8 items from 2015
The Cove director Louie Psihoyos returns to Sundance in 2015 with a new call to action. Racing Extinction is a more wide-ranging documentary than its predecessor, albeit one that is just as sharply produced, and no less stirring. Psihoyos says his intention was to go a lot bigger, and the film follows through by offering […]
- Russ Fischer
After exposing the despicable world of illegal dolphin hunting and meat sales in Japan, the director of The Cove is broadening the scope a bit to shine a light on something even more threatening and on a much larger scale. Louie Psihoyos is back at Sundance with his documentary Racing Extinction, a film focusing on mankind’s role in precipitating mass extinction, potentially resulting in the loss of half of the world’s species. This seems to be much more than just tree-hugging, hippie stuff as some like to say, and you can see for yourself in the first trailer. This looks like a documentary to pay attention to very closely. Watch! Here's the trailer for Louie Psihoyos' Racing Extinction from The Oceanic Preservation Society: Racing Extinction is directed by Louie Psihoyos (of the Oscar-winning The Cove) and sees the filmmaker assembling a team of artists and activists intent »
- Ethan Anderton
There is mass extinction going on in the world and someone wants to do something about it — and also document the fight.
The first trailer for Racing Extinction dropped on Thursday. The film, which is set to premiere at Sundance, looks at humanity’s role in mass extinction, revealing how close we are to losing thousands of species. The documentary is directed by Louie Psihoyos, who also directed The Cove.
According to the synopsis, Psihoyos joins forces with activists, scientists, nature photographers, and cutting-edge inventors to draw attention to the dangers we face. While covert operations reveal the horrific black-market trade in endangered aquatic species, the film’s broader lens uncovers the even more disastrous consequences of human activity, chiefly the release of ocean-killing methane and carbon from energy consumption.
The film looks to carry a giant scope and dives deep (and sometimes illegally) into this underground world and should »
- Zach Dennis
As the Sundance Film Festival kicks off, even those of us stuck at home miles away from Park City are getting a first look at some of this year’s highlights. One of those is Racing Extinction, the new documentary from Louie Psihoyos (The Cove). Racing Extinction looks at humanity’s role in mass extinction, revealing how […]
- Angie Han
In his Meet the 2015 Sundance Filmmakers profile, "Racing Extinction" director Louie Psihoyos described his film as, "Like 'The Avengers' - but real." In the same vein as his previous Sundance film, "The Cove," (which won the 2009 U.S. Documentary Audience Award) "Racing Extinction" is an eco-thriller that examines mankind's role in mass extinction. The Sundance Film Festival's official synopsis reads: "Believing that images can stimulate empathy and in turn change behavior, Psihoyos joins forces with activists, scientists, nature photographers, and cutting-edge inventors to draw attention to the dangers we face. While covert operations reveal the horrific black-market trade in endangered aquatic species, the film's broader lens uncovers the even more disastrous consequences of human activity, chiefly the release of ocean-killing methane and carbon from energy consumption." Those empathetic images are shown in the film's poster, which »
- Casey Cipriani
There’s a reason Lars Von Trier decided to premiere his sexually explicit “Nymphomaniac” at the Sundance Film Festival last year. The mountainside gathering has a history of attracting edgy and boundary-pushing fare.
The Danish auteur won’t be showing anything explosive in Park City this time, but the 2015 edition of Sundance promises to have plenty of controversial documentaries and feature films about everything from sexual abuse to Scientology that are certain to spark debate.
Here’s a look at some of the most controversial projects looking to heat up the snowbound festival.
Director: Kyle Patrick Alvarez
Why It Pushes Buttons: Based on the true story about a Stanford University psychological survey that had students create a mock prison setting to look at the root causes of abuse, the film will bring to mind recent clashes with authority ranging from »
- Brent Lang
Louie Psihoyos is a former National Geographic photographer turned filmmaker who also runs a small non-profit called The Oceanic Preservation Society. Their motto used to be, "We're not trying to save the whole planet - just 70% of it," a reference that 70% of Earth's surface is ocean. Now, Psihoyos says, "We realize that our activities on land are destroying the oceans, C02 is acidifying the oceans, pollution, overconsumption et.c, so we're bringing our fight topside for the next film." What it's about: It's an eco-thriller in the same vein as our first film, "The Cove." For people still too scared to see "The Cove" - It's like "The Avengers" - but real. What it's really about: A bunch of crazy friends and dreamers who really are trying to save the world by using their special skills - It Is like "The Avengers," but real. Biggest challenge: It's a big epic undertaking, »
- Casey Cipriani
Angelina Jolie’s WWII drama “Unbroken” opened near the top of the U.S. box office, earning $47.3 million from its Christmas Day bow through its first weekend. In Japan, however, the pic is not scheduled for theaters, for reasons that Toho-Towa, which releases the movies of “Unbroken’s” U.S. distributor, Universal, declines to detail although it says it is still working on getting a release for the film. “We decide to distribute films on a case by case basis,” a spokesman says.
Clearer is the vitriolic response to the film from the Japanese right, including the many so-called “Net uyoku” (Net rightists), who may not belong to any organized group, but make their opinions known on 2channel and other popular Internet message boards and blog sites.
The film, which stars Jack O’Connell as WWII bombardier Louis Zamperini, features scenes of the captured hero being tortured by a sadistic »
- Mark Schilling
8 items from 2015
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