"eXtinction" by Summer Rayne Oakes (full version movie)

In the world, there are some daring beings who challenge the state of things... They dream of a world with more compassion and humanity.

Our friend Summer Rayne Oakes is one of them and we are sharing her movie to pass the word out and make sure all of us can connect to the current state of the world and hopefully make their own positive contribution to its future.

If that can help you take those few minutes to watch the movie, we feel that the following quotes from hard-core business people say a lot about the relevance of the movie: 

"Haskell artfully captures the beauty of planet earth, while Summer Rayne Oakes reminds us of the vital role we all have in keeping it that way.” Harvey Weinstein (Co-chair of The Weinstein Company, Co-founder of Miramax Films)

Here in images of a rare beauty, is a brutal reminder of what could happen to our planet if we do nothing. And also a real message of hope.” Maurice Levy (CEO of Publicis Groupe)

While the movie launched online in December 2011, it was available for a week only. It has now officially re-launched so you can watch it all finally. We even have the pleasure and privilege to share the words received from Summer by email yesterday to introduce this important piece of sustainable art:

"Dear Friends, Change Makers, and Fellow Entrepreneurs, 


As you many of you already know, I embarked on producing a very personal short film last year by the name of eXtinction. The periphery of my weeknights - in midst of building Source4Style and working on a new non-profit - were well spent with Clay, my creative counterpart, working and tweaking the 5 minute film into a masterful piece of art. 

It was a tremendously special film to shoot, born out of a deeply personal experience of losing a mentor who taught me to seek new ways to share how fast our world is changing before our eyes.

The film is in no small way a cinematic glimpse into my soul. It helps us humanize loss. It gives us a way to contextualize the speed of ecosystem degradation by giving us a chilling reminder of our own mortality. 

My hope for the film is that it will quite simply move people, to wrest us from our slumber, spur us to some form of thought or better yet, an action. In a way, it's a way to remind us truly of what we love and why. It gives us a reason to really reconnect to the world. To rethink our potential. And to recognize the limitations of our species. However, if it does no more then make you think, to ponder, to reflect....then I will consider it a success. 

What came out of those three months is this 5 minute short video. So if you have 5 minutes, I would love for you all to view. Lights down, screen large, sound up. And if you have 5 minutes more, I would be so grateful if you can share it out to the world. If it moves you to want to do more, I also have a way at the end to connect with organizations - from Rainforest Action Network to Amazon Watch, Charity: Water to Foundation Earth... People behind the organizations that I feel are truly making a dent in some of the issues that I bring up in the film. 

Even though the film is brief, the message is potent, powerful. I promise that it will move you...even though each one of you is a moving spirit already.

All my best,

Summer Rayne Oakes"


Enough said, take a few minutes to watch this compelling short movie now that it is fully available and please share with your friends, lovers and neighbours.

MERCI.

Jardins Florian team

PS. There are some artistic nude scenes, please do not watch if you do not have the legal age or are shocked by such nudity


TO GO FURTHER

THE MOVIE

eXtinction is an environmental art short that brings together powerful storytelling and stirring imagery.

It reveals that the most pressing environmental issues are not happening thousands of years from now, but are in fact happening within our lifetime — and specifically, on the timeline of one young woman’s life, from birth to death.

CLAYTON HASKELL (director) takes viewers on a visually stunning journey through space and time, while SUMMER RAYNE OAKES (Producer/Writer/Actress) breathes fervent passion and emotion to the piece through her own personal story and life.

Debuted in 2012 at Film Festivals worldwide.


THE WRITER - PRODUCER - ACTRESS

“eXtinction is very much an urgent call to action as it is a chilling account of what we stand to lose. Oftentimes such widespread change seems so out of reach - but when you are able to juxtapose it against something as fleeting as a person’s life, it becomes vividly apparent.” Summer Rayne Oakes 

Summer was born and raised in the countryside of Northeastern Pennsylvania. She developed an early affinity for the natural world and later went on to study Environmental Science and Entomology at Cornell University, where she was awarded a Udall Scholarship for environmental and academic excellence.

Oakes is a model-activist, author of Style, Naturally, former host on Discovery Network’s Planet Green, and co-founder of Source4Style. Most recognized for trailblazing a career in cause-related modeling, Oakes is known to many as The World’s First Eco-Model. She has collaborated with numerous brands creating greener products and services - from Payless Shoe Source to Modo eco eyewear.

Vanity Fair has named Oakes a “Global Citizen,” Glamour called her one of the “Top 70 Women in Green,” Outside listed her as one of the “Top Environmental Activists,” and CNBC anointed her one of the “Top 10 Green Entrepreneurs.”

summerrayne.net and source4style.com

Find her on TwitterFacebook and Pinterest

Last but not least, Summer features in our article dedicated to the 2013 Pirelli Calendar!


THE DIRECTOR

“Inspired by the magnificent filmography of Koyaanisqatsi and the timeless work of cultural heroes like Carl Sagan, eXtinction is as much a celebration of life’s beauty as it is about the urgent need to cherish and save it from our own destructive forces.” Clayton Haskell

Clayton was born and raised in Virginia where he began to explore behind the lens from the age of 6. He continued his film studies at the Savannah College of Art & Design where he directed and shot an award winning short film “Lyra Lezama,” the he produced in Havana, Cuba.

Subsequent to earning his Bachelors degree in 2005 in Film & Television, Haskell became a member of the International Cinematographers Guild in 2009. He presently lives in Brooklyn, specializing on directing and shooting both features and commercials, and counts among his clients such prestigious brand names as Bentley, Pepsi, Target, DSquared, Vogue, Above, Modo, Discovery Networks, Taylor Swift, and others.

His feature Directorial debut titled “Paper Moon” is currently in development.


PICTURE & MOVIE SOURCE

http://extinctionfilm.tumblr.com/reviews

http://vimeo.com/summerrayneoakes/extinctionthemovie