The Big Bear Lake International Film Festival is pleased to announce that director Lucy Walker, composer Heitor Pereira, and cinematographer Haskell Wexler ASC as the recipients of the festival’s annual career achievement awards. Local jazz and music artist Nancy Celeste Walker will be honored with the festival's annual community service award.
Academy Award nominated Director Lucy Walker has garnered high praise for her films, which include the feature documentaries The Crash Reel (2013), Waste Land (2010), Countdown to Zero (2010), and Blindside (2006). She has produced a number of short films, most recently The Lion’s Mouth Opens (2014), as well as The Tsunami and Cherry Blossom (2011), and has also directed over a dozen episodes of Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues. She has been nominated for seven Emmys, an Independent Spirit Award, a DGA award, and a Gotham Award, and has won over eighty other awards for her body of work. A native of London, England, Walker graduated from Oxford University and later when on to receive a Fulbright scholarship to attend the Graduate Film Program at NYU.
Brazilian-born composer Heitor Pereira has contributed his unique sensibilities in music to a vast array of critically acclaimed and commercially successful motion pictures. One of his earliest opportunities, being a songwriter for the Oscar-winning film As Good As It Gets (1997), lead to his becoming a co-composer for Riding In Cars With Boys (2001). Since then, Pereira has collaborated with veteran composer Hans Zimmer on a number of films, and has composed memorable scores for films that include The Smurfs (2011), Despicable Me (2010), It’s Complicated (2009), Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008), and his most recent work being If I Stay (2014). He is a recipient of three ASCAP awards, and also a Grammy in 2005 for “Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist” for his collaboration with Sting and Chris Bottie.
Two-time Academy Award-winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler was adjudged one of the ten most influential cinematographers in movie history, according to an International Cinematographers Guild survey of its membership. He won his Oscars in both black & white and color, for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Bound for Glory. He also shot much of Days of Heaven, for which credited director of photography Nestor Almendros -- who was losing his eye-sight, won a Best Cinematography Oscar. In 1993, Wexler was awarded a Lifetime Achivement award by the cinematographer's guild, the American Society of Cinematographers. He received five Oscar nominations for his cinematography, in total, plus one Emmy Award in a career that has spanned six decades. In addition to his masterful cinematography, Wexler directed the seminal late Sixties film Medium Cool and has directed and/or shot many documentaries that display his progressive political views. He was the subject of a documentary shot by his son Mark Wexler, Tell Them Who You Are.
Nancy Walker began performing in the South Bay with jazz trios, big bands, and piano accompaniment at numerous restaurants and hotels in the Los Angeles area, including the celebrity hot spot “W” Hotel, Barnabey’s Hotel, Manhattan Bar & Grill, and Pointe 705. Nancy’s theatre credits include performing the part of "Dolly” in the Torrance production of Annie Get Your Gun, and “Clarisse” in When You Comin’ Back Red Rider for Beach City Productions. Locally she played the part of “Marie” in the CATS production of Saul Ilson’s original musical revue Senior Class, Mrs. Bedwin in Oliver, Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, Patsy Cline in Always Patsy Cline, as well as being a soloist in many of the local community theatre's variety show productions. Nancy’s local efforts include two shows for the Big Bear Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering in Big Bear Lake, as well as her annual Concert on the Green, in which she performed a tribute to Bonnie Raitt. Other tribute shows Nancy has performed in recent years include The Great American Songbook, A Guy, A Girl & A Piano, Cowgirlography, & The Great Ladies of Jazz. Last April Nancy performed in Big Bear Lake, with 5 other talented singers, in Divas Duets as a benefit for the Hospital Foundation.
The Opening Night Party and Honoree Awards will be held on Friday, September 19 at the Performing Arts Center in Big Bear Lake. Doors open at 7:00 PM, the ceremony will begin at approximately 7:30 PM. For tickets, click here.