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Racing Extinction (2015)

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A documentary that follows undercover activists trying to stave off a man-made mass extinction.

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Louie Psihoyos

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Mark Monroe
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Louie Psihoyos ... Himself (undercover investigator)
Heather Dawn Rally ... Herself (undercover investigator) (voice) (as Heather Rally)
Michael Novacek ... Himself (curator of paleontology)
Christopher W. Clark ... Himself (Johnson senior scientist) (as Dr. Christopher W. Clark)
Kirk Johnson ... Himself (National Museum of Natural History)
Ady Gil ... Himself (protester)
Shawn Heinrichs ... Himself (marine conservationist)
Paul Hilton ... Himself (photojournalist)
Charles Hambleton ... Himself (undercover investigator)
David Doubilet David Doubilet ... Himself (National Geographic photographer)
Jerry Greenberg ... Himself (underwater photographer)
John Veron John Veron ... Himself (Australian Institute of Marine Science) (as J.E.N. 'Charlie' Veron)
Elizabeth Kolbert ... Herself (author of 'The Sixth Extinction')
Synte Peacock ... Herself (National Center for Atmospheric Research)
Jason Hall-Spencer ... Himself (marine biologist)
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Scientists predict we may lose half the species on the planet by the end of the century. They believe we have entered the sixth major extinction event in Earth's history. Number five took out the dinosaurs. This era is called the Anthropocene, or 'Age of Man', because the evidence shows that humanity has sparked this catastrophic loss. We are the only ones who can stop it as well. The Oceanic Preservation Society, the group behind the Academy Award® winning film THE COVE, is back for "Racing Extinction". Along with some new innovators, OPS will bring a voice to the thousands of species on the very edge of life. An unlikely team of activists is out to expose the two worlds endangering species across the globe. The first threat to the wild comes from the international trade of wildlife. Bogus markets are being created at the expense of creatures who have survived on this planet for millions of years. The other threat is all around us, hiding in plain sight. There's a hidden world that ... Written by OPS

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18 September 2015 (USA) See more »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Louie Psihoyos: In the Arctic, in these cold regions around the planet, underneath the lakes, underneath the oceans, there's vast, vast quantities of frozen methane that's been under there for millions of years.
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The most important documentary to date!
6 June 2016 | by dom-lerose-8See all my reviews

With nearly half of our wildlife decimated since the 1940s, it's not hard to imagine that the natural world is in some serious trouble. The expansion of the modernized world and the overpopulation of humans has caused nature and its species' to face extinction. "Racing Extinction" is a shred of hope. It sheds light on the important issues facing nature and the thousands of animals facing extinction due to climate change, poaching, pollution, ocean acidification, hunting and fishing, and the destruction of natural habitats. This documentary interviews many knowledgeable conservationists and scientists who have solutions and hope on this subject. With magnificent footage of nature and animals and devastating footage of the destruction of nature, this documentary does a brilliant job blending the beauty and the loss of the natural world with the solutions to preserving it.


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