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August 9, 2007 8:45 AM
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iW NEWS | Keshavarz First Recipient of Adrienne Shelly and Sundance Institute Grant

The annual Adrienne Shelly Foundation Women Filmmakers Grant has been awarded to Sundance Lab alumni, Maryam Keshavarz, the Sundance Institute and The Adrienne Shelly Foundation announced Thursday. Kesharvarz's first film, "The Color of Love" screened at international film festivals including Full Frame, and the Montreal World Film Festival as well as New York's MoMA and others, winning top prizes. In her current project, "Circumstance," she explores the charged climate of today's Iran through the eyes of two girls in the midst of turbulent adolescence. As they navigate and rebel against the strict rules of their culture and environment, the two girls must also grapple with their intense and complex relationship with each other. Established in memory of the late Adrienne Shelly, whose final film "Waitress" premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, the foundation provides a $5,000 grant to be awarded by the Sundance Institute each July to a filmmaker coming out of the Feature Film Progam's June Director's Lab. "Circumstance" participated in both the Screenwriting Lab in January in addition to the Director's and Screenwriting Labs earlier this Summer. [Brian Brooks]

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