Saturday, July 2, 2011

Madonna Pal Fashions Fiji Climate Change Doc

There's nothing up yet at the official website for Miss South Pacific: A Documentary About Climate Change. But director Mary Lambert and producer Teresa Tico may want to attend to that, now that ther Fiji climate change flick has been tagged with an award from a Colorado promotional event.

The Film Festival of Colorado isn't exactly Telluride, but it's a start for a movie that takes an unusual look at climate change by focusing on the 2009 Miss South Pacific Pageant and the competition's theme that year, “Preserving Our Environment the Pacific Way.”

A mega-collaboration

Lambert is based out of Hanalei, Hawaii with her company Kauai Girl Films. Her 39-minute short is scheduled to be shown next, stateside, on July 31st at the Wood Hole Film Festival in Cape Cod.

The 49-year-old Helena, Arkansas born filmmaker has a long and varied resume. She started out in the world of music videos, co-directing the 1984 TV concert doc The Go-Go's: Wild at the Greek and working on such stellar Madonna vids as “Like a Virgin”, “Material Girl”, and “Like a Prayer.” She became, and remains, a good friend of the singer. From there it was on to a couple of Pet Semetary flicks and an ongoing mix of feature, TV, and music video work.

The beauty pageant in her new film took place in Suva, Fiji. Winners from various Pacific Island nations came together to compete for a week, offering an unusually emphatic element to the Q&A portion by pleading for a reduction in global carbon emissions, so that their respective homelands don't get swallowed up by the sea. To watch the trailer on IMDB, click here.

[Image courtesy Madonna's Scrapbook]

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