It's worth noting that films by women dominated today's Gotham Award nominations.
Debra Granik’s "Winters Bone," the grand jury prize winner at Sundance this year, lead the announcement, as Peter notes in today's indieWIRE story. The Gotham committee also showcased Lisa Cholodenko's Sundance hit "The Kids Are All Right" and Lena Dunham's SXSW winner "Tiny Furniture," giving each film a pair of nods. Overall, that's a strong move to single out three successful narrative films by women this year. The films were chosen by separate committees for each category and a new group of panelists will select the winners.
Throughout the roster of nominees, women placed well.
Pictured: An image from "Sweetgrass".
Notably, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady are in the best doc category with "12th & Delaware" alongside Laura Poitras's "The Oath." Two terrific films. But, keep an eye on Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Ilisa Barbash's quietly moving "Sweetgrass" from last year's New York Film Festival. Also, what is Martin Scorsese's "Public Speaking?" Where did that come from? Of course, I look forward to checking it out.
"... it all starts here," reads the tagline for the 20th Anniversary Gotham Independent Film Awards, which will be presented on on Monday, November 29th at Cipriani Wall Street in Manhattan.
Matt Reeves' "Let Me In" is the surprise nominee for best picture and the clear dark horse candidate for a win in that category with so much attention and momentum surrounding the other four films ("Black Swan," "Blue Valentine," "The Kids Are All Right" and "Winter's Bone").
Finally, a special shout out to MoMA's Josh Siegal and the editorial team at Filmmaker Magazine for another exceptional list of under seen indies in the category, "Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You." Vying for that valuable prize are: Robert Greene's "Kati with an i," Mike Ott's "Littlerock," Francine Cavanaugh & Adams Wood's "On Coal River," Lynn True & Nelson Walker's "Summer Pasture" and Laurel Nakadate's "The Wolf Knife."
As for films didn't secure a nomination... I thought a few might have snagged some slot, including, popular SXSW doc "Marwencol," and from earlier in the year, a handful of specialty titles, like The Duplass' "Cyrus," Nicole Holofcener's "Please Give" or even Noah Baumbach's "Greenberg."
Personally, I'd have loved to see some love for "Trash Humpers!!"