As part of the Film4Climate initiative Connect4Climate/World Bank Group is hosting a dynamic discussion to emphasize the value of the entertainment industry, in particular the film industry, to address climate change solutions, April 15, 5-7pm in the Preston Auditorium at the World Bank HQ.
This includes a special preview screening of “Chloe & Theo”, a comedy that addresses a serious issue and highlights how powerful storytelling can motivate people to tackle climate change. In the film, a homeless girl befriends an Inuit, who has traveled to New York City from his tiny Arctic hometown with a big message for world leaders: My world is melting.
Follow the conversation live on: twitter.com/connect4climate
The discussion will be followed by a reception generously supported by Castelli del Grevepesa.
Monica Ord - Producer, “Chloe & Theo”
Monica Ord is a changemaker focused on critical global social and health issues. She has been active in the biomedical industry for more than 24 years as an international corporate development executive and as an entrepreneur herself with her own healthcare promotion and marketing company. Her work has spanned the globe, allowing her to collaborate with changemakers, such as James Cameron, Richard Branson, John Paul DeJoria, The Mandelas, Bill Clinton, Strive Masyiwa, Patrice Motsepe, Dr. Luc Montagnier, Ted Turner, C.Everett Koop and many others. Ord has spent the majority of her career as a biomedical executive and venture capitalist trying to find new promising treatments for disease focusing on AIDS and cancer.
Through clinical trials, she witnessed that even the best treatments only saved a fraction of cancer patients. Her most recent enterprise is the creation of Citizen e-Cig in 2014 to create a safer alternative for at least one major cause of disease, tobacco. Her mission with Citizen e-Cig is to help wipe out second-hand smoke, as well as the toxins and chemical damage associated with traditional tobacco. Sir Branson is so supportive of Ord's venture that he called it, “ingenious and meaningful.” And Paul Mitchell founder John Paul DeJoria stepped up as an investor. Monica is passionate about the entertainment industry as well. She is a partner in a 3D technology company, Paradise FX, and owner of a production company, both based in California. Monica’s most recently completed project was "Chloe and Theo" a feature film based on the true story of an Inuit man from the Arctic starring Dakota Johnson. Ord lives in Los Angeles and spends her free time obsessing over her two daughters – her greatest love.
Theo Ikummaq - Lead Actor, “Chloe & Theo”
Mr. Ikummaq was born in an igloo, on Igloolik Island in 1955. He has lived in the Igloolik community off and on for most of his life. He grew up on the land in various camps around Foxe Basin and Gulf of Boothia, spending winter months at residential school in Chesterfield Inlet and summers with family from the age of six to thirteen. After school he moved back with his family to their camp in Steenby Inlet for another seven years followed by several more years living in various parts of the Canadian North: in Fort Smith, for his Grade 12 diploma and a Renewable Resources Technology Management Program, and a few years in Arctic Bay, Qikiqtarjuaq, and Iqaluit with work as a wildlife officer, and one summer in Ottawa with The Canadian Museum of Nature. He is currently working as a conservation officer in Igloolik as well as consulting researchers, tourists, film crews and mining companies in the area.
Martin Katz - Chair of Academy, Canadian Cinema and TV
Mr. Katz is Founder and President of Prospero Pictures. One of the most prolific feature film producers in Canada, Katz’s credits include Hotel Rwanda, which was nominated for three Academy Awards and three Golden Globe Awards, and Bronwen Hughes’ Stander, which the London Observer called “the greatest heist film since Reservoir Dogs.” Maps to the Stars starring Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack and Robert Pattinson, represents Katz’s fourth collaboration with celebrated director David Cronenberg, following A Dangerous Method, starring Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen and Michael Fassbender, Cosmopolis, starring Robert Pattinson, Paul Giamatti and Juliette Binoche, and Spider, starring Ralph Fiennes.
Katz’s most recent television project Spectacle: Elvis Costello With… is an Award-winning series co-produced with Rocket Pictures. It features some of the most renowned musicians in the world in conversation and performance with Costello, including Bruce Springsteen, Bono, Elton John, Norah Jones, James Taylor, Herbie Hancock, Lou Reed and Sting, among others. Katz holds degrees in law from the University of Toronto and the Université de Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne), and has served as Professor of Law at the French-language Université de Moncton and as Special Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law at the University of Toronto. Katz is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, a Director of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship and Chair of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.
Julie Allen - Director, Social Responsibility, MTV International
Ms. Allen is Creative Director for Social Responsibility at MTV Networks International. In this role she is responsible for the strategic and creative development of pro-social media campaigns across all platforms for MTVNI - this includes long and short form on-air programming, events and digital content. In addition to campaign-creation, Julie also spends time working on the Staying Alive Foundation - MTV's global HIV prevention charity. She has created valuable fundraising initiatives for the charity - most notably MTV RE:DEFINE - an art auction, exhibition and gala held in Dallas, Texas, in partnership with The Goss-Michael Foundation.
Julie was responsible for conceiving the original concept, developing it with curators and GMF, establishing the team and seeing it through from ideation to execution. Since 2011, two auctions have raised over $1.7m and seen work on show from over 50 artists including Damien Hirst, Marc Quinn, Tracey Emin and Shepard Fairey. Other notable highlights include: Co-creator and Executive Producer of award winning MTV documentary Me, Myself and HIVCo-creator of MTV Voices, MTV's global pro-social platform for the millennial generation.