Award presentation event: Monday, July 17, 6:30 p.m. at the Waterville Opera House with the screening of Prisoners
MIFF is honored to present Roger Deakins with the inaugural Karl Struss Legacy Award for Distinguished Achievement in Cinematography, named for and dedicated to the great, pioneering, Maine-connected Hollywood cinematographer and winner of the first Oscar for cinematography (for Sunrise, also screening at MIFF this year).
With no less than thirteen Oscar nominations for Best Cinematography (can the fourteenth, very likely for the upcoming Blade Runner 2049, possibly NOT be the charm?), Roger Deakins is, simply, unquestionably, the preeminent cinematographer of his generation. His unforgettable images have graced memorable films from The Coen Brothers (or, actually, eleven Coen Brothers films), Martin Scorsese, Sam Mendes, Ron Howard, John Sayles, Bob Rafelson, David Mamet, Agnieszka Holland, Ray Davies (yes, of The Kinks!), Denis Villaneuve, Terry Jones (of Monty Python) and Alex Cox. He’s covered a lot of ground via his camera. And not just ground: space, the future, the past, the imagination…. Somehow, Deakins has managed to figure out how to make them all manifest, no longer beyond our wildest dreams. It’s a privilege and a thrill to welcome him to Maine with the first Karl Struss Legacy Award for Distinguished Achievement in Cinematography and the chance to see some of the most visually dazzling of his films, all in digital DCP format prints. Screenings include Prisoners (with the award presentation), The Shawshank Redemption, Skyfall, and No Country for Old Men.