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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Elma Cremin

Co-Founder at Followthethread
A long-time fixture of New York’s glittering social scene, Miami’s jai lai courts, and the interstate highway system’s “big rigs,” Elma Cremin has spent her life absorbing all things pop culture.Movies, cult tv shows, documentaries, art, fashion—you cut her and she’ll bleed out in the colors of an Andy Warhol Brillo Pad box. Finally, after years of working inside the system with such networks as Sundance, Trio, Fuse TV and Ovation, she went “ghost protocol” and co-founded FollowTheThread in order to work outside the petty restraints of the industry and share her remarkable knowledge.

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  1. I really enjoy and am informed by FollowTheThread. Every week.
    As for this week, who could turn a blind eye to present day environmental depredations? However, Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth is full of palpable falsehoods. That does not make his environmental passion wrong. But it does make it need better researched, less ad hominum, cinematic support. Also I would appreciate Leo De Caprio’s film more, as noble as its intent may be, if he personally practiced the environmentalism he preaches from his personal jet.

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