Adding to the myriad of international prizes that have been bestowed on Ang Lee, the two-time Oscar winner has just been named Provincetown International Film Festival’s “Filmmaker on the Edge.” Previous recipients of the honor include David Cronenberg, Darren Aronofsky, Quentin Tarantino, Mary Harron, Todd Haynes, Gus Van Sant and Christine Vachon.
Of the news, Andrew Peterson, PIFF’s Director of Programming said: “Given Ang Lee’s beautiful artistry, remarkable versatility, and towering command of craft, it’s long been a dream of ours to honor him with our Filmmaker on the Edge Award – and 2016 is the year that dream comes true! We are honored and thrilled to celebrate him and his already legendary career.”
Currently in post-production on his next feature, “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” the acclaimed director will stop by during the festival’s run from June 15-19 to pick up the award and to appear in conversation with resident and fellow director John Waters.
Additionally, the festival has announced that the prolific producer Effie T. Brown (“Dear White People”) will be the keynote speaker for the third annual Evan Lawson Filmmakers’ Brunch on June 19. Brown is currently the producer of HBO’s “Project Greenlight.”
“It is no coincidence that we chose to honor two filmmakers who have recently sparked serious discussion about diversity and racial stereotyping in the film industry,” said Christine Walker, Executive Director of PIFF and CEO of the Provincetown Film Society. “Through Ang Lee’s masterful storytelling and Effie’s behind-the-scenes fierceness, both filmmakers remind us that a powerful bridge to the cultural divide is an empathetically-told story about our shared human condition.”
Check out a trailer from Lee’s classic “Brokeback Mountain,” below.