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2023 AIS Lumiere Awards to Honor James Cameron and Jon Landau

EARTHDAY.ORG’s ‘Voices For The Earth’ Award recognizes the message of environmental and cultural preservation in the Academy Award-winning filmmakers’ recently released ‘Avatar: The Way of Water.’

The Advanced Imaging Society (AIS) and EARTHDAY.ORG are presenting Academy Award-winning director, writer, and producer James Cameron and Academy Award-winning producer Jon Landau the “Voices For The Earth” Award at the 2023 AIS Lumiere Awards for Avatar: The Way of Water. The 13th annual awards ceremony at The Beverly Hills Hotel is on Friday, February 10, 2023. EARTHDAY.ORG president Kathleen Rogers will give the awards.

“James Cameron and Jon Landau’s first Avatar revolutionized filmmaking technology 13 years ago, winning several of our top awards, including Best Picture,” said AIS President Jim Chabin. “With Avatar: The Way of Water, these masters of film have again left us awestruck with magnificent characters and stories, but also reminders of just how fragile life and ecosystems are. We are thrilled to honor them and this epic film for being ‘Voices for the Earth’ to millions of movie fans across the world."

According to the organizations, “the film re-acquaints viewers with the magical wonders of nature and, through its engaging story of intense environmental and cultural preservation, imparts to viewers the urgency of caring for and preserving the wonders of our natural world now – before it’s too late. The film’s incredible artistry in creating lush jungle landscapes and vibrant oceans teeming with colorful sea life also imparts a profound sense of awe and reverence for the beauty and treasures of our shared natural world. The film highlights - in its gripping character journeys - the vital need to organize against any threats to the vibrant, sentient, and astonishing interconnectedness of our shared planet.”

The “Voices For The Earth” Award celebrates innovation and inspiration in environmental storytelling and acknowledges creatives who have found a unique approach to strengthen the audience’s appreciation for nature and illustrate the importance of caring for our shared planet. Academy Award-nominated writer/director Adam McKay received the 2022 award for his film Don’t Look Up.

“James Cameron’s first Avatar is a testament to extraordinary filmmaking, human ingenuity, and technology,” commented Rogers. “It is also a tribute to nature and ecology. Avatar wasn’t just about our relationship with trees, it was about our utter dependence on them. In 2010 EARTHDAY.ORG joined forces with James Cameron to plant over 1 million trees in vulnerable areas around the world in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day and the release of Avatar. Now more than a decade later, the world is experiencing Avatar: The Way of Water, another extraordinary film focused on our deep and spiritual connections with nature. This extraordinary experience will inspire millions of people to support the protection of water, the very basis of life to all species. We are proud to present this award to a dedicated filmmaking genius who also shares a deep love for our planet and its species.” 

The Lumiere Awards have been presented to respected and creative industry leaders for the last decade. In addition, the best musical motion picture, scene or performance, and immersive audio will also be honored.

Source: The Advanced Imaging Society

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is news editor at Animation World Network.