But really, I needed to know how Leo really felt about all of this. Did he feel like a pawn in someone’s game? Did he feel like he was being treated like a stepping stone for McConlogue to get his 15 minutes in the spotlight? Did he even like coding? Did he know what Mashable was?
Leo just laughed. “I don’t really carea bout all that, what do I care? I’m learning something, right? I know I’m learning something and that’s what I care about. Patrick’s my man,” he told me.
Most importantly, Leo wanted me to know that he wasn’t miserable before McConlogue came along. Patrick, to him, was not a knight in shining armor, but rather a person who looked beyond the stereotype of homelessness and offered him a chance. He had never thought about coding, he admitted; he didn’t even know what it was until a month ago, but “It’s really hard to convince people that you are not a bad person, or a drug addict or a crazy. How are you gonna do that when you are homeless, and that’s how the homeless are depicted? It’s not always a negative thing but people don’t know that.”
Shaun Monson’s documentary “Unity,” featuring 100 celebrity narrators, will be distributed by SpectiCast at 1,000 to 1,200 screens worldwide beginning Aug. 12, Variety has learned exclusively.
The film comes a decade after Monson’s documentary “Earthlings,” which explored humanity’s relationships with other animals. Produced by Melissa Danis and Monson through Nation Earth, “Unity” explores the interconnectivity of all life on Earth and what it means to be human, exploring themes of love, tragedy and hope.
SpectiCast has partnered with Fathom Events for the domestic release on select U.S. screens. The deal was announced Wednesday at CinemaCon.
Celebrities lending their voices to this powerful film include Aaron Paul, Adam Levine, Adrian Grenier, Alison Eastwood, Amanda Seyfried, Amy Smart, Anjelica Huston, Anton Yelchin, Arian Foster, Arlene Martel, Balthazar Getty, Ben Kingsley, Ben Whishaw, Beth Hart, Brandon Boyd, Caroline Goodall, Carrie-Anne Moss, Casey Affleck, Catherine Tate, Claire Forlani, Cloris Leachman, Common, Damien Mander, David Copperfield, David DeLuise, David LaChapelle, Deepak Chopra, Dianna Agron, Dr. Dre, Edward James Olmos, Ellen Burstyn, Ellen DeGeneres, Emily Deschanel, Eve Best, Famke Janssen, Freida Pinto, Geoffrey Rush, Gregory Colbert, Helen Mirren, Isabel Lucas, January Jones, Jason Mraz, Jeff Goldblum, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Tilly, Jesse Carmichael, Jessica Chastain, Joaquin Phoenix, Joe Perry, Joel Edgerton, John Paul DeJoria, Jorja Fox, Julia Ormond, Kathy Freston, Kevin Spacey, Kristen Bell, Kristen Wiig, Larenz Tate, Leighton Meester, Lena Headey, Liev Schreiber, Maggie Grace, Maggie Q, Malin Akerman, Marcia Gay Harden, Marianne Williamson, Mariel Hemingway, Marion Cotillard, Mark Strong, Martin Sheen, Matthew Modine, Matthieu Ricard, Michael Beckwith, Michael Gambon, Michelle Rodriguez, Minnie Driver, Missy Higgins, Moby, Nestor Serrano, Olivia Munn, Olivia Wilde, Pamela Anderson, Paul Watson, Persia White, Phil Donahue, Portia de Rossi, Rick Allen, Rose Byrne, Russell Simmons, Rutger Hauer, Ryan O’Neal, Sam Simon, Selena Gomez, Shaun Toub, Susan Sarandon, Tim McIlrath, Tom Hiddleston, Tony Hawk, Tony Kanal and Zoe Saldana.
“The title ‘Unity’ signifies the intention of the content,” Monson said. “It’s not so much to entertain, like a past-time, but rather turn something ‘on’ inside you that has been suppressed or forgotten by the mask that society or tradition puts upon us. But more than that the film also helps relate us to the mystery of existence, to all of existence, which we are merely a part. “