1995 Beberman Award Winner: Frederick Marx

Frederick Marx is an internationally acclaimed, Oscar and Emmy nominated producer/director with 25 years of experience in the film business. He was named a Chicago Tribune Artist of the Year for 1994, a 1995 Guggenheim Fellow, and a recipient of a Robert F. Kennedy Special Achievement Award. His film Hoop Dreams played in hundreds of theatres nationwide after winning the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival and was the first documentary ever chosen to close the New York Film Festival. It was on over 100 "Ten Best" lists nationwide and was named Best Film of the Year by Roger Ebert, Gene Siskel, Gene Shalit, and Ken Turran, and was chosen Best Film of the Year by the Chicago Film Critics Association. It is the highest grossing non-musical documentary in United States history. It has won numerous prestigious awards, including an Academy Award Nomination (Best Editing), Producer's Guild, Editor's Guild (ACE), Peabody Awards, and The National Society of Film Critics Award. The New York, Boston, LA, and San Francisco Film Critics all chose it as Best Documentary, 1994. In addition to co-producing, co-directing and co-writing Higher Goals, which was nominated for an Emmy, Marx also co-produced and edited Out of the Silence, an hour-long documentary about the international fight for human rights. Two other of his films, Hiding Out for Heaven, and Dreams from China, premiered at the New York Film Festival, and Dreams from China was broadcast nationally on the Learning Channel's Distant Lives series after receiving awards at major film festivals including Bombay, Vancouver, Hawaii, and Chicago. Marx has also won awards for his freelance work as a producer, director, and/or editor on a wide variety of educationals and industrials. His subjects include care giving for the elderly, stopping sexually transmitted diseases, and the perniciousness of the alcohol industry's advertising. Additionally, he has more than five years experience working in film distribution and exhibition. While living and working in China for two years in the early '80s, Marx lectured on American Independent Film and screened his films throughout the country. Marx received a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies and Political Science from the University of Illinois in 1978, and a Master of Fine Arts in Film Production from Southern Illinois University in 1983.

Congratulations Mr. Marx, the 1995 Max Beberman Distinguished Alumni Award recipient.

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