Sundance's New Climate Program Includes Water Docs and a Porno Spoof With "All Sex Removed"

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'Hot Winter: A Film by Dick Pierre'

The lineup focuses on movies that explore environmental preservation, a longtime passion of festival founder Robert Redford.

For the first time in the history of the festival, Sundance is spotlighting more than a dozen films under one theme with its new Climate Program, focusing on movies that explore environmental preservation, one of festival founder Robert Redford's longtime passions.

The lineup includes such documentaries as Jeff Orlowski's Chasing Coral, which looks at dying coral reefs; Jiu-liang Wang's Plastic China, which follows an 11-year-old girl living amid a wasteland of plastic refuse; Shaul Schwarz and Christina Clusiau's Trophy, which examines the business of big-game hunting; and Marina Zenovich's Water & Power: A California Heist, which plays like a modern-day Chinatown as it exposes how private interests control and benefit from California's water supply.

There are also three episodes from Michelle Latimer's Viceland TV docuseries, Rise, about the Native American struggle for environmental rights and — on the lighter side — Jack Henry Robbins' 18-minute spoof Hot Winter: A Film by Dick Pierre, which bills itself as a hardcore porno in which "all sex scenes have been removed as to not distract from the conscious message."

This story first appeared in the Jan. 27 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

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