2012 HONORARY MAVERICK AWARD RECIPIENT
Acclaimed director Jonathan Demme will receive the Honorary Maverick Award at the 13th Annual Woodstock Film Festival.
The veteran director, whose documentary I'm Carolyn Parker: The Good, The Mad and The Beautiful screened at last year's festival, is best known for his films Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, Rachel Getting Married, The Agronomist and Stop Making Sense.
This glimpse at his career, spanning four decades, clearly illuminates what makes Demme the Woodstock Film Festival 2012 choice for the Maverick Award. He courageously tackles challenging and controversial subjects; and in doing so, whether he is portraying Anthony Hopkins as the terrifying Hannibal Lecter or Tom Hanks as an early victim of AIDS, his characters emerge with unusual depth and humanity. What's more, his stories are not only thoughtful, they are as equally absorbing and entertaining. Read entire release here...
Received a handcrafted trophy designed by Steve Heller
2012 MEERA GANDHI GIVING BACK AWARD RECIPIENT
The Woodstock Film Festival is proud to announce the recipient of the 2nd Annual Meera Gandhi Giving Back Award as Tim Blake Nelson.
Known for his diverse roles in film, Nelson has starred in acclaimed hits like O Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Incredible Hulk, Syriana, Holes and the 2011 closing night film at the Woodstock Film Festival, Detachment. Nelson is also an accomplished director, singer and playwright. His directing credits include Leaves of Grass, The Grey Zone (a 2002 Woodstock Film Festival Official Selection) and O.
The Giving Back contribution Nelson receives will go to the 52nd Street Project in NYC. The project brings together kids ages (9 to 18) from the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood with theater professionals to create original works on stage. The primary activity is to present a free theater to a general audience with a deeper purpose of using the art form of theater to engage children's imaginations, broaden their means of expression and increase their sense of self-worth, their literacy skills and their appreciation of the arts.
Recipient will receive a a $5000 cash award to donate to charity of choice
and a handcrafted trophy designed by Steve Heller
TRIBUTE to Bingham Ray
A special Tribute to Bingham Ray was included in the ceremony.
Bingham Ray was a long-time advisory board member, distributor and producer, celebrated for his colorful ways. Named Executive Director of the San Francisco Film Society in 2011, Ray was a major player in the independent film world. He was a co-founder of the independent film production company October Films in 1991 and was its president until 1999, when USA Networks bought it. October Films produced the highly acclaimed Secrets & Lies and The Apostle, starring Robert Duvall, among others.
In 2001, Ray became president of United Artists, overseeing the production of Bowling for Columbine and Hotel Rwanda. From United Artists, Ray went on to join Sidney Kimmel Entertainment. Immediately prior to joining the San Francisco Film Society, Ray was a programming consultant to the Film Society of Lincoln Center and was an adjunct professor at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. His tenacity and passion will always be remembered.
The Woodstock Film Festival honors his dedication to fiercely independent filmmaking.
GIGANTIC PICTURES FEATURE NARRATIVE AWARD
MAVERICK DOCUMENTARY AWARD presented by Films we like
HASKELL WEXLER AWARD FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
JURY MEMBER: Haskell Wexler, A.S.C.
The following comment was released by Mr. Wexler regarding the film: "I would like for the cinematography award to go to Ian Bloom for Nor'Easter. To direct the eye throughout the film, he employs creative focus in daring ways which, although excellent photography, is still subtle, not calling attention to itself. Camera movement is integrated with sly framing. A good example is the scene between David Call and Haviland Morris, where she puts his hand on her chest as the camera moves in. It tilts up to her right hand on her neck, her right hand holding his against her heart. The camera continues a slow, hesitant move to her wedding ring. I'm looking forward to more of Ian Bloom's shooting."
Editing Award for NARRATIVE FEATURE
Editing Award for DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Diane Seligman Award for BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY