The Sundance Film Festival kicked off earlier this week and today marks the premiere of Louie Psihoyos’ “Racing Extinction.”
“Racing Extinction” is a documentary focused on humanity’s affect on species across the world. It gives an alarming look at thousands of species that are close to extinction due to human activity.
The film is a collaboration between Psihoyos and a daring group of artists and activists, including divers, undercover agents and photographers. They seek to expose how the international wildlife trade and oil and gas companies have drastically affected multiple species of wildlife.
Psihoyos’ previous film, “The Cove,” focused on dolphin extinction and won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Psihoyos is dedicated to exposing environmental issues and in past interviews with Greek Reporter stated that his “mission when [he] makes a film is to change the world.”
The director frequently pays tribute to his Greek roots and visits his homeland often. He “wants to make movies that make Greeks proud that it was made by one of them.”
“Racing Extinction” will be playing this entire week at the festival; if you are in town for Sundance, check out the film’s screening schedule. For more information on the story and the making of the film, you can read up at the film’s site.