Back when it first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, The Cove was one of those alarming documentaries that made you want to champion the hell out of it and its cause. The 2009 doc about a gang of rogue activists who infiltrate and secretly document the mass murder of dolphins in Japan later went on to win the Oscar for best documentary, which immediately helped put an end to much of the dolphin slaughter around the globe, but it also put that much more pressure on the filmmakers when it came to their follow-up project. Now that project has been announced via the filmmakers' Kickstarter, and it's called The Heist.
The Cove director Louie Psihoyos has taken to Kickstarter in an attempt to raise $50,000 for the new film, which he compares to "Ocean's Eleven and The Avengers, only this time it's real." Most of the project is being kept a secret right now because, like The Cove, it involves their team infiltrating some potentially dangerous places, but what we're being told is that it will deal with the extinction of species and their fight to save certain animals before they're wiped off this planet forever.
From their Kickstarter:
"The team that infiltrated The Cove is back—with some new faces—to hatch a plan even bigger and bolder than the last. We're bringing the sights and sounds of species on the brink of extinction to the front of the world stage, in an event that will forever change what it means to take action for the planet. Departing from the confines of a traditional documentary, the film will capture the drastic measures necessary for initiating cultural change while inspiring millions of viewers to join our mission."
With all the new technology and several different camera teams, we're not sure why they're only asking for 50 grand, but they say that whatever funds raised will go toward "scaling up The Heist, other shoots that help give the issues context, and will add production value." After watching The Cove, and knowing a little bit more about The Heist than we're allowed to divulge at this time, we'd say this is one Kickstarter you definitely want to throw some cash at.
No word on when we'll see The Heist, though it'd be great if they managed to go back to Utah and premiere it at Sundance 2013 this January.
[via Doc Channel Blog]
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