Super athletes star in Louie Psihoyos film that makes compelling case for plant-based diet
Want to improve your cognition? Or boost your heart health? How about building big muscles like bodybuilder Nimai Delgado? Or do something to lower greenhouse gas emissions? The answer lies in moving away from meat-eating to a plant-based diet, according to the new documentary The Game Changers.
The film directed by Oscar winner Louie Psihoyos (The Cove) premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday. It makes a strong argument that meat-eating has falsely been pushed as essential to human function when in fact the opposite is true. Some of the most impressive athletes in the world appear in the film to say when they went vegan it transformed their lives and their performance level.
Joseph Pace, a nutrition expert, joined forces with mixed martial arts champion James Wilks to produce the film, which draws on scientific research to demonstrate how meat-based diets lead to heart disease and reduced vitality. The film also shows how raising animals for slaughter has contributed to global warming through harmful emissions and the loss of forests.
Below are photos and videos from the premiere at The Ray in Park City and the party at Tupelo on Main Street.
Here, strongman Patrik Baboumian, who follows a vegan diet, hoists four people from The Game Changers.
In this video, director Louie Psihoyos talks about going vegan and foods he avoids.
In this video, rapper Grey -- a committed vegan -- performs his song "Plant Based Drippin'."
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.