The awards ceremony for the 2010 Sundance Film Festival brought good news for faculty member Bob Richman, who was a cinematographer for the film Waiting for Superman, which won the Audience Award: Documentary. Richman shot the New York portion of the film, which follows low-income families trying to get their children into charter schools to avoid the perils often associated with inner-city public schools. “The film explores how we can improve the education system,” Richman told the Briefs. “It’s definitely an advocacy film.” Richman teaches Cinematography and Sound II in the MFA Social Documentary Film Department.
Another winner at Sundance was alumnus James Blagden (BFA 2004 Illustration), whose film Dock Ellis & The LSD No-No earned an honorable mention in short filmmaking. Richman and Blagden were two of several members of the SVA community whose films were screened at the festival.
While the Sundance festivities are a wrap for 2010, Oscar season is just gearing up. The Academy Award nominees were announced this week, and alumnus Michael Giacchino (BFA 1990 Film and Video) picked up a nomination in the category of Music (Original Score) for his work on the Pixar animated film Up. The movie Avatar–for which alumnus Brenton Cottman (BFA 2003 Illustration) was lead matte painter–is up for 9 statues including Best Picture and Visual Effects. The 82nd Academy Awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, March 7.
Image: still from Waiting for Superman, 2010