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Hannah Jayanti
Truth or Consequences

2015
Film and Video
New York City Film and Video
New York City

HANNAH JAYANTI received support for an 85-minute documentary entitled Truth or Consequences. In 1950, the residents of a southern New Mexico town, then called Hot Springs, voted to rename themselves after the most popular radio show of the time—Truth or Consequences. In return, the show’s charismatic host would visit once a year, bringing his celebrity friends to the newly burgeoning resort town. Fame and prosperity would inevitably follow, or so they hoped. For a short while the boom seemed imminent, but soon everything returned to how it was before—a small economically depressed desert town. Sixty years later, the same optimism and frustration is playing out as the world’s first commercial Spaceport is being built 20 miles outside of town. Just as the town’s residents are attracted to the remoteness of the desert, so is Spaceport America. Run by the government of New Mexico, one of the poorest states in the country, and funded with tax payer dollars, the spaceport’s landing strip is rented out to private Space Tourism companies such as Virgin Galactic and Space X. Through an intimate combination of observational and impressionistic filmmaking, this documentary will paint a portrait of a small town in flux by focusing on the daily lives of its residents. Intertwined with traditional documentary footage will be experimental photogrammetric animations of the landscape and the spaceport. Referencing sci-fi tropes of an impenetrable force affecting the status quo (think Solaris, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Contact), the animations will dramatize the desert landscape and represent the perceptions that the residents have of the spaceport, both fears of unknown progress and the hope that an outside influence could save the town.

Devin Horan
RekonGrodek

2012
Film and Video
New York City Film and Video
New York City

DEVIN HORAN was awarded support for RekonGrodek, an experimental film consisting of a prologue and a triptych of sequences structured around themes of trance, derangement, apocalypse, love, and suicide; a maelstrom of imagery about the compounded forces acting on the Austrian poet Georg Trakl. An accelerated, warped, and spectral world, fusing archival documentary footage with broken narrative fragments filmed in digital video. Overlaid by a voice-over bordering on incoherence, Trakl's disordered life and violent death are filtered into an iconographic vortex, re-arranging the consituents of his being in schizoid patterns, and creating a raw canvas of brutality, horror, and disintegration. Like Trakl's poetry itself, RekonGrodek should be seen as "one long uninterrupted visionary image, encompassing complex fusions of dream-like visions and the memory of real events and experiences propelled by an ever-deepening morbid anxiety, wherein existential concerns are sieved through a series of images onto our minds via hallucinatory scenes and settings, rather than through mere telling."  (Will Stone)

American Composers Forum

1982
Music
General Program
Minnesota

New Dramatists

1987
Multidisciplinary
General Program
New York City

Colette Gaiter

1993
Visual Arts
Travel and Study
Minnesota

Collette Gaiter, a visual artist and educator, was awarded $1,000 to spend a week in Washington, D.C. to research and procure historical images of African Americans in the National Archives and Library of Congress. She plans to gather information for an interactive multimedia work.

Mu Performing Arts

2009
Theater
General Program
Minnesota

MU PERFORMING ARTS, Minneapolis, Minnesota, received $14,000 to support the New Performance Program. Mu Performing Arts is a pan-Asian performing arts organization whose mission is to be a premier artistic company that creates theater and taiko from the heart of the Asian American experience. The New Performance Program brings emerging artists who create new work in performance, spoken word, hip hop, and experimental theater to Mu Performing Arts. Four artists will participate in this second round of the New Performance Program, receiving commissions and developmental support encompassing workshop readings as well as staged readings within the New Eyes Festival.

Marylee Hardenbergh

1992
Dance
General Program
Minnesota

Voice & Vision

1998
Theater
General Program
New York City

VOICE & VISION, New York City, received a grant of $14,000 in support of its 1998-99 season. Voice & Visions mission is to build an artistic home for the many women artists who feel under-served and under-represented by the art and imagery of the common culture. This theater places women at the core of every project it undertakes. Unheard Voices is the title of the play development program, which includes workshops, readings and full productions

The Soap Factory
The Soap Factory 2014 Program Funding Request

2015
Visual Arts
General Program
Minnesota

The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, Minnesota, received $25,000 in support of the participation of emerging New York City and Minnesota-based artists in the 2015 exhibition program. The Soap Factory is a laboratory for artistic experimentation and innovation, dedicated to supporting artists and engaging audiences through the production and presentation of contemporary art in a unique and historic environment. Programs are artist-centered, offering audiences a visceral and immediate experience of art and of the life of the artist. The Soap Factory supports artists and their work not only by providing funding, development and exhibition space for new work on an unprecedented scale, but also by providing a skilled staff to assist artists in realizing new work as well as critical reviews and publications.

American Composers Orchestra, Inc.

2003
Music
General Program
New York City

The AMERICAN COMPOSERS ORCHESTRA, New York City, received a two-year grant of $30,000 in support of the multifaceted Emerging Composers Project. The Orchestra is dedicated to the creation, performance, development, and promulgation of music by American composers. It's an incubator of ideas, research and talent; a catalyst for growth and change among orchestras; and an advocate for American composers and their music. The six ongoing programmatic components of the Emerging Composers Project are the New Music Reading Sessions and Commission Award, Emerging Composer Fellowships, Commissions, Carnegie Hall Performances, Composers Out Front Series, and the Open Review Program. New in 2003-04 are the Orchestra Underground concert and the Improvise! Festival & Conference. The Orchestra maintains an open door to any interested composer wishing to have her or his work reviewed for program opportunities. Each year, the Project has a measurable impact on 15 to 20 emerging composers, providing excellent performances, important career-building opportunities and exposure.

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