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IFP/West Chooses Three To (S)Watch

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire March 12, 1998 at 2:0AM

by Aaron KrachThe Independent Feature Project/West announced the nominees for thisyear's, "Swatch Someone To Watch Award," to be presented during theIndependent Spirit Awards on Saturday, March 21st in Santa Monica,California. The candidates are: Erin Dignam ("Loved"), Tim Blake Nelson("Eye of God") and Scott Saunders ("The Headhunter's Sister"). TheSwatch Award honors filmmakers, "of exceptional talent who have yet toreceive appropriate recognition." The nominating committee was chairedby Peter Broderick, Next Wave Films and included Michele Foreman, RobertHawk, John Powers and Rachel Rosen. Past recipients of the Swatch Awardinclude Lodge Kerrigan ("Clean, Shaven") Christopher Munch ("Color of aBrisk and Leaping Day") and last year's winner Larry Fessenden("Habit").The award has been instrumental in helping struggling filmmakers reach awider audience. "I had been shopping "Habit," for around 14 months whenI got the Swatch Award. Winning prompted important critics to take thefilm seriously, which changed the life of the film immeasurably," saidFessenden.
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by Aaron Krach




The Independent Feature Project/West announced the nominees for this
year's, "Swatch Someone To Watch Award," to be presented during the
Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, March 21st in Santa Monica,
California. The candidates are: Erin Dignam ("Loved"), Tim Blake Nelson
("Eye of God") and Scott Saunders ("The Headhunter's Sister"). The
Swatch Award honors filmmakers, "of exceptional talent who have yet to
receive appropriate recognition." The nominating committee was chaired
by Peter Broderick, Next Wave Films and included Michele Foreman, Robert
Hawk, John Powers and Rachel Rosen. Past recipients of the Swatch Award
include Lodge Kerrigan ("Clean, Shaven") Christopher Munch ("Color of a
Brisk and Leaping Day
") and last year's winner Larry Fessenden
("Habit").


The award has been instrumental in helping struggling filmmakers reach a
wider audience. "I had been shopping "Habit," for around 14 months when
I got the Swatch Award. Winning prompted important critics to take the
film seriously, which changed the life of the film immeasurably," said
Fessenden.