My dinner with Louie Psihoyos
By Joan Prowse, Producer/Director, GreenHeroes At last year’s Banff World Television Awards dinner held on Tuesday June 15, I was honoured to sit at the same table with two Green Heroes, David Suzuki and Louie Psihoyos, Oscar winning director of The Cove.
I was there as a member of the jury for the Green Awards. The jury, led by David Suzuki, was asked to award TWO Green Grand Prizes, one for a television program and one for a Personality, called the “David Suzuki Environmental Media Award,” that recognizes outstanding professional and/or personal achievements in raising public awareness and understanding of environmental issues through the visual media. It was a fantastic show that also included awards to Star Trek’s William Shatner, Eric McCormack of Will and Grace, and Ricky Gervais, from The Office (who I was sitting beside). After the awards, I went out for dinner with Louie Psihoyos (who received the Green Personality Award) to talk about his organization, The Ocean Preservation Society, The Cove and his next movie (which he plans to shoot in 3D.) Louie’s credo makes him a true Green Hero. He sees his movies as creating a movement of “Mass Construction”. His goal is to inspire people to create change and get involved. An acclaimed still photographer, he had never shot a frame of moving picture before he left for Taiji, Japan to film The Cove.
Louie took a three day crash course in video production – and began a four year odyssey to make a movie that has definitely hit its mark – crashing computer systems of government departments around the world as viewers write in to voice their opposition to policies that support the commercial capture and slaughter of dolphins.
On a related note, CineFocus Canada was nominated in the international pilots competition for Green Heroes and was a finalist in the Digital Hot List category at the nextMEDIA Banff International Pilots and New Media Awards that were held the following day in Banff.