Academy Award-winner Louie Psihoyos (The Cove) assembles a unique team to show the world never-before-seen images that expose issues surrounding endangered species and mass extinction. Psihoyos joins forces with activists, scientists, nature photographers, and cutting-edge inventors to draw attention to the dangers we face. Whether infiltrating notorious black markets or exploring humans’ effect on the environment, Racing Extinction will change the way you see the world.
With stakes as high as the survival of life on the planet, Racing Extinction dispenses with apathy or fatalism to emerge as an urgent, affirming call to action to stem the tide before it's too late.—Sundance
Louie Psihoyos, Director
The Executive Director of Oceanic Preservation Society (OPS), Louie Psihoyos is widely regarded as one of the world's most prominent still photographers. He has circled the globe dozens of times for National Geographic and has shot hundreds of covers for other magazines including Fortune Magazine, Smithsonian, Discover, GEO, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and Rock and Ice. His work has also been seen on the Discovery Channel, National Geographic Television, and The History Channel. Psihoyos' first documentary film, The Cove, has won over 70 awards globally from festivals and critics, including the Oscar® for Best Documentary Feature in 2009.
Olivia Ahnemann, Producer
Olivia Ahnemann has been a documentary film and TV producer for the past 18 years. She has profiled Winston Blackmore’s polygamist clan in British Columbia for National Geographic and Europe’s royal families for A&E; followed BASE jumpers in Chamonix, France and big wave surfers in South Africa, Hawaii, Mexico and Tahiti for Warren Miller Entertainment; and filmed men and women building the new Bay Bridge in Oakland for Discovery. Olivia was co-producer of the Academy Award winning documentary The Cove and contributed to several other independent films including Enlighten Up. Other TV credits include programs for National Geographic, PBS, Discovery.
Fisher Stevens, Producer
With over 30 years in the entertainment business, Fisher Stevens’ career has included an impressive range of projects. As an actor, Stevens has appeared in over 40 Broadway and Off-Broadway shows and some of his many film credits include Short Circuit 1 & 2, The Grand Budapest Hotel and the upcoming F2014. Stevens co-founded the NY theater company Naked Angels, as well as GreeneStreet Films, where he made his film directorial debut (Just a Kiss) and produced over 15 films, including the Oscar® nominated In The Bedroom and the acclaimed documentary Once In A Lifetime. He went on to produce Crazy Love and Oscar® winning documentary The Cove. In 2010, he co-founded Insurgent Media, which has since completed multiple films, including Mission Blue.
Gina Papabeis, Co-ProduceR
Gina Papabeis began working with the Oceanic Preservation Society (OPS) during the release of The Cove, managing the day-to-day operations of the organization and coordinating the outreach campaign for the film. Prior, Gina worked as a Projects Manager on the grassroots promotion of a dozen independent films at Red Hills Releasing, LLC, including 500 Days of Summer, JCVD, and The English Surgeon. She is a graduate of Florida State University's Film School, where she gained on-set experience in various crew positions on over 30 short films. Gina also has a minor in Biology.