Tribeca Film Festival Opens

(AP)

Al Gore opened this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, which features a number of global warming-themed films. The festival opened with the premiere of nine short films produced by SOS (Save Our Selves), an organization to raise awareness on climate change.

The night signified not only the opening of this year’s festival, but also the growing connection between filmmakers and the issue of global warming. Gore, who starred in the Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth, said artists play an important role in the movement.

“Art, music, film, dance, poetry — all the arts — have long been our greatest tools to explore the regions of imagination that defy our efforts to think rationally about subjects that our emotions tell us are too painful to contemplate,” he said.

Gore spoke optimistically of the potential for change. “Somehow, we do have to penetrate that shell of denial,” he said.

I agree Al. It’s about time each and every one of us does something.

(Splash)

Many more photos (Mary Stuart Masterson, Petra Nemcova, Josh Lucas, Shalom Harlow, Jesse Bradford, Christy Brinkley, Jimmy Fallon, Kerry Washington, Adrian Grenier, Edie Falco, Julia Stiles, Susie Castillo, Freddy Rodriguez) from the opening gala of the Tribeca Film Festival after the jump.

(Hint – to open photos in a new window or tab, right-click the photo and chose open link/image in new window or tab.)

(Mary Stuart Masterson, Petra Nemcova, Josh Lucas, Shalom Harlow)

(Jesse Bradford, Christy Brinkley, Jimmy Fallon)

(Kerry Washington, Adrian Greenier, Edie Falco)

(Julia Stiles, Susie Castillo, Freddy Rodriguez)

(Splash)