Nantucket Film Festival to Honor Molly Shannon, Screen Alex Gibney Doc

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Other honorees announced Wednesday include Sian Heder, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, with Bennett Miller to present the screenwriters tribute award to Oliver Stone.

The Nantucket Film Festival on Wednesday announced several additional honorees and programming for its upcoming 2016 edition, which is set to run June 22-27.

Molly Shannon, whose film Other People will screen at the fest, will receive the Compass Rose Acting Award, recognizing an actor who has inspired great storytelling in film. Past recipients include Frank Langella, Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga and Meg Ryan. Shannon — who will also participate in an "In Their Shoes…" conversation with Hardball host Chris Matthews, a Nantucket Film Festival board member — will be honored at the event, with Michael Ian Black presenting her with the award.

Sian Heder — whose film Tallulah, starring Ellen Page and Allison Janney, is set to screen at the festival and was developed at NFF program partner the Screenwriters Colony — will receive the New Voices in Screenwriting Award. Previous honorees include Leslye Headland, Michael Arndt, Ben Zeitlin, Lucy Alibar, Lake Bell and Mike Cahill.

Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady will receive the Special Achievement in Documentary Storytelling Award, sponsored by A&E Indiefilms. Their documentary will screen as the fest's centerpiece film. Past recipients of the award include Liz Garbus, Steve James, Barbara Kopple, Rory Kennedy and Davis Guggenheim.

It also was announced Wednesday that director Bennett Miller will present the Screenwriters Tribute Award to 2016 honoree Oliver Stone, who also will participate in an "In Their Shoes…" conversation with Eugene Jarecki.

The event also has added three feature films to its 2016 lineup: Andrew Neel's Goat, about fraternity hazing, written by Neel, David Gordon Green and Mike Roberts; Barbara Kopple's doc Miss Sharon Jones!; and Alex Gibney's Zero Days, about cyber warfare. The festival also will include eight short film programs and virtual-reality experiences.

“We are proud to honor the powerful and astonishingly talented women announced as awards recipients at this year’s festival,” Nantucket Film Festival executive director Mystelle Brabbee said Wednesday in a statement. “With today’s additions to our 2016 slate, we continue to expand our audience’s experience while bolstering our position as one of the country’s leading film festivals for screenwriting and multiplatform entertainment. We’re thrilled to see the return of our successful annual programming, while embracing new elements such as comedic episodic screenwriting and virtual reality. We can’t wait to bring this vibrant and varied lineup to Nantucket in June.”

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