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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)

Playwrights' Center, Inc.
Jerome Fellowships in Playwriting for Emerging American Playwrights

2015
Theater
General Program
Minnesota

THE PLAYWRIGHTS’ CENTER, Minneapolis, Minnesota, received a two-year grant of $160,000 in support of Jerome Fellowships for Emerging Playwrights, which are awarded annually to four writers who receive funds and resources to develop their craft. Fellows spend a year-long residency in Minnesota and have access to multiple opportunities, including workshops with professional directors, dramaturgs and actors. Each fellow receives a stipend in addition to funds to support the development of their work. The Playwrights' Center champions playwrights and new plays to build upon a living theater that demands new and innovative work. In addition to awarding some of the most generous fellowships for playwrights and theater artists in the United States, the nationally recognized Center continues breaking ground with playwright-centric play development processes, bold theater partnerships, and online and on-site resources serving over 1,500 member playwrights, including more than 300 based in Minnesota.

American Opera Projects, Inc.

2002
Music
General Program
New York City

AMERICAN OPERA PROJECTS, Brooklyn, New York, received $18,000 to support the First Chance program. American Opera Projects develops, nurtures and produces new American operas and innovative opera projects. It commissions new works from librettists and composers, presents those in workshops, and provides strategically chosen venues for premieres. The First Chance Program provides for composers and librettists, especially those creating opera for the first time, the experience of hearing their works performed by strong casts under skilled directors.

New Rivers Press

1984
Literature
General Program
Minnesota

David D. Haynes

1988
Literature
Travel and Study
Minnesota

American Composers Forum

2010
Music
General Program
Minnesota

The AMERICAN COMPOSERS FORUM, Saint Paul, Minnesota, received a two-year grant of $197,000 in support of various programs supporting emerging composers. The Forum enriches lives by nurturing the creative spirit of composers and communities. It provides new opportunities for composers and their music to flourish, and engages communities in the creation, performance, and enjoyment of new music. Jerome support is directed toward the Jerome Fund for New Music, which provides support to emerging composers based in New York City and Minnesota. Dollars will support commissions and enhancement funds to further the development and reach of the commissions. This is an open application program with selection by an independent panel. Jerome funding also supports the Minnesota Emerging Composer Awards. Through a nomination process, emerging composers working in world music, jazz, and electronic forms are commissioned to create and produce new works.

Home for Contemporary Theatre and Art

2003
Multidisciplinary
General Program
New York City

HERE ARTS CENTER, New York City, received a two-year grant of $38,000 in support of the production of four new works by HERE resident artists in the 2003-04 season. HERE supports a wide variety of artistic projects in theater, dance, new media, music and visual arts. Readings, works-in-progress, full productions, and exhibitions are offered. Resident artists are selected through an application process open to individual artists and collaborative teams working in live performance. Artists must be emerging, and developing a distinctive hybrid form of work or interested in stretching the boundaries of form. They are expected to actively participate in the HERE community via a peer-based program of exchanging resources, ideas, critique and support. The artists receive a monthly stipend as well as access to free rehearsal space, performing opportunities, production equipment, office time and caf hospitality. The program aims to be a fertile art incubator, encouraging individual growth and collaboration.

Randy Warshaw Dance Company

1990
Dance
General Program
New York City

Fabian Almazan

2016
Music
Fellowship for Composers and Sound Artists
New York City

Fabian Almazan, New York City, received $20,000 to compose new work for his ensemble Rhizome in a jazz-rooted improvisatory context; travel back to Cuba to collect audio samples and experience traditional, folkloric music from the region of his birth; continue experimenting with ways to run acoustic instruments, such as a grand piano, through audio-processing software; and work with a piano maker to pursue his interest in updating the piano as a modern instrument, adding built-in pick-ups.

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