KCETLink’s Original Documentary, STAND UP PLANET, Premieres at the
57th Annual San Francisco International Film Festival on April 28
Documentary Showcases the Universal Power of Comedy
to Change the World One Joke at a Time
Stand Up Planet Host Hasan Minhaj along with comedian Nato Green
will Perform Live Comedy Sets Prior to the Screening Co-presented by SF Sketchfest
LOS ANGELES, CA – April 14, 2014 – KCETLink, the national independent public media organization, will the premiere its original comedy documentary, STAND UP PLANET at the San Francisco International Film Festival on April 28.
As a selection in the Festival’s Live & Onstage lineup, which features special guests that provide attendees with an unforgettable live experience, STAND UP PLANET’s host, L.A.-based comic, Hasan Minhaj (Arrested Development, MTV’s Failosophy) and comedian Nato Green (The Nato Sessions, Iron Comic), will precede the film’s presentation with live, politically minded comedy sets at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas at 9:15 p.m. This event is co-presented by SF Sketchfest.
STAND UP PLANET is equal parts reality TV, documentary journey and travelogue that brings viewers on a quest to find some of the best humor coming from far corners of the developing world. The comedy documentary, along with a companion comedy showcase and transmedia shorts, follow Minhaj’s epic journey of discovery to find the freshest comic voices in the most unlikely places: Mumbai, India and Johannesburg, South Africa. Along the way, Minhaj follows the jokes and personal experiences of these international comics deep into the hard truths of some of the toughest global poverty issues of our time. Along with a posse of friends, including acclaimed comics Nate Bargatze, James Adomian and Michelle Buteau, Minhaj invites comedians from India and South Africa to take part in the biggest night of their lives – performing in an international comedy showcase and television show in Hollywood – after a stop to meet three of comedy’s legends: Bill Cosby, Carl Reiner and producer Norman Lear.
“We’re so excited to premiere STAND UP PLANET at the San Francisco International Film Festival later this month,” said David Munro, director and an executive producer, STAND UP PLANET. “Comedy is a powerful weapon that a new generation of storytellers is using to spark change all over the world. Comedy doesn’t recognize borders, and nothing is funnier – or more dangerous – than the truth.”
For Festival tickets and information visit, festival.sffs.org.
The worldwide television premiere of STAND UP PLANET airs on Link TV and Pivot simultaneously on May 14, 2014 starting at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT. The KCET (Southern California) broadcast airs at 9 p.m. PT on May 14, 2014.
In addition, STAND UP PLANET’s digital campaign – hosted on www.StandUpPlanet.org – provides viewers with behind-the-scenes content and ways to learn, share information and take action on global poverty in India and South Africa. The two-part documentary – STAND UP PLANET and STAND UP PLANET: Comedy Showcase will also be streamed on www.StandUpPlanet.org following the television premiere.
STAND UP PLANET is funded by a grant from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and produced by independent broadcaster KCETLink in association with Kontent Films. The television elements were directed by David Munro, and the project’s executive producers are Wendy Hanamura, Caty Borum Chattoo, Paul S. Mason, Craig Minassian, David Munro, Xandra Castleton, Mark Decena and Teri Heyman. Munro and Castleton are the TV program’s creators. The project’s transmedia executive producers and directors are Caty Borum Chattoo and Wendy Hanamura.
Follow STAND UP PLANET on Twitter at @standupplanettv and on Facebook at facebook.com/StandUpPlanet. Follow the conversations at #StandUpPlanet. To learn more, watch the trailer and visit www.standupplanet.org.
KCETLink is the national independent public transmedia organization formed by the merger between KCET and Link Media. A viewer-supported 501c(3) organization, its content is distributed nationally via satellite on DirecTV (375) and DISH (9410), in Southern and Central California via broadcast, as well as through various digital delivery systems. The combined organization reaches a wide broadcast audience that includes Link TV’s 33 million satellite subscribers and KCET’s 5.6 million households in Southern and Central California. KCETLink is committed to driving public media innovation with smarter ways to access content that engages all audiences with global storytelling. For additional information about KCETLink productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org or linktv.org.
57th San Francisco International Film Festival
The 57th San Francisco International Film Festival runs April 24–May 8 at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, Castro Theatre and New People Cinema in San Francisco and the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley. Held each spring for 15 days, the International is an extraordinary showcase of cinematic discovery and innovation in one of the country’s most beautiful cities, featuring 200 films and live events, 14 juried awards and nearly $40,000 in cash prizes, upwards of 100 participating filmmaker guests and diverse and engaged audiences with more than 65,000 in attendance.