New Leonardo DiCaprio film targets Formula E, environmental awareness

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Fisher Stevens originally thought Leonardo DiCaprio just wanted to have lunch.

When the world-renowned actor asked to meet him at a racetrack in Brooklyn, Stevens began to laugh.

“I said, ‘Dude, there’s no racetrack in Brooklyn,’ ” said Stevens, a producer, director and actor who just had finished “Before the Flood,” a 2016 documentary about climate change, with DiCaprio. “And he goes, ‘Um, yeah, there is. There’s this Formula E race.’ ”

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So Stevens took a short ride on his Vespa to Formula E’s U.S. course, which was located on the west side of Brooklyn near the ferry, shipping yards and warehouses of the Red Hook neighborhood.

“There was a racetrack, and I had never heard of it,” Stevens said with a laugh. “And I live 7 minutes away in Brooklyn.”

That’s the unlikely origin story for “And We Go Green.”

The documentary, which premiered on Hulu earlier this month, tracks the 2017-18 season in Formula E, which served as a backdrop for DiCaprio’s latest sustainability-focused project. The fully electric circuit is in the middle of its sixth season, which will resume in August after a delay for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Racing on metropolitan street circuits, Formula E has attracted several high-profile manufacturers (such as BMW, Nissan, Mercedes Benz, Jaguar, Porsche and Audi). It’s the brainchild of Alejandro Agag, who founded the series as a pathway for automakers to road-test new electric vehicle components and technology.

It was Agag’s friendship with DiCaprio that led to the involvement of Stevens (who also was executive producer with DiCaprio on a Ulysses S. Grant documentary for the History Channel).

“I get to the race, and Leo was with this crazy Spaniard, Alejandro Agag, and he’s like, ‘Fisher, nice to meet you, I love ‘Before the Flood,’” Stevens said. “Leo takes me around the paddock, and these cars are really amazing and electric and quiet, and it’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before. I’d heard of Lewis Hamilton, but I know nothing about racing.

“I thought Leo was just inviting me to lunch, and then he said, ‘Hey, man, let’s do a documentary about this. It’ll be great; we can do another environmental film through sport.’ ”

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