Louie Psihoyos, Oscar winner for “The Cove,” will be honored at the 16th annual Maui Film Festival on June 4, with the award presentation followed by a screening of his new docu, “Racing Extinction” (in photo above).
The film centers on activists working to protect endangered species against annihilation, showing the links between extinction and carbon emissions. Psihoyos is executive director of the Oceanic Preservation Society and has been a still photographer for National Geographic as well as other publications including Smithsonian, Discover, GEO, Sports Illustrated and Fortune.
He will receive the fest’s Lights! Camera! Passion! Award, which honors directors whose films “celebrate the triumph of the human spirit over seemingly insurmountable challenges,” according to fest founder-director Barry Rivers. The award will be presented at the Celestial Cinema, an outdoor theater at the Wailea Resort.
“Racing Extinction” will premiere on Discovery Channel later this year.
Psihoyos won the Oscar for “The Cove,” which focuses on the slaughter of dolphins in Taiji to address the larger picture of the ecological threat to the planet.