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United Nations X Parley For The Oceans Launch Event

Louie Psihoyos, David Rothschild, Cyrill Gutsch and Chris Jordan - United Nations x Parley For The Oceans Launch Event at the United Nations General Assembly Hall - New York, New York, United States - Tuesday 30th June 2015

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Dinosaur 13 Review


Excellent

Cleverly assembled to tell a complex true story from a hugely engaging perspective, this documentary can't help but spark a sense of righteous rage in the audience. The film outlines a series of deeply unjust events involving a group of true believers who had their finest achievement stolen from them by greedy neighbours and meddling politicians. Honestly, who knew palaeontology was such a cut-throat business?

It was the summer of 1990 in the Badlands of South Dakota when palaeontologist Susan Hendrickson discovered the fossilised remains of a T-rex, the thirteenth discovered and by far the most complete. None of the previous 12 were more than 40 percent complete, while this one, nicknamed "Sue", is about 80 percent. With her colleagues Peter and Neal Larson and Terry Wentz, Susan purchased the rights to Sue for a record $5,000 from the landowner, then the team spend a year getting the fossil ready to exhibit at their local museum. But before they finished, the FBI raided their lab and confiscated Sue, and seven years of legal arguments followed. Even worse, the prosecutors drummed up unnecessary criminal charges against the palaeontologists.

Clearly all of this is about money. When Sue was ultimately auctioned off, she brought $7.6 million to the cash-grabbing landowners and their lawyers. Meanwhile, the ragtag fossil-hunters had their lives completely derailed by legal action and even jail time. Director Todd Douglas Miller lets these people tell their story with quite a lot of detail, unveiling the plot chronologically through stills and home movies, plus some gorgeously shot new footage and re-enactments. Through it all, it's clear that these palaeontologists were excavating for the love of it, and for the benefit of their small-town community. In fact, Peter felt so strongly about Sue that he kept watch over the container she was stored in for all those years, even talking to it.

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Chasing Ice Review


Excellent

Even though this documentary is packed with some of the most spectacular scenes you've ever seen on film, it's also rather depressing. Not only do these magnificent images reveal the truth about global warming, but they tell us that we're too late to stop the rising sea levels. But it's not all doom and gloom, as there are still ways humanity can survive the coming changes.

Scientist James Balog runs a global project studying the sizes of glaciers, and with his video monitoring systems he can see that they are shrinking at a hugely accelerated rate. By analysing the ice he can see that the melting grew exponentially during the industrial revolution, when we started burning fossil fuels. And he also notes that we are now past the tipping point: no matter what we do, the glaciers will melt and the seas will rise, drastically changing the planet. In other words, anyone who says that humans didn't cause global warming is lying to you.

While centring on the likeable Balog and his energetic team, the film takes us with them to Iceland, Greenland and Alaska, letting us watch their staggeringly beautiful time-lapse sequences of ice melting. In one case, a shelf collapses that's the size of Lower Manhattan. Not only is this kind of scene picturesque and dramatic, but the scale of the event helps us understand what's actually going on out there, despite deliberately misleading information from global news sources (Fox News is the most pernicious offender in this sense).

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Protesters Force Cancellation Of The Cove Screenings In Tokyo


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Louie Psihoyos and RIC O'BARRY's Oscar-winning documentary about the slaughter of dolphins in Japan has been forced out of theaters in Tokyo due to ongoing protests by angry right-wing groups.

The Cove follows a group of activists as they struggle with police and fishermen to gain access to a secluded cove in Taiji, southern Japan, where dolphins are hunted.

The film angered local fishermen, who argue dolphin hunting is part of their culture, and they slammed the covert techniques employed by the filmmakers.

Protesters took to the streets of Tokyo on Friday (04Jun10) to fight an upcoming screening of The Cove, calling on locals to boycott the film.

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Director Psihoyos Makes Oscar Speech On Late-night Tv


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Documentary maker Louie Psihoyos got the chance to give his Academy Awards acceptance speech on late night TV in America on Monday (15Mar10) after a sign protest at the Oscars cut his time onstage.

The Cove director had just stepped up to the microphone to speak when marine life activist and film consultant Ric O'Barry held up a sign that read 'Text DOLPHIN to 44144'.

Worried Oscar bosses turned cameras to the audience and cut off power to the mic onstage, rendering Psihoyos inaudible.

But, during an appearance on Lopez Tonight!, the director finally got the chance to say his thank yous for the Best Documentary, Features honour.

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The Cove Filmmakers Face Protest In Japan


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Japanese authorities are fuming after Louie Psihoyos and RIC O'BARRY's expose about the slaughter of dolphins won the Best Documentary Oscar at Sunday's (7Mar10) Academy Awards.

The Cove follows a group of activists as they struggle with police and fishermen to gain access to a secluded cove in Taiji, southern Japan, where dolphins are hunted.

The film beat out competition to win the Best Documentary prize, but less than 24 hours after the filmmakers lifted their Oscars, Taiji mayor Kazutaka Sangen has responded with a statement, dismissing the film and accusing Psihoyos and O'Barry of disrespecting Japanese customs.

In a faxed statement to Reuters, he writes, "I think it is regrettable that the film presents as fact material that is not backed up by scientific proof. There are a variety of customs relating to food, within this country and abroad. An attitude of mutual respect is necessary, based on understanding of the years-old traditions arising from these customs and the circumstances surrounding them."

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With His Oscar Outisde Chateau Marmont

Louie Psihoyos - The director of the Academy Award winning documentary feature The Cove' Louie Psihoyos, Los Angeles, California - with his Oscar outisde Chateau Marmont Sunday 7th March 2010

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The Cove Review


Excellent
Funded by the Oceanic Preservation Society, this film virtually creates a new genre: the horror doc. It's a gripping and compelling film about something utterly unthinkable. And it makes a superb companion piece to the milder (but no less important) The End of the Line.

Ric O'Barry is the man who caught and trained the dolphins for the 1960s TV series Flipper. And when one of them committed suicide due to the stress of captivity, he dedicated his life to freeing dolphins. As he explains, these are sentient beings whose social structures and playful natures are destroyed by being held in tanks. And over the years his attention has focussed on the town of Taiji, Japan, where many of the world's trained dolphins are caught. But even worse, the dolphins that don't make the cut are taken into a cove and pointlessly slaughtered.

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Louie Psihoyos Movies

Dinosaur 13 Movie Review

Dinosaur 13 Movie Review

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Chasing Ice Movie Review

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