Northlight has had a pretty good week. Both Simorgh and Spiritus were named Semifinalists in the 42nd Annual Student Academy Awards. In a record year, over 1,600 films were submitted to the Student Academy Awards. From those 1,600, the Academy chose 80 films to advance in all categories. Simorgh is a semifinalist in the Animation Category, while Spiritus is a semifinalist in the Documentary Category.
This is the second Student Academy Award semifinal for lead animator Meghdad Asadi. His film Beyond The Spheres was a finalist and nominee in the Alt. Category for the 40th Student Academy Awards. While we are hoping for more, it is a great honor and distinction for both films to being advanced to the semifinal round.
See Simorgh Trailer here
See Spiritus Trailer here.
Simorgh has been accepted as an official entry into the San Francisco International Film Festival. With this recent addition the count grows to 30 festivals and awards Simorgh has received.
Almost two years after The Intrepid premiered on WXXI, The Intrepid: Discovering Lincoln's Balloon Corps. keeps getting attention.
The Cine Golden Eagle award is one of the most prestigious of all filmmaking awards. It is an international competition. They used to give an Eagle to four to six winners in each category. They recently changed it to one winner and several finalists in each category. The Intrepid was named a finalist in the top competition Professional Media. Other finalists include Ken Burn's "The Roosevelt's" and "The Imitation Game".
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With a sold out crowd of 300 including 10 federal court judges, Congressman Louise Slaughter, and countless other pillars of our community, Dedicated to Justice: Hon. Michael Telesca premiered on Wednesday night at the Strong Museum of Play. The film was tremendously received and Judge Telesca received a standing ovation at the end of the night. The audience had a Q&A with Matt and Executive Producers Hon. Jonathan Feldman and Steve Modica, Esq. The Foundation of the Monroe County Bar received so many requests to view the film that they have set a second screening. WXXI has also expressed interest in the film and it is set to be in the Rochester market this summer.
The animation we did last year for Greater Rochester Enterprise has won a golden pixie award. We are excited to have our animation side get recognized just like the live action part of our team. Animation is a new and exciting way to market products and customers and can describe things in a different manner than live action.
Check out the animation here.
At the annual board meeting for The Center For Youth, held at The Little Theater, more than 400 people piled in theater 1 to see the premiere of If our Streets Could Talk. The seven filmmakers were present and received a standing ovation at the end when answering questions.
In addition, TedX Rochester approached Matthew to give a Ted talk on the project and the statement it is making not only about society, but how we view the filmmaking process.