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Nantucket Film Festival Announces Lineup; Will Honor Nancy Meyers

By Devin Lee Fuller | Indiewire April 23, 2012 at 9:00PM

The Nantucket Film Festival has announced the lineup for its 17th edition. The festival will open with Benh Zeitlin's "Beasts of the Southern Wild" on June 20.
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"Beasts of the Southern Wild."
Fox Searchlight "Beasts of the Southern Wild."

The Nantucket Film Festival has announced the lineup for its 17th edition. The festival will open with Benh Zeitlin's "Beasts of the Southern Wild" on June 20.

Disney/Pixar’s "Brave" is set as the opening film, while Lynn Shelton's "Your Sister's Sister" will close out the festival June 24.

“The film program is stronger, bigger and more diverse than ever before,” says Executive Director Colin Stanfield. “We pride ourselves on exceptional films and unique, high-profile Signature Programs, including the Brian Williams-hosted Screenwriters Tribute.”

The festival will also honor Nancy Meyers with the 2012 Screenwriters Tribute. Longtime collaborator Diane Keaton will present.

“It’s an honor to pay tribute to Nancy Meyers for the significant role she has played in American cinema and for the spot she has claimed as one of the leading screenwriters in Hollywood,” says Artistic Director, Mystelle Brabbée. “Nancy's industry stature transcends gender and is matched only by her creativity and meticulous craftsmanship.”

Full Press Release and Lineup Below
 
Disney•Pixar’s BRAVE (Opening Day) & IFC’s SLEEPWALK WITH ME (Centerpiece) and YOUR SISTER’S SISTER (Closing Night); Tribute Awards Night to Include Special Achievement in Documentary Storytelling to Rory Kennedy (ETHEL) and New Voices in Screenwriting Award to Lucy Alibar and Behn Zeitlin (BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD)
 
New York, NY (April 24, 2012) – Today the Nantucket Film Festival (NFF) announces its film and Screenwriters Tribute lineup for an expanded 17th edition, taking place June 20-24, 2012. “The film program is stronger, bigger and more diverse than ever before,” says Executive Director Colin Stanfield, “We pride ourselves on exceptional films and unique, high-profile Signature Programs, including the Brian Williams-hosted Screenwriters Tribute.” Passes are currently on sale on the Festival website (www.nantucketfilmfestival.org), with individual tickets going on sale May 24.
 
Nancy Meyers will receive the 2012 Screenwriters Tribute at this year’s Festival and longtime friend and collaborator Diane Keaton will present. Fox Searchlight Pictures’ BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD is set as the Opening Night Film and Disney•Pixar’s BRAVE is set as this year’s Opening Day Film. IFC’s SLEEPWALK WITH ME is the Centerpiece Film and closing this year’s Festival is IFC’s YOUR SISTER’S SISTER.
 
“It’s an honor to pay tribute to Nancy Meyers for the significant role she has played in American cinema and for the spot she has claimed as one of the leading screenwriters in Hollywood,” says Artistic Director, Mystelle Brabbée, “Nancy's industry stature transcends gender and is matched only by her creativity and meticulous craftsmanship.”
 
Meyers’ first screenplay was PRIVATE BENJAMIN, starring Goldie Hawn which earned Meyers a Writers Guild of America Award for Best Comedy and an Academy Award® nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Following two decades of successful screenwriting and producing, Meyers made an auspicious debut as a director in 1998 with the highly popular update of the Disney classic THE PARENT TRAP. Meyers then co-wrote IRRECONCILABLE DIFFERENCES, followed by BABY BOOM. The latter starred Diane Keaton and was the first in a long series of collaborative efforts between the two. The box-office hits FATHER OF THE BRIDE and FATHER OF THE BRIDE II, both of which starred Steve Martin and Keaton, followed. In 2003, Meyers wrote, directed, and produced SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE. Keaton won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture—Musical or Comedy and was also nominated for an Academy Award® for her role as Erica Barry in the film. In 2006, Meyers wrote, directed, and produced THE HOLIDAY, starring Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, and Jack Black.  The comedy was another hit at the worldwide box office. With her latest film, 2009’s IT’S COMPLICATED, Meyers wrote, produced and directed an all-star cast including Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, and Steve Martin. IT’S COMPLICATED earned three Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress, Best Screenplay, and Best Picture.
 
Past Nantucket Film Festival Screenwriters Tribute honorees include Paul Haggis, Barry Levinson, Harold Ramis, Judd Apatow, Robert Benton, Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor, Steve Martin, Charlie Kauffman, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, James Schamus, Walter Bernstein, Paul Schrader, Jay Presson Allen, and Ring Lardner, Jr.
 
Now in its 17th year, the NFF comes to life boasting a diverse range of films, as filmmakers and talent come to Nantucket to premiere and discuss their work. The Festival is proud to welcome this year’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD as the Opening Night Film. The magical film is set in a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, where a six-year-old girl exists on the brink of orphanhood.
 
Rory Kennedy will receive the Special Achievement in Documentary Storytelling for her film ETHEL. The film is a personal portrait of her mother Ethel Kennedy’s political awakening, the life she shared with Robert F. Kennedy, and the years following his death when she raised their 11 children on her own. Ethel Kennedy will be will joining her daughter Rory at the Festival.
 
BEASTS OF A SOUTHERN WILD writer Lucy Alibar and writer/director Behn Zeitlin will receive the New Voices in Screenwriting Award. As Zeitlin’s directorial debut, their film took audiences by surprise at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and was sought after by many distributors before landing at Fox Searchlight Pictures. The film is set for a June 27th release.
 
The current slate for the 2012 Nantucket Film Festival is listed on the following page.