AWFJ Women On Film – MoMA Honors Kathryn Bigelow – Jennifer Merin reports
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) will honor Karhryn Bigelow at its third annual Film Benefit, to be held on November 10, and with a retrospective of her work to be presented in June, 2011.
Bigelow, renowned for her Academy Award-winning film The Hurt Locker (2008), has working in film for over 30 years, crafting a body of films that defy genre and gender expectations.
As the first female director to garner directing awards by the Academy, BAFTA, and the DGA, Bigelow has an acknowledged record for transforming the language of genre films to serve her content, as she creates immersive movies that leave the viewer simultaneously exhilarated and affected, thinking, and feeling.
The selection of Bigelow’s films within MoMA’s collection includes Point Break (1991), Blue Steel (1989), Near Dark, The Loveless (1982), and The Set-Up (1978).
The November 10 benefit will include a reception and dinner, and a special presentation recognizing Bigelow’s acclaimed directorial work. The event raises funds to ensure that great works of cinema continue to be added to MoMA’s collection. As you might expect, tickets to the benefit are pricey: tables are available for $75,000, $50,000, and $25,000; individual tickets are $5,000 and $2,500 per person. You can make reservations by calling MoMA at 212-708-9680 or online.
The June 2011 retrospective of Bigelow’s entire career will include screenings of all of her feature films. In conjunction with the retrospective, MoMA has acquired Bigelow’s paper archive which documents all of her film projects from The Set-Up to The Hurt Locker, from pre-production research through production notes to post-release publicity and press materials. The archive contains both process and creative documentation such as storyboards, scripts, filming schedules, location scouting reports, and casting notes. The collection also includes unrealized scripts and other projects.