October 15, 2015

Multiple Award-Winning Filmmaker Kim Longinotto Comes to IHP

Her latest film "Dreamcatcher" examines the hidden world of prostitution and sexual trafficking
British filmmaker and documentarian Kim Longinotto took home the Best Director award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival for her latest work, DREAMCATCHER. On Thursday, October 22nd, she comes to IHP for the only local screening of this powerful film, along with Brenda Myers-Powell from the Dreamcatcher Foundation (pictured at left in a scene from the film), and producer Lisa Stevens for a post-screening Q&A and discussion with local advocacy leaders working to combat sex trafficking.

Longinotto, who has already been recognized with over 30 awards at international film festivals around the globe, has just been named the 2015 recipient of the prestigious BBC Grierson Trustees' Award and DOC NYC's Robert and Anne Drew Award for Documentary Excellence, which comes with a $5,000 prize. 


The Grierson Trustees' Award is the Grierson Trust's highest honor and recognizes outstanding contribution to the craft of documentary making. Previous winners include luminaries  Sir David Attenborough, John Battsek, Penny Woolcock, and Nick Fraser. The Griersons are acknowledged as the Oscars of the documentary world. 


DOC NYC will honor Longinotto at the Visionaries Tribute on November 12 with the Robert and Anne Drew Award for Documentary Excellence, which goes to a mid-career filmmaker distinguished for observational cinemaIn addition, DREAMCATCHER will screen in NYC as part of DOC NYC's 2015 Short List Program, which has a history of being a predictor of other awards, including the Oscars.


Longinotto has been directing documentaries since the late 1970's with a particular interest in the plight of women around the world. "Kim is a filmmaker like no other. In a genre still dominated by men, she holds a unique place in that world," said Grierson Trust chairman Lorraine Heggessey. Longinotto's work has screened around the world at hundreds of film festivals and she was honored with a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC in 2009. 


Women Make Movies has been distributing Longinotto's work since the 1980's.  Her films include the Peabody award winner SISTERS IN LAW, the widely acclaimed DIVORCE IRANIAN STYLE and SALMA which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. "It's wonderful to see Kim receive the accolades she so richly deserves, " said Debra Zimmerman, Executive Director of Women Make Movies.

For tickets to attend the screening, Q&A and discussion here at IHP on Thursday, October 22nd at 7pm, please click here.  For more information about the film, visit www.dreamcatcherfilm.com