Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Backs Adrian Grenier Film

In the final hours of its Kickstarter campaign, actor-director Adrian Grenier’s “52: The Search for the Loneliest Whale” has found a backer in the form of Leonardo DiCaprio.

The equally environmentally minded star’s foundation has donated $50,000 to the film that plans to seek out the 52-hertz whale, which is known as the world’s loneliest whale because it communicates in a frequency that no other whale can understand. The film will be a documentary about the whale and the fight against noise pollution. The rest of the funding for the project came from more than 3,300 backers.

“These donations validate our ongoing efforts, and to get their vote of confidence is a huge moral boost for myself and team Lonely Whale,” Grenier said. “This is just the beginning, and I can’t wait to share more news with the community.”

DiCaprio’s Appian Way Productions shingle recently partnered with Netflix on the release of “Virunga,” the documentary about endangered gorillas in the Congo to which the digital network acquired exclusive subscription-video rights in July. Appian Way recently entered into a deal with Netflix to produce documentaries and docu-series with environmental and conservation themes.

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