Rachel Morrison and Fruitvale Station actor Michael B. Jordan enjoying the WIF Awards. Photo by Mark Davis 2013 Getty Images
Last week, Rachel Morrison took home the 2013 Kodak Vision Award at the WIF Crystal + Lucy Awards. The award is given annually to a female filmmaker with outstanding achievements in cinematography, who also collaborates with and assists women in the entertainment industry.
“We are honored to recognize Rachel alongside Women In Film at this prestigious event,” says Kodak’s Lorette Bayle. “This award pays tribute to her creativity as well as her resolve to succeed. We admire her passion, and willingness to assist the next generation.”Her passion and leadership shines through in her acceptance speech. Here's a few exceprts:
Wow. Please bare with me everyone. I have built an entire career based on my desire to stay behind the lens, behind the scenes, and out of the limelight. Apparently I’ve done it so well that I’m being rewarded by a red carpet, flashing cameras, and public speaking. Thank you for that. At least now I know how the other half lives.
But seriously, thank you for this absolutely incredible honor. I am deeply humbled to be chosen as this year's recipient of the Kodak Vision Award. I look at the astounding group of women who have received this honor before me, ranging from personal heroes like Ellen Kuras, Mandy Walker, and Uta Briesewitz, to pioneering legends Nancy Shcreiber and Sandi Sissel, to one of my dearest friends and biggest inspirations, Reed Morano, and I brim with pride because all are groundbreaking, innovative, resilient, and above all, exceptionally talented.
It is hard to believe that women remain such a minority in an industry whose primary currency is visualizing human emotion. I mean, aren’t we supposed to be the emotional ones? In any case, I applaud the efforts made by Women in Film to increase our footing. Our voices are important and need to be heard both in front of the camera in challenging and complex roles as well as behind the scenes [jokingly] in challenging and complex roles. I truly believe it’s only a matter of time before there is more equal representation and that time is very near.
I am extremely grateful to Lorette Bayle, Anne Hubbell and everyone at Kodak who supported me from the beginning. I live, breathe, and dream cinematic imagery and shooting on Kodak Film is still, and will always be the gold standard.
Thanks, Rachel - we look forward to a long and successful partnership with you!