Despite not being finished, Louie Psihoyos, the award-winning director of "The Cove," is forging ahead with the first screening of his new documentary "6" at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. The film, part of the festival's "Special Screenings" event, is being shown as a "work in progress," with producers apparently urging critics to hold off on reviews until the completed effort arrives. That being said, buzz is building for what's been described by Psihoyos as an eco-thriller in the same enjoyable vein as "The Avengers." 

"I'm intimately aware that on Friday night at the cinema our audience has been working all week, they are going to spend a hundred dollars or more on dinner and a movie and at the end of the night a woman wants to see a film that will make her feel and a guy wants an adrenaline rush, an action movie, and to maybe get lucky," he said in an interview earlier this year. "We’re going to give people happy tears and yet everyone will be on the edge of their seats. I still can’t believe we’re doing what we’re doing. The last four years we’ve been creating a film that I want people to throw down their hard earned money and feel it’s the best money that they ever spent."

While Psihoyos and his crew have been stealthy about what we can expect from "6," we do know that it will once again feature some high-tech gadgets meant to open our eyes to "hidden world of extinction." In some promo stills for the screening, one of those recently-revealed gizmos appears to be a car-mounted projector capable of displaying stunning imagery of animals on the sides of buildings. 

Unfortunately, for those interested, the free screening of "6" on Friday (April 25th) has sold out. Expect reaction (instead of reviews) to permeate the social space immediately after. Hopefully, we'll also get our first look at a trailer for the film. 

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Louie Psihoyos' new film '6' to premiere as 'work in progress'
Environmental documentary, debuting at the Tribeca Film Festival, promises to 'expose the hidden world of extinction.'