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Lewis Hamilton and Lionel Messi jointly win Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award

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In a moment of sporting history, the greatest Formula One driver of his generation Lewis Hamilton and Lionel Messi, the world’s greatest footballer, were declared joint winners of the prestigious Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award, in front of a glittering international audience in Berlin.

Six-time Formula One world champion Hamilton and six-time FIFA World Player of the Year Messi were so close in terms of their achievements in 2019 that even the ultimate sporting jury, the Laureus World Sports Academy, could not split them, with the voting being tied for the very first time in the 20-year history of the Laureus Awards.

The Winners were revealed as the greatest room in sport gathered together to be part of the most important annual Awards Ceremony, this year celebrating the 20th anniversary of Laureus. The hugely popular event was hosted by actor Hugh Grant and the legends of sport past and present in the room were treated to entertainment from British singer-songwriter Liam Payne, former member of One Direction.

American sport is celebrating FOUR Awards. In 2019, Simone Biles continued to push the boundaries of the sport of gymnastics. At the World Championships, the 22-year-old won five gold medals, including a record fifth All-Around world title and helped USA win a fifth straight team medal. Biles has now won 25 World Championship medals, confirming her as the most decorated gymnast in history. In Berlin, she confirmed her place in the history of Laureus, winning her third coveted Laureus Sportswoman of the Year Award in four years.

 

Snowboarding sensation Chloe Kim won the Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year Awardafter another stellar year. Chloe won gold medals in the World Championship halfpipe and X Games Superpipe. In her early career, the 19-year-old has already won five X Games gold medals, an Olympic gold, World Championship gold and she’s now a double Laureus Award winner after her Action Sportsperson win in 2019.

 

In the Laureus Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability category, Oksana Masters, born with limb impairments caused by radiation from Chernobyl, and adopted by an American single parent, was recognised by the Laureus World Sports Academy for an outstanding year in 2019. She won five gold medals and a silver at the World Para Nordic Skiing Championships, plus the cross-country overall World Cup title. She also won silver medals in the road race and time trial H5 at the Para Cycling Road World Championships.

 

South Bronx United (SBU), a football programme based in New York, was honoured with the Laureus Sport for Good Award. The programme uses football to achieve educational outcomes for young people from underserved communities.

The 2019 Rugby World Cup winners South Africa won their second Laureus World Team of the Year Award, beating Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool and the US Women’s Football Team, among others. The memory of Siya Kolisi, South Africa’s historic first black Test rugby captain, lifting the Webb Ellis Trophy in Yokohama, was an iconic moment in sport and the audience in the Verti Halle in Berlin applauded the emotional moment when Kolisi led six of the team members on stage to receive the Laureus Statuette. The team’s victory united communities back in South Africa, and was proof of sport’s ability to change the world.

For the 2020 Laureus World Comeback of the Year, the number 276 will be a constant reminder of the resilience, courage and dedication it takes to return from the toughest setbacks. Travelling at 276km per hour, F3 driver Germany’s Sophia Flörsch lost control of her car at the Macau circuit,crashing through safety barriers and leaving her with a spinal fracture which required an 11-hour surgery and months of rehabilitation. In November 2019, a year on from her accident, 18-year-old Sophia was back in the cockpit, racing once again in the Macau Grand Prix.

At 22, Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Egan Bernal became the youngest rider to win the Tour de France for 110 years, wearing the yellow jersey down the Champs-Élysées in what was only his second three-week classic event. A proud Colombian, Bernal’s win united his nation back home as he became the first Colombian to win the world famous cycling event.

With the incredible backing of Indian cricket fans, who united in support of their hero, the Laureus Sporting Moment Award (2000-2020) public fan vote was won by Sachin Tendulkar. Voted for by sports fans around the world, the Award celebrated moments from the past two decades wheresport has unified people in the most extraordinary way. On his sixth attempt, Tendulkar led India to victory at the 2011 ICC World Cup. The victory could not have been more historic, as it was India’s first World Cup win on home soil and their second ever triumph.

 

German basketball great Dirk Nowitzki was recognised at the Ceremony with the Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the sport of basketball. Widely regarded to be the greatest European basketball player ever, Nowitzki spent his entire 21-year career at the Dallas Mavericks. Nowitzki retired at the end of the 2018-19 season, and will go down in history as the only player to record at least 31,000 points, 10,000 rebounds, 3,000 assists, 1,000 steals, 1,000 blocks and 1,000 three-pointers.

 

The Laureus World Sports Academy recognised the Spanish Basketball Federation with the Laureus Academy Exceptional Achievement Award, an Award which has only ever been granted four times. Spanish basketball is enjoying unmatched success, with the Men’s team winning the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China, and being hotly tipped to succeed at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games later this year. The Spanish Women’s Basketball Team have established themselves as the dominant force in European basketball having won three of the last four EuroBasket championships.

 

It was at the inaugural Laureus World Sports Awards in 2000 that Laureus Patron, Nelson Mandela, spoke the words which sparked the creation of the worldwide Sport for Good movement. 20 years on, these words still guide Laureus today – ‘Sport has the power to change the world; to unite people in a way little else does’. From sports stars to sports fans and the young people in Laureus Sport for Good programmes around the world: Sport Unites Us.

 

The full list of winners is:

Laureus World Sportsman of the Year: Lewis Hamilton and Lionel Messi

Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year: Simone Biles

Laureus World Team of the Year: South Africa Men’s Rugby Team

Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year: Egan Bernal

Laureus World Comeback of the Year: Sophia Flörsch

Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability: Oksana Masters

Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year: Chloe Kim

Laureus Best Sporting Moment: ‘Carried on the shoulders of a nation’ – Sachin Tendulkar

Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award: Dirk Nowitzki

Laureus Academy Exceptional Achievement Award: Spanish Basketball Federation

Laureus Sport for Good Award: South Bronx United

 

For highlights, reaction and more information on the 20th anniversary Laureus World Sports Awards, visit laureus.com/world-sports-awards and follow #Laureus20 on social platforms. Celebrated at the Awards Ceremony, Laureus’ Sport Unites Us theme will continue throughout its 20th anniversary year in 2020.

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Daniel Pemberton and Carlos Rafael Rivera win top prizes at 21st World Soundtrack Awards

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Daniel Pemberton has won the Film Composer of the Year Award at the 21st World Soundtrack Awards Ceremony in Ghent. Carlos Rafael Rivera received the Television Composer of the Year Award. “Call me Cruella” from Disney’s Cruella was presented with the Best Original Song Award, while Nainita Desai took home the Discovery of the Year Award. Benji Merrison and Dougal Kemp were honoured as well. Eleni Kariandrou received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The 48th edition of Film Fest Ghent ended, as is tradition, with the World Soundtrack Awards, one of the most important international prizes for film music. The Film Composer of the Year Award went to the composer Daniel Pemberton, who was nominated for his work on Rising Phoenix, Enola Holmesand The Trial of the Chicago 7. Daniel Pemberton is no stranger to the WSA; in 2014, he won the WSA Discovery of the Year Award and has been nominated twice before in the Film Composer of the Year category.

Carlos Rafael Rivera won over the WSAcademy with his compositions for The Queen’s Gambit and Hacks (Season 1) and took home the Television Composer of the Year Award. This is the first time that Carlos Rafael Rivera has been honoured at the World Soundtrack Awards.

There were six songs in the running this year in the Best Original Songcategory and the award went to “Call me Cruella” from Disney’s Cruella. The song was written by Nicholas Britell, Florence Welch, Steph Jones, Jordan Powers and Taura Stinson.

With nominations in three different categories, Nainita Desai was one of the stars of this 21st edition of the World Soundtrack Awards, with the WSAcademy also allowing scores for documentary films in the film score categories for the first time this year. Nainita Desai became Discovery of the Year with her score for the documentary film The Reason I Jump.

The Public Choice Award went to the score of SAS: Red Notice (SAS: Rise of the Black Swan) composed by Benji Merrison. The score was well received by the audience and garnered the largest number of votes from film fans.

The British visual arts composer and sound designer Dougal Kemp received the Sabam Award for Best Original Composition by a Young Composer. He convinced the jury with the score he wrote for a scene from Nanook of the North, the silent documentary film from 1922 by Robert J. Flaherty.

During the World Soundtrack Award Ceremony & Concert in the Opera of Ghent the oeuvre of the Greek composer Eleni Karaindrou took centre stage. She performed on piano together with the Brussels Philharmonic, conducted by Film Fest Ghent music director Dirk Brossé. During the ceremony, Eleni Karaindrou received the Lifetime Achievement Award. She is known for her collaborations with the late Theo Angelopoulos, Greek director and master.

Overview of the winners

Film Composer of the Year
Daniel Pemberton, Enola Holmes, Rising Phoenix, The Trial of the Chicago 7

Television Composer of the Year
Carlos Rafael Rivera, Hacks (Season 1), The Queen’s Gambit

Best Original Song
“Call me Cruella” from Disney’s Cruella, Nicholas Britell, Florence Welch, Steph Jones, Jordan Powers & Taura Stinson

Discovery of the Year
Nainita Desai, The Reason I Jump

Public Choice Award
SAS: Red Notice, Benji Merrison

Sabam Award for Best Original Composition by a Young Composer
Dougal Kemp

Lifetime Achievement Award
Eleni Karaindrou

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Alec Baldwin fatally shoots woman with prop gun on movie set

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A woman has died and a man has been injured after actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on a New Mexico film set for the 19th Century western Rust.

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SXSW Music Festival – Initial List of Showcasing Artists Announced

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The South by Southwest® Music Festival (SXSW®) has announced an initial list of Showcasing Artists invited to perform at the 36th annual event. The festival offers the opportunity to connect entertainment, technology, and media professionals with emerging acts, established artists and industry mavens, and share in something big on a truly global platform. The first essential and international music event on the industry’s calendar, the SXSW Music Festival takes place March 14 – 20, 2022 in Austin, Texas.

Each year, the SXSW Music Festival programmers present a global lineup of artists from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Scotland, South Korea, Uganda, U.S., Wales, and Zambia, to name a few. The result is a unique live music experience where industry pros and music lovers experience multiple one-of-a-kind events from a range of up-and-coming and established artists. A few highlights from this first round of artists include: Aeon Station (Ocean City NJ), ANAVITÓRIA (São Paulo BRAZIL), BLACKSTARKIDS (Kansas City MO), CHAII(Auckland NEW ZEALAND), Claire Rousay (San Antonio TX), Delta Spirit (Los Angeles CA), DUMA (Nairobi KENYA), Ezra Furman (Chicago IL), HOODLUM (San Antonio TX), Horsegirl (Chicago, IL), James McMurtry (Austin TX), Maxo Kream(Houston TX), MC Yallah (Kampala UGANDA), Monaleo (Houston TX), Poppy Ajudha(London UK-ENGLAND),  Priya Ragu (St. Gallen SWITZERLAND), Surfbort (Los Angeles CA), TEKE::TEKE (Montreal CANADA), Vitreous Humor (Lawrence KS), W.I.T.C.H. (We Intend to Cause Havoc) (Lusaka ZAMBIA), Y2K92 (Seoul SOUTH KOREA), and Yard Act (Leeds UK-ENGLAND).

This is the first of several announcements revealing the wide array of Showcasing Artists who will perform for the international creative community at SXSW. These showcases give attendees the opportunity to experience tomorrow’s headliners in small-stage performances at unique venues in downtown Austin. A few of this year’s showcase presenters include British Music Embassy, American Dreams, The Legendary SOB.’s, Nyege Nyege Tapes, Fire Records, Rolling Loud, The Anniversary Group, High Road Touring, Jazz re:freshed Outernational, Move Forward Music, Kill Rock Stars, Cosmica Artists + Records, Ernest Jenning Record Co., New West Records, Rocky Road Touring, Polyvinyl Records, Double Double Whammy, Keeled Scales, Park the Van, Don Giovanni Records, Nine Mile Records and Touring, and Focus Wales.

Artists invited to perform include:

2nd Grade (Philadelphia PA)
49 Winchester (Castlewood VA)
A Giant Dog (Austin TX)
Abigail Lapell (Toronto CANADA)
Adam Ostrar (Austin TX)
Aeon Station (Ocean City NJ)
Aertex (Washington DC)
Alex Dupree (Austin TX)
Alien Tango (Murcia SPAIN)
ANAVITÓRIA (São Paulo BRAZIL)
Andrea Cruz (Puerto Rico PUERTO RICO)
Angélica Rahe (Austin TX)
Antti Paalanen (Kokkola FINLAND)
Arp Frique (Amsterdam NETHERLANDS)
Art d’Ecco (Victoria CANADA)
Authentically Plastic (Kampala UGANDA)
Ava Vegas (Berlin GERMANY)
Babehoven (Hudson NY)
Bandicoot (Swansea UK-WALES)
Beauty Sleep (Derry UK-N. IRELAND)
Being Dead (Austin TX)
Bendigo Fletcher (Louisville KY)
Big Bill (Austin TX)
BLACKSTARKIDS (Kansas City MO)
Blunt Bangs (Athens GA)
Blushing (Austin TX)
Bodywash (Montreal CANADA)
Boulevards (Raleigh NC)
Bread Pilot (Seattle WA)
Breanna Barbara (Far Rockaway NY)
Brigid Mae Power (Galway IRELAND)
Buffalo Hunt (Austin TX)
Buffalo Nichols (Austin TX)
Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard (Cardiff UK-WALES)
Caleb De Casper (Austin TX)
CHAII (Auckland NEW ZEALAND)
Charlotte Cornfield (Toronto CANADA)
Chief Cleopatra (Austin TX)
China Bears (Guildford UK-ENGLAND)
Claire Rousay (San Antonio TX)
Claud (Highland Park IL)
COBRAH (Stockholm SWEDEN)
Coco & Clair Clair (Atlanta GA)
Congee (London UK-ENGLAND)
Constant Follower (Stirling UK-SCOTLAND)
corook (Nashville TN)
Couch Prints (New York NY)
Creamer (Nashville TN)
Cuffed Up (Los Angeles CA)
Curse Mackey (Austin TX)
Dan Bettridge (Cardiff UK-WALES)
Danielle Ponder (Rochester NY)
DEETRANADA (Baltimore MD)
Delta Spirit (Los Angeles CA)
Desperate Journalist (London UK-ENGLAND)
Devin Shaffer (Chicago IL)
Diamante Perez (Wichita KS)
Dig Nitty (Brooklyn NY)
DJ DIAKI (Sanankoroba MALI)
Doeman (Houston TX)
Don Lifted (Memphis TN)
Donna Blue (Utrecht NETHERLANDS)
DUMA (Nairobi KENYA)
Ed Schrader’s Music Beat (Baltimore MD)
Elephant Stone (Montreal CANADA)
Eli Winter (Chicago IL)
Enjoyable Listens (Oxford UK-ENGLAND)
Enumclaw (Tacoma WA)
Estereomance (El Paso TX)
Evicshen (San Francisco CA)
Ezra Furman (Chicago IL)
Family Jools (Bristol UK-ENGLAND)
Fearing (Oakland CA)
Flossing (Brooklyin NY)
Flower (New York NY)
Geese (Brooklyn NY)
Gewalt (Berlin GERMANY)
GIFT (Brooklyn NY)
Glass Spells (San Diego CA)
Go Fever (Austin TX)
Goodbye Honolulu (Toronto CANADA)
Goya Gumbani (London UK-ENGLAND)
Grace Cummings and Her Band (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
GRAE (Toronto CANADA)
Graham Reynolds (Austin TX)
Graham Reynolds & The Golden Arm Trio (Austin TX)
Greyhounds (Austin TX)
Guapo (Houston TX)
Gully Boys (Minneapolis MN)
Gustaf (New York NY)
HAEPAARY (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
Hamish Hawk (Edinburgh UK-SCOTLAND)
Haru Nemuri (Yokohama JAPAN)
Henry Brun & the Latin Playerz (San Antonio TX)
HMLTD (London UK-ENGLAND)
Holly Macve (Brighton UK-ENGLAND)
HOODLUM (San Antonio TX)
Horsegirl (Chicago IL)
Hrishikesh Hirway (Los Angeles CA)
India Ramey (Nashville TN)
J Soulja (Austin TX)
Jacks Haupt (Dallas TX)
James Hersey (Vienna AUSTRIA)
James McMurtry (Austin TX)
Jay Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel / Acoustic (London UK-ENGLAND)
JayWood (Winnipeg CANADA)
Jekyll (Blackpool UK-ENGLAND)
Jo Schornikow (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
Jockstrap (London UK-ENGLAND)
JOPLYN (Berlin GERMANY)
Joshua Hedley (Nashville TN)
Junaco (Los Angeles CA)
KABEAUSHÉ (Nairobi KENYA)
KAINA (Chicago IL)
Kampire (Kampala UGANDA)
Katy J Pearson (Bristol UK-ENGLAND)
Katy Kirby (Austin TX)
KAWALA (London UK-ENGLAND)
Kevin Galloway (Austin TX)
Kiana V (Manila PHILIPPINES)
Kompas Trio (Santo Domingo DOMINICAN REPUBLIC)
Korine (Philadelphia PA)
Kristeen Young (New York NY)
Kristin Hersh (Providence RI)
Kyle Kidd (Cleveland OH)
Laura Lee & the Jettes (Berlin GERMANY)
Lauren Auder (Albi FRANCE)
Lee Bains + The Glory Fires (Birmingham AL)
Letting Up Despite Great Faults (Austin TX)
Linqua Franqa (Athens GA)
Little Mazarn (Austin TX)
Living Hour (Winnipeg CANADA)
Logan Lynn (Portland OR)
Lord Friday the 13th (Austin TX)
Lucy Gooch (Bristol UK-ENGLAND)
Luna Luna (Dallas TX)
Lunar Vacation (Atlanta GA)
Mace The Great (Cardiff UK-WALES)
MAITA (Portland OR)
Mandy, Indiana (Manchester UK-ENGLAND)
Maria BC (San Francisco CA)
Mariangela (San Antonio TX)
Marina Allen (Los Angeles CA)
Mark Burgess of The Chameleons UK (Manchester UK-ENGLAND)
Marta Del Grandi (Milan ITALY)
Mattiel (Atlanta GA)
Maxo Kream (Houston TX)
MC Yallah (Kampala UGANDA)
Me Rex (London UK-ENGLAND)
Meatraffle (London UK-ENGLAND)
MENZI (Durban SOUTH AFRICA)
Mister Goblin (Bloomington IN)
Mobley (Austin TX)
Monaleo (Houston TX)
Moon Panda (Copenhagen DENMARK)
Moriah Bailey (Oklahoma City OK)
My Idea (New York NY)
Native Sun (Brooklyn NY)
Neighbor Lady (Atlanta GA)
NewDad (Galway IRELAND)
Nuevo (Austin TX)
Nuha Ruby Ra (London UK-ENGLAND)
Number One Popstar (Los Angeles CA)
ONO (Chicago IL)
Ouri (Montreal CANADA)
Pachyman (Los Angeles CA)
PACKS (Ottawa CANADA)
Paisley Fields (Brooklyn NY)
PASTEL GHOST (Austin TX)
Paul Jacobs (Montreal CANADA)
Pays P. (Paris FRANCE)
Penelope Isles (Brighton UK-ENGLAND)
Phobophobes (London UK-ENGLAND)
Plato III (Abilene TX)
Polyplastic (Los Angeles CA)
Pom Poko (Oslo NORWAY)
Poppy Ajudha (London UK-ENGLAND)
Portrait XO (Los Angeles CA)
Priya Ragu (St. Gallen SWITZERLAND)
PYNKIE (Jersey City NJ)
Renée Reed (Lafayette LA)
Rett Smith (Austin TX)
REYNA (Milwaukee WI)
RF Shannon (Lockhart TX)
Riley Downing (Kansas City MO)
Ringo Deathstarr (Austin TX)
Roan Yellowthorn (Camden ME)
Roller Derby (Hamburg GERMANY)
Rosegarden Funeral Party (Dallas TX)
Ruby (Dumfries UK-SCOTLAND)
Ryder The Eagle (Toulouse FRANCE)
Salt Cathedral (Bogotá COLOMBIA)
Sara King (Dallas TX)
Sarah Kinsley (New York NY)
Sarpa Salpa (Northampton UK-ENGLAND)
Savak (Brooklyn NY)
Shawn James (Seattle WA)
Silver Synthetic (New Orleans LA)
Sir Woman (Austin TX)
Skirts (Dallas TX)
Smut (Chicago IL)
Sonoda (Los Angeles CA)
Sour Widows (Oakland CA)
Star Parks (Austin TX)
Stella Sommer (Berlin GERMANY)
Strawberry Guy (Liverpool UK-ENGLAND)
Sun June (Austin TX)
Surfbort (Los Angeles CA)
Tagua Tagua (São Paulo BRAZIL)
Taipei Houston (San Francisco CA)
Tallies (Toronto CANADA)
Teenage Halloween (Asbury Park NJ)
TEKE::TEKE (Montreal CANADA)
Tele Novella (Lockhart TX)
Tempers (New York NY)
THALA (Berlin GERMANY)
Thallo (Penygroes UK-WALES)
The Americans (Los Angeles CA)
The Bad Man (Minneapolis MN)
The Chris Lee Band (New Orleans LA)
The Deer (Austin TX)
The Pink Stones (Athens GA)
The Red Pears (El Monte CA)
The Royston Club (Wrexham UK-WALES)
Thee Sacred Souls (San Diego CA)
Tiarra Girls (Austin TX)
Tino Drima (Los Angeles CA)
Tomar and the FCs (Austin TX)
Tunic (Winnipeg CANADA)
Twin Tribes (Brownsville TX)
Vic Santoro (London UK-ENGLAND)
Vitreous Humor (Lawrence KS)
W.I.T.C.H. (We Intend To Cause Havoc)
(Lusaka ZAMBIA)
Walt Disco (Glasgow UK-SCOTLAND)
WANDERERS (Adelaide AUSTRALIA)
WARFIELD (Los Angeles CA)
Wargasm (London UK-ENGLAND)
Water From Your Eyes (Brooklyn NY)
Why Bonnie (Austin TX)
Wombo (Louisville KY)
XIXA (Tucson AZ)
Y2K92 (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
Yard Act (Leeds UK-ENGLAND)
(This list is subject to change. More performers will be announced at later dates.)

Listen to the artists who will be performing at SXSW 2022 by subscribing to the official SXSW Apple Music, Spotify and YouTube Music Video playlists.

All SXSW Music registrants receive primary access to Music and Convergence Conference programming, including Keynotes and Featured Speakers, Music Festival showcases, the Comedy Festival, exhibitions, networking Meet Ups, Game Industry  Expo, the Flatstock Poster Show, Registrant Lounge, the SXSW Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake concerts, and the closing BBQ & softball tournament. Secondary access is available for most Interactive and Film events.

The online SXSW Schedule provides a complete rundown of 2022 programming, broken down by time and event category, with the ability to build a customized schedule. To get started, please visit https://schedule.sxsw.com/.

SXSW dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of tech, film, music, education, and culture. An essential destination for global professionals, the annual March event features sessions, music and comedy showcases, film screenings, exhibitions, professional development and a variety of networking opportunities. SXSW proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together. SXSW 2022 will take place March 11 – 20, 2022. For more information, please visit sxsw.com. To register for the event, please visit sxsw.com/attend.

SXSW 2022 is sponsored by White Claw and The Austin Chronicle.

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HBO Max Acquires Morgan Freeman & Lori McCreary’s THE KILLING OF KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN For Streaming Starting November 19

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Following the Gravitas Ventures day and date theatrical release, HBO Max has acquired exclusive streaming rights to the award-winning, critically-acclaimed film THE KILLING OF KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN. The film will debut on the platform Friday, November 19. Based on a true story, the film was directed by David Midell (NightLights), produced by Midell and Enrico Natale of Redbird Entertainment, and executive produced by Lori McCreary, Morgan Freeman and Gary Lucchesi of Revelations Entertainment, along with Sharad Chib, Chris Paladino and Milan Chakraborty.

THE KILLING OF KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN, which won a bevy of prestigious awards during its festival run, tells the heart-breaking true story of the events that led to the death of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr., an elderly African American veteran with bipolar disorder who was killed by the police during a welfare check after his medical alert device was accidentally activated. Through a series of unfortunate circumstances and the overly aggressive policing tactics that make the news on an all-too-frequent basis, the life of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr. ended at the hands of those who were sworn to “protect and serve.”

The film’s HBO Max debut date, November 19, 2021, is the 10-year anniversary of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr.’s death.

While the title of the film gives away its tragic end, the real-time reenactment of Chamberlain’s final moments alive are a powerful reminder of how interactions with the police can, and do, end for many people of color, and people with mental health challenges, in the United States.

As a former behavioral therapist, and on the autism spectrum himself, director David Midell comes to this material with an added layer of personal experience. “Our goal all along has been to ask important questions about how our criminal justice system treats people of color, people in low-income areas, and people living with mental health challenges.

“I always say it’s bigger than my dad,” Kenneth Chamberlain Jr. said. “It’s about all the lives that have been lost in this pandemic of killing black men, women and children. And I just hope that the film is…going to force a discussion.”

Producing partners Freeman and McCreary were incensed that the film could not find distribution, and immediately offered to help by using Freeman’s voice and Revelations’ brand to help amplify the story. “We simply could not stand by and see this film ignored. Kenneth Chamberlain Sr.’s story, whose death in 2011 was largely ignored by the national media, deserves to be known by the world,” states Freeman and McCreary.

THE KILLING OF KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN comes at an important time in the national conversation about systemic racism and is a searing example of law enforcement’s sometimes callous and cruel treatment of people of color, echoing recent high-profile incidents involving George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, among countless others. THE KILLING OF KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN world-premiered at the Austin Film Festival and won the Audience Award and the Narrative Jury Award there. At the Urbanworld Film Festival last year, it claimed the Jury Award for best US Narrative, and continued winning at festivals, and led to an independent Spirit Award Nomination for David Midell in the “Someone to Watch” category.

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