There are many reasons to love the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove. It fights for a good cause (stopping dolphin slaughter in Japan), it has made a difference (decreasing dolphin slaughter in Japan) and it’s also a very entertaining feature, in part because of how it plays like a real-life heist film. For his next effort, a mission/documentary actually titled The Heist, director Louie Psihoyos is sticking to the formula but aiming “bigger and bolder.”
“Think Ocean’s Eleven and The Avengers, only this time it’s real,” Psihoyos says in a new Kickstarter campaign video that also teases footage from the doc and its ambitious, gadget-heavy production. Much of the details surrounding the focus of The Heist are secret, not just to keep us intrigued but because the mission behind the film won’t work if people know about it.
Check out that video after the jump.
I’ll be honest that all the shots of New York CIty, particularly Times Square, have me both excited and nervous about whatever plan Psihoyos and the Oceanic Preservation Society have in store for their titular climax. According to the crowd-funding campaign, this mission is a “drastic” and non-traditional means of really changing the world and getting people on board to stop the impending extinction of thousands of species.
Something as monumental as it sounds will surely be something we hear about before we see the actual film, so be prepared for something spectacular, at least in terms of environmentalism. Obviously it’s not revealed when this mission will occur, but we can assume it won’t be before the end-of-September close of the Kickstarter campaign.
In the meantime, let’s celebrate The Cove with the updates Psihoyos provides at the beginning of the video. He says the film has led to a decreased the number of dolphins and porpoises killed in Japan, the end of schoolchildren being fed toxic dolphin meat and a decrease in the import of dolphins for aquarium shows.