Non-Fiction Screening Series: Ice on Fire

July 10

With a pay-what-you-can art dispersal (presented by Free Columbia) before the film

Art Dispersal: 5PM – 8PM
Film Screening: 8PM
// FREE //

At Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street., Hudson, NY

Director Leila Conners in person for a Q&A with Basilica Hudson Co-Founder and filmmaker Tony Stone following the screening

The Basilica Non-Fiction Screening series returns to our North Hall, kicking off with Leila Conners‘ documentary Ice on Fire (1 hr 38 min).

“If we can save the world, then why don’t we do it?” Ice on Fire, featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, asks the question: Are we going to let climate change destroy civilization, or will we act on technologies that can reverse it? Ice on Fire features never-before-seen solutions on the many ways we can reduce carbon in the atmosphere. With stunning cinematography, we explore the deep hope that we can turn away from the brink.

Executive produced and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, this documentary explores how the world is feeling the effects of climate change, while examining the need to reduce carbon emissions. Through interviews with visionaries and scientists, the film captures the crisis while offering hope that climate change can be mitigated, and global warming reversed.

We will also screen another Leila Conners film The Arrow of Time, featuring President Mikhail Gorbachev recounting the end of the Cold War and the reduction of nuclear arms, as the final film in our screening series this season. Details TBA.

Come early at 5PM for an art dispersal by Free Columbia, which aims to de-commodify art. You can take a piece home, keep it for as long as they like, as well as return it to the artist if you no longer want to keep it. Featuring work by Laura Summer and Patricia Lynch.

About Leila Connors

Leila Conners founded Tree Media Group in August of 1996. With a background in international politics, Leila set out to build a production company that creates media to support and sustain civil society by telling inspiring stories.

Leila most recently directed Ice on Fire for HBO with Leonardo DiCaprio producing that premiered in Cannes 2019.  Previous to Ice on Fire, Leila directed a documentary on Gorbachev titled The Arrow of Time that premiered at the Zurich International Film Festival 2017.  Prior to that, she directed We the People 2.0, a feature doc about community and nature rights that premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival.  Leila has also directed short film series for a total of 18 short films.  Series include Digital Wampum – Testimony of the Iroquois; Driving Fashion Forward with Amber Valletta for Lexus; Green World Rising narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio; and 2 shorts on Biomimicry with Janine Benyus.  The first, Biomimicry, premiered at SXSWeco.  Leila produced a documentary film on the explosion of urban farming in Detroit called Urban Roots. Leila’s first feature-length documentary, The 11th Hour, was co-created with Leonardo DiCaprio. She has written a feature film script for Ridley Scotts Scott Free Productions on the state of the oceans. 

Leila has also been published in newspapers and magazines around the world including the International Herald Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Yomiuri Shimbun and Wired Magazine among others. Projects over the last 10 years with Tree Media Group include work with the Council on Foreign Relations, NASA, JPL, Norman Lear, Green Cross International, Harvard University, and Hollywood studios among others. Her article on “Death and American Culture” was published in War, Media and Propaganda, published by Rowman and Littlefield.

Prior to Tree Media, Leila was Associate Editor of NPQ/New Perspectives Quarterly, an international ournal of social and political thought, and Associate Editor of Global Viewpoint of the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, an internationally distributed op-ed column that reaches 200 papers. At NPQ, she interviewed thinkers and policy makers including: Kofi Annan, Nafis Sadik, Betty Friedan, Hans Bethe, Rigoberta Menchu Tum, Boutros Boutros Ghali among others. She is now Editor-at-Large for NPQ.

In 1991, Leila translated Jacques Attali’s book from the French for Random House entitled, Millennium. Leila is often invited to speak on issues of sustainability and the environment and has served on panels nationally and internationally.  She received the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa from the American University of Paris. 


Basilica Hudson’s Film and Media program is generously supported, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, as well as the Alexander And Marjorie Hover Foundation.