WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--On the heels of last Friday’s theatrical release of the critically acclaimed film Before the Flood in New York and Los Angeles, Courteney Monroe, CEO, National Geographic Global Networks, today announced unprecedented 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.
BEFORE THE FLOOD, the 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.”
Hailed by critics, BEFORE THE FLOOD 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. Globally, the distribution plan is also unprecedented in every market (outlined in the chart at the end of the release).
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.
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.
As previously announced, National Geographic partnered with Rock the Vote and theSkimm to ensure that everyone who attends a screening of BEFORE THE FLOOD can register to vote and is informed on the issues. Audiences will be encouraged to register to vote online at rtvote.com/beforetheflood or by texting “BeforeTheFlood” or “BTF” to RTVOTE (788-683).
To bring visibility to the film BEFORE THE FLOOD and to the urgency of taking action to combat climate change, National Geographic today has also launched a social activation campaign, prompting fans to “Take Action #BeforeTheFlood.” For every use of #BeforeTheFlood and/or the phrase “Before the Flood” across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and every use of the BEFORE THE FLOOD custom Snapchat geo-filter during select film screenings within the promotional period of Oct. 24 through Nov. 18, National Geographic Channel and 21st Century Fox will together donate $1 to Pristine Seas and $1 to the Wildlife Conservation Society for a total of up to $100,000 ($50,000 to each organization).
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. 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 (http://smarturl.it/amtbam) and will be available at all digital retailers and streaming services on October 28th. The 3xLP vinyl version is available for preorder as well at http://smarturl.it/BeforeTheFlood.
The film marks National Geographic’s continued push into premium programming, cementing the network’s position as a leader in science, adventure and exploration.
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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Presents With RATPAC DOCUMENTARY FILMS
An APPIAN WAY Production In Association With INSURGENT DOCS And DIAMOND DOCS
A Film By LEONARDO DICAPRIO And FISHER STEVENS
BEFORE THE FLOOD
Written By MARK MONROE Edited By GEOFFREY RICHMAN A.C.E BEN SOZANSKI
ABHAY SOFSKY And BRETT BANKS
Cinematographer ANTONIO ROSSI Executive Music Producers TRENT REZNOR & ATTICUS ROSS
Music By TRENT REZNOR & ATTICUS ROSS, GUSTAVO SANTAOLALLA And MOGWAI
Executive Producers MARTIN SCORSESE ADAM BARDACH MARK MONROE And ZARA DUFFY
Produced By FISHER STEVENS TREVOR DAVIDOSKI JENNIFER DAVISSON BRETT RATNER And
Produced By LEONARDO DICAPRIO Directed By FISHER STEVENS
© 2016 RatPac Documentary Films, LLC and Greenhour Corporation, Inc.
All rights reserved.
FULL GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION PLAN INCLUDES*:
|Nat Geo||Nat Geo TV^|
|Nat Geo Wild||Fox Now^|
|Nat Geo Mundo||FX Now^||YouTube|
|MVPD On Demand||Hulu|
|^NatGeo TV, Fox Now, FX Now available on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Xbox, Samsung, MVPD sites and O&O sites|
|Nat Geo/NG HD||Natgeotv.com|
|Nat Geo Wild||Natgeo.com|
|Nat Geo People||Nat Geo Play||YouTube|
|Showcase (Australia)||FoxTel Go (Australia)|
|FOX Life (India, Korea)||HotStar VOD (India)|
|Star Movies/HD (Taiwan, UAE)||Hulu (Japan)|
|FOX (Taiwan, Korea)||J:Com on Demand (Japan)|
|FX (Korea)||UULA (Japan)|
|STAR World (Taiwan)||dTV (Japan)|
|SCC (Taiwan)||Singtel VOD (Singapore)|
|Fox Sports/FS 3 (Taiwan)||StarHub VOD (Singapore)|
|FSE (Japan)||Astro VOD (Malaysia)|
|SEC HD (Taiwan)||Now Video Express (HK)|
|SCM HD (Taiwan)||NOW VOD (HK)|
|BS Skapa (Japan)||i-Cable App (HK)|
TVBS 56 (Taiwan)
Sky on Demand (Philippines)
|PTS (Taiwan)||Yahoo (HK)|
|Hikari TV (Japan)|
|Kintetsu Cable (Japan)|
|Nat Geo||Nat Geo Play|
|Nat Geo Wild||Fox Play|
|Nat Geo People||Natgeotv.com||YouTube|
|Fox (FTA Finland)||Sky.de (Germany)||Daily Motion|
|Show Max (SVOD Africa)||Spiegel.de (Germany)|
|Sky VOD (UK, Germany, Italy)||Nat-geo.ru (NGM Russia)|
|Telia TV Everywhere (Scandi)||NTV (Russia)|
|Boxer Play Service (Scandi)||MTS (Russia)|
|Canal Digital Go (Scandi)||YouSee Clear (Denmark)|
|Telekom (Hungary)||CNN.gr (Greece)|
|Telekom (Slovenia)||Kathimerini.gr (Greece)|
|TVN Player (Poland)||Skytg24.it (Italy)|
|Nat Geo||Nat Geo Play|
|Nat Geo Wild||Fox Play||YouTube|
*Subject to changes and additions as the rollout begins Oct. 30.
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