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In 2010, Academy Award-winning director Louie Psihoyos (The Cove) and the Oceanic Preservation Society team entered celebrated Santa Monica restaurant, The Hump, under the guise of typical diners. By the time they’d left, the restaurant had been busted for selling the meat of the endangered Sei whale. Using guerilla-style tactics, covert operations and state-of-the-art technology, Psihoyos and a team of artists and activists show the world never-before-seen images that expose the causes of the current mass extinction, and inspire us all to make changes to protect our world. Join the wild ride and leave with the tools necessary to save our endangered species.

Racing Extinction was an official selection of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and has gone on to win 36 awards internationally and domestically.



  • Louie Psihoyos: Director
  • Olivia Ahnemann: Producer
  • Fisher Stevens: Producer
  • Dieter Paulmann: Executive Producer
  • Paul G. Allen: Co-Executive Producer
  • Mark Monroe: Writer
  • J. Ralph: Composer
  • Geoffrey Richman A.C.E.: Editor
  • Jason Zeldes: Editor
  • Gina Papabeis: Co-Producer
  • John Behrens: Cinematographer
  • Sean Kirby: Cinematographer
  • Petr Stepanek: Cinematographer
  • Shawn Heinrichs: Cinematographer
  • Jody Allen: Co-Executive Producer
  • Dan Nelson: Co-Executive Producer
  • Trammell S. Crow: Co-Executive Producer
  • John Paul DeJoria: Co-Executive Producer
  • William von Mueffling: Co-Executive Producer
  • Kenneth Lerer: Co-Executive Producer
  • John Paul DeJoria: Co-Executive Producer

Transforming Audiences

Louie Psihoyos and the Oceanic Preservation Society (OPS) spent five years crisscrossing the globe to uncover the reasons behind the current mass extinction. Their previous film The Cove had met with critical acclaim, inspiring hundreds of thousands to ask how they could help. Although it was exactly the response that Psihoyos and OPS wanted, they were unprepared to implement a large-scale campaign. For Racing Extinction it would be different. OPS went looking for a partner that could translate storytelling into widespread action. They found it in Vulcan, a staunch supporter of wildlife conservation. Joining forces with Vulcan Productions the OPS team would not only successfully expose a planet in peril, but give everyone the ability to make a difference.


Racing Extinction Director Louie Psihoyos on his motivations for creating the film.


“It’s not a spectator sport anymore. Everybody has to become active somehow.”

Louie Psihoyos


If we lose an essential species like sharks, the ocean's ecosystem will begin to fail.

Projecting Change

It’s more than a movie – it’s a movement. Louie Psihoyos partnered with Travis Threlkel of Obscura Digital to get the message of extinction across in a massive way. They projected beautiful images of endangered animals for all the world to witness on the UN’s General Assembly building and then again 40 stories high on the side of the Empire State Building. The striking imagery highlighted the plights of endangered species and exposed the causes of mass extinction. They continued to share their message around the country using a custom designed Tesla Model S to project images of threatened species on surfaces large and small. Through Vulcan's partnership with OPS, these events and the Tesla projections have reached millions of people, triggered worldwide action and brought the message of species extinction to the forefront of the climate conversation.


Projecting striking images on one of the world's most iconic buildings will catalyze a movement.


We lit up the U.N. headquarters in a revolutionary call to action to save species.


The Tesla Model S lit up the mountains of Colorado to highlight the plight of endangered species.

Together We Can

The film was just the beginning. Vulcan Productions, in partnership with OPS, created an outreach campaign that includes educational materials and vetted resources, which reveals how making small changes can affect the well-being of our entire planet, and challenges our leaders to abandon fossil fuels for safer, cleaner energies. Think you can’t make a difference? Think again. The campaign has resulted in a number of victories in the fight to save endangered animals: In 2010 President Obama signed the shark conservation act into law; Petitions worldwide have resulted in bans against the shark fin trade; and the Washington State Animal Tracking Initiative 1401 claimed victory for threatened animals. And we’re far from finished. Become an actor in this epic saga. Racing Extinction will not only change the way you see the world—it will change how you see your role within it.


“There's nothing more beautiful you can do than try to save a habitat or an endangered species.” Louie Psihoyos

Join The Race


One man's tireless commitment saves an entire species.



Over 60,000 people have joined forces to save animals from extinction.

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Louie Psihoyos Director

Academy Award-winning ™ director Louie Psihoyos (The Cove) brings us Racing Extinction.

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Fisher Stevens Producer

Fisher Stevens is an American actor, director, producer and writer. His most recent successes include ...

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Olivia Ahnemann Producer

Olivia Ahnemann has been producing and directing documentary films since ...

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Gina Papabeis Producer

Gina is a graduate of Florida State University's Film School with a BFA in Film Production and a minor ...

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