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Gotham Award Winners Announced In New York

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  Wednesday, December 3-------On the same day as the Film Independent Spirit Award nominations were announced (cheeky, that), the annual Gotham independent Film Awards were given out in New York City. Winning top honors were FROZEN RIVER by Courtney Hunt as Best Feature Film and TROUBLE THE WATER by Tia Lessin and Carl Deal as Best Documentary.   FROZEN RIVER'S lead actress Melissa Leo also won the Gotham Breakthrough Actor award, and along wih her Film Inde...

Gotham Independent Film Awards Nominees Announced

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IFP announced today the nominees for the 18th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards™ which will take place on Tuesday, December 2nd at New York City's Cipriani Wall Street. It also announced the new name for the awards, making the subtle shift from the Gotham Awards to the Gotham Independent Film Awards™. Presented by IFP, the nation's oldest and largest organization of independent filmmakers, the Gotham Independent Film Awards™ is one of the leading awards for independent film and the fir...

American Indies Are Back At New Directors/New Films

 Wednesday, March 26----As another sign of seasonal change, the venerable New Directors/New Films festival returns to the Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center in what is one of New York’s rites of Spring. Dedicated to the discovery and support of emerging artists, ND/NF has earned an international reputation for its cutting-edge programming and commitment to more artistically ambitious filmmaking. This year, a total of 26 features and 6 short films made the cut, spotlig...

Sundance Women of Worth "Vision" Award to Tia Lessin

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The L'Oreal Paris Women of Worth "Vision" Award was presented to Tia Lessin, the documentary filmmaker of Trouble the Water, at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. The presentation took place on Monday, January 21st as a highlight of Variety's annual "10 Directors to Watch" event. The award, including a $15,000 donation to the filmmaker, was presented by actress and L'Oreal Paris spokesperson Andie MacDowell and Jane Fleming, president of Women In Film.To view the Multimedia News Release, go to: ht...

Documentaries and Societal Change

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"A word that has been bandied about a lot is 'change' and I think our country is desperately in need of change. Artists are agents of change. They're our first responders and they document the world around us." - Robert Redford, Sundance Film Festival- 2008 At a time when economic crises, natural disasters, terrorist attacks and market shocks are daily headlines, documentarians have become increasingly responsive. The 2008 Sundance Film Festival showcased a considerable amount of documentaries, ...

Sundance Institute Documentary Lab

Friday, June 15-------With the accent on documentary production, financing and distribution here at SILVERDOCS, an announcement from the Sundance Institute regarding their own documentary lab initiative is particularly relevant. With many of the SILVERDOCS film having received their world premieres at the Sundance Film Festival in January, it is clear that Sundance has a large role to play in the development and disemination of non-fiction material.The Sundance Institute announced today the se...

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