"The Tsunami and The Cherry Blossom" Wins
Sundance Jury Prize, Gets Oscar Nomination
Nonfiction's Robin Fryday is nominated for "The Barber of Birmingham,"
while Rock Paper Scissors' Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter are
nominated for "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo."
They're handing out the honors fast and furious, both in Park City, where Sundance prizes were distributed this week, and in Hollywood, where Academy Award nominations were just announced.
In the case of the former and latter, Supply & Demand Integrated Director Lucy Walker's short documentary, "The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom," will be headed to the 84th Academy Awards at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre on Feb. 26th, as it was nominated in the Documentary Short category. In the case of the latter, the film just won the Jury Prize in Short Film, Non-Fiction at the Sundance Film Festival.
Also earning Oscar nominations was Director Robin Fryday, who's represented for advertising assignments by Nonfiction Unlimited. Her film, "The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement," tells the story of the civil rights movement through the recollections of James Armstrong, who runs a time-worn barber shop in Alabama. Washington Square Films' Director J.C. Chandor was also nominated for his film "Margin Call," in the category for Best Original Screenplay, which he also directed. The thriller features Kevin Spacey, Zachary Quinto, Stanley Tucci, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Penn Badgley, Simon Baker, and Demi Moore.
The Academy also nominated Editors Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter of Rock Paper Scissors for their work on David Fincher's "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo." The pair won the Academy Award in this category last year for their work on Fincher's 2010 film "The Social Network."
Walker's film was financed and produced by Supply & Demand Integrated, produced by S&DI EP & Partner Kira Carstensen and executive produced by S&DI Partners Tim Case and Charles Salice. A documentary about the tragic aftermath of the tsunami disaster in Japan last March, it marks Walker's second Oscar nomination, as her film "Waste Land" was nominated last year for Best Documentary Feature.
"In Japan, the cherry blossoms, which announce springtime, arrived on the heels of a horrible disaster," says Carstensen about the film. "It was beautiful to see the hope the blossoms gave to people who had lost everything—their homes, their jobs, their friends and their family members."
Featuring cinematography by Aaron Phillips and music by Moby, "The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom" was edited by Japanese-born Aki Mizutani, who is on the roster at Cutters in Santa Monica. "Aki was in Japan when the earthquake struck," Carstensen adds. "She brought a lot of energy and desire to the project. She had felt bad leaving Japan and thought that this was one way she could give back and help the people there."
Published 25 January, 2012