Sunday, March 8, 2015
Renowned actress Alfre Woodard (State of Affairs) presented the Humanitarian Award to FilmAid International Founder and Academy Award®-nominated film producer Caroline Baron. Motivated by the surge of refugees from Kosovo migrating to camps in Macedonia, Baron founded FilmAid in 1999 to provide human connection and hope, supplementing basic needs for food and shelter, all through the magic of cinema. FilmAid’s educational films promote awareness of social issues such as HIV/Aids, women’s rights, pediatric malnutrition, land mine awareness and conflict resolution. Baron’s long list of film credits include Capote, Monsoon Wedding, Being Flynn and The Wonder Years. There are similarities in the work she produces for Hollywood and her work with FilmAid, where the same skill sets apply – building a team, marshalling the necessary resources and working toward the common goal of affecting an audience.
Debbie Allen (Grey’s Anatomy) and Ted Lange (The Love Boat) presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to veteran Location Manager Kokayi Ampah. With a career spanning more than three decades, Ampah’s count of Oscar® film nods is up to 43. His collaborations include work with top directors on such iconic films as The Shawshank Redemption, Million Dollar Baby (one of six projects he managed for Clint Eastwood) and Amistad, his second film with Steven Spielberg. Mentor to many and shining example to all, Ampah’s oeuvre includes Mystic River, The Color Purple, The Soloist and Flags of Our Fathers. The hallmark of his work is making the locations became characters in the films he’s involved with.
Formidable Location Scout Marino Pascal, creator of the archival forum for location professionals named Locolist, received the Trailblazer Award, presented by Steve Dayan (Teamsters 399 Secretary/Treasurer), for single-handedly revolutionizing the world of locations in Los Angeles.
The first person to intimate what could be accomplished by sharing location information, Pascal’s development of Locolist unites scouts and managers in a community of shared knowledge. He set the bar for the presentation of location photography. Not content to maintain Locolist and build professional websites, Pascal has mentored hundreds of scouts in digital photography and image management. He was one of several driving forces that encouraged the growth of the Location Managers Guild of America.
Additional presenters for this year’s awards included Tony Denison (Major Crimes), Kevin Clark (AFCI Executive Director), Harry Medved (Location Managers’ Historian) and James Manera (Writer/Director and Award-winning Commercial Director).
Nominations for the 2nd Annual Location Managers Guild of America Awards
Complete list of winners for the 2nd Annual Location Managers Guild of America Awards
Outstanding Locations in a Contemporary Film
Wild (Nancy Haecker)
Outstanding Locations in a Period Film
The Grand Budapest Hotel (Klaus Darrelmann)
Outstanding Locations in a Contemporary Television Series
True Detective (Batou Chandler)
Outstanding Locations in a Period Television Series
Boardwalk Empire Amanda Foley and Audra Gorman)
Outstanding Locations in a Single Commercial
Coca-Cola “America is Beautiful” (Jimmy Ayoub, Cyndy McCrossen, Peter Orth, Stephen Pherigo)
Outstanding Locations in a Commercial Campaign
Ram Trucks (David McKinney and Peter Orth)
Outstanding Film Commission
City of Long Beach Office of Special Events and Filming