Inspiring hope for our poor Planet Earth, Academy Award-winning actress Viola Davis is preparing to executive produce climate activist Maya Penn’s original animated short, Asali: Power of the Pollinators.
This action-adventure film exploring Mother Nature will be Penn’s first experience as a director. The short project will blossom via her entertainment banner, Upenndo! Productions, and showcases her own animation.
“Asali made sense as our first major production because it integrates two of my biggest passions — animation and the environment,” Penn said in a statement. “My goal with Upenndo! is to dive into new worlds that reflect the interconnectedness of people and our planet, from a story-driven and action packed perspective.”
According to Variety, Asali: Power of the Pollinators revolves around a team of pollinators and an environmental scientist as they unearth secrets to try and save their home from a destructive force. This timely endeavor is executive produced by JuVee Productions’ Julius Tennon alongside Viola Davis.
“We at JuVee have seen the way Maya is passionately ushering in a new generation of authentic and engaged storytelling, using unique animated projects like Asali: Power of the Pollinators as a vehicle that pushes culture forward,” added Rob Williams, senior vice president of theatrical motion picture at JuVee Productions.
Aside from her enthusiastic global activism, Penn is the writer of You Got This! and was named part of Oprah Winfrey’s Supersoul 100 while just a teenager. So far Asali: Power of the Pollinators has no official release date but we’ll keep you informed with any new announcement.