IFP Announces Nominees for Gothams' Open Palm and Breakthrough Actor Prizes
by Eugene Hernandez
Organizers of the annual Gotham Awards have announced nominees for the Open Palm prize for directorial debut and the breakthrough actor award. The IFP/New York will host the 13th-annual IFP Gotham Awards on Monday, September 22 at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan, with a September 23rd broadcast on IFC and a September 28th broadcast on Bravo.
Nominated for the Open Palm Award for Directorial Debut are Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini for their 2003 Sundance Film Festival grand jury prize winner "American Splendor," Alfredo de Villa for his 2002 IFP Los Angeles Film Festival audience award winner "Washington Heights," Peter Hedges for the Sundance 2003 hit "Pieces of April," Dylan Kidd for the 2002 Tribeca Film Festival discovery "Roger Dodger," Tom McCarthy for the 2003 Sundance hit "The Station Agent," and Peter Sollett for the 2002 Cannes debut "Raising Victor Vargas."
Competing for the Breakthrough Actor Award are nominees Bobby Cannavale for "The Station Agent," Jesse Eisenberg for "Roger Dodger," Judy Marte for "Raising Victor Vargas," Lee Pace for "Soldier's Girl," Victor Rasuk for "Raising Victor Vargas," and Paul Schneider for "All The Real Girls."
"This year's nominees for the Breakthrough Actor and Open Palm Awards epitomize the kind of talent that the IFP encourages and champions," said IFP/New York executive director Michelle Byrd in a prepared statement. "The actors, in particular, reflect the diversity of young talent that breathes fresh life into characters we don't frequently see on the screen. This year's Open Palm nominees demonstrate that independent films remain a vibrant space in which filmmakers can push the boundaries of creative expression and storytelling. The variety of films represented by these actors and directors speaks to the breadth of talent the New York independent filmmaking community nurtures. It is what the IFP celebrates."
Previously announced Gotham Award recipients will include actors Glenn Close and Steve Buscemi, Focus co-president David Linde, and producer Ed Pressman.