Just because “The Cove,” which got an Academy Award nomination Tuesday for best documentary film, is now the talk of Hollywood (and New York, and Park City, Utah, and everywhere else in between) doesn’t mean that the film’s director, Louie Psihoyos, plans to take his new-found fame and leave provincial Boulder (relatively speaking, of course) behind.
No, Psihoyos loves it here. (And what better place for the executive director of the Oceanic Preservation Society to live?)
“We made this film in my backyard,” Psihoyos told the Daily Camera. “And now, the last couple weeks, we’ve been rubbing shoulders with George Clooney and Meryl Streep … the Hollywood glitterati. Now we’re part of the discussion.”
And he plans to reap that attention from the film to sow more bad-ass ocean movies that tackle environmental travesties. Money for those films, one of which he started on last week, has seemed a little less hard to come by, he said. And Psihoyos doesn’t even have to do the pitching anymore if he doesn’t want to. He’s already been approached by Animal Planet to film a show for them.
With all the new work, Psihoyos said he may have to start a production company to handle the demand. But if he does, you can count on it being in Boulder, which, he says, is essential for giving movies that authentic feel. (Even ocean movies, because…. ummmm… Boulder is halfway between the Pacific and Atlantic so neither could accuse Psihoyos of being biased.)
“Hollywood is craving authentic, creative content from the hinterlands,” he told the Daily Camera. “That’s why the film was resonating with people. And that’s why Sarah Siegel-Magness’ film is resonating.
“It doesn’t matter if you have a New York or an L.A. zip code, you can make films anywhere –especially in Colorado.”