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ELON MUSK, LOUIE PSIHOYOS, AND J. RALPH DISCUSS RACING EXTINCTION AT A SPECIAL SCREENING / Q&A HOSTED BY THE WRAPS STEVE POND AT PARAMOUNT PICTURES

 

MOVIES | By Matt Donnelly on November 17, 2015

TheWrap Screening Series: “The rules of the game fundamentally favor bad behavior,” Tesla founder says, joining documentary director Louie Psihoyos and composer J. Ralph

Entrepreneur, inventor and engineer Elon Musk has made a fortune raging against convention, but when it comes to a passion of his — environmental protection — he says we have to play by the rules.

Appearing in “Racing Extinction,” a documentary about the myriad ways the human race is diminishing the planet, Musk joined a Wrap panel after a screening of the film and said a crucial way to effect change is on the ballot.

“It’s really important that people demonstrate to governments around the world that they care about climate change,” Musk said at TheWrap’s Screening Series on Sunday at Paramount Pictures. Musk was joined by the film’s director Louie Psihoyos, an Oscar winner for his previous acclaimed documentary “The Cove,” along with composer J. Ralph.

“The issue we’re facing is that, even the vast majority of scientists, even those that don’t have a vested interest and aren’t crazy, even they think this is a serious issue,” Musk said of the film, which explores issues like carbon dioxide emissions, manta-ray hunting, methane gas production from livestock and various man-made strains on the planet.

Musk, founder of electric car company Tesla Motors, said he was looking forward to the 2015 Climate Change Convention to be held Nov. 30 in Paris, despite the recent terror attacks that crippled the city and shook the world.

“The rules of the game fundamentally favor bad behavior,” Musk noted, recognizing the challenge of confronting industries that are heavily subsidized by governments. “The oil and gas companies have basically infinite money. They’re using the same playbook as the tobacco industry did.”

For the filmmakers, the challenge is also to raise awareness beyond those who are already environmentally conscious. “It’s about scale. We can show this in theaters like this with like-minded people but it’s about scaling up,” said Psihoyos, who achieved the ambitious effort with financing from Musk and an emotional score by J. Ralph (Oscar-nominated composer on “Virunga” and “Finding Vivian Maier”).

“Discovery is showing this film, they’re releasing this in 220 countries and territories the world, across networks,” Psihoyos told TheWrap’s Awards Editor Steve Pond. “They reach about a billion people, and if we reach only a fraction of that we hope it’s a tipping point.”

Indeed, Discovery will roll out the film for the world the watch on December 2. It’s got a great shot at captivating a small-screen audience across platforms like Facebook and Twitter — J. Ralph recruited big-time talent for the film’s original music.

“All of the music of the film is in response to the animals, a sort of song back to them,” Ralph said of calls from endangered species like whales and birds featured on the soundtrack. “When Louis and I were thinking about how to get the message out further… we thought, ‘Who would be the best voices?'”

They decided on Sia, who sings the anthem “One Candle,” and soul singer Anthony for the chilling “Manta Ray,” who co-wrote the music in collaboration with Ralph.

“The wilingness is there, you just have to activate people with something that is familiar. People look to the Tesla as the future, as credibility and something that can change the world, just like artists they trust for emotional resonance,” Ralph said.

 

ROLLING STONE EXCLUSIVE - Hear J. Ralph and Sia's Epic New Song From 'Racing Extinction'

 

"One Candle" soundtracked historic Empire State Building projections of endangered species

Hear Sia's "One Candle" and Antony's "Manta Ray" off the soundtrack to new documentary 'Racing Extinction.'

On August 1st, digital images of endangered species were projected onto the side of the Empire State Building. It was the first time moving images had been projected on the historic NYC skyscraper, according to The New York Times, and it was soundtracked by new songs from Sia and Antony of Antony and the Johnsons created with composer J. Ralph. "One Candle," the massive and upbeat Sia song off the soundtrack to the upcoming documentary Racing Extinction, is now available to hear in a new trailer for the film premiering on Rolling Stone.

"The whole projection event happened live in front of thousands of people and was choreographed in sync to 'One Candle' and [Antony track] 'Manta Ray,'" J. Ralph, who scored the entire documentary, tells Rolling Stone. "Both songs are essential to the film's narrative and integral to the awareness campaign worldwide. Our hope was that we could inspire people with the understanding that every individual has the power to create global change from even one small idea."

Racing Extinction, which will premiere on Discovery December 2nd, explores how the human footprint has exarcerbated the extinction of half the planet's species, many of whom are at risk to be fully extinct by the end of the century. Sia and Ralph's "One Candle" is a shimmering and optimistic call to action for a cause at the forefront of both artists' minds. "As an animal advocate, how could I pass up an opportunity to turn the volume up on this issue?" Sia says. "I am proud to lend my voice to this important film."

Antony and J. Ralph's intimate ballad "Manta Ray" is also available to hear in full. Director Louie Psihoyos, who also helmed The Cove, was looking for a very specific type of vocalist to appear on the soundtrack. "I remember Louie and I having a discussion once about what the world would sound like without any music or sounds from nature [and] what it would sound like if there was only one voice left on the planet," J. Ralph recalls. "If I had to pick one artist to represent the fate of humanity, it would be Antony."

Like The Cove, Psihoyos created Racing Extinction in conjunction with the Oceanic Preservation Society (OPS). More information on the documentary, the challenges predicted for the future and potential solutions are available at Racing Extinction's official site

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ATTEND WORLD PREMIERE OF “ONE CANDLE” WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY J. RALPH & SIA FROM THE DOCUMENTARY ‘RACING EXTINCTION’ TONIGHT AT THE UNITED NATIONS - FEATURING THE PS22 CHORUS

 

WOMEN’S AND CHILDREN’S ACTIVIST GRACA MACHEL, SUPERMODEL KAREN ELSON AND THOUSANDS TO GATHER IN SUPPORT OF GLOBAL POVERTY GOALS 

“ONE CANDLE” TO SERVE AS A UNIFIYING AND ATHEMIC CALL TO ACTION

ON THE EVE OF POPE FRANCIS ADDRESS, SUPPORTERS TO LIGHT THE SKY IN FRONT OF UNITED NATIONS 

  

September 24, 2015 NYC - Tonight at 6pm, thousands will gather in Dag Hammarskjold plaza at the United Nations in support of the UN Global Poverty Goals.  This event, part of the action/2015 movement, on the eve of the signing of the new Global Goals will be the flagship event in North America, with concurrent events across the globe.

Together with flashlights, candles, cell phones and more, thousands will hold a vigil and light the way for leaders to end poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change just hours before they sign the UN Global Goals.

 New York City, is just one of the over 100 cities hosting events as night falls.  Hundreds-of-thousands are expected to take part globally, from London, England to Sydney, Australia, Delhi, India to Johannesburg, South Africa and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

 The event will also feature musical performances and special guests including Ghanaian musician and activist, Rocky Dawuni, environmental hip-hop artist and youth activist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez  or “Kid Warrior” – culminating in the world premiere of the song "One Candle”, a unifying and anthemic call to action written and performed by J. Ralph and Sia for the soundtrack to the upcoming documentary ‘Racing Extinction’ as well as the entire global awareness movement.  

 The new Global Goals is a historic global agreement that governments will sign that will redefine efforts to end extreme poverty, confront global inequalities and help tackle climate change for the next 15 years.

 

WHEN:          Tonight September 24, 2015

                        6:00-8:00PM

 

WHERE:       Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, East 47th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues

 

action/2015 is one of the world’s largest citizens’ movements active in more than 150 countries.  Made up of over 2000 organisations with nearly 100 in the UK including Save the Children, Age International, Amnesty International, Anglican Alliance, Comic Relief, International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Leonard Cheshire Disability, Marie Stopes International, ONE, Plan UK, Restless Development, Royal Commonwealth Society, SightSavers, VSO and WaterAid

SHARK WEEK WORLD PREMIERE

DISCOVERY CHANNEL & VOLKSWAGEN TO DEBUT WORLD PREMIERE OF “THEODORA,” AN ORIGINAL SYMPHONIC WORK FOR SHARK WEEK BY ACADEMY AWARD® NOMINATED COMPOSER J. RALPH

Featuring Grammy® Winning Violinist Joshua Bell & The London Symphony Orchestra, “Theodora,” Explores How Music Can be Used to
Change People’s Perception of Sharks

(Silver Spring, MD) — Discovery Channel and Volkswagen of America, Inc. are partnering with Oscar® nominated composer J. Ralph to debut the world premiere of “Theodora,” a soaring 151 piece symphonic work commissioned by Discovery Channel especially for SHARK WEEK and to be released by Sony Classical and Rumor Mill Records in early July, 2015. The collaboration explores sharks, providing insights into how they are a vital part of the ocean’s ecosystem.

Scores from major motion pictures have often represented sharks as one-dimensional lurking in the ocean through music that grows louder and faster to signal danger. The “Sharks Rescored” microsite (SharksRescored.com) will go live July 5 and allow audiences to listen to and watch the full six and half minute performance of “Theodora,” a wholly new perspective that celebrates the majesty, awe and importance of sharks. Featuring the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Voices Choir and internationally acclaimed violinist Joshua Bell, the performance was recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London and produced by J. Ralph with Arthur Pingrey.

J. Ralph is an Academy Award® nominated composer, producer and social activist from New York City who focuses on creating awareness and change through music and film. He has written and produced the music for more Oscar® winning/nominated documentaries than any other composer in the history of the Academy Awards®.

“I am honored to collaborate with Discovery and Volkswagen to raise money and awareness for species extinction, oceanic preservation, and especially sharks,” said J. Ralph. “In a time when most music is made on a laptop, I am incredibly grateful that

these two visionaries would go to such great lengths in assembling an orchestra of this magnitude and commission an original live work on this scale.”

SHARK WEEK, television's longest running and most anticipated summer event returns to Discovery Channel on Sunday, July 5 with the most hours of shark programming in its 28-year history. During SHARK WEEK, viewers will have the opportunity to watch “Sharks Rescored” an authentic, original, documentary produced by Discovery featuring J. Ralph and his original track “Theodora.” A short version of the documentary can be viewed on-air during SHARK WEEK beginning July 5th and audiences can watch an extended cut of the documentary at SharksRescored.com to learn more about the creation of “Theodora”.

Fans of SHARK WEEK also are invited to the SharksRescored.com page for an innovative interactive experience where, through the use of eye-tracking technology, they can see how music influences their perception of sharks.

At SharksRescored.com fans can also learn more about what Volkswagen is doing to help shark conservation efforts and their donation to the conservation, protection and education of sharks.