The debut of the Monadnock International Film Festival (MONIFF) 2013 and the festival was held April 4-6. Feature narratives, feature documentaries, a shorts program and industry panels were included.
The Jonathan Daniels Award was established to be presented to a filmmaker whose body of work encompasses the spirit of Jonathan Daniels through its social consciousness, its power to elicit change, and tell stories of hope, redemption, and the triumph of the human spirit. The Award celebrates the fusion of great artistic merit and social awareness.
The first recipient of the Jonathan Daniels Award was Monadnock region’s very own internationally renowned filmmaker, Ken Burns for The Central Park Five. Based out of Walpole, New Hampshire, Burns has made more than 25 of the most acclaimed documentary films over the last 30-plus years. While trying to better understand American history through various lenses such as race, gender, class and politics, his documentaries not only change the way we view our history but also the way view ourselves in the present day.
In this film co-directed by Sarah Burns and David McMahon, Burns took somewhat of a stylistic departure, while tackling many of the same hard-hitting themes.