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Cianfrance Wins Chrysler/IFP/Silverwood Million Dollar Prize

Cianfrance Wins Chrysler/IFP/Silverwood Million Dollar Prize

Filmmaker Derek Cianfrance has won the million dollar Chrysler Film Project prize. The car company and Silverwood Films joined IFP in announcing the news Monday at the opening night event for Independent Film Week in New York City, prior to the NYC premiere screening of Dito Montiel‘s “A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints.” Cianfrance, selected by a jury in the screenplay competition, will receive $1 million to produce his new film “Blue Valentine“. Jamie Patricof and Alex Orlovsky of Hunting Lane Films and Lynette Howell of Silverwood Films are on board to produce, in association with Radical Media and Doug Dey from Silverwood. The film is described as, “the story of a couple breaking up and, ten years earlier, falling in love. The film juxtaposes dualities – love versus hatred, the past versus the present, fantasy versus reality, youth versus adulthood, man versus woman – to present a portrait of an American marriage.” Cianfrance’s first feature, “Brother Tied,” debuted at Sundance in 1998 and he has since directed numerous commercial and branded content projects. [Eugene Hernandez]

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