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Weinsteins to receive IFP honor

NEW YORK — Miramax Films co-chairmen Bob and Harvey Weinstein will be honored with the Independent Feature Project’s Gotham Award for Lifetime Achievement.

The award will be presented Sept. 16 at the IFP’s annual gala benefit at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. Held on the second night of the Independent Feature Film Market, the IFP Gotham Awards are attended by more than 900 industryites.

“Bob and Harvey Weinstein have made an enormous contribution to the American independent film movement by bringing high-quality films to the largest audiences ever in this country,” said Catherine Tait, executive director of the IFP. “Their unfailing eye for talent, combined with remarkable marketing acumen, have made Miramax Films a legend.”

In announcing the award, Tait cited the success of such Miramax releases as “sex, lies and videotape,” “Cinema Paradiso,” “The Crying Game,” “Pulp Fiction” and “The English Patient,” which swept the Academy Awards this year with nine Oscars.

The IFP Gotham Awards were created to celebrate New York as a filmmaking center and to honor those who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to independent film. Past recipients of the Gotham Lifetime Achievement Award include Al Pacino, Robert Shaye, Arthur B. Krim, Irwin Young, Martin Scorsese and Sam Cohn.

Founded in 1979 in New York, the IFP is the largest association of independent filmmakers in the U.S. For information about corporate sponsorship, tables and individual tickets to the Gotham Awards, call (212) 838-6033.

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