Screenwriters Tribute

The Nantucket Film Festival’s most esteemed awards honor the careers of noted screenwriters who have brought distinction to the craft of writing for film.

Saturday, June 28 – 8:00 pm – ‘Sconset Casino 

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2014 Screenwriters Tribute Award to AARON SORKIN


Sorkin is best known as the screenwriter behind The Social Network (Academy Award winner, Best Adapted Screenplay) and the creator of the Emmy Award-winning television shows The West Wing, The Newsroom, and Sports Night. His other film and television credits include Malice, The American President, Charlie Wilson’s War, and NBC’s Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. The film adaptation of Sorkin’s Broadway playwriting debut, A Few Good Men, was nominated for four Academy Awards. Sorkin will next adapt Steve Jobs, the Walter Isaacson biography of the late Apple co-founder.

Past Nantucket Film Festival Screenwriters Tribute honorees include: David O. Russell, Nancy Meyers, Paul Haggis, Judd Apatow, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Steve Martin, Charlie Kaufman, and James Schamus.


Award presented by BRADLEY WHITFORD   BradleyWhitford


Special Achievement in Documentary Storytelling Award: STEVE JAMES

SteveJamesDocumentary filmmaker Steve James is best known for his work as director, producer, and editor of Hoop Dreams, which late film critic Roger Ebert (the subject of James’ latest film, Life Itself) deemed “the great American documentary.” James’ other award-winning films include Stevie; the miniseries The New Americans; At the Death House Door; and No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson for ESPN’s award-winning “30 for 30” series. James’ 2011 film, The Interrupters, was his fifth to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and won an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for journalism and an Emmy. Life Itself, based on Ebert’s memoir of the same name, delves into the critic’s belief that movies could change lives. Presented by:



New Voices in Screenwriting Award: MIKE CAHILL

CahillMike Cahill is fast becoming known for intelligent screenplays that combine science and compelling narrative. I Origins, which Cahill also directed and produced, won the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Cahill co-wrote and directed the 2011 film Another Earth with Brit Marling. Another Earth also won the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize, as well as a Special Jury Award at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, and it was acquired by Fox Searchlight Pictures and released in July 2011. Additionally, Cahill directed the documentary Boxers and Ballerinas and edited the acclaimed music documentaries Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out and Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man. We’re thrilled to recognize Cahill’s originality and honor him at the start of what promises to be a long and fascinating career.

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