Michael Moore Among Presenters for 25TH ANNUAL DUSTY AWARDS
The School of Visual Arts (SVA), celebrating its 25th Annual Dusty Film & Animation Festival and Awards, taking place May 10-13, 2014, culminates with an awards ceremony on Tuesday, May 13 at 6:30pm at the SVA Theatre (333 West 23rd Street) and features a full roster of names from the world of film and animation.
Awards presenters include: Randall Emmett (Lone Survivor, End of Watch, Two Guns) presenting the Outstanding Film Award; Yvette Kaplan (Ice Age, King of the Hill, Beavis and Butthead) presenting the Outstanding Animated Film Award; Michael Moore (Roger & Me, Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11), who was a presenter at the first Dusty Awards 25 years ago, presenting the Outstanding Documentary Award; Ralph Bakshi (Fritz the Cat, Wizards, Lord of the Rings (Animated)), presenting Outstanding Achievement in Character Animation and Production Design; Michael Cuesta (Homeland, Dexter, Elementary) presenting the Outstanding Achievement in Directing Award; Frank Prinzi (The Blacklist, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Night of the Living Dead) presenting the Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography Award; three-time Oscar winner Chris Newman (The Exorcist, Amadeus, The English Patient) presenting the Gotham Sound Grants; New York Women in Film & Television President Alexis Alexanian (Pieces of April, Tadpole, Chelsea Walls) presenting the New York Women in Film & Television Award; and media personality Valerie Smaldone, returning to emcee the ceremony. Two of the presenters-SVA alumni Randall Emmett and Yvette Kaplan-will also be honored with the inaugural Dusty Alumni Awards. Additional presenters are to be announced.
"We are thrilled to announce this year's Dusty presenters," said Reeves Lehmann, chair of the BFA Film and
Video and BFA Animation departments at SVA. "With these, our 25th annual awards, we celebrate the many successes of our filmmakers and animators of tomorrow, along with an illustrious roster of SVA friends and allies from the world of film and animation." "Our annual festival, culminating with our awards ceremony, receives industry-wide recognition and is considered one of the top student film festivals in the country," stated Annie Flocco, festival producer, SVA faculty member and independent producer. "Year after year, the program brings attention to extraordinary work by SVA students and proves to be a launching pad for many professional careers."
The annual Dusty Awards boasts an illustrious list of presenters each year. Past presenters include Melissa Leo, Ed Burns, James Gandolfini, Kevin Kline, Karen Allen, Viveca Lindfors, Arthur Penn, Mark Rydell, Patricia Clarkson, Phil Donahue, John Turturro, Doug Liman, Danny Aiello, Ellen Burstyn, Sean Combs, Lee Grant, Wes Craven, Griffin Dunne, Harvey Keitel, David Koepp, Mira Nair, Bill Plympton and Treat Williams.