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Congratulations to the 2020 BZN award-winning filmmakers.
We look forward to receiving your submissions for BZN 2021.

The Bozeman Film Celebration is proud to bestow its Lifetime Achievement Award to

GLENN CLOSE

An American actress, singer and producer. Regarded as one of the greatest actresses of her generation.

Glenn Close is regarded as one of the greatest actors of her generation, winning three Primetime Emmy Awards, three Tony Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and seven Oscar nominations for her work on both stage and screen.

In honoring Close, BZN 2020 chose to focus on a specific film she was passionately involved with for over three decades—the independent film, Albert Nobbs.

In 1982, Close played the main role in The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs, by French author Simone Benmussa, premiering Off-Broadway at New York City’s Manhattan Theater Club and winning the Obie Award for Best Actress for her stellar performance.

The 2011 release of the award-winning film Albert Nobbs engaged Close on multiple creative levels, drawing on her many talents and decades of experience. As an actor, her portrayal of Nobbs garnered international praise and an Academy Award nomination for Leading Actress. Describing Close’s performance, the New York Times described Close as, “dazzling and infinitely resourceful, writing, “she imparts a mysterious glow to [Nobbs] smallest gestures and actions, balancing nimbly on the line between comedy and pathos.”

While her incredible performance as Nobbs was her most recognizable contribution, she also served as one of the producers, along with Bonnie Curtis, Rodrigo Garcia, Julie Lynn and Alan Moloney. Furthermore, not only did Close co-write the screenplay with John Banville, she also co-wrote the award-winning song, “Lay Your Head Down” with Brian Byrne. Her creative passion and drive to tell the story of Albert Nobbs could be felt in nearly every aspect of the film.

It is an honor to present Close with Bozeman Film Celebration’s Lifetime Achievement Award and highlight her many achievements on the silver screen as world renown actor and talented producer.

Saving African Species

AFRICA

Collection of Short Documentaries made by some of Africa’s leading filmmakers.

The films feature prominent conservationists and NGOs in their mission of protecting some of Africa’s most endangered and threatened species, including, rhino, elephant and lions. The session also includes interviews with several of Africa’s eminent conservationists, NGOs and filmmakers featured in the documentaries, including, Angela Sheldrick of the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Beverly & Derek Joubert National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence, and Andrea Heydlauff of African Parks Network.

The Great American Lie

USA

Directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom

The Great American Lie is a powerful and timely big idea film that addresses two of the most important challenges facing America: widening economic inequality and stagnant social mobility. Underscoring our widespread crisis of connection in America—where we are now more polarized and alienated from one another than ever before—this film doesn’t take sides but instead takes audiences on a much-needed empathy journey, inspiring a way out of this crisis.

Two Yellow Lines

USA *MONTANA*

Directed by Derek Bauer

After losing his crew to a fire, Jack lost himself and his family, too. For Jack, watching his daughter, Hanna become a woman – and for Hanna, seeing her father become a man – is a battle they endure as they embark on a trip across Montana on Jack’s beloved Harley.. But the mountains, and the small seat of a motorcycle can only do so much to bring them together. The rest is up to them.

For Walter & Josiah

USA *MONTANA*

Directed by Jamie Elias

The Flathead Indian Reservation was shaken to the core by 22 Native suicides in a single year – including two members of the local high school basketball team. For Walter And Josiah follows the team’s surviving members during their most recent basketball season, as they attempt to honor their fallen brothers while coping with staggering grief and the daunting challenges of everyday life on the reservation. This documentary examines the historical trauma and other factors contributing to the Indigenous suicide epidemic.

Umbrella

BRAZIL

Directed by Helena Hilario and Mario Pece

The Flathead Indian Reservation was shaken to the core by 22 Native suicides in a single year – including two members of the local high school basketball team. For Walter And Josiah follows the team’s surviving members during their most recent basketball season, as they attempt to honor their fallen brothers while coping with staggering grief and the daunting challenges of everyday life on the reservation. This documentary examines the historical trauma and other factors contributing to the Indigenous suicide epidemic.

Words From A Bear

USA | Kiowa Nation

Directed by Jeffrey Palmer

N. Scott Momaday: Words from a Bear examines the enigmatic life and mind of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Navarro Scott Momaday (House Made of Dawn). This documentary profile delves into the psyche behind one of Native America’s most celebrated authors of poetry and prose. Words from a Bear visually captures the essence of Momaday’s writings, relating each written line to his unique Kiowa-American experience, representing ancestry, place and oral history. Original animation, historical photos and aerial landscapes complement interviews with indigenous authors Rilla Askew and Joy Harjo; actors Robert Redford, Jeff Bridges, Beau Bridges and James Earl Jones; and Richard West, founding director of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, to reveal Momaday’s creative core. Words from a Bear is produced by Jeffrey Palmer for Rainy Mountain Media LLC, and executive produced by Sally Jo Fifer for ITVS, Shirley K. Sneve for Vision Maker Media, and Michael Kantor for American Masters Pictures.

Audience Awards

The Etruscan Smile

USA | UK | Switzerland

Directed by Mihal Brezis & Oded Binnun

Produced by Arthur Cohn

The Etruscan Smile stars acclaimed British actor Brian Cox as Rory MacNeil, a rugged old Scotsman who reluctantly leaves his beloved isolated Hebridean island and travels to San Francisco to seek medical treatment. Moving in with his estranged son, Rory sees his life transformed through a newly found bond with his baby grandson.

Diving Deep: The Life and Times of Mike deGruy

USA

Written, Produced & Directed by Mimi deGruy

Co-Produced by Shannon Dyvbig

Known for riveting storytelling as well as stunning cinematography, explorer and filmmaker Mike deGruy filmed the oceans from the shallows to the very deep sea. After he dies in an accident his wife and filmmaking partner returns to the edit room to make a film that both celebrates his career but also highlights what he cared most about: we are destroying the ocean before knowing what is there, and we need to continue exploring.

Bar Flies

USA

Directed & Written by Anna Sagatov

A neuroscientist who studies the alcohol consumption habits of sexually deprived fruit flies watches her findings play out in her own life with a colleague who works in her lab.

Girls Section

Pakistan | USA

Directed by Kathryn Everett

Produced by Kathryn Everett & Will Atherton

Life is hard in remote northern Pakistan – especially for women, who face significant cultural, economic, and geographic barriers to opportunity and education. Despite their difficulties, a quiet revolution is growing. For the first time, girls in the region are challenging tradition for their right to go to school.

Fire in Cardboard City

New Zealand

Directed by Phil Brough

When a city made from cardboard catches fire it is up to the local fire chief and his brave deputies to save Cardboard City from total destruction.

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