The beginning of the calendar year is full of film festivals and awards, and several SVA alumni have been recognized for their big-screen work. John Dilworth (BFA 1985 Media Arts), who was recently included in SVA’s “Which Way Did They Go?” animation exhibition, has been nominated for a 2006 Annie Award for his short film, Life in Transition. The Annies, which are organized by ASIFA Hollywood, are one of the top awards given in the animation industry. Dilworth is a previous Annie winner for Courage The Cowardly Dog, a series he created for the Cartoon Network. Another nomination of note went to Harris Savides (BFA 1982 Film and Video), who was tapped for an Independent Spirit Award for his cinematography work on Gus Van Sant’s feature film, Last Days.
Tom Davis (BFA 2005 Film and Video) is also being recognized for film work – he was a producer on the feature-length documentary Darkon, which was selected for this year’s SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas. In addition, Davis’ SVA thesis film, Helen and Vincent, was accepted into the Max Ophüls Film Festival in Germany. Finally, Lynn Shelton’s (MFA 1995 Photography and Related Media) feature film We Go Way Back picked up a pair of prizes at last week’s Slamdance Film Festival, winning the Kodak Vision Award for Best Cinematography and the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature Film; and Hillary Brougher (BFA 1990 Film and Video) won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award for outstanding achievement in writing for the film Stephanie Daley at the Sundance Film Festival.
Image: Darkon movie poster, courtesy of SeeThink Productions and Ovie Entertainment.