Donald Trump has repeatedly said that he thinks climate change is a hoax and has pledged to undo the government’s climate initiatives, including the Paris climate agreement and the Clean Power Plan. He’s also promised to expand fossil fuel exploration.  

With the release of Before the Flood we are highlighting documentaries that should dispel any lingering doubts of climate change deniers.

beforetheflood BEFORE THE FLOOD (2016) 

Future generations will judge us by how we deal with climate change. Before the Flood is a call to action from environmental advocates Leonardo DiCaprio and Fisher Stevens. The film follows the Titanic star as he travels to multiple countries bearing witness to climate change on a scale that no one should deny.

From the toxic tar sands of Alberta to the frequently flooded streets of Miami Beach, from the smog-choked avenues of Beijing to the incinerated forests of Indonesia, DiCaprio meets with scientists, politicians, and activists to face the facts: natural disasters are becoming more frequent, wildlife is vanishing and communities are being destroyed. What is to be done?

Before the Flood reminds us of the beauty and diversity of our world. It also galvanizes us to do whatever it takes to save the planet.


11th-hourTHE 11TH HOUR (2007)

Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, The 11th hour is symbolic of the final moment when change is possible. Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and former CIA director R. James Woolsey along with more than 50 other scientists, scholars, and leaders discuss pressing issues facing today’s world. Specialists reveal how human actions impact the Earth’s ecosystems and what can be done to reverse or slow the damage before it is too late to save the planet.

Of course, comparisons will be made to An Inconvenient Truth, which came out a year earlier. What sets this film apart from its predecessor is that, after pointing out the dangers of climate change, real concrete solutions are suggested: a great deal of the film is focused on renewable energy possibilities that are quite encouraging.

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inconvenientAN INCONVENIENT TRUTH (2006)

Director Davis Guggenheim weaves the science of global warming with Mr. Gore’s personal history and lifelong commitment to reversing the effects of global climate change. A longtime advocate for the environment, Gore presents a wide array of facts and information in a thoughtful and compelling way.

“Al Gore strips his presentations of politics, laying out the facts for the audience to draw their own conclusions in a charming, funny and engaging style, and by the end has everyone on the edge of their seats, gripped by his haunting message,” said Guggenheim.

An Inconvenient Truth is not a story of despair but rather a rallying cry to protect the one earth we all share. “It is now clear that we face a deepening global climate crisis that requires us to act boldly, quickly, and wisely,” said Gore.

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extinctionRACING EXTINCTION (2015)

Louie Psihoyos brings us Racing Extinction—an eco-thriller that examines mankind & its possible role in mass extinction.  Scientists believe we have entered the sixth major extinction event in Earth’s history and predict we may lose half the species on the planet by the end of the century. Number five took out the dinosaurs.

This era is called the Anthropocene, or ‘Age of Man’, because the evidence shows that humanity has sparked this catastrophic loss. We are the only ones who can stop it, too. An unlikely team of activists is out to expose the two threats endangering species across the globe: the first threat comes from the international trade of wildlife. Bogus markets are being created at the expense of creatures which have survived on this planet for millions of years. The other threat is all around us, hiding in plain sight.

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darwins_nightmare3DARWIN’S NIGHTMARE (2005)

Hubert Sauper’s documentary is about the Nile perch, a species introduced into Lake Victoria as an experiment in the sixties. The Nile Perch, a voracious predator, extinguished almost the entire stock of the native fish species. Ironically, the new fish multiplied so fast, that its white fillets are today exported all around the world.

Huge ex-Soviet cargo planes come daily to collect the latest catch in exchange for their southbound cargo—Kalashnikovs and ammunitions for the uncounted wars in the dark center of the continent.

This booming multinational trade has created an ungodly globalized alliance on the shores of the world’s biggest tropical lake: an army of local fishermen, World bank agents, homeless children, African ministers, EU-commissioners, Tanzanian prostitutes and Russian pilots.

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chasingCHASING ICE (2012)

Climate-change deniers will have a hard time ignoring the photographic evidence presented in Jeff Orlowski’s documentary. The film follows scientist James Balog and his team as they attempt to record the melting of the ice caps in Greenland, Iceland and Alaska through stop-motion photography.

Balog’s hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Traveling with a team of young adventurers across the brutal Arctic, Balog risks his career and his well-being in pursuit of the biggest story facing humanity.

As the debate polarizes America, and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Chasing Ice shows a heroic photojournalist on a mission to deliver fragile hope to our carbon-powered planet.

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With 4 weeks to go to the election, we are in desperate need of some levity.

Back at the beginning of this endless campaign, pundits were thrilled at the spectacle and the ratings bump generated by a reality star running for president. But then the line between reality and parody started getting all squishy and the other half of the country (everybody who hadn’t been scared before) started getting very nervous.   

Now we’re just ready for it to be over — so we’re diving head-first into the world of “mockumentaries”— the unholy offspring of documentary style and comedy substance — beginning with this week’s release of MASCOTS.

mascotsMASCOTS (2016)

Christopher Guest, the modern master of “mockumentaries,” is celebrating the world of sports mascots. Surprisingly, mascots in the major leagues can earn 6 figures—luring the best and most creative mascots from around the world to Anaheim for the annual competition.

Guest explores the tension between this fringe group and the self-seriousness of the competitors and judges during the so-called “Fluffy Awards.” Guest has flawless and very specific taste in actors—the most notable including his regular troupe Ed Begley Jr., Fred Willard, Jane Lynch and Parker Posey.

The film is available on Netflix today!


hard-daysA HARD DAYS NIGHT (1964)

Directed by Richard Lester and featuring iconic Beatles songs including the title track as well as “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “I Should Have Known Better,” and “If I Fell.” A Hard Day’s Night revived the movie musical and is one of the most entertaining movies of all time.

One month after they appeared on the Ed Sullivan show, John, Paul, George, and Ringo began working on a project that would bring their talent to the big screen. The band play exaggerated versions of themselves and, in the process, captured the moment when they officially became the most influential band in the world.

The band’s unprecedented success made the film an international sensation. Thanks to the energy and charisma of the Beatles’ and Lester’s inexhaustible creativity, A Hard Day’s Night remains a milestone of contemporary culture fifty years later.

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real-life REAL LIFE (1979)

Albert Brooks presents a hilarious account of what happens to a typical American family when a group of filmmakers moves in to record their “real life.” Brooks heads up the crew that invades the Phoenix household of Charles Grodin, Frances Lee McCain and their children. The results are disastrous and hysterically funny.

The film is a parody of the 1973 PBS series, An American Family, which followed the lives of Bill and Pat Loud and their five children over the course of six months and is often referred to as the first example of reality television. The cameras following the family caught many remarkable and groundbreaking moments of television including the eldest son coming out and Mrs. Loud asking her husband for a divorce.

Real Life excels not only as a showcase of Brooks’ comedy style, but as a sharp satire on fame, both instant and long-standing.

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spinal-tapTHIS IS SPINAL TAP (1984)

Rob Reiner’s directorial debut is the story of Spinal Tap, an aging group of rockers with one last shot at fame and glory. Called “the funniest movie ever made about rock and roll” (Newsweek), it’s ranked #1 on Entertainment Weekly’s “Top 50 Cult Films of All-Time.”

“Such a fine line between stupid and clever.” “None more black.” “This one goes to 11.” Audiences didn’t quite know what to make of This is Spinal Tap when it first hit movie theaters in 1984. Was it a comedy, or a real-life documentary about a British heavy metal band on a disastrous comeback tour?

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Paulsen was an American comedian and satirist notable for his roles on the Smothers Brothers’ TV shows and for his campaigns for President of the United States in 1968, 1972, 1980, 1988, 1992, and 1996, which had primarily comedic, rather than political objectives — although his campaigns did manage to generate some protest votes.

The Smothers Brothers approached Pat Paulsen in 1968 with the idea of running for President. His reply, he was later to recount, was: “Why not? I can’t dance – besides, the job has a good pension plan and I’ll get a lot of money when I retire.”

Every time you see a comedic candidate skewer the election process, remember one of Pat Paulsen’s many wise words to an adoring, in-on-the-gag crowd: “I will not claim I will solve all the world’s problems by myself. If I did, I‘d have to run as a Republican or a Democrat.” 

Roll on November 8th!


clownsTHE CLOWNS (1970)

Federico Fellini directs this pseudo-documentary exposing his great admiration for clowns and the world of the circus. Revisiting his childhood obsession with the art form, Fellini delves into memories of performances from his past, expertly acted out by true masters of the craft of clowning.

He and his crew travels from Italy to Paris chasing the last of the great European clowns still living in these countries. He also runs into his La Dolce Vita star, Anita Ekberg, at a circus trying to buy a panther.

Watch for a fleeting homage to Charlie Chaplin in the form of Chaplin’s daughter, Victoria, who portrays an auditioning clown. The Clowns sustains its excitement by taking absolutely nothing seriously–not even Fellini, who makes fun of himself throughout in the guise of a pretentious documentary filmmaker.

This is faux-documentary escapism at its finest!