The Spirit Awards, produced by Film Independent, is a celebration of the independent filmmakers who bring a unique vision and a spirit of independence to filmmaking.
Film Independent is an open enrollment and non-profit membership organization that champions independent film and supports a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation, and unique vision. Film Independent helps filmmakers make their movies, builds the audience for their projects, and works to diversify the film industry.
Film Independent established The Robert Altman Award in 2008, in honor of the great ensemble director Robert Altman and his legacy of truly artistic collaboration. The award is given to one film's director, its casting director and ensemble cast. This is a very exciting award for the casting community.
The 2012 recipient of the Robert Altman Award is:
J.C. Chandor, Director, Bernard Telsey, Casting Director, and the ensemble cast.
Past Robert Altman Award recipients include:
Please Give (2011)
Nicole Holofcener, Director, Jeanne McCarthy, Casting Director, and the ensemble cast.
A Serious Man (2010)
Ethan Coen, Director, Joel Cohen, Director, Ellen Chenoweth, Casting Director, Rachel Tenner, Casting Director, and the ensemble cast.
Synecdoche, New York (2009)
Charlie Kaufman, Director, Jeanne McCarthy, Casting Director, and the ensemble cast.
I’m Not There (2008)
Todd Haynes, Director, Laura Rosenthal, Casting Director, and the ensemble cast.