Cinema Unbound Awards 2024 Announces Honorees

Portland Art Museum’s PAM CUT // Center for an Untold Tomorrow announces the honorees for the fifth annual Cinema Unbound Awards at the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Oregon, on June 21, 2024. As one of the few major art museums in the U.S. that celebrates cinematic storytelling and new media in all its many forms—including film, television, new media, animation, audio storytelling, gaming, immersive arts, and boundary-pushing multi-sensory XR & VR—Portland Art Museum’s PAM CUT is uniquely positioned to present these awards honoring bold, cinematic creators who use their vision to challenge for whom, by whom, and how stories can be told.

Honoring artistic innovators working at the intersection of art and cinematic storytelling, the annual Cinema Unbound Awards celebrate multidisciplinary artists who push the boundaries of what’s possible in media arts. This year’s recipients include Mickalene Thomas, an award-winning multidisciplinary artist known for her elaborate portraits of Black women; Sterlin Harjo, best known for his work as the co-creator and showrunner of Reservation Dogs; Irene Taylor, an Oscar-nominated, Emmy, duPont and Peabody-winning filmmaker; and James Beard Award–nominated chef/entrepreneurs Peter Cho and Sun Young Park, who will construct a full culinary takeover of the night from their award-winning restaurant Han Oak.

Comedian, actor, writer, and philanthropist Ron Funches will host and MC. In addition to being a former Portlander and self-proclaimed national treasure, Funches is currently on the Apple TV+ hit Loot with Maya Rudolph, has a standup show for Netflix is a Joke Festival 2024, and has been featured in a wide variety of shows including Curb Your Enthusiasm, Black-ish, Adventure Time, and Nailed It!. He recently designed sneakers for Puma/Foot Locker where proceeds go to NEXT for AUTISM.

Each of the honorees has ties to Portland and our community, bringing Portland to the world and the world to Portland.

For more information here and to purchase tickets/table, please contact Harper Brokaw-Falbo at [email protected].

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