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Strong Showing by Creative Capital Foundation at 2001 Sundance Film Festival

January 16, 2001



__Festival lineup to include six grantees in four film categories and on two panels__ NEW YORK, NY (January 16, 2001) – Creative Capital, the New York–based nonprofit arts foundation, announces that six of its current grantees have been invited to participate in the 2001 Sundance Film Festival, the annual premiere showcase for independent film. Three of the funded artists will screen films in the Documentary, Dramatic, and Frontier Section Competitions. The selected works are among the 106 feature films chosen from more than 3,000 entries and will be presented at the eleven-day festival in Park City, Utah, January 18–28, 2001. In addition, three grantees, as well as Creative Capital President Ruby Lerner, will be featured on panels for House of Docs and Digital Center Conferences. Finally, one more funded artist will be part of a special animation program. Participants are: Sandi Simcha DuBowski (Trembling Before G-d, Documentary Competition); Christopher Munch (_The Sleepy Time Gal_, _Dramatic Competition_); Joanna Priestley (_Surface Dive_, _A Celebration of Portland Animation_); Barbara Hammer (_History Lessons_, Frontier Section and House of Docs panelist); and Alison Cornyn and Sue Johnson (Digital Center Conference panelists). _Trembling Before G-d_, _The Sleepy Time Gal_, and _Surface Dive_ are projects directly funded by Creative Capital. Ruby Lerner remarked,"We’re so proud to have substantial representation at this major event for the independent media community." This year Lerner will participate in the Festival’s House of Docs panel, Funding for Documentary Film, Saturday, January 20, 2:30–3:30 PM. About the Artists Sandi DuBowski is a New York–based filmmaker and writer whose project _Tomboychik_ (1994) won the 1994 Golden Gate Award for Best Short Documentary at the San Francisco International Film Festival. _Trembling Before G-d_ (2000) is an unprecedented feature documentary that shatters assumptions about faith, sexuality, and religious fundamentalism. Built around intimately-told personal stories of Hasidic and Orthodox Jews who are either gay or lesbian, the film portrays a group of people who face a profound dilemma—how to reconcile their passionate love of Judaism and the Divine with the extreme Biblical prohibitions forbidding homosexuality. Christopher Munch is a self-taught filmmaker currently living in Los Angeles. The Sleepy Time Gal (2000) is a long-form dramatic film that concerns a remarkable woman (Jacqueline Bisset) facing death in her 50s as she longs to reconnect with a daughter (Martha Plimpton) whom she put up for adoption at birth. Taking place in a number of cities over many years, it is the third film by Munch to compete in the Sundance Dramatic Competition [the previous two being _The Hours and Times_ (1992) and _Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day_ (1996)—both films were awarded prizes]. Barbara Hammer works as a producer, director, cinematographer, and editor in New York. She has produced more than 75 shorts and features including _Nitrate Kisses_ (1992) and _Tender Fictions_ (1995). _History Lessons_ (2000) is an exploration of lesbian images in society. In revealing montage, Hammer juxtaposes dramatic vignettes, reminiscent of 1940s crime scene photographer WeeGee, and archival footage from narrative, medical, educational, and adult entertainment films. Hammer will be a panelist for Roundtable: Surviving and Thriving—Docs Then and Now, House of Docs, Monday, January 22, 12:00–1:00 PM. Joanna Priestley is an internationally recognized animator living in Portland, Oregon. She has produced and directed fourteen films that have won awards in film festivals around the world. _Surface Dive_ (2000) is a short animation inspired by a diving trip in a freshwater lake in the Yucatan. In this abstract film, Priestley combined three layers of artwork including more than 600 sculptures, 200 glass pieces, and 2,200 drawings. Alison Cornyn and Sue Johnson are New York–based artists who are collaborating on _360 Degrees_, an online participatory documentary of the American criminal justice system. They have been asked to join a discussion on the latest approaches to telling stories on the Internet. The panel entitled The New Face of Narrative on the Web, takes place on Saturday, January 20, 3:00 PM at the Sundance Digital Center Conferences, Dialogue Room.

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