’32 Sounds’ Wins Top Honors at Cinema Eye Documentary Awards – Film News in Brief

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’32 Sounds’ Wins Top Honors at Cinema Eye Documentary Awards – Film News in Brief

The Cinema Eye Honors announced the winners for its documentary films and series competition Friday in Manhattan, with “32 Sounds” taking the honor for outstanding nonfiction feature. Maite Alberdi won outstanding direction for “The Eternal Memory” together with Kaouther Ben Hania for “Four Daughters,” while “Paul T. Goldman” won outstanding nonfiction series.

See all the winners below:

—Outstanding Nonfiction Feature

32 Sounds
Directed by Sam Green
Produced by Josh Penn and Thomas O. Kriegsmann

—Outstanding Direction

Maite Alberdi
The Eternal Memory

Kaouther Ben Hania
Four Daughters

—Outstanding Editing

Michael Harte
Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie

—Outstanding Production

Mstyslav Chernov, Michelle Mizner, Raney Aronson Rath, Derl McCrudden and Vasilisa Stepanenko
20 Days in Mariupol

—Outstanding Cinematography

Ants Tammik
Smoke Sauna Sisterhood

—Outstanding Original Score

JD Samson
32 Sounds

—Outstanding Sound Design
Mark Mangini

32 Sounds

—Outstanding Visual Design
Thomas Curtis and Sean Pierce

Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project

—Outstanding Debut
Kokomo City

Directed by D. Smith

—Outstanding Nonfiction Short

Black Girls Play: The Story of Hand Games
Directed by Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson

—Outstanding Nonfiction Film for Broadcast

The Stroll
Directed by Kristen Lovell and Zackary Drucker

—Outstanding Nonfiction Series

Paul T. Goldman
Directed by Jason Woliner

—Outstanding Anthology Series

The 1619 Project
Executive Producers: Nikole Hannah-Jones, Roger Ross Williams, Shoshana Guy, Caitlin Roper, Kathleen Lingo, Helen Verno and Oprah Winfrey

—Outstanding Broadcast Editing 

Sara Newens, Anne Yao and David Teague
Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields

—Outstanding Broadcast Cinematography 

Heloisa Passos
Nothing Lasts Forever

—Audience Choice Prize

Bobi Wine: The People’s President
Directed by Moses Bwayo and Christopher Sharp

—Spotlight Award

Directed by Jude Chehab

—Heterodox Award

The Buriti Flower
Directed by João Salaviza and Renée Nader Messora

—The Unforgettables (Non-Competitive Honor)
Jon Batiste and Suleika Jaouad

American Symphony

Apolonia Sokol
Apolonia, Apolonia

Bobi Wine
Bobi Wine: The People’s President

Penny Lane
Confessions of a Good Samaritan

Shere Hite
The Disappearance of Shere Hite

Augusto Góngora & Paulina Urrutia
The Eternal Memory

Nikki Giovanni
Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project

Bethann Hardison
Invisible Beauty

Joan Baez
Joan Baez I Am a Noise

Daniella Carter, Koko Da Doll, Liyah Mitchell and Dominique Silver
Kokomo City

David Cornwell aka John le Carré
The Pigeon Tunnel

Michael J. Fox
Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie

Margaret “Mati” Engel
A Still Small Voice

Aaju Peter
Twice Colonized

Ravish Kumar
While We Watched

Jamie Foxx, ‘Killers of the Flower Moon,’ Fatima Robinson and Michael Latt To Be Honored with AAFCA Special Achievement Awards

The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) has announced its 2024 special achievement honorees: Jamie Foxx, Datari Turner, Fatima Robinson, Michael Latt, Deon Taylor, “Killers of the Flower Moon” and Delta Airlines.

“Our list this year includes titans and trailblazers whose work has transformed the cinematic arts,” stated AAFCA president and co-founder Gil Robertson. “Their work leaves us in awe of their incredible achievements and inspires us to move forward in all our endeavors with passion, creativity and determination.”

Foxxhole Productions partners Foxx and Turner will be honored with AAFCA’s Producers Award for producing three acclaimed films which debuted in 2023 — “They Cloned Tyrone,” “Story Ave” and “The Burial.” Robinson will receive the Salute to Excellence Award for her contributions to the art of choreography, including her work on “The Color Purple.”

Latt will be posthumously awarded the inaugural Freedom Award, honoring his commitment to “amplifying underrepresented stories and using art to foster hope, understanding and healing among communities through the cinematic arts”; the veteran Hollywood marketing strategist and Lead With Love founder was killed in November.

Ahead of his upcoming biopics on civil rights activist John Lewis and boxer Floyd Mayweather, filmmaker Deon Taylor (“Black and Blue,” the “Meet the Blacks” franchise) will be presented with the Horizon Award, which celebrates a talent on the rise. The Martin Scorsese-directed “Killers of the Flower Moon” will receive the Stanley & Karen Kramer Social Justice Award for illuminating the true story of the infamous Osage Nation murders. Additionally, Delta Airlines will receive the Film Advocate Award in recognition of their “commitment to diversity” in regards to the entertainment offered aboard Delta flights and “embracing emerging filmmakers with their programming.”

The awards will be distributed at the 7th annual special achievement awards luncheon, held March 3 at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.

GLAAD, Frameline and NewFest to Host Queer Cinema Celebration at 40th Annual Sundance Film Festival

GLAAD will partner with Frameline and NewFest, two of the most notable LGBTQ+ film festivals, to host “Cheers, Queers” at the Sundance Film Festival. The event will celebrate queer cinema and filmmakers during a panel and party in Park City, Utah, on Jan. 19. It will be co-presented in partnership with Acura and IMDbPro, the co-host, at the Acura House of Energy.

Titled “Queer Art as Activism,” the event will include a panel featuring Alok Vaid-Menon, Alex Hedison, Allegra Madsen, David Hatkoff, DaShawn Usher and Natalie Jasmine Harris, with Anthony Allen Ramos moderating. Following the panel, there will be a mixer toasting the LGBTQ filmmakers and community members attending.

“It was extremely important for all of us to ensure that there was a dedicated space to celebrate queer film and storytellers at the Sundance Film Festival,” Frameline, GLAAD and NewFest said in a joint statement. “Each of our organizations work throughout the year to amplify queer voices and recognize narratives across the world that show the diversity, dimension, and humanity of LGBTQ people through our stories. We are thrilled to join forces in Park City for an afternoon of conversation, mingling and queer joy.” 

GLAAD’s Alex Schmider will also participate in the “IMDbPro and Prime Video present: Intentionally Intersectional” panel on Jan. 19 moderated by Latasha Gillespie to discuss representation in the industry and showcasing intersectionality through characters.

GLAAD’s events will close out the weekend’s activities on Jan. 22 by spotlighting transgender storytellers at The Box Theater, which will include a fireside chat, hosted by Shar Jossell, with trans director Yance Ford about his career and the premiere of his latest documentary “Power” at Sundance. There will then be a conversation with queer storytellers and organization representatives Moi Santos, River Gallo, Samantha Apfel and Sav Rodgers moderated by Schmider on authentic personal storytelling and the value of community inclusion. 

Academy Announces Scientific and Technical Awards Recipients

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the recipients of 16 scientific and technical achievements, who will be honored at the upcoming Scientific and Technical Awards ceremony on Feb. 23 held at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

“The Academy recognizes and celebrates all aspects of the film industry and the diverse, talented people who make movies,” said Bill Kramer, CEO of the Academy. “Our Scientific and Technical Awards are a critical part of this mission, as they honor the individuals and companies whose discoveries and innovations have contributed in significant and lasting ways to our motion picture industry.”

The individuals or groups behind nine of the 16 achievements will be awarded with Academy certificates for their accomplishments. These awardees include Bill Beck, Gregory T. Niven, Yoshitaka Nakatsu, Yoji Nagao, Tsuyoshi Hirao, Tomonori Morizumi, Kazuma Kozuru, Arnold Peterson, Elia P. Popov, John Frazier, Jon G. Belyeu, James Eggleton and Delwyn Holroyd, Jeff Lait, Dan Bailey, Nick Avramoussis, Oliver Castle, Marcus Schoo, Keith Lackey, Lucas Miller, Christopher Jon Horvath, Steve LaVietes and Joe Ardent.

The individuals, groups or companies behind the remaining seven achievements will receive Academy Plaques for their work. The recipients include Charles Q. Robinson, Nicolas Tsingos, Christophe Chabanne, Mark Vinton and the team of software, hardware and implementation engineers of the Cinema Audio Group at Dolby Laboratories, Steve Read, Barry Silverstein, Peter Janssens, Goran Stojmenovik, Wouter D’Oosterlinck, Michael Perkins, Gerwin Damberg, Trevor Davies, Martin J. Richards, Ken Museth, Peter Cucka, Mihai Aldén, Jaden Oh, F. Sebastian Grassia, Alex Mohr, Sunya Boonyatera, Brett Levin and Jeremy Cowles.

Francine Jamison-Tanchuck To Be Honored with Career Achievement Award at 26th Costume Designers Guild Awards

The Costume Designers Guild has revealed that Francine Jamison-Tanchuck will be honored with the Career Achievement Award at the 26th Costume Designers Guild Awards.

Per the Costume Designers Guild, the honor “recognizes an individual whose career in costume design has left an indelible mark on film and television.” Past honorees include Deborah L. Scott, Michael Kaplan, Ruth E. Carter, Joanna Johnston, Jeffrey Kurland, Ellen Mirojnick, Aggie Rodgers, Sharen Davis, April Ferry, Judianna Makovsky and Eduardo Castro, among many others.

“Try not to allow someone’s negative thoughts or comments keep you from moving forward creatively. You can be nervous, but don’t be afraid to risk taking the first steps even if you can’t completely see the staircase!” said Jamison-Tanchuck.

Jamison-Tanchuck has served as costume designer on more than 60 films throughout her 50 year career, including the recent adaptation of “The Color Purple,” “They Cloned Tyrone,” “One Night in Miami,” “Just Mercy,” “Birth of a Nation,” “Glory,” “White Men Can’t Jump” and “Courage Under Fire.”

The CDGA ceremony will be held on Feb. 21 at NeueHouse Hollywood.

Cristina Mittermeier, Paul Nicklen and “Chivo” Lubezki Film “The Knowing” in Western Australia with Sony Burano Camera

Conservation photographers Cristina Mittermeier and Paul Nicklen joined Academy Award winning cinematographer Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki to travel to Western Australia with Sony’s new digital cinema camera, the Burano, to shoot “The Knowing,” a film about the ocean and Earth’s future.

The Burano allowed the filmmakers to capture the Southern Right Whale and newborn calves underwater in low light. The new product features the image quality of Sony’s Venice camera, but is notably more compact.

Mittermeier and Nicklen are both marine biologists and National Geographic explorers.

“Our planet is in real trouble, but we still have time. We must work together to prevent the loss of amazing species, like the Southern Right Whale,” said Mittermeier. “The Southern Right Whale is an endangered species, hunted to near extinction in the 19th century. Now, barely beginning to recover, this species faces a new threat: the changing ocean. From seismic blasting, entanglement, ocean pollution and ship strikes, these whales are navigating an uncertain future.”

“These gentle giants hold the key to mending our wounded planet,” said Nicklen. “They are nature’s solution to the environmental crisis threatening ecosystems worldwide. Whales offer a critical resource for reducing harmful levels of carbon in the atmosphere.”

American Film Institute to Present Cinematographer Matthew Libatique With Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal

Matthew Libatique, a two-time Oscar-nominated cinematographer, will receive the Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal from the American Film Institute. He will be presented with the award at the upcoming AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to Nicole Kidman on April 27 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

The Schaffner Alumni Medal acknowledges talents who embody the qualities of filmmaker Franklin J. Schaffner — “talent, taste, dedication and commitment to quality storytelling in film and television,” per the release. Darren Aronofsky, Lesli Linka Glatter, Siân Heder, Patty Jenkins, Janusz Kamiński, Mimi Leder, David Lynch, Terrence Malick, Melina Matsoukas and Rachel Morrison are among the past recipients.

“Matthew Libatique is one of our generation’s defining voices in the art of visual storytelling,” Bob Gazzale, AFI president and CEO, said in a statement. “Now, AFI is honored to shine the light upon on him – celebrating his impact on the art form and the pride he brings us as a graduate of the AFI Conservatory.”

Libatique’s recent credits include “Maestro” and “The Whale,” where he reunited with his longtime collaborator Darren Aronofsky. Together, they have worked on “Pi,” “Requiem for a Dream,” “The Fountain,” “Black Swan” — earning him an Oscar nomination — “Noah” and “Mother!” He received an Oscar nomination for “A Star is Born” as well.

Academy Announces 265 of 321 Oscar-Qualifying Films Are Eligible for Best Picture

The Academy announced that 321 features have qualified for this year’s Oscars. Of that number, just 265 films are also eligible in the best picture category, which has additional requirements beyond those for general entry.

To be considered for general entry categories, the rules implemented for the 96th Oscars year specify that films must open in a commercial motion picture theater in at least one of six U.S. metropolitan areas: Los Angeles County, New York City, the Bay Area, Chicago, Miami and Atlanta between Jan. 1, 2023, and December 31, 2023. They must also complete a minimum qualifying run of seven consecutive days in the same venue. Feature films must have a running time of over 40 minutes.

For best picture eligibility, films must meet the general entry requirement and submit a confidential Academy Representation and Inclusion Standards entry form. They must have met two of the four standards in addition to the theatrical eligibility requirement. Distributors or producers had the option to opt out of best picture consideration. Films that opted out of best picture consideration are still eligible for consideration in other categories. Certain films, such as documentary or international features, already had the option to opt out of best picture consideration.

“Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania,” “The Creator,” “Dumb Money,” “The Marvels” and “Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour” are among the films that qualified for the Oscars but are not eligible for best picture.

The list of productions eligible in the best picture category is available at oscars.org/oscars/rules-eligibility.

Nominations voting begins on Thursday and concludes on Jan. 16. The nominations will be announced on Jan. 23. The 96th Oscars will be held on March 24 at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 200 territories worldwide.


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