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Freedom in Film Award


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The annual Freedom in Film Award is presented by the First Amendment Center and the Nashville Independent Film Festival in recognition of lifetime achievement in film/video that exemplifies and advances free expression.

The 2002 winner is Susan Sarandon, honored for her powerful combination of professional and personal commitment to free expression and civic activism.

Sarandon's personal activism began with the civil rights movement and included Vietnam War protests. Sarandon accepted the Freedom in Film Award in New York City in June.

Previous Freedom in Film Award winners:

  • 2001: Robert Redford, for his work on free-expression issues, his personal involvement in social issues and his creation of the Sundance Film Festival in support of independent filmmakers.
  • 2000: Harry Belafonte, for his career in film and for his work in bringing diverse voices to the screen.
  • 1999: Charles Burnett, an independent filmmaker whose work has focused on African-American families.


Landmark decision brought freedom to films
By Ken Paulson Until 1952, nation's courts viewed movie industry as just another business, fully subject to government regulation.  06.16.02

Susan Sarandon is 2002 Freedom in Film Award winner
News release Honored by First Amendment Center, Nashville Independent Film Festival for her commitment to free expression.  06.10.02

Robert Redford: Protecting free expression by giving voice to the voiceless
Actor, director, activist receives 2001 Freedom in Film award for commitment to movies that promote change and advocacy for independent filmmakers.  06.04.01

Film industry must be held accountable, says Harry Belafonte
Legendary performer receives 2000 Freedom in Film award presented by First Amendment Center and Nashville Independent Film Festival.  08.28.00

Burnett accepts first Freedom in Film award
First Amendment Center, Nashville Independent Film Festival honor filmmaker for determination to make films that touch the heart and soul.  06.11.99