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!
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