NW Film Center Announces 2022 Cinema Unbound Award Honorees

Carrie Brownstein and Shirin Neshat join five other filmmakers and artists in this year's lineup.

By Conner Reed February 2, 2022

Cinema Unbound honoree Carrie Brownstein playing a show with Sleater-Kinney in 2019

On Tuesday afternoon, the NW Film Center announced the recipients of its third Cinema Unbound Awards, a now-annual event introduced by executive director Amy Dotson to honor artists and filmmakers making boundary-pushing work. Past recipients have included Todd Haynes, Steve McQueen, Gus Van Sant, and Garrett Bradley; the lineups typically mix local names and more far-flung creatives.

This year, the center has chosen seven honorees: Carrie Brownstein, who recently collaborated with her friend Annie Clark (a.k.a. St. Vincent) on the satirical rock mockumentary Nowhere Inn; Renaldo Marcus Green, director of the 2022 Oscar hopeful King Richard; Arthur Lewis, executive director of LA's UTA Artist Space; Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the duo behind Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and the 2010s 21 Jump Street films; Shirin Neshat, director of 2009's Golden Lion–winning Women Without Men and the upcoming Land of Dreams; and Roger Ross Williams, who became the first Black American to win an Academy Award for directing and producing with the 2010 documentary short Music By Prudence.

Unlike last year's low-key event at the now-defunct Lot at Zidell Yards, which was live-streamed for free, the 2022 ceremony is going full gala: the awards will be presented on March 8 in the Portland Art Museum's Grand Ballroom at a dinner that runs $250 per person, or $2,500 for a table. In keeping with years past, the list of presenters is stacked—Jeff Goldblum, Isabella Rossellini, and Dr. Ibram X Kendi have been announced so far, appearing in pre-taped virtual segments, live-by-remote setups, and potentially in-person (exact status per presenter TBD). 

Beginning February 27, the NW Film Center will also present a screening series that highlights the work of this year's recipients at the Portland Art Museum's Whitsell Auditorium. The lineup has yet to be announced, but it will mark the first bit of NW Film Center programming since an electrical fire at the Lloyd Center last summer derailed the organization's Rooftop Cinema series. It will also run in the time slot typically reserved for the Portland International Film Festival, which has not been announced yet, either. 

For more information about the 2022 Cinema Unbound honorees, or to grab tickets for the March 8 ceremony, head here