Target: Louie Psihoyos, documentary filmmaker
Goal: Thank documentary filmmaker for focusing attention on endangered species
The 2009 documentary The Cove brought almost unimaginable levels of attention to the scourge of dolphin fishing off the coast of Japan, and the plight of dolphins worldwide. Now, that film’s director, Louie Psihoyos is at it again, planning to release a documentary about the six most endangered species in the world. The documentary will be titled simply, “6.” This level of devotion to environmental subjects is rare in the entertainment industry. Mr. Psihoyos’ work has brought much attention to environmental and animal conservation efforts. Thank him for his important and stunningly beautiful work today.
Louie Psihoyos was born in Dubuque, Iowa in 1957. He is the son of Greek immigrants. After completing a degree in photojournalism at the University of Missouri, Psihoyos accepted a job photographing animals for National Geographic. He worked for the magazine for seventeen years before branching off to direct documentary films. In 2005, four years before the release of The Cove, Psihoys founded the non-profit Oceanic Preservation Society (OPS). According to the OPS website, the mission of the organization is to “educate the public on what is happening to 70% of the Earth (the oceans) and to promote individuals to make a difference so that future generations will have an enriched environment, not a diminishing one.” Soon after forming the organization, Psihoyos began production on his seminal work, The Cove.
This new documentary, which will premiere in a “work-in-progress” state at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, focuses on the six most endangered species in the world, and how their extinction might affect our planet and our lives. In staggering detail and beauty, the film exposes a wide array of issues related to the possible mass extinction of such beautiful creatures as the blue whale. According to a press-release, “Whether infiltrating notorious black markets with guerilla-style tactics or exploring the scientific causes affecting changes to the environment, ‘6’ will change the way we see the world and our role within it.” Thank Mr. Psihoyos for his beautiful films today.
Dear Louie Psihoyos,
Endangered species, and environmental conservation at large, are all too rarely focused on by Hollywood and the media. Thank you for bringing attention to the world’s six most endangered species in your new film.
I am writing today to applaud your new film, “6” and to urge you to keep up the good work.
[Your Name Here]
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