Wailea – Academy Award winner Louie Psihoyos will be the 2015 Maui Film Festival Lights! Camera! Passion! Award recipient, it was announced today by Barry Rivers, founder and director of the festival which will be held, and celebrate its 16th annual event from June 3-7, at the Wailea Resort in Maui.
The Maui Film Festival Lights! Camera! Action! Award honors a director for their heartfelt personal and professional and heartfelt commitment to make movies that both matter and celebrate the triumph of the human spirit over seemingly insurmountable challenges. The award will be presented at the Celestial Cinema located at the Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Course on Thursday June 4, prior to a screening of Psihoyos’ new film RACING EXTINCTION. Tickets and passes are available at www.mauifilmfestival.com.
“While more than proud to announce each year’s Maui Film Festival honorees, every few years there’s someone whose vision and passion uniquely align with the Maui Film Festival’s passionate commitment to activist and original cinema with a bedrock commitment to compassionate storytelling and lifting both the spirit and aspirations of Humankind,” said Rivers.
“This year, that person, is Academy Award winning documentary filmmaker Louie Psihoyos. Louie couldn’t be more deserving of this year’s ‘Lights! Camera! Passion!’ Award and we couldn’t be more proud to be presenting it to him.”
Academy Award®-winning director Louie Psihoyos is the Executive Director of the Oceanic Preservation Society (OPS), and is widely regarded as one of the world’s most prominent still photographers. He has circled the globe dozens of times for National Geographic and has shot hundreds of covers for other magazines including Fortune Magazine, 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. His imagination, wit and iconic imagery have helped illustrate a wide array of complex subjects and is carried over to his filmmaking.
Psihoyos’s first documentary film, The Cove, has won over 70 awards globally from festivals and critics, including the Oscar® for Documentary Feature in 2009. The Cove touches many with its unflinching examination of a dark subject and its ability to reveal the humanity and compassion in each of us. Its underlying themes transcend the slaughter of dolphins in Taiji to address the larger picture of the threat our entire world faces due to human impacts.