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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)

Peggy Ahwesh

1990
Film and Video
New York City Film and Video
New York City

The Cherry Lane Alternative Theatre

2004
Theater
General Program
New York City

CHERRY LANE THEATRE, New York City, received a two-year grant of $52,000 in support of the Mentor Project. Cherry Lane's mission is to perpetuate its legacy of artistic freedom, exploration, and camaraderie, by providing a haven for emerging playwrights and by breathing fresh life into classics. The Mentor Project is the cornerstone of the Theatre's New Play Development Program. Through a nomination and competitive review process, the Theatre identifies emerging playwrights and pairs them with highly experienced and respected playwright mentors. Over the course of a season, the emerging playwright and the mentor are in regular contact with one another. Playwrights are given production teams and directors who will best advance their plays. There are first draft readings, public staged readings, rehearsals and workshop productions. Mentors for 2004 are Ed Bullins, A. R. Gurney and Michael Weller.

The Playwrights' Center

1992
Theater
General Program
Minnesota

William Reichard

1997
Literature
Travel and Study
Minnesota

Writer WILLIAM REICHARD received a grant to spend time in Maine and Nova Scotia to conduct research and to write poetry. He will complete In and Out of America, a series of speculative biographical poems focusing on the life and work of American painter and poet Marsden Hartley.

Ian Burns

2009
Visual Arts
Travel and Study
New York City

Artist IAN BURNS of Brooklyn, New York, will travel to the Arctic Circle, north of the Svalsbard archipelago of islands, on a collaborative voyage with artists, scientists and educators. He believes that the landscape and natural environment will have an impact on his artistic sensibilities, as will engaging with the other passengers on the ship. He intends to investigate sculptural forms and language in the context of the voyage and bring back new methods to apply in his studio.

The Loft Literary Center

1981
Literature
General Program
Minnesota

Lena Bernberg

1999
Film and Video
New York City Film and Video
New York City

LANA BERNBERG received a grant for Wake Me When It's Over, an experimental narrative that will be a lyrical and elusive story of Helen, a young woman spurned by her mother after revealing her lesbian longings, who plunges into the dark depths of depression.

Coffee House Press

2002
Literature
General Program
Minnesota

A grant of $27,000 was awarded to COFFEE HOUSE PRESS, Minneapolis, Minnesota, in support of the publication of three books by emerging literary artists, two of whom are residents of Minnesota and New York City. Coffee House Press publishes award-winning writers in beautifully designed books. The Press fulfills its mission by publishing books that advance the craft of writing, books that present the dreams and ambitions of peoples who have been underrepresented in published literature, and books that establish a common ground for all Americans. Funding will be used to publish Memory Jar, New York poet Brenda Coultass first full-length collection of poems, which is scheduled for a spring 2003 release. Funds will also support Foreign Wife Elegy, Minnesota writer Yuko Taniguchis first book, which focuses on the many roles she plays in life as foreigner, woman, wife, daughter, teacher and student.

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