OFFICIAL SELECTION: Environmental Film Festival

An invisible compound threatens Earth’s life-support systems, with effects so pervasive that scientists sound the alarm, businesses must innovate, politicians are forced to take action—and American leadership is absolutely vital. Climate change? No…the hole in the ozone layer.

The Shattered Sky premiere in Washington, DC. From left to right, Larry Schweiger of the National Wildlife Federation, filmmakers Dan Evans and Steve Dorst, and Rolling Stone journalist Jeff Goodell.

The Shattered Sky premiere in Washington, DC. From left to right, Larry Schweiger of the National Wildlife Federation, filmmakers Dan Evans and Steve Dorst, and Rolling Stone journalist Jeff Goodell.

Eerily reminiscent of today’s climate-change crisis, Shattered Sky recounts the dramatic story of how America led the world to solve the biggest environmental crisis ever seen. Thirty years ago, scientists reported a hole in the ozone layer “the size of North America.” CFCs were the culprit. Prevalent in billions of dollars worth of products likes refrigeration and air conditioning, CFCs had revolutionized the American way of life. Doctors forecasted skyrocketing cancer: the stakes were “life as we know it.” But business remained bitterly opposed and politicians were initially slow to act.

For the first time in film, Shattered Sky tells the story of how—during geopolitical turmoil, a recession, and two consecutive Republican administrations — America led the world to solve the biggest environmental crisis ever seen. Today, will we dare to do the same on energy and climate?

Watch an extended scene from Shattered Sky on PBS:

Directed, produced and written by Steve Dorst and Dan Evans. Photographed and edited by Dan Evans. Music by Steve Steckler. Additional photography by John Collin, Steve Dorst and Stefan Wiesen. Buy the DVD at ShatteredSky.com, or watch the full film on  iTunes.

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