On Wednesday, November 2, the New York Film Academy’s Los Angeles campus hosted a screening of Leonardo DiCaprio’s latest venture, “Before the Flood.” Directed by Fisher Stevens (“John Leguizamo’s Ghetto Klown,” “Another World”), “Before the Flood” is a powerful documentary following DiCaprio as he interviews scientists about global warming and its impact on the human race. The film features legendary scientists, politicians, and religious leaders including Barack Obama, Elon Musk, and Pope Francis.
Students from all departments packed the theater to be the first to glimpse the film. Acting student Zayne Clayton said, “I came because this is Leo’s project. He’s a great actor and I want to see what he’s doing in his off time. It’s kind of inspiring.”
Some came because of the star power, others for the film’s message. “I’m very interested in how climate change is affecting the world. I want to see how we can change it,” said John Porras.
After the screening, there were several tears and many planned to act on the call to action. Helen Ávila, who has been following DiCaprio’s activism and the development of Before the Flood through his Instagram, said, “This film shows what’s really happening. I hope people see the film and start to act.”
New York Film Academy would like to thank Tova Laiter for helping bring this film to NYFA students. “Before the Flood” is now in theaters.