'Planet of the Humans': Audio Excerpts from Director Jeff Gibbs, Executive Producer Michael Moore From Traverse City Film Festival
Environmental-themed film paints grim picture for future of humanity if we don't immediately address over-population and over-consumption
Our piece on Planet of the Humans, the new documentary directed by Jeff Gibbs and executive produced by Michael Moore, has triggered significant discussion over the film's central message - namely, that we're on the precipice of a "human apocalypse" if we don't immediately address over-consumption and over-population.
Gibbs and producer Ozzie Zehner believe we've put false hope in magic solutions to controlling carbon emissions that have warmed the planet to an alarming degree. Green energy, touted by Al Gore, Bill McKibben and others as seemingly the way out of this dilemma, won't get us there, Gibbs argues. The problem is larger than that, he maintains, and relates to an unsustainable pursuit of continuous growth.
Below are audio excerpts from the filmmakers discussing Planet of the Humans -- two from the Q&A that followed the world premiere at the Traverse City Film Festival, and one from our 1-on-1 interview with Gibbs and Zehner that took place on the shores of Lake Michigan.
Matthew Carey is a documentary filmmaker and journalist. His work has appeared on Deadline.com, CNN, CNN.com, TheWrap.com, NBCNews.com and in Documentary magazine.