Ripple Effect is a short film for a proposed documentary series that follows accomplished actor and conservationist Matthew Modine on a quest to find what Jacques Cousteau called “wavemakers”: extraordinary people making bold attempts to save the planet before it’s too late. Striking a balance between activism and adventure, Matthew and the heroes he visits open our eyes to the wonders of the ocean, the bounty of the land, and all that stands in the way of a prosperous world. Ultimately, these stories are an emotional showcase of human potential and hope, inspiring each of us to participate in the preservation of our Earth.
Matthew Modine’s iconic portrayals in films such as Alan Parker’s Birdy, Louden Swain in Vision Quest, Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket, and Dr. Martin “Papa” Brenner in the global phenomenon Stranger Things have cemented Matthew’s legacy in the entertainment industry. Recent star turns include Oppenheimer. Hard Miles (2023), Retribution opposite Liam Neeson (2023), Foster Boy with Louis Gossett Jr, Executive Produced by Shaquille O’Neal, Miss Virginia opposite Uzo Aduba, Wrong Turn and Operation: Varsity Blues: The College Admission Scandal. Modine has worked with many of the industry’s most respected directors, Director Robert Altman propelled Modine into international stardom with his film adaptation of David Rabe’s play Streamers. He and his fellow cast mates won an unprecedented Best Actor Award from the Venice International Film Festival (La Biennale di Venezia) for the tragic story of young American soldiers about to be sent to Vietnam. From his many signature roles, Modine might best be known for his role as Private Joker in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket. Modine received Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominations for his performances in And the Band Played On and What the Deaf Man Heard. Matthew also received the Screen Actors Guild Best Ensemble Performance award for his work in Stranger Things and a Best Ensemble Golden Globe for Robert Altman’s Shortcuts. Shortcuts also received the Best Ensemble Award at the Venice International Film Festival (La Biennale di Venezia). Modine has directed several distinguished short films. In 2010, Modine co-founded Cinco Dedos Peliculas (CDP) with former Apple Marketing executive Adam Rackoff. CDP develops narrative films, documentaries, animation projects, mobile apps, and initiatives with a focus on environmental activism.
Andrew Klein is the director and co-writer of Ripple Effect. After a decade creating ad campaigns for Fortune 500 clients, Andrew became a filmmaker and writer, directing human character stories for brands like Airbnb, Delta Airlines, and Conde Nast. He’s contributed film work to The Explorer’s Club, shot nature photography on five continents, is a self-admitted “bird nerd,” and is equally at home wading in a trout stream as he is swimming with white sharks.
Original Language: English
Month and Year of Production: April 2020
Color/Black and White: Color
Country of Production: USA
Director: Matthew Modine and Andrew Klein
Production: Cinco Dedos Peliculas
Producer: Adam Rackoff and Matthew Modine
Cast: Matthew Modine (Host, Narrator)
Photography: Andrew Klein
Editing: Cristina Rackoff
Music / Original Soundtrack: N/A
Awards: OFFICIAL SELECTION, Blue Water Film Festival; OFFICIAL SELECTION, EarthxFilm Festival