Sonoma Film Festival Celebrates 25 Years – Film News Briefs

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The Sonoma International Film Festival celebrates its 25th edition March 23-27 in the Northern California wine town. Over 120 independent and international films will be screened, including 79 premieres. The festival will open with “The Lost City” by Sandra Bullock and close with the French film “The Butcher’s Daughter”. Jacqueline Bisset will be honored with the Cinematographic Excellence Award, while Jacques Pépin will receive the Culinary Excellence Award during a five-course dinner.

Head toward Sonoma Film Festivalit’s website for more information.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr. and Daveed Diggs reunite to open the SAG Awards

Daveed Diggs, the “Hamilton” trio, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Leslie Odom Jr. will reunite to open the 28th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday. February 27.

After the hit Tony show, Diggs, Miranda and Odom Jr. embarked on other major projects. Diggs stars in ‘Snowpiercer’ and last year earned a SAG nomination for his performance in ‘Hamilton on Disney plus’, while Odom Jr. earned two SAG nominations (before two Oscar nominations) for his work in “One Night in Miami. Miranda’s last film – and directorial debut – “Tick, Tick…Boom!” earned a SAG nod for star Andrew Garfield’s Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role. Miranda is currently up for the Best Original Song Oscar for Disney’s “Encanto.”

The list of presenters for the awards show includes Alexandra Daddario, Rosario Dawson, Ross Butler and Vanessa Hudgens, with more to be announced. Kate Winslet will present the 57th SAG Life Achievement Award to Helen Mirren, five-time SAG Award winner and Oscar-winning actress.

The SAG Awards will be simulcast nationally on TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. The ceremony will be available the following day on HBO Max.

Guillermo del Toro will receive the Gene Kelly Visionary Award at the AIS Lumiere Awards

The Advanced Imaging Society announced today that Guillermo del Toro will receive the first-ever Gene Kelly Visionary Award at the 2022 AIS Lumière Awards.

Additionally, the Sir Charles Wheatstone Award will be given to Epic Games for Unreal Engine for their real-time engine technology and support for filmmakers.

Del Toro and Epic Games will join previously announced winners Denis Villeneuve (Harold Lloyd Award) and Adam McKay (Voices For the Earth Award) at the 12th annual awards ceremony.

“Many of us look up to Gene Kelly as the legendary actor and dancer,” said AIS President Jim Chabin. “But he was as powerful a creative force behind the camera as he was in front. His bold innovations with the use of camera, lighting, music, choreography and animation changed the course of film history and left us with a legacy of pure cinematic magic. Guillermo del Toro fully embodies that same pioneering spirit, and we are thrilled to have him as our first recipient.

Presenting the award to del Toro will be Kelly’s widow and biographer, Patricia Ward Kelly. “Gene was always looking for the next horizon,” said Patricia Kelly. “The brilliant vision of Guillermo Del Toro represents the kind of creative genius Gene most admired. Like Gene, del Toro is an innovative risk taker. I am deeply honored that he is the first to receive the Gene Kelly Visionary Award. »

DGA Women’s Steering Committee Announces Second Mentoring Class

The DGA Women’s Steering Committee (WSC) has announced its second cohort of WSC Squad mentees and filmmakers. Led by WSC Squad Co-Chairs Amy J. Aniobi, Maureen Bharoocha, Lena Khan and Amber Sealey, the six-month program helps other working managers achieve their goals by pairing 10 mid-career managers with established mentors .
Couples include Kat Coiro mentoring Rachel Raimist, Karyn Kusama mentoring Marie Jamora, Sian Heder mentoring Jen Derwingson-Peacock, Destin Daniel Cretton mentoring Nijla Mu’min, Uta Briesewitz mentoring America Young, Nicole Kassell mentoring SJ Chiro, Dawn Wilkinson mentoring Tchaiko Omawale, Kelly Park framing Evelyn Belasco, Kari Skogland framing Jen McGowan, Jessica Yu framing Charissa Sanjarernsuithikul and Anu Valia framing Elvira Ibragimova.

‘No Time To Die’, ‘Being the Ricardos’ and ‘Dune’ Win Decorators Society of America Awards

The Set Decorators Society of America has announced the winners of the SDSA Awards.

The winners are:

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN SET/DESIGN OF A CONTEMPORARY FEATURE FILM
“No Time to Die” (set decoration by Véronique Melery SDSA with production design by Mark Tildesley)

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN SET/DESIGN OF A PERIOD FEATURE FILM
“Being the Ricardos” (set decoration by Ellen Brill SDSA with production design by Jon Hutman)

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN SET/DESIGN OF A FANTASY OR SCIENCE FICTION FILM
“Dune” (set decoration by Zsuzsanna Sipos with production design by Patrice Vermette)

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN SET/DESIGN OF A MUSICAL OR COMEDY FEATURE FILM
“The French Dispatch” (set decoration by Rena DeAngelo SDSA with production design by Adam Stockhausen)

SDSA PRIZE for BEST PHOTO of 2021
“The Power of the Dog” (directed by Jane Campion, set design by Amber Richards, production design by Grant Major)

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