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Creative Capital Foundation at 2003 Sundance Film Festival

January 7, 2003



_Festival program to include seven grantees in three film categories and the January Screenwriters Lab_ NEW YORK, NY (January 7, 2003) – The presence of the arts foundation Creative Capital will be felt at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival, a ten-day festival highlighting American and international independent film. Works by five grantees are among the 125 feature-length documentary and dramatic films and 90 shorts that will screen in the Film Festival taking place January 16–26, 2003 in Park City, UT. In addition, two grantees were selected to participate in the Screenwriters Lab, a five-day workshop that runs from January 10–15. Finally, Ruby Lerner, president of Creative Capital, will be a judge for the Short Film Competition. Participants are: Bill Brown (_Buffalo Common_, Short Film); Steven Bognar (_Gravel_, Short Film); Kevin Jerome Everson (_Vanessa_, Short Film); Sam Green (_The Weather Underground_, Documentary Competition); Scott Saunders (_The Technical Writer_, Dramatic Competition); Miranda July (_Me and You and Everyone We Know_, Screenwriters Lab); and Elisabeth Subrin (_Up_, Screenwriters Lab). _Gravel_, _The Weather Underground_, _The Technical Writer_, and _Up_ are projects directly funded by Creative Capital. Selected ProjectsBill Brown’s _Buffalo Common_ (2001, 23 min., b/w) is a portrait of North Dakota and its exploding nuclear missile silos. _Gravel_ by Steven Bognar (2002, 16 min., color) depicts a single mom and her teenage daughter as they navigate their relationship on a trip to the Appalachian countryside to have lunch with an ex-con, the mother’s potential love interest. Kevin Jerome Everson will screen _Vanessa_ (2002, 4 min., color), a film about loss and Michelangelo. Sam Green’s _The Weather Underground_ (2003, 92 min., color) is a documentary that tracks the history of a radical political group called the Weathermen, and examines the psychology and politics which led its members to commit countless acts of terrorist activism. _The Technical Writer_ by Scott Saunders (2002, 90 min., color) tells the story of a reclusive New York writer who reluctantly rejoins the land of the living. Participating in the annual Screenwriters Lab are Miranda July, working on _Me and You and Everyone We Know_, a story about children and adults touching and not touching each other, and Elisabeth Subrin, whose project _Up_, co-written by Evan Carlson, parallels a young woman’s manic-depressive cycle with the rise and fall of the dotcom industry. About Creative Capital Founded in January 1999, Creative Capital Foundation is a national nonprofit organization that supports individual artists pursuing innovative approaches to form and content in the performing, visual, and media arts, and in emerging arts. Creative Capital grew out of a realization among arts leaders that it was time to take a positive approach to funding American artists. Its model differs from those of traditional grantmakers in that the foundation commits to a long-term approach to working with artists. Artists in Creative Capital’s grant program have access to professional services, including assistance in fundraising, networking, marketing, and strategic planning. In addition, grantees agree to share with Creative Capital a small percentage of any profits made by the project. For more information on the 158 projects currently funded by Creative Capital Foundation, visit www.creative-capital.org.


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