Premiere Hub in New York - see the accompanying article for news of what's happening around the globe.
Even just homing in on NY, it's still hard to know where to begin explaining the veritable garden of delights that we have in store for you. So let's start with this literal garden of delights:
If you are wondering what you are looking at - it's a garden plot in Brooklyn where the "edible decor" for the Premiere is growing. The idea is that instead of the throwaway ephemera of cut flowers brightening up the place for an all-too-brief moment before being thrown in the trash, instead we will literally green the event by decking the halls with boughs of salad. Picture contented VIP guests frolicking like, erm antelopes in their natural habitat, and assembling their own super-fresh canapes to graze on from the surrounding foliage. Yum.
London Premiere - the 1% Event
At our London Premiere earlier this year, we brought in guests by an assortment of different low-carbon transportation, from bicycle rickshaws and chip-fat fuelled vans to the futuristic solar powered car that Piers (the British wind-farm guy from the film) arrived in. But the New York venue has let us go one better, since it is right on the river...
The Good Ship Stupid
Actually, she's called Ventura, but she'll be Stupid for the day as she delivers celebrity guests from Chelsea Pier to the Green Carpet (which is made from recycled soda bottles no less) and into the Solar Cinema Tent. More bravely perhaps, some waterborne guests will be traveling by rowing boat (named the Rachel Carson, of Silent Spring fame!) - which is really quite tricky as the currents are strong and unpredictable. There will be five people rowing for an hour to deliver a couple of high profile guests to the Green Carpet. Tough for the rowers, but great for the Stupid story - and for the photographers. Will they make it in time for the start of the film? Or will they be swept out to sea, never to be seen again?
As well as the marine shenanigans, we'll have guests gravitating towards the Solar Cinema by public transport, pushbikes (with a bike valet serivice, naturally), cycle rickshaws, and these bad-ass electric cars, charged from renewable electricity...
From our friends at the Beautiful Earth Group. I want one (don't tell anyone I said that).
The whole event will be powered renewably of course, by solar, bio-diesel from waste and pedal-powered sound system. No plastic cups or bottled water will be in view either - strictly re-usable bottles filled with tapwater - and instead of that carbon-hungry air-conditioning, guests will be given hand-ade fans to cool themselves with. Elegant and environmentally friendly.
So who's coming?
Franny and Lizzie (Director & Producer of Stupid, in case you somehow missed that) are ever present of course, and they'll be joined by a dazzling array of climate change A-listers:
Stupid is not the only show in town on the 21st by the way: we chose the date partly because the UN's Climate Week is taking place in New York at the same time - and we are now officially a part of it. Tony Blair is launching it on the same day as our Premiere...