WIFTS to honor Annie Roney, Alanis Obomsawin

Doc filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin (pictured) and Ro*co founder and CEO Annie Roney are to be honored at the sixth annual Women's International Film Television Showcase (WIFTS) Foundation International Visionary Awards.
December 3, 2013

Ro*co founder and CEO Annie Roney, and doc filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin are to be honored at the sixth annual Women’s International Film Television Showcase (WIFTS) Foundation International Visionary Awards.

Obamsawin (pictured above) will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award in Filmmaking, given for her dedication to documenting the lives and concerns of First Nations people in Canada. Her credits include the National Film Board of Canada documentaries Rocks at Whiskey Trench, Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance, and 2013′s Hi Ho Mistahey!

The Career Achievement Award is going to Roney for her success in distributing and financing documentary films with her company Ro*co films, which has handled After Tiller, The Art of the Steal, Bombay Beach and Born Into Brothels.

The documentary awards look to honor filmmakers whose work reflects social, cultural and political change, family values and environmental awareness.

Producer, writer and director Alex Warren is lauded for Losing the West, a film that highlights the effects of overpopulation in the American West, while Sarah McCarthy is honored for The Dark Matter of Love, which looks at parent-child bonding.

Kristy Guevara Flanagan’s examination of the influence of the iconic comic book character, Wonder Women: The Untold Story of American Super Heroines, has earned her an award, and Never A Neverland‘s Elkin Antoniou and Caroline McGraw are also to be honored.

The awards will be given out on December 6 in LA.

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