1. UNICEF Children`s Award: SHANA-The Wolf`s Music. Dir: Nino Jacusso
2. Best Animated Film: IROQUOIS CREATION STORY. Dir: Cathleen Ashworth
3. Best Music Video: MY STONE. Dir: Frank Waln
4. Best Documentary: SOL. Dir: Marie-Hélène Cousineau, Susan Avingaq
5. Best Feature Film: UVANGA. Dir: Marie-Hèlène Cousineau. Co-Dir: Madeline Ivalu
I'm happy to announce that Ganondagan's IROQUOIS CREATION STORY won the "Best Animated Film" award from the Indianer Inuit Film Festival, Jan 21-24, Stuttgart, Germany. The live-action/animated short—featuring traditional Iroquois Dancers, Garth Fagan dancers, animation by Cat Ashworth & RIT, artwork by Peter Jemison, narration by Joanne Shenandoah, and an original orchestral score (by me)—has now picked up its 3rd film festival award! Wow! We are doing so good!
The new animated, live action short Iroquois Creation Story is screening at the Indianer Inuit Film Festival in Germany today and tomorrow! The festival theme is "In Tomorrow We Believe" and the film screens January 21-24, 2016 at the Treffpunkt Rotebuehplatz in Stuttgart/Germany!
I was excited to pick up an award back in Nov 2015 for "Best Original Music Composition" for this orchestral film score, featuring the vocal work of Grammy Award-winning Joanne Shenandoah, from the Native American Indian Film Festival of the Southeast. And I'd like to add this:
Composing for film is a different beast than writing concert music, giving detailed attention to the emotions on-screen as well as a more nimble approach to what musical styles and genres are used. The task is not something every composer can do well, humbling yourself to the needs of the film, as well as to directors and producers, and of course looming budget restrictions. That is why I’m so proud of the musical score for “Iroquois Creation Story” and the team of contributors who helped make it an award-winning success. We did it!
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