How to watch an experimental movie about the effects of climate change, the effects on people, and the effects that could still befall the world
Philadelphia — There’s been plenty of talk about the role of climate science in making films about the world.
But the city of Philadelphia has been at the center of some of the most intense debates around it, including the movie “Lone Survivor” and the documentary “The Last Days of Philadelphia.”
And now a new documentary about the city, titled “The Philly Experiment,” is being released in theaters across the country.
The documentary was filmed over the course of three months by local journalist and climate change skeptic Joe Sperling, and follows Sperler as he investigates the effects the city’s natural resources have on the lives of its residents.
In the film, Sperly explores the science of how climate change affects people’s lives, their health, and their health care, and how climate science is being used by corporations to justify their operations and profit.
“The Philly experiment is the first in a new series that I’m releasing that looks at the real-life impacts of climate disruption and the solutions that are being created in the name of addressing climate change,” Sperlin said in a statement.
“It’s a unique, engaging and sometimes challenging look at how our communities are impacted by climate change.”
While some have hailed the documentary as a documentary about “the truth,” Saborlin has been quick to point out that it is really about a lot more than just the impacts of the natural resources.
He says he wanted to capture the experiences of people who live in Philadelphia, especially those who live on the South Side, who often experience the effects climate change has on their health and livelihoods.
“I didn’t want the documentary to be a narrative about climate change in general, or a documentary on climate change and climate science specifically,” Siblin said.
“I wanted to really be an honest look at the impact that climate change is having on our communities, on our lives and the impact of climate changes on people’s health and wellbeing.”
For Sperl, who was born and raised in the Southside, the documentary is about how climate disruption affects the lives and livelihood of residents who live within the city limits.
He spent the summer of 2014 trying to film a documentary for a network he co-founded called the “Climate Revolution” that would look at climate disruption in other cities and around the world, and what he called the challenges the people of Philadelphia face.
“People like myself live in this place where our communities have been destroyed,” Sberlin said, adding that the documentary captures the impact on the people in Philadelphia and the broader world.
“The climate disruption that’s happening in Philadelphia is impacting all of us, and that impacts all of the people.”
Sperling spent his summers documenting the effects in Philadelphia.
In September of 2014, he traveled to the South Philly neighborhood of the city to film “Lonesome Philadelphia,” which he says was the first film he ever made that captured the effects people are facing from climate change.
“This was one of the first times that I’d ever been able to see firsthand the effects and the impacts that people were going through because of climate, and I’ve spent so much time in South Philadelphia, and these people live there, so I wanted to document that firsthand,” Sporling said.
The film focuses on a man named Paul, who suffers from lung cancer.
Sperlin was looking for the story of a man who is also battling cancer and has lived in South Philly for almost 30 years.
He was able to find Paul and the film’s story was a huge inspiration for Sperlings project.
“He is one of those guys who has lived his entire life on the East Side of Philadelphia,” Sborlin said of Paul.
“He’s lived here his entire whole life, and he’s been very fortunate to have been able work in South Side Philadelphia.”
Saborling says the documentary documents the devastating impacts of CO2 on people in the city.
“Paul is living in this world, but he has this other world, a world that is very different from his own, and his whole world is threatened by climate disruption,” Soberlin said about Paul.
Paul suffers from a disease called bronchopneumonia.
In his film, Paul describes how he struggles with a bronchitis-like condition that can cause him to cough up blood and gas.
In order to breathe, Paul has to inhale carbon dioxide to stay alive.
Sperls film focuses specifically on Paul, but many of the stories in the film were based on people he met during his research.
“It was a very collaborative project.
I had an incredible amount of help from the South Philadelphia community and the filmmakers, and a lot of help of the local journalists who have covered this,” Sobs said.
Saborlings project also examines the impact climate change will have on people who work in the