TWO Davey Grant films headed to SXSW!

We’re excited to announce that Lauren Wolkstein‘s BEEMUS: IT’LL END IN TEARS, and Ben Kegan‘s THE FIRST MEN are screening at SXSW this March in Austin, Texas!  Lauren’s short, for which she received a Davey Foundation grant in 2015, is about a high school gym teacher who runs drills from inside a volcano,  and is part of a feature film project COLLECTIVE:UNCONSCIOUS that brings five of independent film’s most adventurous filmmakers together to literally adapt each other’s dreams for the screen. Ben’s film, for which he received a Davey Foundation grant in 2014, is about an overextended teacher who bumps into a troubled student while at the mall with her mom, and is based on a Pushcart Prize winning short story by Stacey Richter.

Board Member News!

Davey Board member Kenny Riches is out of the country bringing his film “The Strongest Man” to festivals in Germany and Poland, and board member Dustin Guy Defa is at the New York Film Festival premiering his short films “Review” and “God is an Artist.”  Congratulations to both!

MAMA named Best Original Play by Salt Lake City Weekly

The first ever Davey Foundation Theatre Grant in partnership with Plan-B Theatre went to MAMA by Carleton Bluford, which was just named Best Original Play by Salt Lake City Weekly!  Congratulations to Carleton, Plan-B Theatre for its production of MAMA, which was also named Best Local Theatre Production, and to the Davey grant readers, John Kuehne, Debra Threedy, Jen Nii, and Jerry Rapier, for their perspicuity!

Theatre Grant, in Conjunction with Plan-B Theatre, Awarded

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.

Congratulations, Rob!