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Sundance, Piper-Heidieck to Fete McDormand

Sundance, Piper-Heidieck to Fete McDormand

Sundance, Piper-Heidieck to Fete McDormand

by Mark Rabinowitz

Continuing to roll out the lineup for the 1998 Sundance Film Festival, the
Sundance Institute announced Tuesday that the honoree of the 7th annual
Piper-Heidsieck tribute to independent vision will be actress Frances
McDormand, to be presented at a January 18th ceremony at the festival. The
fete, which is to feature clips from her films (“Fargo“, “Blood Simple“, “Lone Star“) has in past years honored actors such as: Tim Robbins, Gena Rowlands,
Dianne Wiest and John Turturro. Commenting on this year’s selection,
Sundance director of programming Geoffrey Gilmore said, “In the independent
film world when one refers to an artist, it is presumed that they are
talking about a director or writer, but no one epitomizes what the nature
of artistry is, more than the actor Frances McDormand.”

McDormand was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1988 for
Mississippi Burning” and took home the Best Actress statue in 1996 for
“Fargo”, and can soon be seen in Daisy von Scherler Mayer’s follow up to
1995’s “Party Girl“, “Madeline“, based on Ludwig Bemelmans’ children’s classic
about a French schoolgirl.

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