Eliasson Award Banquet in LA.
Traktor, a collective of six friends and film makers in Los Angeles was awarded the 23rd Eliason Award Nov. 19 at the Skirball Cultural Center on North Sepulveda Blvd.
Clients, audiences/customers and awards juries all seem to love the work of the unconventional group, which won a long list of awards throughout their years together, including two Cannes Grand Prix nods for Diesel and Fox Sports commercials.
The 20-year young Scandinavian collective, a group of friends who met at film school in the early nineties, have countless commercials, music videos and one feature film under their belts. The creative and talented Los Angeles based collective is also known to throw legendary parties, not unimportant in the flamboyant film industry.
Formed in 1990, Traktor is comprised of directors Mats Lindberg, Sam Larsson, Pontus Löwenhielm, Patrik von Krusenstjerna, Ole Sanders and producer Richard Ulfvengren.
The event, including cocktail hour with a silent auction, a three course dinner and this year entertainment and dancing to Calle Lehmann & Band acts as a major fund-raiser for Swedish American Chamber of Commerce of greater Los Angeles. It sold out and a crowd of over 150 saw the creative six-pack from Traktor receive the specially designed Orrefors art piece from actress Malin Åkerman.
This year’s emcee was actor and musician, Swedish TV host Martin Björk
Does the group of film makers contribute to furthering Swedish-American relations in line with the directives of the Eliason Award?
We say absolutely, yes! To become successful in the competitive arena of commercial film making in the capital of film is in itself an impressive feat; to do so by keeping true to the creative, humorous nerve of the Scandinavian psyche is worthy of further applause. Their name and origins bring Scandinavia and Sweden to the forefront of other film makers, producers and a large international audience.
Congratulations and hats off to Traktor!
All the magnificent photos you see here were taken by LA based dynamo, mamarazzi Kerstin Alm, www.mamarazzi.us.com
More info on this year's winners, see http://www.traktor.com/
SACC-GLA, The Swedish-American chamber of Commerce of Greater Los Angeles: http://sacc-gla.org/site/
Listen to a sample of Calle Lehmann's music, at http://www.myspace.com/callelehmann
Skirball Cultural Center 2701 North Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA: http://www.skirball.org/