Among the films revving up for their festival circuit runs at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), this Sunday (September 8) marks the world premiere of Academy Award-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and Malcolm Venville’s feature-length, ecologically conscious documentary, And We Go Green.
The 88-minute film centers on the eco-friendly technological advancements and professional drivers behind Formula E, a class of motorsport series built around electric-powered cars.
And We Go Green utilizes intimate character-driven storylines, behind-the-scenes vérité and race footage to thrust the viewer into the driver’s seat of Formula E’s Championship 2018/19 season, the series’ fourth. Cameras follow the international street circuit across 10 cities, including New York; Berlin; London; Rome; Mexico City; Paris; Santiago, Chile; Hong Kong; Seoul; and Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.
The documentary also dovetails with producer Leonardo DiCaprio’s interest in the potential for electric performance to combat climate change and the deadly levels of urban air pollution in our cities. Stevens and DiCaprio previously collaborated on National Geographic’s environmentally focused Before the Flood in 2016.
“We didn’t want to bash people over the head with the environmental message, but I’m hoping that a very strong message came through,” Stevens tells Realscreen. “Because we do need to change the way we drive our cars and the way we power houses. We’re already in pretty dire conditions in terms of the environment.”
Formula E chairman Alejandro Agag also serves as an executive producer on the film, and independently financed the documentary on the basis that the filmmaking team had complete creative control over the final cut.
“We got to make the movie we really wanted to make, so I’m happy about it,” Stevens says, adding that there are “a lot of buyers interested in the film and we’re going to hopefully sell it at TIFF.”
Up next for the Stevens/DiCaprio production team: another climate change film, this time focusing on activists.
“Leo and I have a bunch of characters we want to start following,” Stevens says. “I’m going to do my part to keep fighting [the climate crisis] in any way I can using media and documentary.”
And We Go Green was produced by Appian Way Productions, Bloomfish Productions, RadicalMedia and Diamond Docs. Producer credits include Stevens, DiCaprio, Christopher St. John, Zara Duffy and Jennifer Davisson.
John Sloss, founder of Cinetic Media, handles worldwide sales for the film.