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Directed by Academy Award® winner Louie Psihoyos

And the team behind THE COVE


Publicity Materials Are Available at: www.racingextinction.com

Running Time: 94 minutes

Press Contact – Outreach Campaign

Press Contact

Sunshine Sachs JMP Verdant Communications

Jessica Berger/Tiffany Malloy Julia Pacetti

Office: 212.691.2800 Office: 718-399-0400 Jessica cell: 917.748.9830 julia@jmpverdant.com Tiffany cell: 201.925.1122 Email: berger@sunshinesachs.com Email: malloy@sunshinesachs.com Distribution Contact Discovery Channel Jon Bardin Email: Jon_Bardin@discovery.com 1


Synopsis 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 the human footprint on the planet may cause the loss of half of the world’s 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 expenseof 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.

For information about the campaign against species extinction, visit: www.racingextinction.com

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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Other recent work includes writing and producing the music for the documentaries Finding Vivian Maier, Racing Extinction (by The Cove director Louie Psihoyos) and Garnet’s Gold for which he also wrote and produced the films’ original songs including “Until the End” performed by Liza Minnelli and Wynton Marsalis.

J. Ralph’s music encompasses a wide variety of genres and mediums. He 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 J. Ralph’s works are included in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection in New York City.

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Director: Louie Psihoyos Producers: Olivia Ahnemann, Fisher Stevens Co-Producer: Gina Papabeis Executive Producer: Dieter Paulmann Co-Executive Producers: Paul G. Allen, Jody Allen, Dan Nelson, Trammell S. Crow, William von Mueffling, Kenneth Lerer, John, Paul DeJoria Associate Producers: Adrienne Hall, W. Wilder Knight III, Chip Comins, Tom Shadyac, Jim Swartz, Susan Swartz Writer: Mark Monroe Composer: J. Ralph Editors: Geoff Richman, A.C.E., Lyman Smith, Jason Zeldes Cinematography: John Behrens, Shawn Heinrichs, Sean Kirby, Petr Stepanek Sound: Mickey Houlihan Key Subjects (in alphabetical order): Christopher W. Clark, Charles Hambleton, Shawn Heinrichs, Paul Hilton, Leilani Münter, Louie Psihoyos, Heather Rally, Joel Sartore, Travis Threlkel Sales: John Sloss/Cinetic Media (North America) A Discovery Channel release of an Okeanos – Foundation for the Sea presentation of an Oceanic Preservation Society film. In association with Vulcan Productions, Earth Day Texas, JP’s Peace, Love & Happiness Foundation, Diamond Docs and Insurgent Media.



Oceanic Preservation Society (OPS) is a non-profit organization that creates film, photography and media that inspires people to save the oceans. Founded in 2005 by renowned photographer and avid diver Louie Psihoyos, OPS is headquartered in Boulder, CO, conveniently between two oceans.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.


The 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.


Founded by philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen and Jody Allen, Vulcan Productions produces compelling feature films, television series, specials and digital content and creates outreach initiatives designed to inspire people to take action on the critical issues of our time. Vulcan Productions is committed to supporting projects of significance that ignite progress and motivate audiences to generate measurable impact on the world. As part of a comprehensive relief campaign through which the Paul G.

Allen Family Foundation has committed at least $100 million to stop the spread of Ebola, Vulcan Productions is engaged in media partnerships that bring life saving information to populations who are most effected by this global public health crisis. Current media partners in the campaign are BBC Media Action and CNN, with the production of The Unseen Enemy, a feature documentary that explores the global impact of pandemics. Vulcan Productions projects have won numerous awards, including the George Foster Peabody Award, the Emmy Award, the Grammy Award, Wildscreen Panda Award and the Sheffield Doc/Fest Green Award. Acclaimed films and series from the Vulcan Productions group include We The Economy, Pandora’s Promise, Girl Rising, Success at the Core, Hard Candy, The Blues and Racing Extinction.

For media inquiries regarding Vulcan Productions contact:

Julia Pacetti, JMP Verdant, julia@jmpverdant.com, 917.584.7846


Insurgent Media was founded in April, 2010 by Fisher Stevens (The Cove, In the Bedroom), Andrew Karsch (Conviction, Moneyball), and Erik Gordon. Over the years, the company produced documentaries including the Netflix Original Mission Blue, about acclaimed oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle, John Leguizamo's Broadway show Ghetto Klown for HBO, SXSW Grand Jury prize film Beware of Mr. Baker, about legendary drummer Ginger Baker, and PBS American Masters, Woody Allen: A Documentary. The company currently has a full slate of character and issue driven documentaries.


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DR. CHRISTOPHER W. CLARK Dr. Christopher W. Clark, an engineer and biologist, is the Imogene Johnson Senior Scientist in the Bioacoustics Research Program at the Cornell Lab or Ornithology and in the Department of Neurobiology & Behavior at Cornell University. He also works as a subject matter expert for Marine Acoustics, Inc. and as Chief Marine Scientist with Planet OS. Chris's research has concentrated on animal acoustic communication with a particular interest in the application of advanced acoustic technologies for scientific conservation of endangered species, from tiny birds to giant whales. He has pioneered the application of distributed ocean listening systems for understanding the spatial and temporal occurrences of whales at ocean-basin scales. As part of these large-scale acoustic projects, Dr. Clark and his research teams have developed advanced models by which to quantify ocean noise variability as a result natural biotic and abiotic, commercial shipping and energy exploration sound sources. What has evolved through this process is a new, ecologically-based paradigm for evaluating and measuring biological risks to species of interest at both the individual and population levels. When asked what he does, his answer is simple: “I listen to the living world!”


Charles was born in Miami, Florida. His father worked for Pan American Airlines, so he grew up all over the world. He studied English at Roanoke College in Virginia and Environmental Mircobiology at University of Vermont. He moved to Boulder, Colorado to play music and recorded and toured extensively. Leaving the music business in 1991, he moved to London, and then to Antigua, West Indies where he still resides.

Charles has worked as a dive master, commercial diver and sailor with treasure hunter Scott Mitchen.

Together they have discovered numerous wrecks around the Caribbean and began to salvage old growth hardwood from the Great Lakes. He is a re-breather diver, has a private pilots license and a 200 ton Yacht Master ticket.

Back in Antiqua, he worked on many commercials and local film productions as well as with the Marine Department on location for the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Charles met Louie Psihoyos in Antigua and for more than 10 years, worked with Louie on many photography assignments as well as the Awardwinning documentary The Cove.


Shawn is an Emmy Award-winning cinematographer, photographer, scuba diver, and marine conservationist. An independent filmmaker and founder of Blue Sphere Media, a production company specializing in underwater, adventure and conservation films, he has acquired considerable first-hand knowledge of the oceans most important marine areas. He has worked with leading film and journalist teams including CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Yann Arthus Bertrand, Dan Rather, and National Geographic and delivered projects for many of the top marine conservation organizations including WildAid, Shark Savers, Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy and Pew Environment Group. Teaming up with John Weller, the two are creating a global film series to raise awareness and support campaigns for marine conservation. In partnership with Jim Abernethy, the duo are creating films about sharks and other charismatic marine life, and our connection to these magnificent creatures.

As an investigative conservation journalist, Shawn has gone undercover to expose stories in some of the most remote or challenging locations and his work has provided a rare view of the people and some of the more disturbing elements of the endangered species trade. His investigative footage and images have been used as centerpieces for documentaries and campaigns reaching hundreds of millions of people. In his drive to spread the word, Shawn has published numerous conservation articles and given presentations on marine conservation to audiences across the globe.

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