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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

32nd Film Independent Spirit Award nominations

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Jenny Slate and Edgar Ramirez announced the nominees for Film Independent's 32nd annual Spirit Awards this morning at a press conference at the W Hotel in Hollywood.

BEST FEATURE

Award given to the producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.

  • American Honey
    Producers: Thomas Benski, Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, Lucas Ochoa, Pouya Shahbazian, Alice Weinberg
  • Chronic
    Producers: Michel Franco, Gina Kwon, Gabriel Ripstein, Moisés Zonana
  • Jackie
    Producers: Darren Aronofsky, Scott Franklin, Ari Handel, Juan de Dios Larraín, Mickey Liddell
  • Manchester by the Sea
    Producers: Lauren Beck, Matt Damon, Chris Moore, Kimberly Steward, Kevin J. Walsh
  • Moonlight
    Producers: Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adele Romanski
BEST FIRST FEATURE

Award given to the director and producer.

  • The Childhood of a Leader
    Director: Brady Corbet
    Producers: Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre, Chris Coen, Ron Curtis, Helena Danielsson, Mona Fastvold, István Major
  • The Fits
    Director/Producer: Anna Rose Holmer
    Producer: Lisa Kjerulff
  • Other People
    Director: Chris Kelly
    Producers: Sam Bisbee, Adam Scott, Naomi Scott
  • Swiss Army Man
    Director: Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert
    Producers: Miranda Bailey, Lawrence Inglee, Lauren Mann, Amanda Marshall, Eyal Rimmon, Jonathan Wang
  • The Witch
    Director: Robert Eggers
    Producers: Daniel Bekerman, Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, Jodi Redmond, Rodrigo Teixeira
JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD

Given to the best feature made for under $500,000. Award given to the writer, director and producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.

  • Free in Deed
    Writer/Director: Jake Mahaffy
    Producers: Mike Bowes, Mike S. Ryan, Brent Stiefel
  • Hunter Gatherer
    Writer/Director: Josh Locy
    Producers: Michael Covino, April Lamb, Sara Murphy, Isaiah Smallman
  • Lovesong
    Writer/Director: So Yong Kim
    Writer/Producer: Bradley Rust Gray
    Producers: David Hansen, Alex Lipschultz, Johnny Mac
  • Nakom
    Writer/Director/Producer: TW Pittman
    Director/Producer: Kelly Daniela Norris
    Writer/Producer: Isaac Adakudugu
    Producer: Giovanni Ximénez
  • Spa Night
    Writer/Director: Andrew Ahn
    Producers: David Ariniello, Giulia Caruso, Ki Jin Kim, Kelly Thomas
BEST DIRECTOR

  • Andrea Arnold, American Honey
  • Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
  • Pablo Larraín, Jackie
  • Jeff Nichols, Loving
  • Kelly Reichardt, Certain Women
BEST SCREENPLAY

  • Barry Jenkins, story by Tarell Alvin McCraney, Moonlight
  • Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
  • Mike Mills, 20th Century Women
  • Ira Sachs & Mauricio Zacharias, Little Men
  • Taylor Sheridan, Hell or High Water
BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY

  • Robert Eggers, The Witch
  • Chris Kelly, Other People
  • Adam Mansbach, Barry
  • Stella Meghie, Jean of the Joneses
  • Craig Shilowich, Christine
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

  • Ava Berkofsky, Free in Deed
  • Lol Crawley, The Childhood of a Leader
  • Zach Kuperstein, The Eyes of My Mother
  • James Laxton, Moonlight
  • Robbie Ryan, American Honey
BEST EDITING

  • Matthew Hannam, Swiss Army Man
  • Jennifer Lame, Manchester by the Sea
  • Joi McMillion & Nat Sanders, Moonlight
  • Jake Roberts, Hell or Hight Water
  • Sebastián Sepúlveda, Jackie
BEST FEMALE LEAD

  • Annette Bening, 20th Century Women
  • Isabelle Huppert, Elle
  • Sasha Lane, American Honey
  • Ruth Negga, Loving
  • Natalie Portman, Jackie
BEST MALE LEAD

  • Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
  • David Harewood, Free in Deed
  • Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
  • Jesse Plemons, Other People
  • Tim Roth, Chronic
BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE

  • Edwina Findley, Free in Deed
  • Paulina Garcia, Little Men
  • Lily Gladstone, Certain Women
  • Riley Keough, American Honey
  • Molly Shannon, Other People
BEST SUPPORTING MALE

  • Ralph Fiennes, A Bigger Splash
  • Ben Foster, Hell or High Water
  • Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
  • Shia LaBeouf, American Honey
  • Craig Robinson, Morris from America
ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD

Given to one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast.

  • Moonlight
    Director: Barry Jenkins
    Casting Directors: Yesi Ramirez
    Ensemble Cast: Mahershala Ali, Patrick Decile, Naomie Harris, Alex Hibbert, André Holland, Jharrel Jerome, Janelle Monáe, Jaden Piner, Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders
BEST DOCUMENTARY

Award given to the director and producer.

  • 13th
    Director/Producer: Ava DuVernay
    Producers: Spencer Averick, Howard Barish
  • Cameraperson
    Director/Producer: Kirsten Johnson
    Producer: Marilyn Ness
  • I Am Not Your Negro
    Director/Producer: Raoul Peck
    Producers: Rémi Grellety, Hérbert Peck
  • O.J.: Made in America
    Director/Producer: Ezra Edelman
    Producers: Nina Krstic, Tamara Rosenberg, Caroline Waterlow
  • Sonita
    Director: Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami
    Producer: Gerd Haag
  • Under the Sun
    Director: Vitaly Mansky
    Producer: Natalya Manskaya
BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM

Award given to the director.

  • Aquarius (Brazil)
    Director: Kleber Mendonça Filho
  • Chevalier (Greece)
    Director: Athina Tsangari
  • My Golden Days (France)
    Director: Arnaud Desplechin
  • Toni Erdmann (Germany & Romania)
    Director: Maren Ade
  • Under the Shadow (Iran & United Kingdom)
    Director: Babak Anvari
20th ANNUAL PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD

The 20th annual Producers Award, sponsored by Piaget, honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources, demonstrate the creativity, tenacity and vision required to produce quality, independent films. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Piaget.

  • Lisa Kjerulff
  • Jordana Mollick
  • Melody C. Roscher & Craig Shilowich
23rd ANNUAL KIEHL’S SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD

The 23rd annual Someone to Watch Award, sponsored by Kiehl’s Since 1851, recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Kiehl’s Since 1851.

  • Andrew Ahn, director of Spa Night
  • Claire Carré, director of Embers
  • Anna Rose Holmer, director of The Fits
  • Ingrid Jungermann, director of Women Who Kill
22nd TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD

The 22nd annual Truer Than Fiction Award is presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant.

  • Kristi Jacobson, director of Solitary
  • Sara Jordenö, director of Kiki
  • Nanfu Wang, director of Hooligan Sparrow

Winners, who are selected by Film Independent Members, will be announced at the Spirit Awards on Saturday, February 25, 2017. The awards ceremony will be held on the beach in Santa Monica, just north of the Santa Monica Pier. The show will broadcast live exclusively on IFC at 2:00 pm PT/ 5:00 pm ET. (Special thanks to Ginsberg/Libby and Film Independent for their generous help every year)


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Friday, November 18, 2016

The Movie Report #896, November 18, 2016

The Movie Report

#896, November 18, 2016


MOVIES:
  • Bleed for This **
  • The Edge of Seventeen *** 1/2
  • Elle ***
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them ***
  • Manchester by the Sea ***
  • Nocturnal Animals ** 1/2
  • The Take (Bastille Day) ***

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AFI FEST presented by Audi 2016 reviews

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  • The Comedian *** Q&A video with Robert De Niro, Leslie Mann, Danny DeVito, Taylor Hackford
  • Elle ***
  • I Am Not Your Negro *** 1/2 Q&A video with Raoul Peck
  • It's Only the End of the World (Juste la Fin du Monde) **
  • Jackie *** 1/2 Q&A video with Natalie Portman, Pablo Larrain, Mickey Liddell
  • Julieta ***
  • La La Land *** 1/2
  • Lion *** Q&A video with Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Priyanka Bose, Saroo Brierley, Luke Davies, Dustin O'Halloran
  • Moana ***
  • Miss Sloane ***
  • Neruda ** 1/2
  • Paterson ** 1/2
  • The Red Turtle ***
  • Rules Don't Apply * 1/2
  • Toni Erdmann **
  • 20th Century Women ***

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

AFI FEST presented by Audi 2016 Award Winners

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The award winners for AFI FEST 2016 presented by Audi were announced at a special brunch ceremony this morning at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

NEW AUTEURS AWARDS

  • New Auteurs Grand Jury Award
    The Future Perfect, directed by Nele Wohlatz
  • Special Jury Mention for Acting
    Oulaya Amamra, Divines
  • Special Jury Mention for Screenplay
    Desde Allá, written by Lorenzo Vigas
AUDIENCE AWARDS
  • World Cinema Audience Award
    Land of Mine, directed by Martin Zandvliet
  • New Auteurs Audience Award
    Divines, directed by Houda Benyamina
  • American Independents Audience Award
    Donald Cried, directed by Kris Avedisian
  • Breakthrough Audience Award
    Divines, directed by Houda Benyamina
    • First Runner-Up: One Week and a Day, directed by Asaph Polonsky
    • Second Runner-Up: The Red Turtle, directed by Michaël Dudok de Wit
SHORT FILM GRAND JURY AWARDS
  • Grand Jury Award for Live Action Short
    Icebox, directed by Daniel Sawka
  • Grand Jury Award for Animated Short
    Pussy, directed by Renata Gasiorowska
  • Live Action Short Special Jury Mention for Comedic Narrative
    Hounds, directed by Omer Tobi
  • Live Action Short Special Mention for Documentary
    The Send-Off, directed by Ivete Lucas & Patrick Bresnan
  • Animated Short Special Jury Mention for Acting
    Clark Genet and Owen Kanga, Dreaming of Baltimore
  • Animated Short Special Jury Mention for Cinematography
    A Thousand Midnights, directed by Carlos Javier Ortiz
  • Live Action Short Special Mention
    Speaking Is Difficult, directed by AJ Schnack
  • Animated Short Special Jury Mention
    Summer Camp Island, directed by Julia Pott
  • Animated Short Special Jury Mention for Mixed Media
    Deer Flower, directed by Kangmin Kim
  • Animated Short Special Jury Mention for Visual Aesthetics
    Superbia, directed by Luca Tóth


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Friday, November 11, 2016

The Movie Report #895, November 11, 2016

The Movie Report

#895, November 11, 2016


MOVIES:
  • Almost Christmas ***
  • Arrival ***
  • Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk **
  • 100 Streets ***
  • Rock On II ** 1/2
  • Shut In **

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