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Award-Winning Actress Marlee Matlin to Receive 2021 LMGI Humanitarian Award For Her Lifelong Advocacy For The Deaf and Hearing Impaired
- Monday, Oct. 18, 2021
LMGI Digital Awards Show “Celebrate the Where” Set for October 23, 2021
LMGI President John Rakich stated today, “The LMGI proudly salutes Marlee Matlin for her dedication, talent and the impact that she has had on enlightening the world to the deaf and hearing-impaired community. Her powerful performances in both motion pictures and television demonstrates her understanding, compassion and support for this special group, and we honor her enthusiasm, commitment and amazing achievements as a true humanitarian and an artist.”
Matlin recently starred in the Sundance Film Festival darling Apple Original Film “CODA”, which follows a hearing teenage girl who is a child of deaf adults. The film won four Sundance awards, including the grand jury prize. Matlin received worldwide critical acclaim for her motion picture debut in Children of a Lesser God, a performance celebrated with the Academy Award® for Best Actress. At age 21, she became the youngest recipient of the Best Actress Oscar®. Marlee is also an executive producer of the Oscar-nominated short film Feeling Through, the first film to feature a deaf blind actor in a leading role.
In addition to her acclaimed film career, Matlin has received four Emmy®-nominations in her television projects including her performances on Seinfeld, Picket Fences, The Practiceand Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. Additional notable TV performances include The West Wing, Bridge to Silence, and Reasonable Doubt.
Marlee’s talents extend to her writing as well, with her autobiography I’ll Scream Later becoming a New York Times Best Seller. Matlin also published a novel for children titled Deaf Child Crossing which was loosely based on her own childhood. She later wrote and published a sequel titled Nobody's Perfect, produced on stage at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in partnership with VSA Arts in October 2007.
Matlin has been instrumental in many activities that are aiding the deaf and hard of hearing communities. Thanks in part to her efforts, all Academy screeners have closed captions. She helped pass legislation that mandated ASL interpreters be present at all COVID-19 press conferences. She also organized a PSA on how to vote that included leaders in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community, aiding the millions of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Americans in accessing resources.
The 8th Annual LMGI Awards breaks will be presented on a digital platform, streaming to a worldwide and more inclusive audience. This year's show will be produced by Erick Weiss, Honeysweet Creative and IngleDodd Media and written by Shelly Goldstein. For a list of 2021 LMGI Awards nominees, visit: www.LocationManagers.
The LMGI Awards are proudly sponsored by Platinum: Ontario Creates, Riverside County Film Commission, Studio Air Conditioning; Gold: Film Liaisons in California Statewide (FLICS), Honolulu Film Office, Reel Health & Reel Security, Trilith Studios, William F. White International; Silver:
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The Location Managers Guild International / LMGI is a global organization of career location professionals in the motion picture, television, commercial and print production industries dedicated to upholding the highest ethical standards. The LMGI is proud to be the only worldwide location resource for Location Professionals, combining regional commitment with international strength and community. We support strong relationships between production and government agencies, businesses and communities. We promote awareness of our place in the entertainment industry as indispensable creative collaborators through a variety of innovative programs. The LMGI was founded in 2003 as a 501(c)(6), non-profit corporation. For more information about the LMGI, visit LocationManagers.org or follow us on Facebook; Twitter @TheLMGI; #LMGIawards, Instagram and You
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