Media Legacy Award Event Owen Gleiberman with Manhunter Spotlighting those who discover cinematic art and innovation, Cinequest’s Media Legacy Award recognizes the pivotal role journalists play in connecting audiences to films and technologies that matter. The work of these influential journalists has a powerful impact on the filmed arts and innovations, providing the life blood to artists, innovators and their work. In fact, Cinequest’s founders were propelled into the world of film festivals when their first feature gained a spotlight at the Critics Week during the Venice Film Festival. With deep appreciation and gratitude, Cinequest created the Media Legacy Award to give back to the world of journalism to which it owes its founding inspiration. Previous Media Legacy Award recipients include Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson of Indiewire, Harry Knowles, founder of Ain’t It Cool News, Richard von Busack of Metro Newspapers, and Kenneth Turan of The Los Angeles Times. This year, Cinequest is honored to present its Media Legacy Award to beloved journalist Owen Gleiberman after a screening of his favorite film, Manhunter, occurring Saturday, March 12, 7:00 pm, at the Hammer Center Theatre. The event will include a dynamic conversation with Mr. Gleiberman on his work and the world of cinema. Owen Gleiberman - As a middle-schooler in 1970s Ann Arbor, Michigan, Owen Gleiberman would frequently venture into the liberal city’s downtown and immerse himself in its thriving counter culture. Even at twelve years old, he had a precocious sensitivity to the dramatic changes he saw taking place, not only in politics (he carried around a transcript of the Chicago Seven trial), but also with fashion, music, art, theater, and film. The hippie energy and daring were forging a new pathway for the country, and the Ann Arbor scene was at the vanguard of this exciting movement. Most importantly for Gleiberman, the era forged a new and different way of seeing. As a freshman, turned on by the numerous film societies at Michigan, Gleiberman began writing reviews for the University’s Daily Michigan. Following graduation, with an assist from Pauline Kael, he landed a job as film critic for the Boston Phoenix, then moved on to become Entertainment Weekly’s primary reviewer in 1990. When corporate cost-cutting ended his tenure at EW in 2014, Gleiberman took a few months off before heading up film criticism at bbc.com. Though initially outraged at his dismissal from EW, his many loyal readers have eagerly followed his new postings. At bbc.com, with reviews twice as long as EW’s, Gleiberman has finally been able to fully spread his wings and explore the broader, deeper aspects of any given film. His “new way of seeing” infuses his criticism with intelligence, wit, insight, and artistic sensibility. His is a mature, yet playful perspective, drawn from life-long experience, while still containing the delightful, wide-eyed enthusiasm of that downtown Ann Arbor middle-schooler. For a look at the highlights from past inspiring Media Legacy Award events with Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson of Indiewire, Harry Knowles, founder of Ain’t It Cool News, Richard von Busack of Metro Newspapers, and Kenneth Turan of The Los Angeles Times, please watchCinquest’s Media Legacy video.
Cinequest Film Festival 2016 occurs March 1 – 13, 2016 in San Jose/Silicon Valley.
A vanguard organization set in the Silicon Valley, Cinequest’s uniqueness and impact result from being ahead of the curve in the powerful integration of creativity and technology. Cinequest fuses the world of the filmed arts with that of Silicon Valley’s innovation to empower youth, artists, and innovators to create and connect - driving transformations and a better tomorrow. Cinequest does this through Cinequest Film Festival, Picture The Possibilities, and its sister company Cinequest Mavericks Studio. (Voted Best Film Festival by USA Today Readers.)
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