The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival has announced that it will be honoring Christine Choy – from Who Killed Vincent Chin?– and the late Brent Renaud at its hybrid festival that will take place Oct. 7 – Oct. 15. HSDFF will occur this year at the Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa, located at 239 Central Ave., Hot Springs National Park.
Choy is the recipient for the film festival’s Impact Award and Renaud will be posthumously honored with the Career Achievement Award.
“We are all very excited to return to the film festival’s longtime home and arguable epicenter at the Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa. It will be a continuation of the process we began last year to get back to theater screenings and in-person events the way our film fans and filmmakers have come to know and love for three decades now,” Sheryl Santacruz, HSDFF Festival Director, said. “This year’s honorees are also particularly special for Hot Springs. Choy has made an indelible impact through her trailblazing, activist filmmaking, and we cannot think of a better recipient for this year’s award. And, of course, the Renaud Brothers’ contributions, not just to the Arkansas filmmaking community but to non-fiction storytelling in general, is immeasurable; we are proud to rename this award in Brent’s honor.,’” Santacruz added.
Choy is a pioneer Asian American filmmaker who has made over 85 films, receiving over 60 international awards. Choy’s Who Killed Vincent Chin? (1987), was an Oscar nominated film. As the recipient of numerous fellowships, Choy has been a fellow for John Simon Guggenheim, Rockefeller, Asian Cultural Council, Fulbright Senior Research and has been awarded Best Cinematography from the Sundance International Film Festival. Choy’s The Exiles, her latest collaborative documentary film, won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2022.
With works broadcasted on HBO, PBS, Sundance Channel, Lifetime, NHK and other stations, Choy has also had works featured at Berlin, Cannes, Toronto, Chicago,ill.; Montreal, Hong Kong and Pusan International festivals, in addition to the Asian American International Festival in San Francisco, Calif., Los Angeles, Calif.; and New York.
Choy is the founding director of Third World Newsreel and the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. She is also a member of the project vetting committee of the Film Development Fund, Hong Kong and an International trustee Member of the Asia Society from 1995 to 2002. Choy is also a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Science of the United States of America (AMPAS). Choy will be present to participate in conversation following a retrospective screening of Who Killed Vincent Chin? and to accept her award at the HSDFF.
Renuad, before being killed in Ukraine in March 2022, had spent more than two decades traveling the world and creating character-driven verité documentaries. Renaud and his brother, Craig, won almost every major award in television journalism, according to the news release. Renaud won a Peabody for the Vice series, Last Chance High – which followed the lives of children injured by the earthquake in Haiti. The next year Renaud won a Columbia DuPont Award for a documentary that focused on the drug war in Mexico.
The Renaud Brothers also had a ten-part series, Off to War, which was the first time that a group of soldiers had been filmed for an entire deployment at war. Off to the War won an Overseas Press Club Award as well as an International Documentary Association Award. Renaud co-founded the Little Rock Film Festival, was a visiting distinguished professor of journalism ethics at the University of Arkansas and was a Harvard Nieman Fellow.
Renaud, an alumnus of the HSDFF, had strong ties to both the film festival and Arkansas. Off to War premiered at HSDFF in 2005 and through that film and Little Rock Central: 50 Years Later (2007). An award presentation will be made at HSDFF with special guests. The award, going forward, will be known as the Brent Renaud Career Achievement Award.
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