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Theatre Grant, in Partnership with Salt Lake Acting Company, Awarded

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.

congratulations Katherine!

Film Exchange Gear Grants Announced

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!

Board Member Patrick Waldrop’s New Sensation

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!

Film grant recipient Stephen Lee at LAFF

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.

Board Member Patrick Fugit gets new Cinemax series

The creator of “The Walking Dead” has a new series headed for Cinemax, and it will star The Davey Foundation’s own Patrick Fugit.  The pay-cable channel has picked up a 10-episode season of “Outcast,” based on Robert Kirkman’s comic book series of the same title.  It is about a young man plagued by demonic possession who embarks on a journey to find answers, and what he discovers could change the fate of the world.  WE CAN’T WAIT!  Congratulations Pat!