In a tie, Anna Biller, the filmmaker extraordinaire behind The Love Witch, has been named a shared winner of Trailblazer Award. The award honors the work of an artist who truly pushed the boundaries of the medium in terms of form and content. We have a voting body of 28 critics in the greater Chicago area who are committed to promoting not only excellence in film but also independence and diversity.
Some of the rationale statements on Ms. Biller from our voting critics:
“Anna Biller is an artist whose fingerprints are on almost literally every aspect of her films. She writes, directs, produces, edits (on film!), composes music, designs and makes costumes and sets, and probably does much more that doesn’t even end up in the credits. ‘The Love Witch’ is a film that only she could have made, an ambitious horror satire that uses the visual language of 70s exploitation cinema to comment on modern issues.”
“Writer/director/editor/costume designer/composer/etc. Anna Biller’s latest brilliantly uses signifiers of exploitation cinema (particularly 70s) to explore concerns about gender roles in modern society. It’s also a hell of a lot of fun.”
We will hold an informal reception on the evening of Sunday, January 8th at 7pm at which the winners will be officially announced.