Patton Oswalt, the actor, comedian and noted Twitter maestro can now add awards show host to his resumé. To celebrate their 29th year, the Film Independent Spirit Awards have invited Patton Oswalt to host the show. (Hope they don’t mind if he brings 97 guests!) The ceremony will take place in a tent on the…
Moonrise Kingdom is the new movie directed by two-time Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Wes Anderson (The Royal Tenenbaums, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Rushmore). Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore – and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in every which way.
FilmThe Loneliest Planet
Julia Loktev was born in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), Russia. When she was nine, her family immigrated to the U.S., settling in Loveland, Colorado. While in university in Montreal, Julia was a DJ at an alternative radio station, which led to creating her own audio art works. Following half a year traveling alone through Central Asia, she moved to New York to pursue filmmaking.
Julia’s first feature, the documentary Moment of Impact, won several prizes including the Directing Award at Sundance, the Grand Prize at Cinéma du Reél in Paris, Best Documentary at Karlovy Vary, and screened in many festivals including Locarno, New Directors/ New Films and Pusan. Her fiction debut Day Night Day Night premiered in Directors Fortnight at Cannes in 2006, winning the Youth Prize, and went on to win the Louve D’Or at the Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Best New Director at the Chicago International Film Festival, the Someone to Watch prize at the Film Independent Spirit Awards, and two Gotham Award nominations, Breakthrough Director and Breakthrough Actor. Julia also makes multiple-screen video installations that have been exhibited in a visual art context, including at Tate Modern in London, P.S.1 in New York, Haus der Kunst in Munich, Bienal de Valencia, Mito Art Tower in Japan. She was recently awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. Julia lives and works in Brooklyn.
David O. Russell
FilmSilver Linings Playbook
David O. Russell directed The Fighter (2010), a film that earned seven Oscar® nominations, including Best Achievement in Directing (Russell) and Best Motion Picture of the Year. Two of The Fighter’s stars, Christian Bale and Melissa Leo, won Academy Awards® for their performances.
Russell’s prior films include Three Kings (1999), starring George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Ice Cube, which earned Russell a nomination from the Writers Guild of America for Best Screenplay, in addition to appearing on over 100 critics’ top ten lists and being awarded the Boston Film Critics Society Film of the Year and Director of the Year. Russell’s comedies I Heart Huckabees (2004) and Flirting With Disaster (1996) appeared on many top ten lists. The first film Russell wrote and directed, Spanking the Monkey, won the 1994 Sundance Film Festival’s Audience Award and won Best First Feature and Best First Screenplay at the 1994 Film Independent Spirit Awards.
In 2002, Russell joined the board of the Bronx’s Ghetto Film School, then a brand-new, all-volunteer local summer project with a very small budget and no presence within the film industry. Russell changed all that immediately, getting his filmmaker friends, movie studios and industry professionals to not only give money, but also lend their time to teach classes and support the growth of young black and Latino filmmakers from the South Bronx and Harlem. Today, GFS is New York’s first public high school for cinema, an award-winning program model that has helped over 500 teenagers tell their stories.
FilmKeep the Lights On
Ira Sachs is a writer and director based in New York City. His films include Married Life (2007), The Delta (1997) and the 2005 Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning Forty Shades of Blue. His most recent film, Last Address, a short work honoring a group of NYC artists who died of AIDS, has been added to the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art and MoMA, and played at the 2011 Venice Biennale.
Sachs teaches in the Graduate Film department at NYU and is a fellow at both the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. He is also the founder and co-curator of Queer/Art/Film, a monthly series held at the IFC Center in New York, as well as the newly established Queer/Art/Mentorship, a program that pairs and supports mentorship between queer working artists in NYC.
FilmBeasts of the Southern Wild
Benh Zeitlin is a filmmaker, composer, animator and founding member of Court 13. His award-winning shorts include Egg, Origins of Electricity, I Get Wet, and Glory at Sea. He lives in New Orleans, Louisiana, with a pack of wild animals.
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