In his Meet the 2015 Sundance Filmmakers profile, “Racing Extinction” director Louie Psihoyos described his film as, “Like ‘The Avengers’ – but real.”
In the same vein as his previous Sundance film, “The Cove,” (which won the 2009 U.S. Documentary Audience Award) “Racing Extinction” is an eco-thriller that examines mankind’s role in mass extinction. The Sundance Film Festival’s official synopsis reads: “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.”
Those empathetic images are shown in the film’s poster, which Indiewire is exclusively premiering below. The film is premiering in the U.S. Documentary competition section at the Sundance Film Festival this weekend.