43rd Annual Thomas Edison Film Festival Touring Season. Congratulations to the winning filmmakers for 2024.

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Edison Innovation Award (EIA)
The Edison Innovation Award is presented each year to a filmmaker who has a distinguished body of work that advances the mission and legacy of the Thomas Edison Film Festival and demonstrates significant recognition, past and present. The filmmaker recognized is also prominent in the community of independent filmmaker/artists and is recognized as a pioneer in new forms and innovations in filmmaking.

James Hollenbaugh
2024 EIA Winner

James Hollenbaugh is a Pennsylvania-based filmmaker predominantly working in small gauge film formats. Focusing primarily in the documentary and experimental genres, his work has screened in all fifty states and fourteen different countries.

Hollenbaugh's films have been seen in art cinemas, universities, galleries, libraries, museums and festivals and have been programmed at Slamdance, The American Documentary Film Festival, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Anti Matter, Analogica, Maryland Film Festival, Experiments in Cinema, Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Istanbul International Experimental Film Festival, Revelation Perth International Film Festival, Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival, the Philadelphia International Film Festival, and Athens International Film Festival.

Jim has also lectured extensively and screened his films at colleges, universities, museums, and galleries including The National Gallery of Art, Echo Park Film Center, Anthology Film Archives, Rhode Island School of Design, Savannah College of Art and Design, University of Delaware, New Jersey City University, Emerson College, and University of the Arts.

He is the recipient of numerous awards from the Thomas Edison Film Festival (formerly the Black Maria Film Festival) including the Jury’s Stellar Award in Documentary, 2015; Director’s Choice Awards in 2016, 2017, and 2022; a Jury’s Citation Award in 2018; and the DEAI Stellar Award in 2024 for his film, “A Life Like This.”

In the fall of 2022 Jim was awarded a grant and artist residency at Franklin & Marshall College for Social Practice and Community Engagement. A 2023 solo exhibition highlighted a documentary and additional film elements created during his residency to share the stories of four artists working with disability in the Central Pennsylvania Community. The documentary, “A Life Like This” went on to win the Best Social Impact Award at the 2023 Reading Film Festival, and the DEAI Stellar Award at the Thomas Edison Film Festival, 2024.

Jim has been the Program Director for over fifteen years at Moviate, a volunteer operated, not for profit organization, dedicated to bringing independent, underground, and avant-garde cinema and sound events to the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania area. He also programs screenings at the annual Moviate Underground Film Festival.

You can learn more about his work at www.jameshollenbaugh.com.

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