100 Celebrity Voices Including Ellen DeGeneres, Selena Gomez and Jeff Goldblum Come Together in ‘UNITY’ for a Special One-Night Cinematic Event
After Eight Years in the Making, This Documentary About the Interconnectivity of Life on Earth Will be Presented in Select U.S. Cinemas August 12 Only
DENVER – June 24, 2014 – Fathom Events and SpectiCast present the timely documentary event “UNITY” featuring an unprecedented cast of 100 celebrity narrators from film, television and music including Adam Levine, Ben Kingsley, Common, Ellen DeGeneres, Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Chastain, Joaquin Phoenix, Helen Mirren, Selena Gomez, Zoe Saldana and many others. Written and directed by Shaun Monson (Earthlings) and produced by Melissa Danis and Monson, the film explores the interconnectivity of all beings on Earth, (nature, animals and humankind) and our responsibility to evolve beyond the primal view of life, which is bent on further dividing, rather than reintegrating. “UNITY” will be presented in select movie theaters nationwide on Wednesday, August 12 at 7:00 p.m. local time and will feature an introduction and Q&A with the filmmaker and key celebrities.
Tickets for “UNITY” can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com, or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
“The title ‘UNITY’ merely signifies the intention of the content. As a film, it’s not so much to entertain, but rather turn something ‘on’ inside you that has been suppressed or forgotten by this mask that society and/or tradition tend to put upon us,” said Writer and Director Shaun Monson. “But more than that, the film also helps relate us to the mystery of existence, to all of existence actually, which we are merely a part [of]. And as such, it demonstrates an interesting power for a documentary film, which not only engages viewers but hopefully has a transforming effect on the consciousness of humankind.”
Eight years in the making, the principle intention of “UNITY” was to explore humanity’s transformation from living by killing, (i.e., the primal view of life) into living by loving, which is a higher state of consciousness. Curiously, this capacity for both killing and loving lies within all of us. So it is a unique film event, not only about compassion for others, or all “expressions of life,” but about going beyond any so-called “separation based on form,” and essentially beyond the perceiving of opposites. The structure of “UNITY” is presented in chapters, each taking an in-depth look at what it truly means to be human, as well as mortal, and even incarnate in this world of ours. The film opens by exploring our brief existence among the Cosmos (Chapter I), and then moves on to the perceptions of our Mind and egos (Chapter II), then into the nature of our Body and biology (Chapter III), before delving deeper into the infinite capacity of our Heart (Chapter IV), and ultimately to the mysterious energy of the Soul (Chapter V). Initially, these chapters may appear unrelated to each other, which is deliberate. But as the film progresses it becomes abundantly clear that all expressions of life are, indeed, interconnected, and each chapter is merely a microcosm that represents the totality of mortal experience, which is a deeply profound experience, and yet one only measured in decades. Writer/Director Shaun Monson, collaborating with an astounding cast of 100 celebrity narrators (never before gathered in the history of film-making), presents a message of love, tragedy and hope, all set against the backdrop of some of the most compelling 20th and 21st century footage imaginable.
EDWARD JAMES OLMOS
JOHN PAUL DEJORIA
MARCIA GAY HARDEN
PORTIA DE ROSSI
“We at Fathom realize the importance of sharing this impactful documentary with U.S. audiences,” said John Rubey, CEO of Fathom Events. “We hope that moviegoers will walk away from the event with a new perspective about the world around them.”
“I am thrilled to be working with Shaun and the Nation Earth team on this project,” said Mark Rupp, President & CEO SpectiCast. “’UNITY’ is an extraordinary and important film that explores the contrast between empathy and apathy that exists between all living things.”
About Fathom Events
Fathom Events is the recognized leader in the alternative entertainment industry, offering a variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment events in movie theaters nationwide that include live, high-definition performances of the Metropolitan Opera, the performing arts, major sporting events, music concerts, comedy series, Broadway shows, original programming featuring entertainment’s biggest stars, socially relevant documentaries with audience Q&A and much more. Fathom Events takes audiences behind-the-scenes and offers unique extras, creating the ultimate entertainment experience. It is owned by a consortium called AC JV, LLC., comprised of AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC), Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), the three largest movie theater circuits in the United States. In addition, Fathom Events’ live digital broadcast network (“DBN”) is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live events to 820 locations in 177 Designated Market Areas® (including all of the top 50). For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
About SpectiCast: SpectiCast is the fastest growing event cinema marketing and distribution company in the world, providing specialty film programs, cultural arts events, contemporary music programs, and other alternative content to over 3,800 theatrical and non-theatrical venues in 57 countries around the globe. SpectiCast provides content rights holders with turnkey access to theatrical and all downstream digital platforms including DVD, VOD and TV and has distributed programs from some of the world’s most prestigious cultural arts organizations including the Strafford Festival, Opera de Paris, The Salzburg Festival, The Paris Opera Ballet, the Mariinsky Theatre, the British Museum, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. SpectiCast has also partnered with some of the world’s most renowned entertainment companies including Universal Music, Sony, EagleRock Entertainment, and Fathom Events. SpectiCast is a privately owned and operated firm based in Philadelphia, PA. www.specticast.com