IFFM fetes Ross, Lamison

Awards celebrate black indie cinema

NEW YORK — Craig Ross Jr. won the director’s award and Tamrika Lamison took screenwriting honors at the 1998 Gordon Parks Independent Film Awards, handed out during last week’s Independent Feature Film Market.

The awards were sponsored by the Independent Feature Project in association with Viacom’s MTV Films, Nickelodeon Movies, Paramount Pictures and Showtime Networks.

Each award carries a $10,000 cash prize and an invitation to discuss distribution with one of the participating Viacom divisions.

Ross won for his film noir work-in-progress, “Cappucino,” the story of a young married writer’s obsession with a mysterious woman.

Lamison was honored for her script “The Jar by the Door,” which follows nine New Yorkers struggling to find meaning and love.

“The recipients of the Gordon Parks Awards have shown distinctive and promising talent,” said MTV Film senior vice president David Gale. “Each of their works is infused with personal style, skill and imagination that we are sure will attract attention.”

Created to heighten awareness of new black independent cinema, the Gordon Parks Awards were established last year at the IFFM.

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