IFP/West to honor producers

Designer Ralph Lauren sponsors prize

The Independent Feature Project/West announced Thursday a new award honoring indie producers that will be presented at the Independent Spirit Awards on March 21.

Sponsored by Ralph Lauren, the Producers Award has been a long-gestating prize. Award organizers have felt that the importance of producers in facilitating non-mainstream movies wasn’t fully reflected in the Spirit prize-giving.

The intent of the Producers Award is to honor someone who “demonstrates exceptional creativity, tenacity and vision.” Finalists were selected by a jury that will also choose the winner.

The first nominees slate comprises Margot Bridger (“The Delta”), the team of Scott Macaulay and Robin O’Hara (“What Happened Was … ,” “First Love, Last Rites”), Lisa Onodera (“Picture Bride”), Richard Raddon (” … And God Spoke”) and Susan Stover (“Welcome to the Dollhouse”).

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