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Director John Singleton to Receive the 2005 DaimlerChrysler Award

Director John Singleton to Receive the 2005 DaimlerChrysler

“Behind The Lens” Award

Singleton is the 4 th Recipient of this Prestigious Award

Other DaimlerChrysler recipients include Gordon Parks,

Melvin Van Peebles and Reuben Cannon

Los Angeles (September 19, 2005) - Acclaimed Hollywood film director and producer John Singleton, will receive the fourth annual DaimlerChrysler “Behind The Lens” Award on Sunday, October 23 rd in Los Angeles, California.  Singleton is being recognized for his accomplishments as a writer, director and producer of feature films which have provided a platform for change in the depiction of African American stories on screen.

“As one who always works behind the scenes, it is very gratifying to be honored by ones peers and those who appreciate the hard work we put in to telling stories of our America,” said Singleton.

“John's contributions to the art of cinema serves as an inspiration to other aspiring filmmakers,” said Frank Fountain, DaimlerChrysler, Senior Vice President-External Affairs and Public Policy (Auburn Hills).  “By acknowledging the creative talents of those behind the scenes, DaimlerChrysler hopes their creativity will be more recognized as they pave the way and widen the path for those to follow.”

In conjunction with the “Behind The Lens” honor, DiamlerChrysler will present $25,000 to a charity chosen by Singleton. 

The “Behind The Lens” Award was established in 2002 by DaimlerChrysler to recognize and celebrate the achievements of individuals who work behind the scenes in the entertainment industry.  Singleton joins legendary directors Gordon Parks ( Shaft) and Melvin Van Peebles ( Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song) and Hollywood casting veteran Reuben Cannon in being recognized with this prestigious award.

Award recipients are chosen by an advisory panel of professionals working in the entertainment industry.

About John Singleton

Producer, director and screenwriter John Singleton is currently producing Black Snake Moan starring Sam uel L. Jackson, Christina Ricci, and Justin Timberlake shooting in Memphis , Tennessee .

Singleton recently directed Four Brothers , and produced Hustle & Flow directed by Memphis native Craig Brewer .  Prior to that he directed the successful 2 Fast 2 Furious , and wrote, produced and directed Baby Boy , which received four NAACP Image Award nominations. He also wrote, produced, and directed Shaft , a remake of the Gordon Parks classics, starring Sam uel L. Jackson. Other feature film credits include Rosewood , Higher Learning and Poetic Justice .

Singleton exploded onto the scene with his first film, Boyz N the Hood (1991), a tough, intelligent, plain-speaking look at friends in gang-ridden South Central L.A. that earned him Oscar nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Director, becoming the first African-American (and the youngest filmmaker ever) to do so. Singleton has won numerous awards such as the LAFCA New Generation Award in 1991, the MTV Movie Award for Best New Filmmaker 1992, the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best New Director ( Boyz N the Hood ) 1991, and finally the ShoWest Award for Screenwriter of the Year, and the Special Award for Directorial Debut of the Year, 1992.

Expanding his body of work beyond film, Singleton has also directed television commercials with D.L. Hughley.


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