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2022 Moving Image Awards

Thursday, Dec 1, 2022 at 6:30 pm

Museum of the Moving Image is pleased to announce the 2022 Moving Image Awards honorees:

Sarah Polley
Laura Poitras
Kazuo Ishiguro
Michael Abels

With additional special guests

They will be celebrated by friends and collaborators with a special program in the grand Redstone Theater, preceded by a cocktail reception and followed by dessert in the Hearst Lobby.

Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35 Ave, Astoria, New York

6:30 p.m. Cocktail reception
8:00 p.m. Program in the Redstone Theater
Followed by dessert

Cocktail Attire

Presenting Sponsors:
United Artists Releasing
Sony Pictures Classics
Pannonia Foundation

Premier Sponsors:
Kaufman Astoria Studios

Leadership Sponsors:
William Fox Jr. Foundation
Andrea and Ivan Lustig

Supporting Sponsors:
Creative Artists Agency

Contributing Sponsors:
Ellin and Ron Delsener
Duane Morris
Karen Falk and Michael Goldman



The Museum’s Board and Host Committee invite you to join us for an exciting evening. All funds raised at the Moving Image Awards help support MoMI’s exhibitions, screenings, and education and community engagement programs, which serve youth, adults, and their families across all of New York and beyond.

Host committee:
Michael Barker
Maria Caceres-Boneau
Ellin Delsener
Jo-Ann Fox-Weingarten
Ivan Lustig
David Rivel

See below for levels of support and reserve your ticket here or email us for more information.

MoMI members, please reserve your ticket here or email Katie Kita.

$50,000 Presenting Sponsor
10 Event Tickets. Reserved seating in Redstone Theater. Top tier recognition as Presenting Sponsor on all event materials. Prominent visibility on event webpage and in MoMI’s weekly newsletter. Full-page journal ad.

$25,000 Premier Sponsor
10 Event Tickets. Reserved seating in Redstone Theater. Recognition as Premier Sponsor on all event materials. Prominent visibility on event webpage. Full-page journal ad.

$15,000 Leadership Sponsor
10 Event Tickets. Reserved seating in Redstone Theater. Sponsor listing on all event materials. Recognition on event webpage. Full-page journal ad.

$7,000 Supporting Sponsor
5 Event Tickets. Reserved seating in Redstone Theater. Sponsor listing on all event materials. Recognition on event webpage. Half-page journal ad.

$3,000 Contributing Sponsor
2 Event Tickets. Sponsor listing on all event materials. Recognition on event webpage. Quarter-page journal ad.

$1,500 Single Ticket
Single Event Ticket. Journal listing.

Information on the 2022 Moving Image Award Honorees:

Sarah Polley, a woman in glasses, smiles at camera

Sarah Polley is a director and screenwriter who received an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for her first film as director, Away from Her (2007), which also garnered an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for Julie Christie. Her subsequent films include Take This Waltz (2011); Stories We Tell (2012), winner of Best Documentary Film awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, National Board of Review, and the New York Film Critics Circle; and her latest film, Women Talking (2022). Polley also executive produced and wrote the Netflix limited series Alias Grace, which she adapted from Margaret Atwood’s novel. In 2022, Polley released the autobiographical collection of essays Run Towards the Danger: Confrontations with a Body of Memory.


A woman with dark hair stands in a dimly lit hallway and looks at camera half smiling

Laura Poitras is a nonfiction filmmaker whose Citizenfour (2014) won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, and whose My Country, My Country (2006), about the U.S. occupation of Iraq, was also nominated for the Oscar. Poitras’s other features include The Oath (2010), Risk (2016), and her latest film, All the Beauty and the Bloodshed (2022). Poitras’s received the Pulitzer Prize for her reporting on the NSA global mass surveillance. Her first solo museum exhibition, Astro Noise, was presented at the Whitney Museum in 2016. Other credits include the 2021 film Terror Contagion, part of the anthology Year of the Everlasting Storm, executive produced by Jafar Panahi. Poitras has been targeted by the U.S. government for her work documenting post-9/11 America. In 2006, she was placed on a secret terrorist watchlist, and detained dozens of times at the U.S. border.  


A man in rimless glasses looks directly at camera in a black shirt against a gray background

Kazuo Ishiguro is a Nobel Prize–winning novelist, screenwriter, and song lyricist. His books include The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go, both adapted into acclaimed films. Born in Nagasaki, Japan, in 1954, he moved to Britain with his parents when he was five. His novels, translated into over 50 languages, have earned him many honors around the world. He received a knighthood in 2018 from the United Kingdom, and also holds the decorations of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from France, and the Order of the Rising SunGold and Silver Star from Japan. His most recent screenplay is Living, a reimagining of Akira Kurosawa’s classic film Ikiru, due for release in December 2022. He has served on film festival juries at Cannes, Venice, and London. 


Michael Abels is a two-time Emmy-nominated composer known for his genre-defying scores for the Jordan Peele films Get Out and Us, the latter of which Abels won a World Soundtrack Award, the Jerry Goldsmith Award, a Critics Choice nomination, and multiple critics awards. The hip-hop influenced score for Us was short-listed for the Oscar and was even named “Score of the Decade” by The Wrap. Other recent media projects include the films Bad Education, Nightbooks, Fake Famous, and the docu-series Allen v. Farrow. Abels’s most recent releases include Beauty, which premiered at the Tribeca Festival and is now streaming on Netflix, Breaking (formerly “892″) which premiered at Sundance before opening in theaters in August, and his third collaboration with Jordan Peele, Nope, which opened in theaters in July. Abels’s creative output also includes many concert works, including At War With Ourselves for the Kronos Quartet, “Isolation Variation” for Hilary Hahn, and the opera Omar, co-composed with Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Rhiannon Giddens. His scores have been performed by the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the Los Angeles Master Chorale and many others.