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Academy Award Nomination, Sundance Films

Monday, January 31, 2011

Will Hampshire College graduates Karen Goodman 72F and Kirk Simon 72F claim a gold statuette at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards on February 27?

Their film, Strangers No More, is nominated for Best Documentary Short Subject—an impressive fifth Academy Award nomination for this talented filmmaking duo. It focuses on the day-to-day lives of students and teachers in a south Tel Aviv school. Read more>>

Hampshire at Sundance

Fiona Otway 96F is editor of Hell and Back Again, directed by Dennis Danfung and honored as the best film in International Documentary Competition at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Read more >>

GRAB, the latest documentary by Billy Luther 00F, was shown in the Sundance Film Festival's Indigenous Program. Luther's film is a portrait of contemporary life in the Laguna Pueblo tribes. Read more >>

AWOL, written and directed by Deb Shoval 98S, was shown in the Sundance Short Films Program. This film examines the story of Joey, a young woman about to be deployed to Afghanistan, who dreams of running away to Canada. View Facebook page >>

Jupiter Elicius, by Kelly Sears 96F, was shown in the Sundance New Frontiers short category. Sears' collage animations are made from repurposed periodicals, books, and encyclopedias. This was her third trip to Sundance.

Toby Shimin 78F is editor of Buck. The film, winner of the Audience Award: Documentary at Sundance, tells the story of Buck Brannaman, a legend in the horse world, and the real life inspiration for The Horse Whisperer. Read more>>

Eugene Gussenhoven 89F is the screenwriter of Restless City, which premiered at Sundance. The Andrew Dosunmu film "tells the story of an African immigrant surviving on the fringes of New York City, where music is his passion, life is a hustle, and falling in love is his greatest risk." Read more>>

Hampshire alums, did anyone else work on a film nominated for an Academy Award or that was shown at Sundance this year? If so, please let us know; just send an email to


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