One theatre grant in partnership with Plan-B was awarded to Rob Tennant. Rob Tennant is a Utah playwright, dad, husband, and theatre critic. His Davey-award-winning play, Booksmart, is his first foray into the playwriting arena. Booksmart explores the bookstore at holiday rush time. Casey has had it with his job, as well as the crowds and rude customers, and makes a momentous decision. Will his equally harried co-workers join him in his protest or will they talk him back onto the sales floor? This dark comedy is all about sticking it to The Man, provoking change, and taking action—by doing nothing. Booksmart will run December 3-13 on the Plan-B stage.
One theatre grant, in partnership with Salt Lake Acting Company, was awarded to Katherine Vondy. Katherine is a Los Angeles-based writer and director whose credits span theater, film, and literature. Her award-winning short film, The Broken Heart of Gnocchi Bolognese, has screened at festivals worldwide. Her play, The Fermi Paradox, will receive a week long workshop at the Salt Lake Acting Company, directed by Chase Ramsey. A company of local actors and artists including a dramaturg, choreographer, and filmmaker,
will also participate in the project. The workshop will culminate in a public staged reading at SLAC on Monday, August 31, 2015 at 7pm.
Two Film Exchange gear grants, valued at $10,000 each, have been awarded to Ted Schaefer and Nick Dixon. Nick Dixon is a Utah resident who studied film at Brigham Young University. His short, Mine, is about a shepherd in the Gaza strip who finds himself trapped on a land mine in the desert with little hope of escape. Ted has been acting as 1st Assistant Director on assorted films since studying film at Syracuse University. His short, The Zeno Question, follows disaffected college student Patrick as he tries to create meaning out of what he sees as the meaninglessness of higher education…all through the philosophy of Zeno.
Congratulations to these two artists!
The 2014 Davey Foundation grant-winning film, The First Men, received Jury Honors at the 2015 Columbia University Film Festival. Happy to see others recognizing the talent we saw. Just the beginning, Ben!
So many wonderful things happening for our board members and grantees! Congratulations to board member Patrick Waldrop (with co-director Tyler Measom) on presenting their film New Sensation (about the genesis of MTV) at the Hot Docs Forum of the Canadian International Documentary Festival. Congratulations, Patrick and co-producer and board member, Brooke Wilkinson!
Exciting news from one of The Davey Foundation’s 2015 film grant recipients! Stephen Lee is in L.A. for the Los Angeles Film Festival where his short film Touch is screening. Touch explores a 14-year-old’s obsession with a new swimming instructor that plunges her into a world of undiscovered feelings and leads her to leave childhood forever behind. Congratulations, Stephen!
For more about the LAFF, click here.
Davey Foundation Associate May Erlewine Bernard’s original song “Shine On” is getting national attention! Check this out: http://www.rollingstone.com/tv/recaps/the-voice-top-six-recap-unexpected-songs-steal-the-show-20150505
Congratulations to Davey Board members Kenny Riches and Cara Despain, and their entire crew! Look for “The Strongest Man” at a theater near you.
Thanks, Indiewire! You can read the announcement here.