Thursday, October 20

Showtime: 7:00 PM

Chautauqua Community House

$15.00 ($12.00 Concert Member)

Scientists predict we may lose half the species on the planet by the end of the century. They believe we have entered the sixth major extinction event in Earth’s history. Number five took out the dinosaurs. This era is called the Anthropocene, or “Age of Man,” because the evidence shows that humanity has sparked this catastrophic loss. We are the only ones who can stop it as well.

The Oceanic Preservation Society (OPS), the group behind the Academy Award®-winning film “The Cove,” is back with “Racing Extinction.” Along with some new innovators, OPS brings a voice to the thousands of species on the very edge of life. An unlikely team of activists is out to expose the two worlds endangering species across the globe. The first threat to the wild comes from the international trade of wildlife. Bogus markets are being created at the expense of creatures who have survived on this planet for millions of years. The other threat is all around us, hiding in plain sight— a world that the oil and gas companies don’t want the rest of us to see.

“Racing Extinction” premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and we are excited to screen this documentary at Chautauqua!  The film’s producer Olivia Ahnemann will lead a post-screening discussion.

About the Producer:

Olivia Ahnemann has been producing and directing documentary films for the past 18 years.  At the Oceanic Preservation Society (OPS), she has produced and directed documentaries on a variety of subjects.  She has profiled Winston Blackmore’s polygamist clan in British Columbia for National Geographic and Europe’s royal families for A&E; followed BASE jumpers in Chamonix, France and big wave surfers in South Africa, Hawaii, Mexico and Tahiti for Warren Miller Entertainment; and filmed men and women building the new Bay Bridge in Oakland for Discovery. Olivia was co-producer of “The Cove,” which gave her one of the thrills of her career – a standing ovation at its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. The film went on to receive over 70 awards worldwide including the Producers Guild of America documentary award and the 2009 Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary.

Running time: 90 minutes