- Jan. 26, 2021

As award season continues, please join us in celebrating Crip Camp directed by Film Fatales member Nicole Newnham and Jim LeBrecht, which won Best Documentary Feature at the Film Independent Spirit Awards and Film Fatales member Ekwa Msangi who won the "Someone To Watch" Award. Let's also give a round of applause to all of the nominees as they continue to break down barriers in the industry.

Ekwa Msangi, director of Farewell Amor, received the 27th annual Someone to Watch Award, which recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant presented by Genesis Motor North America.

Crip Camp directed by Film Fatales member Nicole Newnham and Jim LeBrecht won Best Documentary at the Film Independent Spirit Awards and is also nominated for an Oscar. Crip Camp tells the story of one group of people and captures one moment in time. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of other equally important stories from the Disability Rights Movement that have not yet received adequate attention.

Film Fatales members nominated for Spirit Awards this year include:

Crip Camp co-directed by Nicole Newnham (Best Documentary)

Farewell Amor directed by Ekwa Msangi (Someone to Watch Award)

La Leyenda Negra directed by Patricia Vidal Delgado (Cassavetes Award)

Lingua Franca directed by Isabel Sandoval (Cassavetes Award)

Little America directed by Sian Heder (Best Scripted Series)

Miss Juneteenth directed by Channing Godfrey Peoples (Best First Feature, Best First Screenplay)

Never Rarely Sometimes Always written and directed by Eliza Hittman (7 noms including Best Director & Best Screenplay)

Stray directed by Elizabeth Lo (Truer Than Fiction Award)

The Half of It written and directed by Alice Wu (Best Screenplay)

The 40-Year-Old Version directed by Radha Blank (Best First Feature)

A Teacher created by Hannah Fidell (Best Scripted Series)