Last week “Before the Flood” hit select theaters in New York and Los Angeles, but if you didn’t get a chance to catch the film, it will be releasing very soon on select platforms.
Courteney Monroe, CEO of National Geographic Global Networks, announced new plans to premiere ‘Before the Flood’ commercial-free across digital and streaming platforms around the world as part of the network’s continued commitment to covering climate change.
The film is a climate-change feature documentary produced and directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens alongside producer, Academy Award-winning actor, environmental activist and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio will be made widely available beginning the same day as its global television premiere on Sunday, Oct. 30, at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT on National Geographic Channels in 171 countries and 45 languages.
“In our minds, there is no more important story to tell, no more important issue facing our planet than that of climate change,” said Monroe. “At National Geographic, we believe in the power of storytelling to change the world, and this unprecedented release across digital and streaming platforms is not only a first for our network but also in our industry, underscoring how exceptional we think this film is and how passionate we are about it. We are committed to ensuring as many people as possible see this film as we head into U.S. elections.”
It was also confirmed that the film will be made available for free across a record number of digital and social platforms for seven days, from Oct. 30 through Nov. 6. This includes Natgeotv.com, VOD/Video On Demand (through MVPD set-top boxes), MVPD Sites and Apps, Nat Geo TV Apps (iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, Roku, Android phones, Xbox One and 360, Samsung Connected TVs), iTunes, Hulu, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Sony PlayStation, GooglePlay and more.
In addition, at the end of the film, viewers will get a five-minute sneak peek at MARS, from executive producers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, a global-event series that tells the epic story of mankind’s thrilling quest to colonize Mars, premiering Nov. 14 in the US (Nov. 13 globally).
“There is no greater threat to the future of our society than climate change, and it must be a top issue for voters this election season,” said DiCaprio. “Fisher and I set out to make a film to educate people around the planet on the urgent issues of climate change and to inspire them to be part of the solution. I applaud National Geographic for their commitment to bringing this film to as many people as possible at such a critical time.”
Stevens added, “The level of support National Geographic is providing to create awareness about climate change is exactly what Leo and I were looking for when we made this film. Climate change is real, and we are feeling its effects more and more every day; it’s time we stop arguing its existence, and do everything we can to bring this issue to the forefront of people’s minds so that real action is taken to combat climate change.
BEFORE THE FLOOD, along with Emmy Award-winning documentary series Years of Living Dangerously, will kick off Earth Week — a week of programming beginning Oct. 30 on National Geographic Channel dedicated to bringing awareness to the issues of climate change. You can watch the official trailer for the feature below, thanks to an upload from the network.
The feature documentary was also an official selection at the Toronto Film Festival, London Film Festival and Hamptons International Film Festival. Recently, BEFORE THE FLOOD was screened at the White House as part of the South By South Lawn event on Oct. 3 and at the United Nations on Oct. 20, hosted by U.N. Secretary-General Ban-Ki-Moon with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry participating in a Q&A session. In addition, the film is screening at over 250 colleges and universities nationwide and being made available to churches and religious institutions via Interfaith Power and Light.
The film offers a realistic 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 studio talks about the film stating, “Serving as a warning ahead of the U.S. elections this fall to vote for leaders who prioritize climate change policies, the film also explains real, practical solutions to help save the planet. DiCaprio interviews individuals from every facet of society in both developing and developed nations who provide unique, impassioned and pragmatic views on what must be done today and in the future to transition our economic and political systems into environmentally friendly institutions.”
Interviews in the film include President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton, Secretary of State Kerry, U.N. Secretary-General Ki-Moon and Pope Francis as well as top NASA researchers, forest conservationists, revered scientists, community leaders and fervent activists working to save the world.
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, Gustavo Santaolalla and Mogwai created the music for Before The Flood. Acting as music supervisors for the first time, Reznor and Ross worked in tandem with Santaolalla and Mogwai to compose a blend of music with a cohesive vision, resulting in the score for the film along with a soundtrack that has been released through Lakeshore/Invada Records. The soundtrack is currently available exclusively at Apple and will be available at all digital retailers and streaming services on October 28th.