Come Flood Away, Come Flood Away With Me, Mr. DiCaprio

by Kristopher Fraser Photographed by Albin Lohr-Jones/National Geographic Channel/PictureGroup
Monday, October 24, 2016

Leonardo DiCaprio doesn’t spare himself in the searing Before The Flood, a feature-length documentary on climate change for the National Geographic Channel that premiered Thursday night, October 20, in a grand conference room at New York’s United Nations Headquarters. Though he neglects to mention his private jet use, he admits in the film, which he executive produced and in which he serves as narrator and star, that his carbon footprint is bigger than most. But so is his megaphone—which will ensure his cri de couer is heard, and his personal magnetism.  That’s certainly what attracted such political and entertainment luminaries as John Kerry, Fisher Stevens, Mark Ruffalo, Shailene Woodley, Russell Simmons and Lucy Mcintosh, Segolyne Royal, Bo Dietl and Lukas Haas to the event, hosted by the UN’s Secretary-General, Ban-ki Moon.

How DiCaprio managed to gather some of Hollywood’s biggest names in the room for a film about the environment screams one thing: we need to wake up to the perils of this issue. While Venice is a beautiful city, no one is aspiring to have their entire backyard look that way.

In addition to being the actor who finally won his Academy Award after sleeping in animal carcass and developing hypothermia, DiCaprio is also a U.N. messenger for peace. This film was done in collaboration with Fisher Stevens, who is an Academy Award winning filmmaker.

The motivating factor for this film is DiCaprio’s belief that we need to move away from fossil fuels.

“Time is not a luxury we have,” DiCaprio said. “Our natural world is quickly nearing unprecedented, irreversible and catastrophic change that threatens the very future of humankind. I didn’t want the film to scare people, or present them with statistics and facts that they already know, but to focus on what can and must be done immediately so that we can leave our planet a livable home for future generations. We are quickly running out of time.”

The hit primetime soap-dramedy known as the 2016 presidential election was also a motivating factor in them releasing this film now. Stevens and DiCaprio worked tumultuously around the actor’s schedule with The Revenant to produce this film just in time as people start casting their ballots.

“With the elections in the United States only a couple of months away, we sought to make sure that voters know this could be the last chance we have before it is too late to elect leaders who believe in science, and who have the courage and understanding to make headway on the environment a real priority,” DiCaprio said.

If you would like to educate yourself on the impending doom Earth faces if it isn’t smarter about using its energy resources, the film is now in theaters as of Friday, October 21.

Visit the film’s website at

Photos courtesy of National Geographic.


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