Stanley Kramer Award

The Inaugural Stanley Kramer Pioneer Award Recipient

Gill Holland

Nominated for the Spirit Award for Producer of the Year 1998, Gill Holland producer credits include Morgan J. Freeman’s unprecedented triple Sundance award-winning “Hurricane Streets”, the FOX sit-com “Greg the Bunny”, “Desert Blue” with Kate Hudson, and Spirit Award winner “SweetLand” with Alan Cumming, Emmy-nominated “Dear Jesse.”

Other Sundance Festival selections include “Spring Forward” with Ned Beatty and Liev Schreiber, “Loggerheads” with Bonnie Hunt, “Inside/Out” co-produced with JeanLuc Godard, “Let It Snow” with Bernadette Peters, “Flow: For Love of Water”, “Bass Ackwards” “Adventures of Power” with Adrien Grenier and Jane Lynch, “It Felt Like Love”, and “The Catechism Cataclysm”.  He produced three volumes of cineBLAST!, the short film quarterly.  In 2013, doc “MaidenTrip” won the SXSW Audience Prize, and Louisville-filmed “2nd Serve” and “Split” are coming out soon.

He is a half-Norwegian, half North Carolinian lawyer and former adjunct professor at NYU Graduate Film School.  He worked briefly at October Films (now Focus Features) and spent three years at the French Film Office representing the Cannes Film Festival in the US.  He founded in 1997 and sold in 2001 to a publicly traded company his first production company cineBLAST!  He sits on many film festival boards and was on the Sundance shorts jury (1999) and Academy Awards’ selection committee (Student Division 2002, ’03, ‘07).  He founded sonaBLAST! Records, featuring Ben Sollee, The Pass, and Cheyenne Marie Mize.  He is a partner at The Group Entertainment, the KY/NYC  management/production company.  He and his wife Augusta renovated the first LEED platinum building in Louisville, and with daughter Cora and twins Owsley and Lilla have landmarked several buildings in “NuLu” – Louisville’s East Market District. “Louisville Magazine” named him its “Person of the Year” in 2009.  He wrote the fundraising children’s’ art books LOUISVILLE COUNTS and L IS FOR LOUISVILLE.

Louisville businessman and entrepreneur Gill Holland (photo courtesy of Venture Connectors)
Louisville businessman and entrepreneur Gill Holland (photo courtesy of Venture Connectors)