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SUBJECT: 2011 Mayor's Film Award Recipient Announced: Jennifer Roth

4/22/2011  2:20:00 PM
Joe Mirabella  (206)733-9810

2011 Mayor's Film Award Recipient Announced: Jennifer Roth

Seattle – Today Seattle's Office of Film + Music announced the 2011 recipient of the 6th Annual Mayor's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film: Jennifer Roth.

"Jennifer's impressive film career, her championship of Seattle as a thriving place to make movies, and her commitment to the local film and arts community make her an obvious honoree this year," said James Keblas, director of the Office of Film + Music.

The Mayor's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film recognizes an individual or entity for exceptional work that has significantly contributed to the growth, advancement and reputation of Seattle as a filmmaking city.

"The selection committee considered many deserving people before reaching a unanimous decision on Jennifer Roth as this year's recipient," said Keblas.

A 20 year veteran of the film industry, Jennifer Roth has cultivated a vibrant career in producing acclaimed films and championing Seattle as a significant filmmaking city.

Roth's early work includes production credits on celebrated films like Bad Lieutenant, The Crow and Deadman; she later went on to produce Smart People, The Squid and the Whale, and Darren Aronofsky's award-winning drama The Wrestler.

In 2008, Roth signed on to Bobcat Goldthwait's World's Greatest Dad and was instrumental in attracting the production (starringcomedy iconRobin Williams),to the Emerald city. Again helping to elevate the profile of Seattle's film industry, Roth was also key in bringing Sundance-featured indie The Details (starring Tobey Maguire) to Seattle in 2009.

Most recently, Roth re-teamed with director Darren Aronofsky to executive produce the critical and commercial hit feature Black Swan, which was nominated for five nominations--including Best Picture--at the 2011 Academy Awards.

In addition to her impressive body of production work, Roth has served as Board President of the Northwest Film Forum (NWFF) since 2003.

The community arts organization, which aids more than 150 filmmakers each year through workshops, access to filmmaking equipment and unique screening opportunities, has seen a decade of consistent and tangible growth under Roth's guidance, including the physical expansion of NWFF's real estate to a specifically-designed 8,000 square foot space housing two cinema screens, editing suites, classrooms and filmmaker offices.

Jennifer Roth Filmography:

  • Black Swan
  • World's Greatest Dad
  • The Wrestler
  • The Whole Truth
  • Smart People
  • Squid and the Whale

The 6th Annual Mayor's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film will be presented officially by Mayor Mike McGinn during the opening ceremony of the Seattle International Film Festival, to be held this year on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at McCaw Hall.

Previous award winners are Don Jensen, James Longley, Michael Seiwerath, Lynn Shelton, and Simon James & David Sabee.

The Mayor's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film is chosen by a selection committee of five Seattle film industry representatives that is staffed by the Office of Film + Music.

The Office of Film + Music is designed to grow Seattle's entertainment industries. By focusing on the growth of businesses, revenue, jobs and wages, the office strives to make Seattle a great place to make a living making film, music and interactive digital media. From promoting Seattle as a business destination to issuing public-use permits, the Office of Film + Music brings in over $21 million annually to the City of Seattle from out-of-state business and is accountable locally to industries, which combined, generate over $1.6 billion in revenue and create over 16,000 jobs.

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