The Carol helmer will be presented with this year’s Director Tribute at the Independent Filmmaker Project’s 25th annual Gotham Awards on November 30. The evening’s competitive awards are anchored by tributes to film-community masters, including the Director Tribute, as well as an Industry tribute and an Actor/Actress to be announced.
The Director Tribute is awarded each year to a veteran filmmaker with a unique vision who has made a significant contribution to the motion picture industry. “Haynes exemplifies the true independent spirit, with a career spanning over the last three decades and a truly extraordinary and uncompromising body of work,” according to the IFP announcement Thursday.
Haynes (Far From Heaven, I’m Not There), made his directing debut in 1987 with the controversial short film Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story, using Barbie dolls to portray the life and death of singer Karen Carpenter, a victim of anorexia. Carol was an Official Selection of the 2015 Cannes Films Festival, where Rooney Mara was awarded the prize for Best Actress. The Weinstein Co film, which also stars Cate Blanchett, is scheduled for release in November.
“We are thrilled to present the Director Tribute to Todd Haynes in our 25th Anniversary year” said Joana Vicente, Executive Director, IFP and Made in NY Media Center. “Todd’s career exemplifies precisely the kind of visionary, independent filmmaking the Gotham Awards first began championing in 1991. We’re also honored to celebrate screenwriting this year for the first time, finally giving due credit to the significance of this craft to independent film as an art form.”