With BIFF (local talk for the Boulder International Film Festival) starting in three days... I figured why not focus this blog on the film that I think is going to be the most interesting one of the weekend. If you've done any research on the films being shown, it won't come as a surprise that I'm writing about none other than Racing Extinction (which also just happens to be showing on Closing Night).
One of the coolest things about this film is that the director is a Boulder native! Louie Psihoyos is very talented and has already been recognized with an Academy Award for his film, The Cove, so I think it's fair to have high expectations for Racing Extinction. The film was most recently shown at Sundance 2015, which movie-goers and non-movie goers alike know is a pretty big deal.
Often, movies that focus on extinction of animals can be really heavy in scientific mumbo jumbo. This film, on the other hand, focuses on the human aspect. From shark-fin hunters and wild animal traders to restaurants that serve endangered animals as delicacies, Psihoyos doesn't hold back. We all know these types of things are happening, but actually seeing it evokes an entirely different emotion which filmmakers like Psihoyos hope can ultimately create change. Trust me, this is something you don't want to miss.
"Racing Extinction" Trailer from Oceanic Preservation Society on Vimeo.
BIFF's Closing Night happens on Sunday, March 8th and the film will be shown after the Awards Ceremony at 7:30pm.