Academy Award has local ties

Icarus, a film produced by Impact Partners whose executive director is Dan Cogan, won an Oscar for best documentary.

The Oscar for best documentary feature at Sunday night’s Academy Awards ceremony went to “Icarus,” a film that uncovered widespread doping at the Olympic level by the Russian government.

The film was produced by Impact Partners, and had several ties to the Vineyard. Co-producer of “Icarus,” and executive director and co-founder of Impact, is Dan Cogan. Cogan graduated from Harvard University, has home in Boston and summers on Martha’s Vineyard.

David Fialkow, a member of Impact Partners, co-produced the film, and is a longtime seasonal resident of the Vineyard and has been active in many Vineyard charities.

Jim Swartz co-produced “Icarus” and was a founding member of Impact Partners. Swartz is also a seasonal resident of the Vineyard, and is co-founder of MVYouth.

According to the Impact Partners website, the company is “dedicated to funding independent documentary storytelling that entertains audiences, engages with pressing social issues, and propels the art of cinema forward.”

Since the firm’s inception in 2007, it has been involved in the financing of more than 80 films, including “The Cove,” which won the 2010 Academy Award for documentary feature, and “How to Survive a Plague,” which was nominated for the Academy Award for documentary feature in 2013.


  1. Article forgot to mention that Dan’s spouse, Liz Garbus, has been nominated twice for Academy Awards for documentaries “Killing in the Name” and “What Happened, Miss Simone?” which she screened at the MV Film Center in the summer of 2016. Congrats to this dynamic team with Vineyard ties.

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