Ever since breaking into the Hollywood big leagues with the release of Titanic two decades ago, Leonardo DiCaprio has been an avid campaigner for environmental awareness across the board. It’s a timely topic that even cropped up during the actor’s Oscar acceptance speech – “Climate change is real, it is happening right now” – and a passion that is allowed to fully unfold with the debut trailer of Before the Flood.
Surfacing online following its debut at Toronto International Film Festival, the documentary – one that hails from DiCaprio’s own Appian Way Productions – has a remarkable amount of star power attached, and we’re not just talking about the big-name talking heads.
Combing producing support from Martin Scorsese, direction from Fisher Stevens and a musical score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, at the very least, Before the Flood has the chance to wrap a narrative around this most pressing issue. Because although naysayers and non-believers continue to brush global warming under the rug in the name of politics and corporate interests, the devastating ecological, environmental and ultimately cultural impact of climate change cannot be overstated. Is Leonardo DiCaprio the best activist to drum up interest in the issue, what with his luxurious lifestyle, private jets and yachts? We’ll leave that one to you.
Before the Flood will open in select theaters across New York and LA on October 21, before airing via National Geographic on October 30.
Fisher Stevens and Academy Award-winning actor, environmental activist and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio, Before the Flood presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet. The film follows DiCaprio as he travels to five continents and the Arctic speaking to scientists, world leaders, activists and local residents to gain a deeper understanding of this complex issue and investigate concrete solutions to the most pressing environmental challenge of our time.