SANTA FE 2004 AWARDS ANNOUNCED
The Santa Fe Film Festival granted Luminaria Awards to two film
legends – Alan Arkin and Alfonso Arau, showcased both the
Governor’s state-wide awards and the Film Museum’s industry
tributes, and awarded ten Milagro Awards at a star studded gala
Hosted by Jonathan Richards, the sold-out Gala lauded Arkin and
Arau for careers of many decades and across several artistic endeavors.
Retrospectives of their work had played to enthusiastic fans across
the five-day festival.
Welcoming Arkin to the Luminaria Club, to which she was inducted
in 2002, actress Shirley MacLaine said of Arkin that his humor was
his indelible mark on their profession. Citing personal remembrances
from their movie together, Miss MacLaine entranced the audience
with tales of the day she and Arkin had spent in a bed – laughing.
In her remarks honoring Alfonso Arau, Santa Fe celebrity and actress
Ali McGraw said she and Arau shared one of the same heroes –
The Film Museum of New Mexico inaugurated awards recognizing and
celebrating service to advance filmmaking in New Mexico to three
long-time film professionals. Museum Board President JoAnn Balzer
cited two distinguished individuals and the 357 members of IATSE
State Senator Shannon Robinson, 16 year member of the State Senate
from Albuquerque, has been the driving force behind much of New
Mexico’s progressive legislation providing incentive for filmmakers.
Alton Walpole’s 30-year career in films and television has
covered almost every filmmaking profession and earned him national
awards. Walpole has also been actively involved in the Santa Fe
Film Festival since its inception.
IATSE Local 480 was cited for its steadfast advocacy of the Film
Museum and its current leadership in efforts to launch the statewide
Technical Training Initiative.
Eric Witt, Director of Legislative Affairs for Gov. Bill Richardson,
made awards in the governor’s name to winners of the Inaugural
Governor’s Cup Film Festival. The Governor's Cup Film Festival,
an initiative of Gov. Richardson and the New Mexico Film Office,
was created in May of this year to showcase up-and-coming talent
from around the state and to help promote and distribute films made
by New Mexicans.
Over 150 short films statewide were submitted and five regional
screenings were held around the state in October and November.
Best Southwest Film World Without Waves
Accepted by J. Mitchell Johnson, Director/Writer
For more info, visit the Santa Fe Film Festival website.