Two FMA Alums Nominated for Independent Spirit Awards

Two FMA Alums Nominated for Independent Spirit Awards

Nov 22 2019

Chinonye Chukwu (TFM ‘10) and Tom Quinn (TFM '12) who studied film at Temple are both nomintated for 2020's Independent Spirit Awards! 

Best Feature: Clemency (Chinonye Chuwku)
Best Female Lead: Alfre Woodard (Clemency)
Best Screenplay: Clemency (Chinonye Chuwku)

John Cassavetes Award: Colewell (dir. Tom Quinn)
Best Female Lead: Karen Allen (Colewell)

Chukwu's film CLEMENCY is being praised as a deep dive into problems surrounding the American criminal justice system as well as in the ideology of the death penalty.  It stars Alfre Woodard as a prison warden Bernadine Williams, who connects meaningfully with a prisoner who is set to be executed (played by Aldis Hodge).

Quinn's movie COLEWELL is also receiving critical acclaim as a tranquil and beautifully composed character study filled with compassion and mystery -- including a career-highlight performance by Karen Allen as a retiring postmaster of a small PA town who is struggling to hold onto her place in the world.

The Spirit Awards are, in fact, extraordinarily unique among Hollywood awards show featuring an all-day celebration of independent film in amazing location that acts as the primarily fundraiser for Film Independent’s year-round calendar of events, international programs, filmmaker education and artist development programs. Award winners are often Academy Award features as well!

Both of these films are coming to you soon! ! Owls work!


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