“Think Ocean’s Eleven, The Avengers, but this time it’s real.” That’s how Academy Award-winning documentarian Louie Psihoyos describes The Heist, which is the code name for the climactic event of his still untitled follow-up to the breathtaking 2009 film The Cove. With that film, Psihoyos and his team went undercover and exposed the unfathomably awful treatment of dolphins in Japan. The Heist is part of the follow-up which aims to education and prevent the global extinction of over half the species living under the sea. How exactly Psihoyos and his team plan to do that is a mystery, but he says the events in the film “give endangered species a voice by using urban spaces as the world’s largest canvas for the sights and sounds of the creatures we’re losing.”

With the help of the Oceanic Preservation Society, production of the films is more than halfway done but in order to get the world’s attention, the team has one, final audacious act planned for the finale: The Heist. The only problem is, they can’t afford it. So they’ve taken to Kickstarter to raise $50,000 for the film’s completion. After the jump, watch Psihoyos’s mighty convincing pitch video and find out where you can contribute. Read More »

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Louie Psihoyos became a documentary sensation thanks to his film The Cove, which documented the mass hunting and slaughter of dolphins in one town in Japan. Now he is planning to follow that effort with a much bigger film tentatively called The Singing Planet. The subject: the mass extinction of wildlife. Read More »

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Kathryn Bigelow has become the first woman to win the DGA award for Outstanding Direction of a Feature Film with The Hurt Locker, defeating James Cameron‘s Avatar. This makes Hurt Locker the favorite for at this year’s Academy Awards. As Roger Ebert points out, only 6 times in 60 years has the DGA winner NOT won the Oscar for Best Picture, and in 58 of the last 60 years, the DGA winner went on to win the Oscar for best director.  A full listing of Director’s Guild of America award winners can be found after the jump.

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For any documentarian who makes a film about an injustice there can’t be much greater end result than seeing change take place in the real world once the film is released. This summer’s doc The Cove, by Louie Psihoyos, peered into Taiji, a small Japanese village where thousands of dolphins are slaughtered each year. Ric O’Barry, the dolphin trainer and activist who brought the location to the attention of Psihoyos, returned to the site of the slaughter this week, just as the annual ‘hunt’ would normally begin. He found a situation that pleased him greatly. Read More »

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