New York Women in Film & Television has named Lisa Denker the winner of the Loreen Arbus Disability Awareness Grant for her documentary feature Still Judy. The first-ever Honorable Mention award was given to Alyscia Cunningham for her documentary feature I Am More Than My Hair. The film completion grant, now in its 14th year, is provided through the generosity of longtime disability rights advocate Loreen Arbus and awards $7,500 to a woman filmmaker for a film on physical or developmental disability issues; the Honorable Mention winner receives $1,500.
Production & Post-Production
Cooke Optics has transferred its archives, an historic collection dating from 1886, to a new permanent home at the Margaret Herrick Library, the main repository of research materials of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, located in Beverly Hills, California. The Cooke Archives, which includes documents, photographs and audiotapes cataloguing the rich history of Cooke lenses as well as the wider development of the film and photography sectors, will be available for research purposes
Arri has endorsed B-Mount as a universal 24 V battery industry standard. The new B-Mount battery interface, as used in current and future Arri cameras and lights, is rapidly being adopted as a brand-agnostic industry standard, bringing benefits to Arri customers and the entire global industry.
This week, the Motion Picture Sound Editors will present George Miller with its annual Filmmaker Award, the organization’s highest honor. The Australian director is being recognized for a diverse body of work that includes Happy Feet (an Academy Award-winner for Best Animated Feature), Babe: A Pig in the City and Lorenzo’s Oil, as well as Mad Max and its three sequels. Miller has called his masterpiece, Mad Max: Fury Road, “A movie we see with our ears.”
Goldcrest Post has added colorist Steve Beganyi to its team of senior artists. Bringing more than 20 years of post-production experience, much of it centering on documentary films and television series, Beganyi joins a department dedicated to sound and picture finishing for docs. His recent credits include Jerusalem: City of Faith and Fury for CNN and My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman for Netflix.
The Society of Camera Operators winners of Camera Operator of the Year in film: Geoffrey Haley, SOC and in television: Jim McConkey, SOC, were celebrated among industry peers and colleagues during the virtual 2021 Camera Operator of the Year Awards and Creative Vision Celebration on Sunday April 11.
The Vitec Group has acquired Quasar Science, a leading LED lighting technology provider. The business will become part of the Group’s Production Solutions Division alongside Litepanels the award-winning supplier of LED lighting panels for television lighting and cinematography acquired by the Group in 2008.
Cooke Optics has named multi-award-winning lens designer Iain Neil to the role of chief optics advisor, providing consulting advice and support for Cooke’s team of in-house lens designers and supporting the company’s plans to develop next-generation lenses that will keep Cooke at the forefront of the industry.
OwnZones Entertainment Technologies has appointed Rick Capstraw chief revenue officer. As the CRO, Capstraw will take an important role in leading the global sales organization of the company and accelerating the department’s contribution to OwnZones’ worldwide growth.
Streamland Media has announced that it is acquiring Sim Video International’s post-production business. The company says the strategic acquisition builds upon Streamland’s outstanding roster of artists and expands its technical portfolio by increasing its unscripted and scripted content offerings in North America. The acquisition bolsters Streamland’s existing presence in Los Angeles and Vancouver and gives the company a substantial footprint in New York City to provide exceptional picture and sound finishing.