The documentary Nobelity is a "what can we do to help?" movie, and as such, has an unusual distribution plan. The film's opening weekend is meant to coincide with Earth Day, April 22. The distributors have coordinated screenings with local and national non-profit groups at churches, community centers and independently owned movie theaters. In Austin, the movie will screen this weekend at a church and a wilderness preserve, and will play at Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek in May; check out the variety in the list of screening locations across the country.
Nobelity combines several styles of documentary: the old-school documentary talking-heads style seen mostly on TV these days, the personal documentary popularized by Michael Moore (although Ross McElwee does it better), and a sweeping panoramic visual style, like the film Baraka. The movie succeeds best at the panoramic visual style, and least when the talking heads go on for too long.
Director Turk Pipkin structured the movie's story around his quest to learn more about the world's problems and the ways he might help. He turns to Nobel Prize winners for information and advice, and travels around the world to chat with a number of Nobel Laureates. The movie alternates between interviews and outdoor montage sequences set in the regions where the Laureates were interviewed, to give us an idea of the personality of those regions.