Racing Extinction


YEAR 2015

SECTION U.S. Documentary Competition


RUN TIME 94 min

SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles

Louie Psihoyos's The Cove (2009 Sundance Film Festival, U.S. Documentary Audience Award) exposed viewers to the brutal practice of dolphin slaughter. The Academy Award-winning director now bears witness to a global problem—mankind's role in precipitating mass extinction, potentially resulting in the loss of half of the world's species.

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.

With stakes as high as the survival of life on the planet, Racing Extinction dispenses with apathy or fatalism to emerge as an urgent, affirming call to action to stem the tide before it's too late. —B.T.


COMPANY Oceanic Preservation Society


Co Producer
Executive Producer

Artist Bio

Louie Psihoyos is the Executive Director of the Oceanic Preservation Society and an Academy Award-winning director (The Cove). Recognized as one of the top still photographers in the world, he shot images for National Geographic magazine for 18 years, and his work has been honored by countless organizations around the world. An ardent diver and dive photographer, Psihoyos is driven to show the world the decline of our planet's most crucial resource, the oceans.