Faith Hubley Career Achievement Award

PIFF’s Faith Hubley Career Achievement Award honors the life’s work of Academy Award-winning filmmaker, artist, and animator Faith Hubley (1924–2001). Bestowed in partnership with the Hubley family, it’s presented to a film artist whose career highlights a global vision, aesthetic harmony, and bold and intelligent artistic choices.

Jennifer Coolidge - 2015

Blessed with beauty, brains and exquisite comedic timing, Jennifer CoolidgeJENNIFER COOLIDGE makes every film she’s in better. Her talent shines in a range of characters, from her breakthrough role as Stifler’s mom in American Pie, to the goofy and lovelorn manicurist Paulette in Legally Blonde, to the golddigging dog owner in Christopher Guest’s BEST IN SHOW. Jennifer Coolidge can be counted on to steal scenes whenever she appears.

Coolidge’s left-of-center comedic mind was apparent at an early age, when she told her parents that she wanted to be a professional dump picker and door-to-door lullaby singer. Born and raised in Boston, she received a BA in Theater from Emerson College and soon took her no-holds-barred comedic approach to NYC, where she studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and performed with the Gotham City Improv Group. Then in L.A., she joined the legendary Groundlings comedy troupe and began appearing in film and television. The rest is history.


A trifecta of huge hits-Urban Cowboy (1980), An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), and Terms of Endearment (1983)-instantly transformed a talented newcomer named Debra Winger into a major Hollywood star. By 1986, her choices of projects became less commercial and more challenging, and then in 1995, at the age of 40, she stopped considering parts altogether, moving to Upstate New York with her husband and children. She emerged from retirement six long years later in a low-budget indie, Big Bad Love (2001). Today, she is still thriving as a film artist, charged uncompromisingly with creative inspiration.

Edward Lachman - 2013

Edward Lachman, ASC, is one of the most respected cinematographers of his time, one who has worked on big-budget, independent, and foreign-language films. Lachman was raised in a family that spans the history of cinema: his grandfather operated vaudeville houses that transitioned into movie theatres and his father was a motion picture exhibitor in New Jersey. He studied art in France, where he developed a taste for New Wave films.

Lachman made his name working with the major figures of The New German Cinema of the 70s including Werner Herzog, Wim Wenders, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and Volker Schlondorff. He then went on to lens an astonishing array of films including Far From Heaven, I’m Not There, Erin Brokovich, The Virgin Suicides, A Prairie Home Companion, Howl, Life During Wartime, Selena, The Limey, True Stories, Desperately Seeking Susan, and most recently Ulrich Seidel’s Paradise Trilogy.

The directors he has collaborated with is a veritable who’s who list: Todd Haynes, Christine Vachon, Steven Soderbergh, Robert Altman, Todd Solondz, Mira Nair, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Freidman, Sofia Coppola, David Byrne, Hanif Kureishi, Susan Seidelman, Larry Clark, and Paul Shrader. His work has received numerous awards and nominations, including 3 Independent Spirit Award nominations (winning for Far From Heaven) and an Oscar nomination, also for Far From Heaven.

In a year when we celebrate 15 years of Filmmaking on the Edge, it is only fitting that we honor a master cinematographer whose work has helped define independent cinema. The Provincetown International Film Festival is proud to honor the incredible career and impressive work of cinematographer Edward Lachman with our Faith Hubley Career Achievement Award.

Kirby Dick - 2012

Kirby Dick is an Academy and Emmy Award nominated documentary director. His most recent film, THE INVISIBLE WAR, a groundbreaking investigation into the epidemic of rape within the US armed forces, the institutions that perpetuate and cover up its existence, and its profound personal and social consequences. The film won the Audience award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

His previous film, OUTRAGE, which was nominated for an Emmy and released by Magnolia Pictures, is a searing indictment of the hypocrisy of powerful-closeted politicians and the political and media institutions that protect them.

In 2006 he directed THIS FILM IS NOT YET RATED, released by IFC Films. A breakthrough expose of the highly secretive MPAA film ratings system, the film compelled the MPAA to make long overdue changes in the way it rates films.

Dick’s prior film, TWIST OF FAITH, is the powerful story of a man confronting the trauma of his past sexual abuse by a Catholic priest. Produced for HBO, TWIST OF FAITH received a 2004 Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature.

Dick’s other films include, DERRIDA, a complex portrait of the world-renowned French philosopher Jacques Derrida, which won the Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco Film Festival, and the internationally acclaimed SICK: THE LIFE & DEATH OF BOB FLANAGAN, SUPERMASOCHIST, which won the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the Grand Prize at the Los Angeles Film Festival.


Director, Writer
2012 Sundance Film Festival, Audience Award

OUTRAGE (2009)
Director, Writer
Magnolia Pictures
2009 Tribeca Film Festival
2009 Edinburgh Film Festival

Director, Writer
Chain Camera Productions
Distributed by IFC Films
2006 Sundance Film Festival
2006 Edinburgh Film Festival

Director, Executive Producer
HBO Documentary Films
2005 Sundance Film Festival
Academy Award Nominee, Best Documentary Feature
2005 Amnesty International Film Festival, Audience Award

THE END (2004)
Director, Executive Producer
HBO Documentary Films
2004 SXSW Film Festival

Director, Executive Producer
HBO Documentary Films

DERRIDA (2002)
Zeitgeist Films
2002 Sundance Film Festival
2002 Rotterdam Film Festival
2002 Golden Gate Award: San Francisco Film Festival

HBO Documentary Films
2001 Sundance Film Festival
2001 Edinburgh Film Festival

Director, Producer
Lions Gate Films
Special Jury Prize, 1997 Sundance Film Festival
Grand Prize, 1997 Los Angeles Independent Film Festival
1997 Berlin Film Festival
Best Documentary Film Nomination, International Documentary Assoc
Best Documentary Film Nomination, Independent Feature Project

GUY (1996)
Polygram Filmed Entertainment
Starring Vincent D'Onfrio, Hope Davis
1996 Venice Film Festival

Fox Hills Video

Director, Producer
1985 Los Angeles Film Exhibition (Filmex)
Best Documentary: 1985 USA Film Festival
Best Documentary: 1985 Atlanta Film Festival

Director, Producer
1981 Maryland Film Festival

Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman - 2010

Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman

Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's partnership making non-fiction and feature films began in 1987 when they opened an office in a former convent and Catholic girl's school in San Francisco. Rob had already established himself with his work on the landmark documentary "WORD IT OUT and with his Oscar-winning documentary THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK Jeffrey first worked with Rob as a consultant on THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK, and again as editor on a PBS show Rob directed.

Their creative styles clicked, and they formed Telling Pictures. Their first collaboration was another Oscar-winner, COMMON THREADS: STORIES FROM THE QUILT. All told, they have produced four non-fiction feature films including the Emmy Award winning THE CELLULOID CLOSET for HBO and PARAGRAPH 175 winner of the 2000 Sundance Jury prize for directing.

Their new film HOWL-their first dramatic narrative-features James Franco leading a stellar cast that includes Jon Hamm, Mary-Louise Parker, David Strathairn and Jeff Daniels. HOWL premiered at this year's Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals, and will be released later this year. Between them they have received two Academy Awards, multiple Emmy Awards, three Peabody Awards, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Rockefeller Fellowship.

Jane Lynch - 2008

Jane Lynch

Jane cut her theatrical teeth at The Second City, Steppenwolf Theatre and in many church basements all over the greater Chicagoland area.

Film credits include the upcoming Julie & Julia, The Post Grad Survival Guide, Little Big Men, Spring Breakdown, Another Cinderella Story, The Rocker and the animated Space Chimps. Past film work includes Christopher Guest's For Your Consideration, A Mighty Wind and Best in Show, as well as Alvin and the Chipmunks, Walk Hard, Talladega Nights, The 40 Year old Virgin, Margaret Cho's Celeste and Bam Bam, Alan Cumming's Suffering Man's Charity, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Sleepover and Surviving Eden.

Recent television credits include Lovespring, a Lifetime original series, Desperate Housewives and Weeds. Jane will appear in the upcoming season of The L Word opposite Cybill Shepherd. She has recurring roles on Boston Legal, Two and a Half Men, Criminal Minds and The New Adventures of Old Christine.

Jane's play Oh Sister, My Sister! has had runs at the Tamarind Theatre and Bang Theater garnering the LA Weekly Comedy Ensemble of the Year Award.

Mira Nair - 2003

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