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Directed by Academy Award® winner Louie Psihoyos
And the team behind THE COVE
RACING EXTINCTION will have a worldwide broadcast premiere on
The Discovery Channel December 2nd.
Publicity Materials Are Available at: www.racingextinction.com
Running Time: 94 minutes
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RACING EXTINCTIONSynopsis Short Synopsis ® Oscar -winning director Louie Psihoyos (THE COVE) assembles a team of artists and activists on an undercover operation to expose the hidden world of endangered species and the race to protect them against mass extinction. Spanning the globe to infiltrate the world’s most dangerous black markets and using high tech tactics to document the link between carbon emissions and species extinction, RACING EXTINCTION reveals stunning, never-before seen images that truly change the way we see the world.
Long Synopsis Scientists predict that humanity’s footprint on the planet may cause the loss of 50% of all species by the end of the century. They believe we have entered the sixth major extinction in Earth’s history, following the fifth great extinction which took out the dinosaurs. Our era is called the Anthropocene, or “Age of Man,” because evidence shows that humanity has sparked a cataclysmic change of the world’s natural environment and animal life. Yet, we are the only ones who can stop the change we have created.
® The Oceanic Preservation Society (OPS), the group behind the Academy Award -winning film THE COVE, is back with the new groundbreaking documentary RACING EXTINCTION. Joined by new innovators, OPS brings a voice to the thousands of species teetering on the very edge of life.
This highly charged, impassioned collective of activists is out to expose the two major threats to endangered wild species across the globe. The first comes from the international wildlife trade, and the bogus medicinal cures and tonics that are marketed to the public at the expense of creatures who have survived on this planet for millions of years. The second threat is all around us, hiding in plain sight. It is a hidden world of carbon emissions and acidified oceans that are incompatible with existing animal life. It is a world, revealed with state-of-the-art photographic technology, that oil and gas companies don’t want us to see.
Director Louie Psihoyos has crafted an ambitious mission to clearly and artfully pull into focus our impact on the planet, while inspiring us all to embrace the solutions that will ensure a thriving, biodiverse world for future generations.
As a child I used to deliver papers for the Dubuque Telegraph Herald and at 17, I got my start in making images in their photo department. In my 20’s, I became a photographer for National Geographic. Now, I find myself in a race alongside other environmentalists to save a planet that is losing species at a rate not seen since a comet hit 65 million years ago.
Film can still be the most powerful weapon in the world — a weapon of mass construction. I’m interested in radically changing how people perceive a documentary by making it entertaining and using narrative filmmaking conventions. In our new film, RACING EXTINCTION, we used the highest quality production values and a collective of environmental activists to raise awareness of the issue.
With this project, I want to tackle the most important problem the world has ever faced, the epic loss of biodiversity. By combining a compelling film and a groundbreaking activation campaign, we want to create a movement for change.
With a passion for utilizing the entertainment medium for social activism, Stevens directed Working the Darkside – a multimedia presentation featuring Rachel Maddow, which opened a dialogue on torture and war crimes. He also directed a United Nations Day Concert: A Tribute to Peacekeeping and the powerful film The War Against War, which takes an in-depth look at the U.N.’s peacekeeping missions around the globe.
Other television credits include programs for National Geographic, PBS, and Discovery. Olivia has contributed to several independent films including Enlighten Up! which had a nationwide theatrical release in 2008. She lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband and four year daughter.
A journalism graduate from the University of Oklahoma, Mark began his career in television as a news writer for CNN in Atlanta. Before writing for film, he produced more than sixty hours of biography-style programming for TV.
Currently, Mark is working on Racing Extinction academy award winner Louis Psihoyos' follow-up film to The Cove, as well as Another World a film about the Occupy Movement and Mission Blue on legendary oceanographer Sylvia Earle.
Described by The Hollywood Reporter as the "go-to producer of documentary film scores", J. Ralph is widely considered by many to have had a profound impact on the medium. He has helped create some of the most celebrated documentaries all of time revealing critically important social issues and culturally defining artists. Over the last 7 years, J. Ralph has written and produced the music for 6 of the Oscar® winning/nominated films including MAN ON WIRE (2009), THE COVE (2010) HELL AND BACK AGAIN (2012), CHASING ICE (2013), FINDING VIVAN MAIER (2015) and VIRUNGA (2015).
Immediately following his 2013 Oscar® nomination, J. Ralph produced the 2014 Oscar® nominated song "THE MOON SONG" performed by Karen O and Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend while accompanying the duo on guitar, from the Academy Award winning film HER directed by Spike Jonze. In the summer of 2015, J. Ralph was commissioned by Discovery Channel and Volkswagen to write and produce an original symphonic work for Shark Week to raise money and awareness for species extinction and oceanic preservation. The resulting “Theodora” was conceived to reimagine what sharks could sound like and features Grammy Winning violinist Joshua Bell, the London Symphony Orchestra, The London Voices Choir and was recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios with over 150 players.
Most recently J. Ralph has written and produced the music for the Sundance Award winning documentary MERU and RACING EXTINCTION featuring the original songs “One Candle” written and performed J. Ralph & Sia and “Manta Ray” written and performed by J. Ralph and Antony Hegarty (of Antony and the Johnsons). Other recent projects include GARNET’S GOLD featuring his original song “UNTIL THE END” performed by LIZA MINNELLI and WYNTON MARSALIS and the Oscar® nominated documentary VIRUNGA featuring his original song “WE WILL NOT GO” which he performed with the icons of African music YOUSSOU NDOUR, SALIF KEITA, & FALLY IPUPA.
J. Ralph’s music encompasses a wide variety of genres and mediums and has been featured in the world’s biggest television events including The Olympics, The World Cup, The Academy Awards®, The Super Bowl, The World Series, The Grammys, The Emmys, The Golden Globes, and The NBA playoffs. “He’s one of the most heard artists on the planet” declared Esquire Magazine’s Genius Issue.
J. Ralph is a fellow of Yale University, a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the only composer ever to win two consecutive A.I.C.P. awards. Several of Mr. Ralph’s works are included in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection in New York City.
RACING EXTINCTION Filmmaker Credits
Directed by: Louie Psihoyos Produced by: Olivia Ahnemann, Fisher Stevens Executive Producer: Dieter Paulmann Written by: Mark Monroe Edited by: Geoffrey Richman, A.C.E., Lyman Smith, Jason Zeldes Music by: J. Ralph Original Songs “One Candle” Written & Performed by J. Ralph & Sia & “Manta Ray” Written & Performed by J. Ralph & Antony Co-Producer: Gina Papabeis Cinematography: John Behrens, Shawn Heinrichs, Sean Kirby, Petr Stepanek Co-Executive Producers: Paul G. Allen, Jody Allen, Solina Chau, Trammell S. Crow, Dan Nelson, William von Mueffling, Kenneth Lerer, John Paul DeJoria Line Producer: Patti Bonnet Associate Producers: Adrienne Hall, Chip Comins, W. Wilder Knight III, Tom Shadyac, Jim Swartz and Susan Swartz, Laura and Rutherford Seydel Sound: Mickey Houlihan Okeanos – Foundation for the Sea and Discovery present an Oceanic Preservation Society film. In association with Vulcan Productions, the Li Ka Shing Foundation, Earth Day Texas, JP’s Peace, Love & Happiness Foundation, Diamond Docs and Insurgent Docs.
ABOUT ABRAMORAMAAn independent distribution and marketing company, Abramorama is an industry leader in the focused, personalized form of film distribution that provides invaluable alternatives to filmmakers and content owners. Over the course of more than 20 years, Abramorama has successfully distributed and marketed hundreds of films, including Asif Kapadia’s SENNA, Robert Stone’s PANDORA’S PROMISE; Cameron
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ABOUT THE OCEANIC PRESERVATION SOCIETY (OPS)The Oceanic Preservation Society (OPS), an independent non-profit organization, uses film, photography, collaboration, and social media – one “exposure” at a time – to educate, inspire, and empower the global community to become change agents that are actively engaged in saving and preserving the oceans, endangered species, and our planet. OPS's first film, The Cove, has won dozens of awards around the world, including the Oscar® for Best Documentary in 2009, and inspired over a million people to action.
For more information, please visit www.opsociety.org.
ABOUT OKEANOS - FOUNDATION FOR THE SEAThe Okeanos - Foundation for the Sea is focusing its attention on individuals and communities that are taking action and making positive steps to heal the oceans and to reconnect humankind with the sea.
Okeanos encourages discussions and actions through documentary films that they either produce or finance. However, their main focus lies on the development and funding of practical projects worldwide, with a focus on the Pacific, where they also supported the projects of Pacific Voyagers Charitable Trust.
For more information, please visit www.okeanos-foundation.org.