Sherman Oaks, Calif. (PRWEB) February 05, 2013
Susan Zwerman stepped forward at the 65th Annual Directors Guild of America (DGA) Awards in Los Angeles Saturday to receive the Frank Capra Achievement Award, becoming the second founding member of Exceptional Minds to be given the film industry’s highest achievement award for assistant directors and unit production managers.
Zwerman is a respected visual effects producer and founding board member of Exceptional Minds, the first and only nonprofit vocational school for young adults with autism that offers instructional training and work experience in the fields of computer graphics, animation, visual effects, rotoscoping and film post-production.
Frank Capra III presented Zwerman with the award during the DGA’s 65th Annual Awards held at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Los Angeles, Saturday, February 2. Several awards were given out during the evening for various achievements in the film industry, including the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film award that went to Ben Affleck for Argo.
Zwerman is the 27th recipient of the Frank Capra Award, joining a unique group of industry elites, including Exceptional Minds Director of Operations Yudi Bennett, who was the 2003 recipient of the Frank Capra Achievement Award. “Should be no surprise to anyone that two of the biggest overachievers are right here on Riverside Drive at Exceptional Minds. Way to go, Susie!” said actor Ed Asner, who has received more than a few notable awards himself – including seven Emmys. Asner is on the advisory board of Exceptional Minds, which was established in 2011 by a group of producers, writers, actors and community leaders to create a bridge between high school and the working world for individuals living with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
Zwerman works directly with the students at Exceptional Minds, which is the only school of students with ASD who are receiving professional Adobe accreditation in animation and graphics, and who have gained working experience in the movie industry, including title work for major motion picture Lawless.
Zwerman’s is the latest name deservedly added to the list of legendary assistant directors/unit production managers to receive the Frank Capra Achievement Award, highlighting a lifetime of service to the industry and the DGA; as well as her achievements in film production and for her work on feature films such as Broken Arrow, Alien Resurrection, Men of Honor, Around the World in 80 Days, and The Guardian.
Yudi Bennett’s name was added to the Frank Capra Award list for her assistant directorial work on films such as The Four Seasons, The Game, Star Trek: Generations, The Client, Annie and Broadcast News.
Only 27 such awards have been granted since the award’s inception in 1991, two of which are Exceptional Minds founding members.
About Exceptional Minds (http://www.exceptionalmindsstudio.org):
Exceptional Minds is a non-profit vocational center and working production studio for young adults on the autism spectrum. Chartered in 2011 to provide the training necessary for visually-gifted individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) who may not otherwise be able to make the transition from high school to the working world, Exceptional Minds offers technical proficiency and work readiness skills that prepare students for careers in graphic arts, animation, web design, visual effects and rotoscoping. Located in Sherman Oaks, California, Exceptional Minds is both an instructional learning facility and a working studio with hands-on student involvement in production projects, many for the film industry.