The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) announced today that Academy
Award and Golden Globe-winning actress Rachel Weisz will receive the Actress Tribute and Jon
Kamen, Founder of the Academy Award-winning company, RadicalMedia, will receive the Industry
Tribute at the 2018 IFP Gotham Awards.
The first awards show of the season, the IFP Gotham Awards is one of the leading honors for independent film and media, providing critical early recognition to groundbreaking independent films and their writers, directors, producers, and actors with ten competitive awards categories. The IFP Gotham Awards also honors selected film industry icons as tributes each year.
“We are thrilled to be honoring Rachel with the Actress Tribute this year. Throughout her career she
has carefully chosen projects ranging from thought-provoking independent films to thrilling studio
blockbusters. Rachel consistently seeks out complex roles and delivers unforgettable portrayals of
spirited and intelligent characters. We look forward to celebrating her lasting contributions to the art of
film,” said Joana Vicente, Executive Director of IFP and the Made in NY Media Center. “We are equally
delighted to present Jon with this year’s Industry Tribute and to acknowledge him as a pioneer for his
prescient use of transmedia. Under his RadicalMedia banner, Jon helped usher in the multi-platform
era by producing a wide range of content – from independent docs to branded entertainment that lent
itself to this new experience and by successfully adapting it as a business model.”
Weisz will next be seen in Fox Searchlight Pictures’ highly anticipated release of Yorgos
Lanthimos’ The Favourite, starring alongside Olivia Colman and Emma Stone, which recently
premiered at the Venice International Film Festival and Telluride Film Festival before making its New
York premiere as the Opening Night selection of the 56th New York Film Festival. The period drama of
Queen Anne’s rule of Britain during the early 18th century takes palace intrigue to a new
level, portraying the political power struggles between Queen Anne (Colman) and her two confidantes
Sarah Churchill (Weisz) and Abigail Hill (Stone). This is Weisz’s second collaboration with the
trailblazing Lanthimos, having performed in the multi-award-winning The Lobster in 2015.
Earlier this year, Weisz starred alongside Alessandro Nivola and Rachel McAdams in Sebastian Lelio’s
acclaimed film Disobedience, for which she also served as a producer. The film, which is based on the
novel by Naomi Alderman, premiered at the 2017 Toronto Film Festival to rave reviews.
Her credits include working with many signature directors including Paolo Sorrentino in Youth, Francis Lawrence in Constantine, Roger Michell in My Cousin Rachel, Derek Cianfrance in The Light Between the Oceans, Kar-Wai Wong in My Blueberry Nights, Peter Jackson in The Lovely Bones, Tony Gilroy in The Bourne Legacy, Darren Aronofsky in The Fountain and James Marsh in The Mercy.
As Chairman and CEO of RadicalMedia, Jon Kamen has created one of the world’s leading generators
of premium content across all media platforms. Originally renowned for its commercial and advertising
success, RadicalMedia has grown to dominate every corner of superior content creation including
television, feature films, music programming, live events, graphic and interactive design. Jon continues
to embrace the future and push innovation by collaborating with Radical’s community of artists,
directors, producers, coders, thinkers, makers and doers. He aptly refers to RadicalMedia as a
company that is Never Established.
Jon’s artistic vision has been the force behind many Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and Peabody Award-winning and nominated titles including The Fog of War, What Happened, Miss Simone?, Paradise Lost, Concert for George, the pilot episode of AMC’s Mad Men, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman, and The Fourth Estate.
Kamen, a recipient of the Smithsonian’s National Design Award and Mayor Bloomberg’s “Made in NY”
Award, sits on the board of trustees for Rhode Island School of Design, Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt
National Design Museum, The Museum of the Moving Image, and Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation.
Additional 2018 tributes will be announced in the coming weeks.
Previous honorees, including Nicole Kidman, Sophia Coppola, Former Vice President Al Gore, Oliver Stone, Arnon Milchan, Ethan Hawke, Amy Adams, Helen Mirren, Robert Redford, Tilda Swinton, Todd Haynes, Jeff Skoll, Ted Sarandos, James Schamus, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Sheila Nevins, Jonathan Sehring, Roger Ebert, Matt Damon,Marion Cotillard, Natalie Portman, Javier Bardem, and Penélope Cruz.
The ceremony will be held on Monday, November 26, 2018 in New York City.