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                     - $125,000 in grants to be awarded to filmmakers -

        LOS ANGELES (November 30, 2010) – Film Independent, the non-profit arts
organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced
nominations this morning for the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards. Eva Mendes and
Jeremy Renner served as presenters and 2011 Spirit Awards host Joel McHale was also on
hand. Nominees for Best Feature include 127 Hours, Black Swan, Greenberg, The Kids Are
All Right and Winter’s Bone.
        Please Give was selected for the Robert Altman Award, which is given to one film’s
director, casting director and ensemble cast.
        “The artistic side of independent film is stronger than ever, and it’s especially
impressive to see the developed craft of extraordinary independent filmmakers who have
only gotten better over the years.        Past nominees such as Darren Aronofsky, Noah
Baumbach, Danny Boyle, Lisa Cholodenko, Debra Granik, Nicole Holofcener and John
Cameron Mitchell continue to create original and compelling films that move and amaze us.”
said Film Independent Executive Director Dawn Hudson.
        “It is an honor and a privilege to work with an organization that is passionate about
the advancement of independent film. This dedication and thoroughness was evident every
step of the way during the nominee selection process,” said Ted Mundorff, Chair of the
American Narrative Feature Nominating Committee. “The wide-ranging spectrum of talent,
storylines and innovative filmmaking has once again raised the bar for independent film.”
        Selected from 220 submissions, this year’s winners will be announced at the Film
Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. on the beach in
Santa Monica. The 26th annual awards show will air exclusively that night on IFC at 10:00
p.m. ET/PT. Winners of the Filmmaker Grants will be highlighted during the Spirit Awards
and announced at the 2011 Spirit Awards Nominee Brunch celebration on Saturday, January
15th at BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood.
         On Wednesday, February 23, a selection of Spirit Award nominees will discuss their
films and their craft at Film Independent’s Directors Close-Up, a 5-week series that features
conversations with directors and their collaborators.
         The Spirit Awards Nominating Committee applies uniqueness of vision, original &
provocative subject matter, economy of means (with particular attention paid to total
production cost & individual compensation), and percentage of financing from independent
sources as guidelines when making its selections. The Committee was composed of the
following sub-committees:
         The 13-person American Narrative Nominating Committee included Chair, CEO
Landmark Theatres Ted Mundorff; actress Melonie Diaz; producers Jennifer Fox, Jennifer
Todd; author/filmmaker Nelson George; director Karyn Kusama; writer/director/producers
Larry Karaszewski, Edgar Wright; filmmaker Kasi Lemmons; film critic and host of KCRW’s
“The Treatment” Elvis Mitchell; actor/producers Andre Royo, Adam Scott; and screenwriter
Daniel Waters.
         The 7-person Documentary Feature Nominating Committee included Chair, San
Francisco Film Society Director of Programming Rachel Rosen; directors Nanette Burstein,
Laura Gabbert; director/producer RJ Cutler; film critic Alonso Duralde; The Boston Globe film
critic Wesley Morris; and filmmaker Marina Zenovich.
         The 7-person Foreign Feature Nominating Committee included Chair, filmmaker Mary
Sweeney; writer/director/producer Julie Dash; writer/director Neil LaBute; producer Gail
Mutrux; director Patricia Riggen; writer Howard A. Rodman; and Los Angeles Times and
NPR’s “Morning Edition” film critic Kenneth Turan.
         The 5-person Acura Someone to Watch Award Nominating Committee included Chair,
producer Alison Dickey; writer/director Kyle Patrick Alvarez; Dallas Film Society Artistic
Director James Faust; Sarasota Film Festival Artistic Director Tom Hall; and film
critic Ella Taylor.
         The 5-person Piaget Producer’s Award Nominating Committee included Chair,
producer Karin Chien; producers Seth Caplan, Lisa Cortes, Amy Kaufman, and Barry Mendel.
         The 5-person AVEENO® Truer Than Fiction Award Nominating Committee included
Chair, filmmaker Darius Marder; producer Lesley Chilcott; editor Geeta Ghandbir; Lincoln
Film Society’s Director of Digital Strategy Eugene Hernandez; and aspen FILM Artistic
Director Laura Thielen.
         The Jameson FIND Your Audience Award, a new filmmaker grant, was established
this year to help make it possible for one Spirit Award-nominated film to find a broader
audience.      Spirit Award-nominated films in need of expanding their marketing and
distribution efforts will be considered.   The award includes a $50,000 marketing and
distribution grant, funded by Jameson Irish Whiskey. The grant was designed to meet
independent filmmakers’ biggest challenge today: How to get their films out into the
marketplace. A blue-ribbon committee will determine the winner.
         The Film Independent Spirit Awards are sponsored by Premier Sponsors IFC, ELLE,
Netflix, Piaget, Acura, and Jameson Irish Whiskey, and Principal Sponsor AVEENO®.
WireImage is the Official Photographer of Film Independent, American Airlines is the Official
Airline Partner, and PR Newswire is the Official Breaking News Service of Film Independent.
         For more information on submission guidelines, voting, media and publicist
credentials, and the history of the Spirit Awards, please visit

          The Film Independent Spirit Awards is a celebration honoring films made by filmmakers who embody
independence and originality. Televised in millions of homes and covered internationally by the press, the Spirit
Awards has become the vanguard event in independent film, recognizing the achievements of independent
filmmakers and promoting independent film to a wider audience.
          Awards are given in the following categories: Best Feature, Best First Feature, Best First Screenplay,
Best Director, Best Screenplay, John Cassavetes Award (given to the best feature made for a budget under
$500,000), Best Male Lead, Best Female Lead, Best Supporting Male, Best Supporting Female, Best
Cinematography, Best Foreign Film, Best Documentary, and the Robert Altman Award. The Filmmaker Grants
include Acura Someone to Watch Award, AVEENO® Truer Than Fiction Award, Piaget Producers Award, and the
Jameson FIND Your Audience Award.
          This year’s ceremony is sponsored by Premier Sponsors IFC, ELLE, Netflix, Piaget, Acura, Jameson
Irish Whiskey, and Principal Sponsor AVEENO®. WireImage is the Official Photographer of Film Independent
and PR Newswire is the Official Breaking News Service of Film Independent.
          For more information on submission guidelines, voting, photo and video galleries, and the history of the
Spirit Awards, please visit

          Film Independent is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit arts organization that champions independent film and
supports a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation, and uniqueness of vision. Film Independent
helps filmmakers make their movies, builds an audience for their projects, and works to diversify the film industry.
Film Independent’s Board of Directors, filmmakers, staff, and constituents, are comprised of an inclusive
community of individuals across ability, age, ethnicity, gender, race, and sexual orientation. Anyone passionate
about film can become a member, whether you are a filmmaker, industry leader, or a film lover.
          With over 250 annual screenings and events, Film Independent provides access to a network of like-
minded artists who are driving creativity in the film industry. Film Independent offers free Filmmaker Labs for
selected writers, directors, and producers; provides cut-rate services for filmmakers; and presents year-round
networking opportunities. Film Independent’s mentorship and job placement program, Project:Involve, pairs
emerging culturally diverse filmmakers with film industry professionals.
          Film Independent produces the Los Angeles Film Festival, celebrating the best of American and
international cinema and the Spirit Awards, a celebration honoring films and filmmakers that embody
independence and originality.
          For more information or to become a member, visit

                                 2011 SPIRIT AWARD NOMINATIONS

BEST FEATURE (Award given to the Producer, Executive Producers are not listed)
                                     Producers: Danny Boyle, Christian Colson, John
127 Hours
                                     Producers: Scott Franklin, Mike Medavoy, Arnold W.
Black Swan
                                     Messer, Brian Oliver
Greenberg                            Producers: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Scott Rudin
                                                 Producers: Gary Gilbert, Philippe Hellmann, Jordan
The Kids Are All Right                           Horowitz, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, Celine Rattray, Daniela
                                                 Taplin Lundberg
Winter’s Bone                                    Producers: Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Anne Rosellini

Darren Aronofsky                                  Black Swan
Danny Boyle                                       127 Hours
Lisa Cholodenko                                   The Kids Are All Right
Debra Granik                                      Winter’s Bone
John Cameron Mitchell                  Rabbit Hole

Stuart Blumberg, Lisa Cholodenko      The Kids Are All Right
Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini          Winter’s Bone
Nicole Holofcener                     Please Give
David Lindsay-Abaire                  Rabbit Hole
Todd Solondz                          Life During Wartime

BEST FIRST FEATURE (Award given to the director and producer)
                                     Director: Frazer Bradshaw
Everything Strange and New
                                     Producers: A.D. Liano, Laura Techera Francia
                                     Director: Aaron Schneider
Get Low
                                     Producers: David Gundlach, Dean Zanuck
                                     Director: Tanya Hamilton
Night Catches Us                     Producers: Sean Costello, Jason Orans, Ronald
                                     Director: Daniel Stamm
The Last Exorcism                    Producers: Marc Abraham, Tom Bliss, Eric Newman,
                                     Eli Roth
                                     Director: Lena Dunham
Tiny Furniture
                                     Producers: Kyle Martin, Alicia Van Couvering

Diane Bell                             Obselidia
Lena Dunham                            Tiny Furniture
Nik Fackler                            Lovely, Still
Bob Glaudini                           Jack Goes Boating
Dana Adam Shapiro, Evan M. Wiener      Monogamy

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD - Given to the best feature made for under $500,000. Award
given to the writer, director, and producer. Executive Producers are not listed
                                          Writer/Directors: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie
Daddy Longlegs
                                          Producers: Casey Neistat, Tom Scott
                                          Director: Matthew Bonifacio
Lbs.                                      Writer/Producers: Matthew Bonifacio, Carmine
                                          Writer/Director: Bryan Poyser
Lovers of Hate
                                          Producer: Megan Gilbride
                                       Writer/Director: Diane Bell
                                       Producers: Chris Byrne, Mathew Medlin
                                       Writer/Director: Bradley Rust Gray
The Exploding Girl
                                       Producers: Karin Chien, Ben Howe, So Yong Kim

Annette Bening                          The Kids Are All Right
Greta Gerwig                            Greenberg
Nicole Kidman                           Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence                       Winter’s Bone
Natalie Portman                        Black Swan
Michelle Williams                      Blue Valentine

Ronald Bronstein                       Daddy Longlegs
Aaron Eckhart                          Rabbit Hole
James Franco                           127 Hours
John C. Reilly                         Cyrus
Ben Stiller                            Greenberg

Ashley Bell                            The Last Exorcism
Dale Dickey                            Winter’s Bone
Allison Janney                         Life During Wartime
Daphne Rubin-Vega                      Jack Goes Boating
Naomi Watts                            Mother and Child

John Hawkes                            Winter’s Bone
Samuel L. Jackson                      Mother and Child
Bill Murray                            Get Low
John Ortiz                             Jack Goes Boating
Mark Ruffalo                           The Kids Are All Right

Adam Kimmel                           Never Let Me Go
Matthew Libatique                     Black Swan
Jody Lee Lipes                        Tiny Furniture
Michael McDonough                     Winter’s Bone
Harris Savides                        Greenberg

BEST DOCUMENTARY (Award given to the director)
Exit Through the Gift Shop          Director: Banksy
Marwencol                           Director: Jeff Malmberg
Restrepo                            Directors: Tim Hetherington, Sebastian Junger
Sweetgrass                          Directors: Ilisa Barbash, Lucien Castaing-Taylor
Thunder Soul                        Director: Mark Landsman

BEST FOREIGN FILM (Award given to the director)
                                      Director: Lance Daly
Mademoiselle Chambon
                                      Director: Stéphane Brizé
Of Gods and Men
                                       Director: Xavier Beauvois
The King’s Speech
                                       Director: Tom Hooper
(United Kingdom)
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His
Past Lives                               Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul

ACURA SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD – The 17th annual Acura Someone to Watch Award
recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate
recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Acura.
Hossein Keshavarz                        Dog Sweat
Laurel Nakadate                          The Wolf Knife
Mike Ott                                 Littlerock

PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD – The 14th annual Piaget Producers Award honors emerging
producers who, despite highly limited resources demonstrate the creativity, tenacity, and
vision required to produce quality, independent films. The award includes a $25,000
unrestricted grant funded by Piaget.
In-Ah Lee                                 Au Revoir Taipei
Adele Romanski                            The Myth of the American Sleepover
Anish Savjani                             Meek’s Cutoff

AVEENO® TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD – The 16th annual AVEENO® Truer Than Fiction
Award 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
Ilisa Barbash, Lucien Castaing-Taylor    Sweetgrass
Jeff Malmberg                            Marwencol
Lynn True, Nelson Walker                 Summer Pasture

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD - (Given to one film’s director, casting director, and its ensemble
Please Give                              Director: Nicole Holofcener

                                         Casting Director: Jeanne McCarthy

                                         Ensemble Cast: Ann Guilbert, Rebecca Hall,
                                         Catherine Keener, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Lois
                                         Smith, Sarah Steele
                                     BY DISTRIBUTOR

          DISTRIBUTOR                    FILM TITLE(S)            # OF NOMINATIONS
                                   Greenberg, The Kids Are All
         Focus Features                                                  9
                                    127 Hours, Black Swan,
         Fox Searchlight                                                 9
                                     Cyrus, Never Let Me Go
                                   Daddy Longlegs, Life During
                                   Wartime, Lovers of Hate, the
            IFC Films                                                    9
                                      Myth of the American
                                    Sleepover, Tiny Furniture
      Roadside Attractions        Thunder Soul, Winter’s Bone            8
                                  Get Low, Mother and Child, Of
       Sony Pictures Classics                                            7
                                   Gods and Men, Please Give
                                    The Last Exorcism, Rabbit
             Lionsgate                                                   6
         The Cinema Guild            Marwencol, Sweetgrass               4
                                    The Exploding Girl, Kisses,
     Oscilloscope Laboratories                                           4
                                    Meek’s Cutoff, Monogamy
           Overture Films               Jack Goes Boating                3
                                    Blue Valentine, The King’s
      The Weinstein Company                                              2
              Indiepix             Everything Strange and New            1
            Lorber Films             Mademoiselle Chambon                1
         Magnolia Pictures               Night Catches Us                1
       Monterey Media, Inc.                 Lovely, Still                1
National Geographic Entertainment            Restrepo                    1
  Producers Distribution Agency     Exit Through the Gift Shop           1
                                    Uncle Boonmee Who Can
         Strand Releasing                                                1
                                       Recall His Past Lives
             Truly Indie                       Lbs.                      1
           No Distributor                 Au Revoir Taipei               1
           No Distributor                   Dog Sweat                    1
          No Distributor                   Littlerock                    1
          No Distributor                   Obselidia                     1
          No Distributor                Summer Pasture                   1
          No Distributor                  The Wolf Knife                 1
                                     35 FILMS NOMINATED
                                       TOTALS PER FILM
FILM TITLE                                          # OF NOMINATIONS
Winter’s Bone                                              7
The Kids Are All Right                                     5
Black Swan                                                 4
Greenberg                                                  4
Rabbit Hole                                                4
127 Hours                                                  3
Jack Goes Boating                                          3
Tiny Furniture                                             3
Daddy Longlegs                                             2
Get Low                                                    2
Life During Wartime                                        2
Marwencol                                                  2
Mother and Child                                           2
Please Give                                                2
Sweetgrass                                                 2
The Last Exorcism                                          2
Au Revoir Taipei                                           1
Blue Valentine                                             1
Cyrus                                                      1
Dog Sweat                                                  1
Everything Strange and New                                 1
Exit Through the Gift Shop                                 1
Kisses                                                     1
Lbs.                                                       1
Littlerock                                                 1
Lovely, Still                                              1
Lovers of Hate                                             1
Mademoiselle Chambon                                       1
Meek’s Cutoff                                              1
Monogamy                                                   1
Never Let Me Go                                            1
Night Catches Us                                           1
Obselidia                                                  1
Of Gods and Men                                            1
Restrepo                                                   1
Summer Pasture                                             1
The Exploding Girl                                         1
The King’s Speech                                          1
The Myth of the American Sleepover                         1
The Wolf Knife                                1
Thunder Soul                                  1
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives   1

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