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DiCaprio Producing Documentary on Environment

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Leonardo DiCaprio is producing "11th Hour," a feature-length documentary that will examine the state of the global environment.

The film will be co-directed and co-written by Leila Conners Petersen and Nadia Conners, co-founders of Tree Media Group, a production company with a mission to use media to support causes involving issues such as global transformation, sustainability and the environment. DiCaprio, who is well-known for his environmental activism, will produce, co-write and narrate the project.

The team has previously collaborated on "Global Warning" and "Water Planet," short films that can be seen on DiCaprio's eco-site, www.leonardodicaprio.org.

"11th Hour" will offer what the makers see as "visionary and practical" solutions for restoring the planet's beleaguered ecosystems. Production has just begun on the movie, which is looking for a fall 2006 release and is shooting in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Producing are Conners Petersen and Brian Gerber for Tree Media Group, and Chuck Castleberry for the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.

"Global warming is not only the No. 1 environmental challenge we face today, but one of the most important issues facing all of humanity," DiCaprio said. "We all have to do our part to raise awareness about global warming and the problems we as a people face in promoting a sustainable environmental future for our planet."

Investor and environmentalist Adam Lewis and renowned poker player Doyle Brunson, also a longtime environmentalist, are financing the film.

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Borys Kit writes for The Hollywood Reporter.

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