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Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award

The Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award recognizes documentary filmmakers who embody the spirit, energy, and innovation demonstrated by anthropologist Margaret Mead in her research, fieldwork, films, and writings. The award is given to a filmmaker whose feature documentary displays artistic excellence and originality of storytelling technique while offering a new perspective on a culture or community remote from the majority of our audiences’ experience. Filmmakers with works making their U.S. premieres at the Festival are eligible.

Recipient of the 2012 Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award: Adam Isenberg for A Life Without Words (Una Vida Sin Palabras) 

2012 Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award Special Mentions: Giovanni Giommi for Bad Weather Miyarrka Media for Manapanmirr in the Christmas Spirit

About the 2012 Mead Jury

Mahen Bonetti is the founder and executive director of the New York African Film Festival, which is co-presented with the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Patricia Cardoso is a Colombian-American director whose films include Real Women Have Curves, Lies in Plain Sight, and the forthcoming Meddling Mom

Dan Cogan is the Executive Director and co-founder of Impact Partners, which is committed to financing independent cinema that addresses pressing social issues, and the founder of DMC Films, a film production company based in New York.

Judith Helfand is a filmmaker, activist, and educator whose films include The Uprising of ’34 (co-directed with George Stoney), the Sundance-award-winning Blue Vinyl (co-directed with Daniel B. Gold and nominated for two Emmy’s), and its Peabody Award-winning prequel A Healthy Baby Girl