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Awardee: Chris Shellen

Moving Image, 2015

Chris Shellen produced the award-winning documentary Marwencol. She began her career as a Creative Executive at the Paramount Pictures-based Cort Madden Company, where she developed projects such as the Emmy-winning HBO movie Something the Lord Made. In addition to collaborating with Jeff Malmberg on their current film Teatro, she is currently working on a book about Mark Hogancamp and his world of Marwencol to be published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2015.

Project: Spettacolo

Spettacolo is a documentary about villagers in a small Italian farming town who preserve their heritage and confront their community issues by turning their lives into a play. The film tells the story of Monticchiello’s Teatro Povero (Poor Theatre), interweaving episodes from its past with vérité footage from the present as the villagers turn a series of blows—financial ruin, deaths, a dwindling future generation—into a play about the end of their world. Like a novel, each chapter acts as a puzzle piece, filling in details, illuminating issues, and forming a reminder of the value of culture, community and everything else we leave behind as we move forward.