Daryl Hannah is a passionate environmentalist

Daryl Hannah is a passionate environmentalist

This is part 1:

Part two involves Daryl Hannah, specifically. No idea how we got on her mailing list, but someone at the Hallmark Channel decided The Next American City (and it’s mission of environmental and economic sustainability) deserved n…

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This is part 1:

Part two involves Daryl Hannah, specifically. No idea how we got on her mailing list, but someone at the Hallmark Channel decided The Next American City (and it’s mission of environmental and economic sustainability) deserved notification that Ms. Hannah — of Kill Bill, Grumpy Old Men, Wall Street and The Clan of the Cave Bear fame — has a new movie coming out. The PR is a little odd, even for PR. It begins: “Not only is Daryl Hannah a much sought after actress, she is also a passionate environmentalist, dedicated to several causes.”

Which is fair enough. But then it gets interesting:

This Summer, Daryl will star along with John Schneider (“Smallville”) and Armand Assante (“American Gangster”) in the Hallmark Channel Original Movie Event “Shark Swarm,” premiering as part of a blockbuster Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday, May 24. Set in the small coastal town of Full Moon Bay, the film deals with a greedy corporate real estate developer who is secretly releasing toxins that are killing the fish and turning otherwise tame sharks into man eating killers. Hannah plays the wife of Schneider’s character, whose fishery is threatened by the deadly toxins in the water.

How far should we take the insinuations of that goofball plot synopsis? “Are humans, like, sharks? Are environmentally-unfriendly developers and corporations, like, releasing toxins into our minds?“ This is especially considerable since Hallmark made its fortune brightening people’s lives with generically emotional holiday cards, and because paranoid action films may be the new greeting cards.

Regardless, we don’t want to disparage anyone — even Daryl Hannah — for trying to make the world better. It’s what we do at The Next American City, and we encourage everyone to do the same. Keeping that in mind, I’ll note that the last part of the aforementioned PR release says Hannah runs an “eco-friendly website … featuring environmental news, tips and video blogs … as well as a goods section offering sustainable products for sale.” And that’s great! It’s just tough to praise her film, Shark Swarm, on principle only. Because it’s tough to praise any film portraying “a greedy corporate real estate developer who is secretly releasing toxins that are killing the fish and turning otherwise tame sharks into man eating killers” as a serious political statement about the environment, without the aid of mind-altering substances. Especially when the movie is bankrolled by a huge corporation.

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