Originally Published: September 24, 2015 6:13 p.m.
The Sedona International Film Festival continues its documentary series with the one-night-only screenings of "Racing Extinction," an award-winning new documentary about the race to protect the world's most endangered species. The film will show at 4 and 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.
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.
Scientists predict that humanity's footprint on the planet may cause the loss of 50 percent 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 this new groundbreaking documentary.
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.
"Racing Extinction" will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre one day only: Thursday, Oct. 1, at 4 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival members. For tickets and more information, call 928-282-1177. Both the theater and film festival office are at 2030 W. Highway 89A in west Sedona. For more information, visit: www.SedonaFilmFestival.org.