Grad Film Alumni Dominate the Film Independent Spirit Awards

Monday, Dec 4, 2017

Photo Courtesy of Jonas Carpignano

The 2018 Film Independent Spirit Award nominations were announced on November 21, 2017. The Sprit Awards are dedicated to independent filmmakers.

NYU Tisch Grad Film Alumni received nominations in six nomination categories, and two grant categories. 

The awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, March 3, 2018 in Santa Monica, CA and will be broadcast live on IFC at 2p/5e with returning hosts Nick Kroll and John Mulaney.

NOMINATIONS INCLUDE:

BEST FEATURE
The Rider
Mollye Asher ’14 (MFA, Kanbar, Film & TV), producer
Chloé Zhao (MFA Candidate, Film & TV), producer

BEST FIRST FEATURE
Oh Lucy!
Atsuko Hirayanagi ’13 (MFA, Kanbar, Film & TV), director/producer

BEST DIRECTOR

Jonas Carpignano ’16 (MFA, Kanbar, Film & TV)
A Ciambra

Chloé Zhao (MFA Candidate, Kanbar, Film & TV)
The Rider

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Ingrid Jungermann ’15 (MFA, Kanbar, Film & TV)
Women Who Kill

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Joshua James Richards ’16 (MFA, Kanbar, Film & TV)
The Rider

BEST MALE LEAD
James Franco ’11 (MFA, Kanbar, Film & TV)
The Disaster Artist

BONNIE AWARD – Bonnie Tiburzi Caputo joined American Airlines in 1973 at age 24, becoming the first female pilot to fly for a major U.S. airline. In her honor, the inaugural Bonnie Award will recognize a mid-career female director with a $50,000 unrestricted grant, sponsored by American Airlines.

Chloé Zhao (MFA Candidate, Kanbar, Film & TV)

JEEP TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD – The 23rd annual Truer Than Fiction Award, funded by the Jeep brand, is presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by the Jeep brand.

Shevaun Mizrahi (MFA Candidate, Kanbar, Film & TV)
Director of Distant Constellation