Gotham Awards 2014

Screen Shot 2014-11-28 at 10.41.07 PMThe 2014 Gotham Independent Film Awards, created and under the auspices of the IFP (Independent Film Project), will stream their awards show, one of the earliest of the season, live on Monday, December 1, at 6:30 p.m., on www.ifp.org,

Nominees, in alphabetical order:

Best Feature: Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Love Is Strange, Under The Skin.

Best Documentary: Actress, CitizenFour, Life Itself, Manakamana, Point And Shoot.

Breakthrough Director: Ana Lily Amipour (A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night), James Ward Byrikit (Coherence), Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler), Eliza Hitman (It Felt Like Love), Justin Simien (Dear White People).

Best Actress: Patrician Arquette (Boyhood),  Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beyond the Lights), Julianne Moore (Still Alice), Scarlett Johansson (Under The Skin), Mia Wasikowska (Tracks).

Best Actor: Bill Hader (The Skeleton Twins), Ethan Hawke (Boyhood), Oscar Isaac (A Most Violent Year), Michael Keaton (Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)), Miles Teller (Whiplash).

Breakthrough Actor: Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler), Macon Blair (Blue Ruin), Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood), Joey King (Wish I Was There), Jenny Slate (Obvious Child), Tessa Thompson (Dear White People).

Special Jury Award For Ensemble Performance: Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, Channing Tatum for Foxcatcher.

Spotlight on Women Filmmakers ‘I Live The Dream’ Grant: Garrett Bradley (Below Dreams), Claire Carré (Embers), Chloé Zhao (Songs My Brothers Taught Me) – A grant sponsored by Calvin Klein that awards $25,000 to further and assist a promising female filmmaker with her first narrative feature.

The Gothams will also include tributes to film veterans Bennett Miller (current directorial work, Foxcatcher), Ted Sarandos (acquisition and original content executive for Netflix), and Tilda Swinton (among other roles, Academy Award winner for Michael Clayton).

Instructors At The Austin Film Festival

Fred Strype (Left) with Brian Emery (Right)

Fred Strype (Left) with Brian Emery (Right)

Brian Emery, one of our Summer Coordinators, and Fred Strype, the Summer Program Screenwriting Instructor (respectively Technical Director and Program Director of the Filmmaking, Screenwriting, & Media Arts Program at Sarah Lawrence College), recently attended, and actively participated in, the AFF (Austin Film Festival & Conference).

The festival offered the opportunity to attend numerous panels, such as “A Conversation with Luke Wilson” that was moderated by Fred, in addition to workshops, roundtables, competitions, screenings, a Young Filmmakers Program, and meet and greets with the likes of Matthew Weiner (“Mad Men”), Tom Schulman (“Dead Poet’s Society”) and Danny Rubin (“Groundhog Day”). As Brian summed up, attendance was a chance to learn and also have fun via “lots of panels and parties!”

The Austin Film Festival & Conference, held in the Texas capital over four days and eight nights at the end of October, as noted on their website, “is dedicated to furthering the art, craft, and business of screenwriting and filmmaking.”