‘The Cove’ Director Louie Psihoyos Talks New ‘Heist’ Eco-Thriller

We’re not making a film about mass-extinction, we’re making a film about an unlikely team of activists coming together to prevent a mass-extinction.

By Michael dEstries - Source: http://www.ecorazzi.com

Photo © OPS

Photo © OPS


Back in 2009, director Louie Psihoyos shook up the world of documentary filmmaking with “The Cove” – a film that combined the best of animal activism with cutting edge technology and edge-of-your-seat thrills. Beyond winning the Academy Award for Best Documentary, the movie did what all documentary filmmakers hope to accomplish: build awareness and influence change.

Today, Psihoyos is putting the finishing touches on his next documentary – an eco-thriller he says will engage even more than “The Cove” and give audiences a real-life “Avengers” movie experience. We recently talked with him about this new project, what new spy gadgets we can expect, and when we might actually see it premiere.

Ecorazzi: Based on a successful Kickstarter campaign last year, we know your new film focused on the very huge subject of mass extinction. How hard has it been to make the shift from something narrow like “The Cove” to the fate of species all around the world?

Psihoyos: I actually began the film I’m working on now before The Cove and got sidetracked when I discovered Ric O’Barry. And I’m glad I got sidetracked because I’m a much better filmmaker now. I look at The Cove as a warm-up. I think that film was one of the most beautiful but heart-wrenching documentaries ever made, but we kept people out of the theaters in droves by having one ultra-dramatic sequence. I wouldn’t shave another frame off that film but with the new one we won’t make the same choice.

Photo © OPS

Photo © OPS

We’re not making a film about mass-extinction, we’re making a film about an unlikely team of activists coming together to prevent a mass-extinction. I tell people our next film is like The Avengers, but it’s real. It’s really a buddy film, but like The Cove it’s an eco-thriller. I’m intimately aware that on Friday night at the cinema our audience has been working all week, they are going to spend a hundred dollars or more on dinner and a movie and at the end of the night a woman wants to see a film that will make her feel and a guy wants an adrenaline rush, an action movie, and to maybe get lucky. We’re going to give people happy tears and yet everyone will be on the edge of their seats. I still can’t believe we’re doing what we’re doing. The last four years we’ve been creating a film that I want people to throw down their hard earned money and feel it’s the best money that they ever spent.

Read the rest of the interview at: http://www.ecorazzi.com

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