Grad Film Dominates Spirit Awards Nominations

Thursday, Nov 21, 2019

Stefon Bristol Photo Courtesy of Deadline

Stefon Bristol Photo Courtesy of Deadline

Grad Film alumni, students, and adjunct professors gathered a total of 16 nominations for the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards.

Kirill Mikhanovsky’s Give Me Liberty received four total nominations. Mikhanovsky is nominated for Best Editing, Chris Galust is nominated for Best Male Lead, and Lauren Spencer is nominated for Best Supporting Female. Mikhanovsky is also up for the John Cassavetes Award, an award that recognizes the creative team of an independent film.

Alum Julius Onah earned a Best Director nomination for his film Luce. Also, Octavia Spencer is nominated for Best Supporting Female and Kevin Harrison Jr. for Best Male Lead for their work on Luce.

See You Yesterday, written and directed by alum Stefon Bristol, received nominations in two major categories: Best First Screenplay and Best Feature Film.

Also nominated for Best Feature Film is The Last Black Man in San Francisco, executive-produced by alum Kimberly Parker. Johnathan Major is nominated in the Best Supporting Male category for his role in the film.

Nominated for Best Screenplay are current student Jason Begue and alum/adjunct professor Shawn Snyder, who co-wrote the film To Dust.

Alum Chananun Chotrungroj received a nomination for Best Cinematography for The Third Wife

Two Grad Film alumni are nominated for the Someone to Watch Award: Ash Mayfair (The Third Wife) and Rashaad Ernesto Green (Premature).

And, finally, alum Mollye Asher is nominated for the Piaget Producers Award, which honors emerging producers who demonstrate creativity and vision despite limited resources.

Find a full list of Spirit Award Nominations here.