Oscar-winning director Louie Psihoyos (pictured) and the team behind acclaimed doc The Cove have unveiled the first footage of an ambitious environmental follow-up project, entitled The Heist.
Psihoyos’s Oceanic Preservation Society launched the project on crowdfunding website Kickstarter yesterday, where it has already accrued more than a fifth of its US$50,000 fundraising target.
While Psihoyos is cryptic in the video about what the actual heist in question will entail, the filmmakers say the planned stunt “will serve as the climax of our next documentary, about the thousands of species that are blinking out before our eyes.”
The team adds: “We’re bringing the sights and sounds of species on the brink of extinction to the front of the world stage, in an event that will forever change what it means to take action for the planet.
“Departing from the confines of a traditional documentary, the film will capture the drastic measures necessary for initiating cultural change while inspiring millions of viewers to join our mission.”
Psihoyos’s filmmaking debut, The Cove, launched in 2009 to massive critical acclaim, going on to win the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and picking up prizes from more than 50 major festivals and organizations worldwide, including Sundance and Sheffield Doc/Fest.
Check out the Kickstarter video for The Heist below:
And check out the project on Kickstarter here.