Film by Oscar winner Louie Psihoyos debuted at Sundance in 2018, then director "opened up the movie, as they say"
The Game Changers features undoubtedly the most impressive array of executive producers of any documentary in history: James Cameron, Suzy Amis Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, tennis star Novak Djokovic, Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton, NBA all-star Chris Paul. Oh, and Jackie Chan.
Schwarzenegger used to be a big meat eater back when he was a world class bodybuilder, but experience has taught him that to become a muscle man, an elite professional or Olympic athlete, the way to go is vegan. It's not only a healthier choice, Schwarzenegger and his fellow executive producers believe, it's also the most effective way to build muscle and boost vitality, despite what the meat industry may say.
"You've got to understand that's marketing," Schwarzenegger says of 'real men eat meat' types of advertisements. "That's not based on reality."
I haven’t been sick at all in six years. I haven’t had a sniffle, I haven’t had a flu, a sore throat or anything.
The Game Changers is coming to theaters nationwide for one night only on Monday, September 16, through Fathom Events [click for details]. The documentary premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2018, but hasn't been released theatrically until now because Oscar-winning director Louie Psihoyos (The Cove) wanted to expand the film with new content. Along with the world's strongest man Patrik Baboumian and other top level athletes, the film now includes the story of more than a dozen Tennessee Titans football players who went vegan last season, and found it paid big dividends.
I covered the premiere in Los Angeles earlier this week. My report is here:
Matthew Carey is a documentary filmmaker and journalist. His work has appeared on Deadline.com, CNN, CNN.com, TheWrap.com, NBCNews.com and in Documentary magazine.