At Tribeca Film Festival® (TFF) IWC Schaffhausen celebrated the art of filmmaking and showcased its support for emerging artists at the fourth annual “For the Love of Cinema” gala dinner. IWC CMO Franziska Gsell co-hosted the evening with Tribeca Film Festival founders Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro and Craig Hatkoff. The luxury watch manufacturer, and Tribeca Film Institute’s Executive Director Anna Ponder, presented the IWC Filmmaker Award to this year’s honoree, Matt Ruskin. He received a $50,000 film grant, as well as the official IWC Filmmaker Award trophy and an IWC timepiece.
IWC brand ambassadors Scott Eastwood and Dev Patel, and host, comedian Joel McHale, entertained the star-studded audience of over 200 at the Spring Studios Festival Hub before an exclusive performance by JOHNNYSWIM closed the evening’s event.
Many acclaimed members of the film community attended, including TFF directors Katie Holmes and Michael Rappaport, Judy Greer, Jason Biggs, Michael Stratham, and actress Kate Mara. Two of the previous IWC Filmmaker Award winners were also there, Jay Dockendorf and Deb Shoval.
About the Winner
Matt Ruskin is a writer/director/producer. His work has been featured at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami and Institute of Contemporary Art in London. Ruskin’s feature debut, The Hip Hop Project, was released nationwide by THINKFilm and aired on the Sundance Channel. While at NYU, Ruskin worked for Darren Aronofsky on Requiem for a Dream. Ruskin was a consulting producer on the Sundance documentary William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe and is developing a dramatic feature based on his life story (penned by Oscar nominated writers Jeremy Pikser and Walter Bernstein). Ruskin’s narrative feature debut, Booster, received a Special Jury Prize at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival and was shortlisted for Director’s Fortnight at Cannes. Ruskin has worked as a producer on a range of feature films, including The Boy (produced by Elijah Wood) and most recently The Infiltrator (Directed by Brad Furman, starring Bryan Cranston and Diane Kruger). Ruskin is currently in post-production on his second narrative feature, the Untitled Colin Warner Project, starring Keith Stanfield (Short Term 12) and produced by Lila Yacoub (Moonrise Kingdom).