Despite how some may feel, the climate crisis hasn't been paused in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, it is still a very real and pressing threat for the future of our planet, and things aren't slowing down, especially with the increase in so many disposable products being used for safety precautions. Meltdown is a new documentary secured by Gravitas Ventures which will follow iconic photographer Lynn Davis alongside climate scientist Tony Leiserowitz as they confront the effects of climate change in an unassuming corner of the globe.
The documentary will show the pair travelling to Illulisat, Greenland, a country deemed “Ground Zero” for the climate crisis. Meltdown is slated to explore the ways art and science can converge to help us deal with a problem with this much magnitude, and will be produced as small and intimate conversations set against the glistening icy backdrop of Greenland. The film will be directed by Fredric Golding, who told Deadline “I realized that Meltdown was going to be a truly unique film when we were shooting on the vast ice sheet in Greenland with unlimited depth of field and I suddenly heard the ice cracking around my feet,” he said. “Lynn and Tony took it all in stride as we walked back to the helicopter. We captured beauty with a capital B.”
Mike Tollin has produced the picture, who worked with Golding on Hank Aaron: Chasing The Dream, which won a Peabody Award and was nominated for an Academy Award. “Making Meltdown was a hugely rewarding and eye-opening experience for us all,” Tollin told Deadline. “ To watch Lynn at work, capturing the majesty of the icebergs, was fascinating. And sharing the journey with Tony gave us a brand-new insight into how global climate change impacts all of our lives.”
Meltdown is set to be released on February 12, 2021.