Helgeland, Bailey, Gilroy Honored at LMU Film Festival

Academy Award-winning screenwriter Brian Helgeland will receive the Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television’s first Distinguished Screenwriting Award at the 2009 Film Outside the Frame festival on Oct. 1.

Helgeland shared the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for “L.A. Confidential” in 1997 and was nominated in the same category for “Mystic River” in 2004.

John Bailey, director of photography for “Ordinary People” and “The Accidental Tourist,” among other films, will receive the first Distinguished Cinematography Award from LMU and film editor John Gilroy, whose credits include “Michael Clayton” and “Miracle,” will receive the school’s first Distinguished Editing Award.

“We are so proud to be honoring John Bailey, John Gilroy and Brian Helgeland, who all embody the qualities and characteristics as filmmakers that we’re hoping we instill in our students at SFTV,” said Stephen Duncan, the school’s interim dean.

Student filmmakers who will be honored at the festival include:

• Darin Read – Best Film, Best Director, and the Dreier Family Editing Award for “Up Under The Roof”
• Mark Chaput – The Twentieth Century Fox Screenwriting Award and the Bernard Abbene Comedy Writing Award for “The Real Wiseguys of Los Angeles”
• Leonard Menchiari – Best Documentary for “Il Falconiere,” and also for “Drugs ’n’ Porn”
• Andrew Freire – Best Animation for “In My Head”
• Garrett Shannon – The Panasonic Cinematography Award for “In Memoriam”
• Rachel Corales – Best Sound Design for “The Tin Plane”

LMU’s vision and mission is to encourage the production of films that embrace visual storytelling grounded in humanism, innovation and diversity. “Our goal is to celebrate and showcase the new stories and new storytellers who are quickly becoming the distinctive voice of the next generation of creative leaders throughout the global industry,” Duncan said.

The annual Film Outside the Frame student film festival showcases films by undergraduate and graduate students, and recognizes top leaders in the film and television industries. The best films by LMU students, as selected by a jury of industry professionals, will be screened during the festival. The event has been a springboard for young filmmakers, who often go on to present their work at film festivals around the world. This year’s Film Outside the Frame festival will take place at the Zanuck Theater on the 20th Century Fox lot.