Written by Shona Smith on Oct 8, 2020. Posted in Awards and Festivals

Location Manager Veronique Vowell to Receive LMGI Lifetime Achievement Award

The seventh Annual LMGI Awards celebrates “2020 Vision: We See It First”. Veronique Vowell, who will join fellow honorees Spike Lee, Christopher McQuarrie, and Gary Sinise. The nominees have already been announced and the virtual awards ceremony will take place on October 24th at https://www.youtube.com/LMGI.

Vowell, who will receive the LMGI Lifetime Acheivement Award is best known for her work on Cold Case, Scandal, Little Fires Everywhere, Ray Donovan, The Replacements, Angels in the Outfield, and The Distinguished Gentleman and was a founding member of the Location Managers Guild.

“I am in awe of Veronique’s passion, perseverance and expertise. As an actor, a producer and as a director on Scandal, I was always inspired by Veronique’s artistry, her talent, her commitment, her work ethic, her kindness and her unwavering “can do” attitude. I am thrilled that she is being honoured in this way,” said Kerry Washington.

“Veteran Location Manager Veronique Vowell has made a career of giving back. In addition to her creative and logistic solutions to decades of production dilemmas, her legacy importantly includes generations of current and future location professionals. Diligent, clever, determined, they have been schooled by the master and we are grateful!” said Awards Co-chair and former LMGI President Lori Balton.

Vowell began as a field researcher on National Geographic television network. Predating cellphones and internet, she traversed the country, armed with a small typewriter, a 35mm camera and a roll of payphone quarters, working as a Location Manager, Supervising Location Manager and Production Supervisor. Vowell worked for Shondaland/ABC for almost 10 years as Location Manager on Scandal, and as Supervising Location Manager on The Catch, Station 19, Grey's Anatomy and How to Get Away with Murder. 

Vowell sees her most important role as mentor to the many assistants whose careers she has fostered. For over a decade, she has volunteered as an instructor at the American Film Institute’s Boot Camp for future filmmakers. Vowell also lectures about Location Management at Chapman, Emerson and Boston Universities and volunteers for Film 2 Future and Manifest Works helping underserved members of society establish a foothold in the entertainment industry.

A dedicated Local 399 Hollywood Teamsters Steering Committee member, Vowell continues her work with the LMGI Education Committee. No stranger to Sacramento, she is a respected advocate for Location Professionals in key campaigns like California’s Expanded Film and Television Job Creation Act and Tax Incentives program. “Location managing, like political lobbying, is the art of compromise in the effort to achieve the impossible,” comments Vowell.

A founding member of the Location Managers Guild International, she served on the board for several years and currently co-chairs the LMGI Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee.  Additionally, Vowell sits on the Board of FilmLA and is a member of its Operations SubCommittee, as well as the Los Angeles City Mayor’s Task Force.

Vowell joins Christopher McQuarrie, acclaimed producer, director and Academy Award®-winning writer, will receive this year’s Eva Monley Award, which recognizes and honors industry members who support the vision of location professionals. Oscar®-winning director Spike Lee, whose films have reflected significant cultural and historical content with the highest quality, will receive the acclaimed LMGI Trailblazer Award honoring the groundbreaking spectrum of Lee’s extraordinary award-winning work over the past three decades. Emmy®-winning and Oscar-nominated actor Gary Sinise will receive the esteemed Humanitarian Award for establishing the Gary Sinise Foundation with the mission to serve and honour America’s defenders, veterans, first responders, Gold Star families and those in need.

This year, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the awards  breaks with tradition and will be presented on a digital platform, streaming to a worldwide and more inclusive audience on www.youtube.com/LMGI. LMGI Award winners will be announced at the virtual awards ceremony on Saturday, October 24, at 2:00 p.m. PST. Click here to see the list of 2020 LMGI Awards nominees.

For more information visit www.LocationManagers.org.


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