• Shmuel Hoffman

Los Angeles Cinematography Awards

The recent barrage of awful news has been overwhelming and was really getting us down yesterday.

Then last night we received this delightful piece of news that I wanted to share with you :

We were just notified that The Mountain & The Maiden is an official selection of the Los Angeles Cinematography Awards, and will be screened at the Hollywood Vine Dolby Theater in October. Can't tell you how exhilarating this is.



Click here to check out our page on the LACA website.


Well, more than 2 years ago Anton asked me to fly to India and film with him there on one of Asia's largest landfills. Since filming there with the help of producer Sheikh Ayub, we have finished this short documentary in our "spare" time.

The film follows Aspiya, our 10-year old protagonist (now 12), who lives with her family near said landfill and goes out to collect trash daily to support her family.

The LACA awards we won are:

Best Director

Best Cinematography of a Documentary Film 

Best Picture, May 2020

Best Cinematography of a Short Film 

Best Documentary Short Film 

Enough with the bragging. We hope this film will raise awareness of many issues in the world, including pollution, child labor, and poverty. We have funded this film ourselves and have paid Aspiya and her family for their participation. We hope to do more for them, and for families like them, as this film gets screened and seen.


We mostly want to share this news with you because it gave us a bright spot during these dark and crazy times going from quarantine to curfew. Stay well and stay safe. And stay tuned. :)




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