The Muse Awards 2012: Honoring Sex Crimes Unit’s Lisa F. Jackson

Every year, New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) presents The Muse Awards, it’s annual gala holiday luncheon that celebrates the outstanding achievements of women who have dedicated their careers to the entertainment industry. Annual audiences reach 1,200 and include prominent executives from major studios, broadcast networks and film production facilities.  Past honorees include Vanessa Williams, America Ferrera, Julianna Margulies, Susan Lucci and Whoopi Goldberg, just to name a few.

The 2012 Muse Awards was held on December 13th at the Hilton New York and honored actors Mariska Hargitay and Lucy Liu, WE tv President Kim Martin, Women Make Movies, WMM Executive Director Debra Zimmerman and our very own Emmy Award winning documentarian, Lisa F. Jackson.

Natasha’s Justice Project proudly applauds Lisa on her remarkable recognition by NYWIFT. Lisa has been making documentary films for over thirty years and her incredible work has produced two Emmy awards, as well as a Sundance Jury Prize. Her most recent film, Sex Crimes Unit, examines the legal history of injustice towards rape survivors. The film offers a riveting look into the Manhattan’s District Attorney’s Office, as prosecutors work to bring justice to victims of sexual violence.

Released in 2011, Sex Crimes Unit featured Natasha Alexenko’s story as one of its main segments. Since filming, the extraordinary Lisa F. Jackson, Sex Crimes Unit’s co-producer Jennifer Ollman and Natasha have fostered an incredible friendship. Natasha’s Justice Project proudly supports the vision behind Lisa’s documentary films and looks forward to working with Jackson Films, Inc. in continuing the mission of bringing justice to survivors of sexual violence.

Listen to Lisa’s inspirational and eloquent acceptance speech from the 2012 Muse Awards.

Photo Courtesy of HBO’s Sex Crimes Unit