The main purpose of a documentary is a two-pronged one: to educate, as well as to entertain. If a documentary can pull off both of those missions, then that documentary has fulfilled its purpose. The new HBO doc Saving My Tomorrow is a powerful statement about the Earth and protecting the environment at all costs. Told through song, art, and the voices of deeply passionate children, the film delivers an extremely important message in a way that is fun, easy to digest, and suitable for the entire family.
Told in a lighthearted manner and edited beautifully by Tom Patterson (Cropsey, Elaine Stritch at Liberty), Saving My Tomorrow showcases young voices, kids who are knowledgeable about the world and very talented in their own right. Since they are the future, it is only fitting that they be showcased and express themselves in regards to the environment. From activists to musicians, from many corners of the globe, these kids voice their concerns and in some cases, actually do something about fixing the environment. They are extraordinary and in many cases, more proactive than adults. Their stories and goals are truly inspirational and this film highlights that excellently.
In addition to original art and music from the young stars of tomorrow, a number of notable celebrities lent their voices in reading various geo-friendly pieces. These celebrities include Alan Cumming, Tina Fey, Liam Neeson, Susan Sarandon, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Jeffrey Wright, Pharrell Williams, among others. There are also special musical performances by Lennon & Maisy, Ziggy Marley, Elizabeth Mitchell, Jason Mraz, Willie Nelson, Karen O, Pete Seeger, They Might Be Giants, and Dan Zanes. With famous individuals backing up the kids in their mission of saving the planet, Saving My Tomorrow really soars and delivers its message quite effectively.
In an interesting move, HBO has partnered up with the American Museum of Natural History to bring this film to life and with one of the world’s leading scientific institutions participating, audiences are in for a film that presents the facts straightforwardly and invites open discussion. HBO is also doing its part by having a section on its website where people can access resources and find out just how they can help. Overall, Saving My Tomorrow is a bold exercise in welcoming people who care to stand up and actually do something for their environment.
The first two episodes have aired on HBO already, with four more parts to air on Earth Day. From endangered animals to climate change, Saving My Tomorrow is a documentary event that should be seen by everyone. Basically, if you care about the world and want to see it stay around for a while longer, see this film and absorb its important message. Director/producer Amy Schatz (Goodnight Moon & Other Sleepytime Tales, An Apology to Elephants) has put together a superb collection of original art and various scenes in which museum tour guides and scientists educate young minds and fill their heads with thoughts of doing what’s right. Families, especially, should see Saving My Tomorrow because it really is a film important to us all.