NEON announces that they are partnering with Direct Relief for its upcoming anthology feature, The Year of the Everlasting Storm, and will donate to the organization’s worldwide Covid-19 relief efforts. The film is making its World Premiere at the Cannes Film Festival today as part of the Special Screening section and will be released theatrically later this year.
As many wealthy countries are able to reunite and celebrate in Cannes this week, many more countries are not able to participate due to the global disparity in how vaccines are being developed and distributed.
NEON’s donation will support real-time Covid-19 direct response and assistance through the distribution of funds, tests, supplies, and vaccines to the countries and areas that are hardest hit worldwide.
The film is helmed by internationally acclaimed filmmakers Jafar Panâhi, Anthony Chen, Malik Vitthal, Laura Poitras, Dominga Sotomayor, David Lowery and Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Featuring seven stories from seven auteurs from around the world, The Year of the Everlasting Storm chronicles this unprecedented moment in time and is a true love letter to the power of cinema and its storytellers. Brad Becker-Parton, Andrea Roa, and Jeff Deutchman produced, with Panâhi, Tom Quinn and David Kaplan serving as Executive Producers.
“Our partnership with Direct Relief builds on the mission we started with when we embarked on this project – creating global collaboration and connection during an unprecedented moment in history” remarked producer, Jeff Deutchman.