Women in Film and Television Atlanta honors acclaimed critic Eleanor Ringel Gillespie at its 33rd Anniversary Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony on Friday, October 19.
“This years gala,” reads the press release, “will honor those who have achieved local, national and international success while making substantial contributions to the film and television industry.”
WIFTA’s 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award is being presented to director James Ivory of Merchant Ivory Productions. And AWFJ member Eleanor Ringel Gillespie is being honored for Creative Excellence during her long and productive career as one of America’s most noted and respected film critics.
Ringel Gillespie’s departure earlier this year from the Atlanta Journal Constitution ended her 29-year stint as that newspaper’s highly respected–indeed, beloved–resident film critic, and prompted a nationwide discussion about the important role that community-based critics play in covering cinema for their constituents. Fortunately, Ringel Gillespie quickly stepped up to a new platform at Atlanta Magazine, and so continues to serve her dedicated readers. She also contributes to AWFJ’s Women On Film.
AWFJ congratulates Eleanor Ringel Gillespie on this well-deserved recognition of her significant contributions to film journalism and the film industry and the creative excellence which is a hallmark of her work