DAILY NEWS: Horizon/Frameline Grants and Apted Award
with articles by Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
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>> Horizon/Frameline Name Four to Receive Grants
(indieWIRE/01.10.02) -- Four projects have been selected to receive grants
in the 2002 Horizon/Frameline Completion Fund. The program, established
ten years ago to assist lesbian and gay media artists finish projects
in their final stages, received over 50 submissions for consideration.
Winners named this year to receive the $15,000 grant include Harry Dodge
and Silas Howard's "By Hook or by Crook," the feature, following three
weeks in the life of a gender-bending small town butch, is set to screen
during the 2002 Sundance Film Festival.
Fellow recipients, "Barefeet," by Sonali Gulati chronicles the experience
of a woman attempting to come out to her family in India, while the
documentary film, "Making Media that Matters" by Liz Miller follows a
feminist Nicaraguan organization's efforts to bring abortion, homophobia
and domestic abuse to the mainstream. Finally, Kathryn Xian's "Ke Kulana
He Mahu: Remembering a Sense of Place" documents the increase of
intolerance and homophobia in Hawaii due to modernization.
"Although queer-themed films occasionally enjoy crossover success, most do not
get distribution or even screenings at mainstream film festivals," commented
Jennifer Morris, Frameline's Festival Co-Director in a prepared statement,
"This fund aims to tap into the motivation and energy that fuels a queer artist
to make their vision a reality." More than 50 films and videos have received
assistance through the fund including Barbara Hammer's "Nitrate Kisses," Cheryl Dunye's "Watermelon Woman," and Susan Muska and Greta Olafsdottir's "The Brandon Teena Story." Frameline develops and promotes queer visibility through media, while the Horizon Foundation serves the community though a wide-range of philanthropic efforts. [Brian Brooks]
>> Palm Springs Set to Honor Michael Apted
(indieWIRE/01.10.02) -- Director Michael Apted will receive the International
Filmmaker Award, the Nortel Networks Palm Springs International Film Festival announced yesterday. Apted, who will receive the honor by Michael York in the famed California desert community January 12th, is being recognized by the event for, as stated in a festival release, "breaking through the barrier of
language and crossing over the border of culture to become a filmmaker of the
Apted's career has spanned almost four decades beginning with "7 Up,"
which received accolades from critic Roger Ebert, to his multi-Oscar nominated "Coal Miner's Daughter" (1980) which won Sissy Spacek an Academy-Award for her portrayal of singer Loretta Lynn. His other work includes "Gorky Park," "Gorillas in the Mist," "Nell," "Extreme Measures," and the recent James Bond installation, "The World Is Not Enough." "Enigma," Apted's latest work, will screen as part of the fest's "Conversations With" series. The festival, scheduled January 10