IFP Gotham Award to Lumet

Helmer to receive Lifetime Achievement nod

NEW YORK — Sidney Lumet will receive the 1998 Independent Feature Project’s Gotham Award for Lifetime Achievement.

The award will be presented at a ceremony Sept. 23 at Chelsea Piers in New York. Held each year as a fundraiser for the IFP during the org’s annual film market, the Gotham Awards attract 1,000 industryites.

“Sidney Lumet embodies what the Gotham Awards are all about,” said IFP exec director Michelle Byrd. “He creates quintessentially New York stories that bring the city to life.”

The IFP Gotham Awards celebrate New York as a vital filmmaking center, and honor those who have excelled in the city. Presenting sponsors of the 1998 Gotham Awards include Bravo, the Independent Film Channel, Entertainment Weekly, the New York Times Arts & Entertainment Group, Perry Ellis Intl. and Variety.

Lumet has directed more than 40 films, including “Twelve Angry Men,” “The Pawnbroker,” “The Verdict,” “Serpico,” “Network,” “Dog Day Afternoon” and the upcoming “Gloria.”

He has been nominated four times for the director Academy Award and has been honored with the Directors Guild of America’s D.W. Griffith Award. Lumet’s book “Making Movies” is now in its seventh printing.

Past winners of the IFP Lifetime Achievement Gotham Award include Bob and Harvey Weinstein, Al Pacino, Robert Shaye, Arthur B. Krim, Irwin Young, Martin Scorsese and Sam Cohn.