The Jonathan Daniels Award celebrates the fusion of great artistic merit and social awareness.
2015 Recipient Margaret Nagle
Margaret Nagle spent 10 years working towards getting The Good Lie made. She was hired to write the script in 2004 for Paramount studios and producer Robert F. Newmyer, but the project was constantly being upended with changes in studio brass. The subject matter was considered risky even though Nagle’s script had been publicly lauded with a coveted space on the Blacklist. Then Newmyer unexpectedly died of a heart attack. Nagle promised the Lost Boys of Sudan she would do everything she could to try and get the movie out of Paramount and to a studio who would make it. In 2009-10 Nagle began working with Karen Kehela Sherwood and Ron Howard at Imagine Films and she was able to get the script back from Paramount. Financing fell out but more was found with producers Molly Smith, Thad Luckinbill and Trent Luckinbill. Molly Smith’s parents had recently adopted a Lost Boy in Memphis, Tennessee. She understood what the story was about. Ten years to the month Nagle was originally hired The Good Lie began shooting. The film is now playing commercially around the world. With its Good Lie Fund the movie has been raising money for Unicef for South Sudan and various South Sudanese organizations benefiting the lost boys and girls. Amnesty International, Concern, RefugePoint, Enough Project, Oxfam, Go Project and other NGO’s have been using the film for fundraising and awareness.
In March 2015, the Writers Guild of America awarded Nagle with the Paul Selvin Award for her script of The Good Lie. The Selvin is given “to that member whose script best embodies the spirit of the constitutional and civil rights and liberties which are indispensable to the survival of free writers everywhere and to whose defense Paul Selvin committed his professional life.”
Nagle is honored to attend the Monadnock International Film Festival.
2015 Honorary Award Recipients
Larry Benaquist & Bill Sullivan, Here Am I, Send Me
2015 marks the 50th Anniversary of Jonathan Daniel’s death. In honor of his sacrifice, MONIFF offered a series this spring showcasing films and discussions surrounding Civil Rights Issues. The Park Theatre, The Cheshire County Historical Society, Keene Public Library, Mariposa Museum, and Keene State College partnered to provide quality events under the leadership of Larry Benaquist. This program was made possible through a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council, and support from The Putnam Foundation.
Cave Light Scholarship
MONIFF launched its first ever High School Production Competition. Students from across New Hampshire submitted short films of five minutes or less to a jury of professional filmmakers. The winning piece will appear in the Think Local Program and will be awarded a $1000 prize. The Cave Light Scholarship is made possibly by Writer and Filmmaker Toni Nagy. Learn more about Toni through her popular podcast, The Overshare Show at overshareshow.com, or read her blog at Tonibologna.com.
NATHAN T. ROUSSEAU
Conant High School
Keene High School
Screenwriting in the Schools
In the fall of 2013, MONIFF launched its Screenwriting in the Schools Program. Throughout the course, students are lead through the process of writing their own short film screenplay. During our Awards Ceremony on Saturday evening, one student from the program will be honored with the Screenwriting in the Schools $1,000 Scholarship.
This program is made possible in part by the NH Charitable Foundation.
MONIFF wishes to thank Dana Biscotti Myskowski for leading our program this year.
Audience Choice Awards
Best Feature and Best Short Awards will be decided by voting during the festival.