The DocLands Honors Award is presented to a filmmaker in recognition of exceptional storytelling within the documentary genre, an artist whose films resonate universally, emphasizing our common humanity—no matter the subject.

The inaugural DocLands Honors Award will be presented to director Louie Psihoyos (The Cove, Racing Extinction, The Game Changers), for his dogged determination and tenacity in exposing wrongs and expanding awareness. We also show our appreciation for his astounding efforts in outreach, bringing to a worldwide audience some of our most pressing environmental and social issues.

Louie Psihoyos, executive director of the Oceanic Preservation Society (OPS), is recognized as one of the top photographers in the world. An ardent dive photographer, he feels compelled to expose the decline of our planet’s crucial resource, the oceans. Psihoyos’s first documentary film, The Cove, won the Academy Award® for Best Documentary Film of 2009.

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THE GAME CHANGERS will be screened following the DocLands Honors Award presentation

MMA fighter and special forces trainer James Wilks sets out to learn the true nature of strength. Does building muscle require the consumption of meat—and the killing of animals? Uniquely qualified to explore the subject as a strapping figure and vegan himself, Wilks takes to the road to find out what other elite athletes, scientists, and everyday people have to say on the subject in a film that offers as much surprise for the contemporary muscle-builder as it does insight for the general public. Directed by Academy Award-nominated Louie Psihoyos (The Cove, Racing Extinction), with executive producer James Cameron’s backing, it’s a journey that brings pleasingly high production values to this pressing question. The answers in a film that Vogue magazine calls “shocking” could bring forth a revolution in fitness that could go a long way toward saving the planet. CALIFORNIA PREMIERE

Friday, 4 May
6:30  |  CinéArts Sequoia
$20  |  $15 CFI Members
9:00 – 11:00 | Seager Gray Gallery, 108 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley
$30  |  $25 CFI Members