WASHINGTON, April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Film and Video awards are not just
presented in Hollywood, and this was made evident at the 46th Annual CINE
Golden Eagle Film and Video Awards Gala as Washington, D.C. took its turn at
acknowledging some of the best and brightest in the film, video and media arts
industry. Honorary award winners included Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic
Roger Ebert, Academy Award-winning filmmakers Alan and Susan Raymond, USA
Network and SCI FI Channel President Bonnie Hammer, and the cutting-edge
technology of Lasergraphics, Inc.
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CINE is nationally and internationally recognized for its prestigious and
highly acclaimed film and video peer-review competitions, with this year's
culminating April 14 at the Grosvenor Auditorium of the National Geographic
Society. Award presenters included Washington Post film critic Tom Shales,
actor, director, and producer Edward James Olmos, and multiple CINE Golden
Eagle winner and veteran NBC News Correspondent, Bob Dotson. Masters of
Ceremonies for the gala were Lisa Ling, host of National Geographic's
Explorer, and Robert Aubry Davis, noted cultural commentator and host of the
award-winning WETA-TV series Around Town.
Ebert, film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, took home the CINE Lifetime
Achievement Award handed him by Mr. Shales. Mr. Ebert is also Co-host, Ebert &
Roeper, and author of "The Great Movies II" and "Roger Ebert's Movie Yearbook
The CINE Trailblazers Award went to Alan and Susan Raymond, 11-time Emmy
winners whose collection of films have been honored with Peabody and DuPont
awards as well as the 1994 Academy Award (R) for Best Feature Documentary "I
Am A Promise: The Children of Stanton Elementary School." They continue to
specialize in feature length documentaries that have included topics such as
education and prisoner's rights.
Bonnie Hammer, President, USA Network and SCI FI Channel, and widely
acknowledged as an industry leader in network programming and branding,
received the CINE Leadership Award. Hammer has been named by Hollywood
Reporter as one of the "Top 100 Women in Entertainment" for four years
running. At USA, Hammer has overseen the 2004 launch of "The 4400," the
highest-rated and most-watched series in cable history, as well as "Kojak," an
update of the TV classic starring Ving Rhames.
"This year's winners epitomize excellence in their respective fields and
CINE is gratified to be able to include them in the exclusive Golden Eagle
Award winners circle," said CINE President Carole L. Feld, Principal of the
Giving Tree Group.
This was the first year for the new CINE-Siemens Excellence in Technology
Innovation Award. "We congratulate Lasergraphics as this year's award winner
and applaud the dedication and commitment of all contributors," noted Ed
McDermid, vice president, N.A. Business Development, Media & Entertainment for
Siemens Business Services.
CINE Seminars were held earlier today at the Sumner School on: "Reality,
Fiction, and Everything In-Between," with panelists Roger Ebert, Alan and
Susan Raymond, and Dalton Delan; a demonstration by Lasergraphics Inc., and
CINE's traditional "5 on 5 for 5" Pitch Session, when filmmakers presented
their projects to industry leaders. The winner receives an honorarium and the
opportunity to pitch the project within Discovery.
"The CINE awards event could not have been made possible without the
support of our generous sponsors," noted David L. Weiss, Executive Director of
CINE. Sponsors of the 2005 CINE Golden Eagle Awards event include National
Geographic Television & Film, Henninger Media Services, Eastman Kodak, Clear
Channel Entertainment and Television, and Siemens Business Services Media.
The CINE Golden Eagle Awards Event honored the winners of the 2004 CINE
Golden Eagle Award competitions for outstanding films and videos in 22
categories, chosen by peer juries from over 1,000 entries worldwide. Special
Jury Awards were given to the best of the CINE Golden Eagle Award winners in
each of these categories, and the best of these winners received the coveted
CINE Masters Series Award for professional films, and the CINE Award of
Excellence for the best student film. 2005 Major winners are: Professional
Telecast Non-fiction: NOVA "World in the Balance" NOVA/WGBH, Linda Harrar
Productions; Professional Telecast News: P.O.V. - Discovering Dominga,
P.O.V./American Documentary, Inc.; Professional Non-telecast: Medical Missions
for Children, Producer: Sylvio Sharif Tabet; Directors: Sylvio Sharif Tabet,
Matthew Buzzell; CINE Award of Excellence: Savior Morning Moon Films,
Director/Producer/Writer: Erla Skuladottir, Cinematographer: Brian Hubbard.
For a complete list of winners including the 2005 CINE Special Jury Awards
and for more information about CINE, the awards competition, or the awards
event, visit the website at http://www.cine.org or call 202-785-1136.
Contact: David L. Weiss
Mildred A. Cooper (media)