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SYNOPSIS

 


ICE ON FIRE, an eye-opening documentary that focuses on many never-before-seen solutions designed to slow down our escalating environmental crisis, goes beyond the current climate change narrative and offers hope that we can actually stave off the worst effects of global warming.Produced by Oscar®-winner Leonardo DiCaprio, George DiCaprio and Mathew Schmid, and directed and produced by Leila Conners, the film had its world premiere at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival as an Official Selection on May 22. ICE ON FIRE debuts TUESDAY, JUNE 11 (8:00-9:35 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.The documentary will also be available on HBO On Demand, HBO NOW, HBO GO and partners’ streaming platforms.

 

Eleven years after Conners’ first collaboration with DiCaprio on “The 11th Hour,” which emphasized the problems of climate change, ICE ON FIRE instead focuses on the cutting-edge research behind today’s climate science – and the innovations aimed at reducing carbon in the atmosphere, which could pave the way for a reduction in the global temperature rise and a benefit to the planet’s life systems.

 

My partners and I made ICE ON FIRE to give a voice to the scientists and researchers who work tirelessly every day on the front lines of climate change,” says producer and narrator Leonardo DiCaprio. “We wanted to make a film that depicts the beauty of our planet while highlighting much-needed solutions across renewable energy and carbon sequestration. This film does more than show what is at stake if we continue on a course of inaction and complacency – it shows how, with the help of dedicated scientists, we can all fight back. I hope audiences will be inspired to take action to protect our beautiful planet.”

 

With sweeping cinematography of a world worth saving, ICE ON FIRE was filmed across the globe, from Norway to Alaska, Iceland to Colorado, Switzerland to Costa Rica to Connecticut. The film highlights firsthand accounts of people at the forefront of the climate crisis, with insights from scientists, farmers, innovators and others.ICE ON FIRE emphasizes the importance of an immediate, two-pronged approach to reversing the crisis: reducing carbon emissions through traditional renewable energy sources and new ones, like tidal energy, and implementing “drawdown” measures, focusing on methods for drawing down and sequestering carbon, including direct air capture, sea farms, urban farms, biochar, marine snow, bionic leaves and others.

 

While much of the political and economic focus has been on the energy sector, the film points out that drawdown (pulling CO2 out of the atmosphere and oceans and sequestering it underground or into new materials) is perhaps the best hope for mitigating climate change.The film visits places such as: the Usal Redwood Forrest Foundation in northern California, highlighting a carbon-storage project that focuses on reforestation and creates “biochar” to put CO2 back into the soil; Ron Finley’s urban farm in Los Angeles, where members of the community grow food that takes carbon out of the air and is nutritious; Climeworks’ nimble direct air capture machine in Zurich; and Thimble Island Ocean Farm off the coast of Connecticut, where owner Bren Smith growsshellfish and seaweed that soak up more carbon than land-based plants and can be used for food, animal feed and fertilizer.

 

ICE ON FIRE finds that while the risks and urgency may be higher than ever today, there are also greater opportunities for innovative solutions, offering a realistic but hopeful perspective on a key global issue that demands our attention.ICE ON FIRE is directed by Leila Conners; narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio; producers, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mathew Schmid and Leila Conners; executive producers, George DiCaprio, Roee Sharon Peled; cinematography by Harun Mehmedinovic. For HBO: executive producers, Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller.

Narrated by
Leonardo DiCaprio

Directed by
Leila Conners

Cinematography by
Harun Mehmedinovic

Producer
Leila Conners

Producer
Mathew Schmid

Producer
Leonardo DiCaprio

Executive Producer
George DiCaprio
Roee Sharon Peled


 

For HBO
Executive Producers
Nancy Abraham
Lisa Heller


For Appian Way
Executive Producer
Jennifer Davisson
Co-Executive Producer
Philip Watson

Consultant
Thom Hartmann

Co-Producer
Harun Mehmedinovic

Edited by
Leila Conners

Original Music Composed by
Jeremy Soule
Jonah Johnson

Associate Producer
Earl Katz

 

ADDITIONAL CAMERA
Leila Conners
Steve Gute


Drone
Harun Mehmedinovic
Eddie Minoian
Justin Thomas Ostensen


Sound Post-Production Services
BENDYsound

Supervising Sound Editor / Re-recording Mixer
Andy Snavley

Dialog Editor
Jae Kim

Assistant Editor
Jae Kim

Sound Effects Editor
Brian Golub

Editorial Facilities
Kevin Hearst
Digital Difference


Motion Graphics
Jess Marley
Stephen Phillips
Kelly Bolton


Production Sound Recordist
Jae Kim
Julian Joseph
Max Hertenstein
Fred Runner
Marc Rivas


Color Correction
Sim International
Colorist 
Nelson Mah
VP Business Development
Michael Levy
Post Production Producer
Annalise Kurinsky


Interview & Location Coordinators

Svalbard, Norway Coordination
Douglas Stoup

Svalbard, Norway Expedition Leader
Stein Retzlaf

Svalbard, Norway Pre-Production
Steve Gute

Orkeny Islands, Scotland
David Flanagan

CAGE, Tromso Norway
Maja Sojtaric

Croatia
Mladen Vukmir

Lost Coast, California
Lin Barrett

Costa Rica

Ernesto Sanchez Umaña

 

ORIGINAL MUSIC
by Jeremy Soule (ASCAP)
By Jonah Johnson (ASCAP)
Artistry World Publishing (ASCAP)



SONGS
Worth Saving
performed by Jonah Johnson (ASCAP)
by Jeremy Soule (ASCAP) & Jonah Johnson (ASCAP)
Artistry World Publishing (ASCAP)


Humanity In Peril
performed by Amrita Sen (ASCAP)
by Jeremy Soule (ASCAP) & Amrita Sen (ASCAP
Artistry World Publishing (ASCAP)


ADDITIONAL MUSIC
Equilibrium
by Charles Frederick Smith
Bayham Music Library

Remember
by Christopher Bentley Kemp (ASCAP) & Marc Aaron Jacobs (ASCAP)
NSLE Music (ASCAP)

Blank Canvas
by Billi Ray Fingers, Bruce Fingers, Adam M. Schiff
Extreme Production Music USA

Empty Spaces
by Grayson Voltaire
Extreme Production Music USA

Circular Context
by Gary Lionelli
Revolution 1 Music  (BMI)

Here Comes My Love
Lester Frances (ASCAP) & Mike Fraumeni (ASCAP)
NSLE Music (ASCAP)


SINGLE CARD

TIMELAPSE SHOTS OF LOS ANGELES
Gavin Heffernan

ARCHIVAL FOOTAGE FOR WEATHER SEQUENCES

Getty Images
Critical Past
Pond5
Shutterstock
NASA


SPECIAL THANKS TO
Rick Yorn

SPECIAL THANKS TO
Philip Hanke

SPECIAL THANKS TO

Canon USA
Aaron McNally
Alan Lewis
Lisa Belli


Legal Services
Ted Gerdes

Alpine Labs, Inc
Greg Horvath

Iceland Air
Michael Raucheisen

Thank You
Semezdin and Sanja Mehmedinovic
Aidan Michael Petersen
Francis Conners-Schmid
Tom Newmark and Finca Nueva Luna
Corey Wish
Michael Guiden Petit (he was a guide on Svalbard who gave us a few location tips)
Jane Schraiber
Scott Park


In Memory of

Stephen Schneider
Lead Scientist
United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change