Director Chris Nolan Awards SBIFF 2011 on Batman Dark Knight
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Director Chris Nolan Awards SBIFF 2011 on Batman Dark Knight SBIFF 2011 presents award to Nolan. Christopher Nolan, writer/director/producer of the acclaimed blockbuster Inception, received the Santa Barbara International Film Festival's highest honor, Modern Master Award, presented by lynda.com. Announced today by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling, the event -- which will take place on Sunday, January 30, 2011 at the historic Arlington Theatre -- will provide a rare and highly anticipated look at one of the most in demand filmmakers today.
The Modern Master Award is the highest honor presented by SBIFF. Established in 1995, it was created to honor an individual who has enriched our culture through his/her multi-faceted accomplishments in the motion picture industry. Nolan joins an illustrious group of past recipients including Michael Douglas, Jodie Foster, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Diane Keaton, Sean Penn, Jeff Bridges, Peter Jackson, George Clooney, Will Smith, Cate Blanchett, Clint Eastwood, and James Cameron.
"Every one of Nolan's films has set a new standard for the film community, with Inception being the latest example," comments Durling. "Nolan was the natural choice for this year's SBIFF's Modern Master Award."
Standing out as one of the greatest minds in cinema, Nolan consistently pushes the boundaries of both filmmaking and storytelling. Demonstrating great versatility throughout his career, he has masterfully taken on the challenges of film as a director, writer, producer, editor, and cinematographer. His films have achieved immense success at the box office, drawing some of the largest profits in history, while at the same time they are recognized and renowned for being intellectually sophisticated and a challenge for all audiences alike.
From the beginning of his career, Nolan has demonstrated to be a master of multiple crafts in which he took on the roles of writer, producer, cinematographer, and director for his first film Following (1998). The noir thriller was recognized at a number of international film festivals, prior to being released theatrically. Nolan's second film was the independent feature Memento (2000), which he directed from his own screenplay, based on a short story by his brother Jonathan Nolan. The film brought Nolan numerous honors, including Academy Award® and Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay. He then directed the critically acclaimed psychological thriller Insomnia (2002) starring Oscar® winners Al Pacino, Robin Williams and Hilary Swank. In 2005, Nolan co-wrote and directed Batman Begins. The smash hit re-imagined the Batman film franchise, pleasing critics and fans alike. Nolan also directed, co-wrote and produced the mystery thriller The Prestige, which received Oscar® nominations for its outstanding art direction and cinematography.
Nolan directed, co-wrote, and produced the record-breaking 2008 film The Dark Knight, which grossed more than $1 billion at the global box office. Nolan was honored by his peers with nominations for Directors Guild of America (DGA), Writers Guild of America (WGA) and Producers Guild of America (PGA) Awards. Among its many honors, The Dark Knight also received eight Oscar® nominations. Now two years later, Nolan rendered audiences awestruck once again with his most recent film Inception (2010), which he both wrote and directed. The original sci-fi actioner travels around the globe and into the intimate and infinite world of dreams, staring Leonardo DiCaprio. Next, Nolan is developing a third Batman feature. Video Courtesy SBIFF