If you thought that the slaughter of dolphins in Louie Psihoyos’ Oscar winning The Cove was tough, how about the extinction of entire species? The director is next turning his attention mass human-caused extinction with a documentary currently called The Singing Planet. And it won’t be any regular old documentary – it’s going to be in 3D.
Psihoyos tells Momentum: “We’re shooting a 3-D film about the mass extinction of wildlife caused by humanity–I think it’s the biggest story out there right now. We’ll be all over the world for that one, The Gulf, Polynesia, all over the Pacific including Cocos and Galapagos, Europe and many places now being determined.”
I guess there are still people out there who think that environmentalism is some kind of hippie conspiracy or something, but the disaster in the Gulf has refocused attention on just how broadly we’re impacting the world around us. How broadly and how thoughtlessly. The Cove (which I have not been able to bring myself to watch – I know, what a pussy I turned out to be) has been a great example of activist filmmaking, and hopefully The Singing Planet is just as important and makes as much of a splash.