Mitchell Block ’68 film "Poster Girl" Nominated for an Oscar
Posted January 26, 2011
Poster Girl produced by Mitchell Block ’68 was nominated Tuesday, January 26, 2011 for an Academy Award in the Documentary Short Subject Category by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Mitchell Block is a celebrated documentary film maker and an alumnus of The Hun School of Princeton. The Oscars will be televised live on February 27, 2011 from the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles.
Poster Girl, directed by Sara Nesson and produced by Mr. Block is about an Iraq War veteran Robynn Murray. Ms. Murray is a former high school cheerleader who struggles with Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome and the moral implications of her actions in Iraq. As a civilian, she sheds her tough exterior for Poster Girl – opening up about the tell-tale nightmares and panic attacks of a life forever-changed. Poster Girl premiered at the 2010 Telluride Film Festival and will air on HBO in 2011. The film is the first documentary dealing with the effect of PTSD on a female Army combat soldier.
Mr. Block was an executive producer of the Emmy Award winning 10-hour documentary series Carrier and was a producer of its companion feature Another Day in Paradise, both financed and distributed by Icon Productions. They premiered on PBS in May 2008. The series aired world-wide on the National Geographic Channels. In 2002, he was an executive producer of the Academy Award-winning documentary Big Mama for HBO.
"My interest in film started while I was at Hun and I attended film school upon graduation,” said Mr. Block. His company, Direct Cinema Limited, has handled the marketing and distribution of more than 70 Oscar–nominated documentaries, shorts, and animated films. He is a leading force in what critics are calling the “Golden Age of Documentaries,” alluding to the recent surge in commercial appeal and quality of documentary films. Mr. Block attributes this to the accessibility of the internet and the inexpensive digital technology available to filmmakers.
Mitchell Block has been teaching independent film producing at USC's School of Cinematic Arts on an adjunct basis since 1979. Mr. Block's Guide to Documentary Film Distribution, published by International Documentary, is the classic resource in the field. In 2008, while celebrating his 40th Reunion, Mitchel Block was awarded The Hun School’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. He delivered a multi-media keynote address to Hun School students at Career Day the same year.
“The [Distinguished] Alumnus award meant a great deal to me and I remain grateful to Dr. Byer for his interest and support. After Hun, going to film school was easy because I was so well prepared academically," said Mr. Block.
After graduating from The Hun School in 1968, Mr. Block received both his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts in film and television production from New York University’s School of the Arts, Institute of Film and Television, and his Master Business Administration from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business Administration. He was a producing fellow at the American Film Institute (AFI) and is a member of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Television Academy, a life member of the University Film and Video Association, the International Documentary Association, and numerous other affiliations.
Poster Girl Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojqLX3iyjSo
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Sun Come Up Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger A Sun Come Up Production
The Warriors of Qiugang Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon A Thomas Lennon Films Production