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“Balance” and “Holiday Beach” Receive $25K McKnight Artist Fellowship Grants

"Balance" and "Holiday Beach" Receive $25K McKnight Artist Fellowship Grants

IFP Minnesota announced the two recipients of The McKnight Artist Fellowship for Screenwriters Competition. Zach Hammill‘s “Balance” is about a man who travels constantly for work in order to avoid problems at home. On a routine trip he meets Gillian, a radio producer who hides troubles of her own behind a mask of constant cheer. Together, they attempt to figure out each other, their families, and themselves. Steven Larson and Gary Jenneke‘s “Holiday Beach” is a drama based upon events that took place on a desolate Navy radio base on Kodiak Island, Alaska in 1962. It recounts the terror faced by young sailors at the hand of a fellow sailor and psychopath – all framed against the backdrop of the Cuban missile crisis. The competition is a partnership between IFP Minnesota and the McKnight Foundation awarding $25,000 fellowships to two Minnesota filmmakers annually. The program recognizes Minnesota artists for “talent in working with film/video as demonstrated by two examples of completed, original works in any of the genres and formats of narrative, documentary, experimental, or animation in feature or short lengths.” The program is intended to support mid-career artists by providing financial assistance, professional encouragement and industry recognition. [Brian Brooks]

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