Interview with Oscar-winning director of The Cove
A scene from Louie Psihoyos’ “The Cove”
There are many documentaries angry about the human destruction of the planetary peace. This is one of the very best — a certain Oscar nominee.
– Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times
Forget Oscar nominee – The Cove is now an Oscar winner for Best Documentary! I spoke with the director, Louie Psihoyos, last fall and am now re-posting the interview as it is an earthgauge first to have interviewed an Academy award winner.
Click on the audio player to hear my interview with Louis Psihoyos, director of The Cove.
The Cove tells the story of how a team of activists and filmmakers embarked on a mission to penetrate a hidden cove in Japan where thousands of dolphins are slaughtered every year. In the interview, Louis discusses how and why he made the film, why the dolphin hunt continues in a shroud of secrecy and what can be done about it.
Louie Psihoyos has been widely regarded as one of the top photographers in the world. He was hired out of college to shoot for National Geographic and created images for the magazine for 18 years. An ardent diver and dive photographer, he feels compelled to show the world the decline of our planet’s crucial resource, water.
He has been on contract for Fortune Magazine and shot hundreds of covers for other magazines including Smithsonian, Discover, GEO, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine, Sports Illustrated and Rock and Ice. His work has also been seen on the Discovery Channel, National Geographic Television and the History Channel.
With Jim Clark, Louis created The Oceanic Preservation Society (OPS), in 2005. The non-profit organization provides an exclusive lens for the public and media to observe the beauty as well as the destruction of the oceans, while motivating change.
With his first film, The Cove, he has touched many with his unflinching view of a dark subject. In addition to winning an Academy Award for Best Documentary, the film has won Audience Awards at Sundance, Newport Beach and Toronto’s HotDocs.
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