SALT LAKE CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Local film producer and co-founder of the Utah Film Center Geralyn Dreyfous is being honored with the International Documentary Association’s (IDA) prestigious Amicus Award, presented to friends of the documentary genre who have contributed significantly to the industry. The Amicus Award has been presented only three other times over the IDA Documentary Awards' 29-year run, to Michael Donaldson, John Hendricks and Steven Spielberg. The award presentation takes place at the 28th Annual International Documentary Association Awards Gala on Dec. 6, 2013 in Los Angeles at the Directors Guild of America Theater.
“I am honored and humbled to be recognized with this award by the IDA,” Dreyfous said. “I’ve long been interested in social, cultural, and political issues. Supporting interesting and meaningful storytelling that explores and illuminates these areas has become a lifelong passion of mine. I want to acknowledge all of the filmmakers I have had the pleasure of working with whose work has made this award possible.”
Geralyn Dreyfous is a Salt Lake City-based film producer. She is co-founder, with Dan Cogan, of Impact Partners Films and Gamechanger Films and the Utah Film Center. Mrs. Dreyfous’ executive-producing and producing credits include the Oscar-winning “Born Into Brothels,” the Oscar-nominated “The Invisible War,” the Emmy-nominated “The Day My God Died,” as well as 2013’s “The Square” and “The Crash Reel.” She has also worked as an executive producer of multiple film festival-winners, including “Kick Like a Girl,” “In A Dream,” “Dhamma Brothers,” “Project Kashmir,” and “Miss Representation.” Impact Partners has been involved in the financing of over 50 films, including several Academy Award®-winning documentaries. Dreyfous has a wide background in the arts, long experience in consulting in the philanthropic sector and is active on many boards and initiatives.
“Geralyn has been a leader in the Utah film community for many years,” said Holly M. Yocom, executive director of the Utah Film Center. “We are thrilled that she has been recognized by the international film community for her tireless advocacy for making films that matter and seek positive change.”
About the Utah Film Center
The Utah Film Center brings the world of film to local audiences through free community screenings and discussions, outreach programs, and visiting artists and professionals. Emphasizing social content and artistic excellence, we present the best documentary, independent, and dramatic cinema year-round. We collaborate with various educational and community organizations to promote a diversity of ideas, to provide forums for underrepresented groups, and to develop new audiences for film. For more information, visit www.utahfilmcenter.org.
About Impact Partners
Impact Partners is a film fund and advisory service committed to financing independent cinema that addresses pressing social issues. We bring together financiers and filmmakers so that, together, they can create great films that entertain audiences, enrich lives, and ignite social change. Since its inception in 2007, Impact Partners has been involved in the financing of over 50 films, including: THE COVE, which won the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature; THE GARDEN, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Documentary Feature in 2009; HELL AND BACK AGAIN, which won the Documentary Grand Jury Prize and Cinematography Award at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Documentary Feature in 2012; and HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Documentary Feature in 2013.
Gamechanger Films is the first for-profit film fund dedicated exclusively to financing narrative features directed by women. Our goal is to shift the gender disparity in the film marketplace by tapping into the enormous but undervalued talent pool of women filmmakers and providing the necessary financing to bring their work to audiences worldwide.
About the International Documentary Association
Founded in 1982, the International Documentary Association (IDA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that provides resources, creates community, and defends rights and freedoms for documentary artists, activists, and journalists. Our major program areas are: Advocacy, Filmmaker Services, Education, and Public Programs and Events. We provide up-to-date news, information and community through our website, documentary.org, our various special events, and our quarterly publication, Documentary Magazine.