HONOLULU, October 19, 2006--Matthew Libatique, ASC will receive the 2006 Kodak Vision Award for Excellence in Cinematography at the Louis Vuitton Hawaii International Film Festival. The festival presents this recognition annually to a cinematographer who has made significant contributions to advancing the art of filmmaking in the Pacific Rim. The presentation will be made during the festival‘s awards ceremony here on October 26 at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel.
“Matthew Libatique is an innovative and talented cinematographer,” says Mike Morelli, vice president and general manager for the Hollywood region of Kodak‘s Entertainment Imaging Division. “He will share insights about the evolving art of cinematography with filmmakers from the Pacific Rim who come to this festival for inspiration.”
Libatique will also conduct a seminar focusing on the multiple roles that cinematographers play in the collaborative art of filmmaking in conjunction with a screening of EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED. This recent Warner Bros. film follows a young, Jewish-American boy who visits the Ukraine searching for a woman who helped his grandfather escape from the Nazis. The free seminar and screening will be held at the Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 Theatres on October 25 at 5 p.m.
Libatique has compiled some 25 feature film credits since graduating from the American Film Institute in 1995, including PI, Requiem for a Dream, Tigerland, Abandon, Phone Booth, Gothika, Never Die Alone, She Hate Me and INSIDE MAN. His most recent projects include the THE FOUNTAIN, THE NUMBER 23 and IRON MAN.
In a magazine article published several years ago, Libatique reflected on his decision to pursue a career as a cinematographer: “Filmmaking is interesting to me, because at its very best moments, it shows our own humanity. I don't want to sound too lofty, but I worry more about not working on the right projects than not working. It takes so much time and effort, and so much pain, it‘s not worth making films that you don‘t believe in.”
Kodak has been a sponsor of the Hawaii International Film Festival and the Award for Excellence in Cinematography since 1989. Past recipients include Dean Semler, ASC, ACS; Allen Daviau, ASC; Christopher Doyle, HKSC; Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC; Peter Pau, HKSC; Caleb Deschanel, ASC; John Bailey, ASC and Russell Boyd, ASC, ACS.
The festival was established in 1981 to foster an understanding and cultural exchange among the people of Asia, the Pacific and North America through the medium of film. The festival runs October 19-29. For more information, visit
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(Photo of Matthew Libatique is available upon request.)