12/15/2011 01:27 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

eXtinction Film Is a Powerful PSA for the Environment

Super Shorts 2011: eXtinction by SRmanitou

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

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.

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 my life, from birth to death.

With incredible direction by cinematographer Clayton Haskell to the timelapse photography of Tom Lowe - this film was very much a collaboration of incredible artists. It is also, a tribute to one very special man - my mentor - Tom Eisner - who passed the day we began shooting this film and just a few weeks after I had sent him a note to say I was thinking of him. It was the first time in my life that I felt true loss - and in many ways, that is what the film is about.

eXtinction is currently playing at the Super Shorts 2011 Film Festival and is up for Audience Choice and Best Editing Awards.