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African American Women In Cinema recently honored Grace Blake with the Cinema Pioneer Award

• Ms. Grace Blake, Executive Producer, Associate Producer, Production Supervisor

Her credits include: Silence of the Lambs, School Daze, Boomerang, Lean on Me, Prizzi’s Honor, The Cotton Club and The Wiz.

This renowned film producer is also a past president and board member of New York Women In Film & Television, and continues to serve in an advisory capacity at the organization and as a mentor to young people seeking careers in the film industry. She also served as the Executive Director of the famed Apollo Theatre Foundation. Among her awards are the Leaders In Action Award for Business from the New Women In Leadership Symposium, Long Island’s 50 Top Women Award, the 2009 NAACP Freeport Roosevelt Award acknowledging her excellent service in the film industry and business during their 100 years celebration. She was also an honoree of the NYWIFT Muse Awards along with Lauren Bacall, Jane Pauley, Sally Field and Penny Marshall. Ms. Blake has worked such entertainment giants as Danny Glover, Halle Berry, Richard Bright, Juanita Jennings and Scott Glenn.

African American Women In Cinema Trailblazer Award / Ms. Lisa Cortés, Producer (Executive Producer of Precious)
Trailblazer Award Recipient

• Ms. Lisa Cortés, Executive Producer, Co-Producer

Her credits include: Precious, Tennessee, Shadowboxer, The Woodsman and Sangam.

A graduate of Yale University, Lisa Cortés has had a rich and varied career in entertainment, working with such groundbreaking companies as Def Jam Records, Rush Artist Management and Lee Daniels Entertainment. Lisa’s most recent producer credit is Precious (based on the novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire), which won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at Sundance (2009) and competed in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival. Heralded as “a disturbing masterwork of human survival” by the Hollywood Reporter, the film was also praised by Variety and The New York Times.

For more information: http://aawic.org/

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