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‘Slam’ stars to take new IFP honor

Williams, Sohn receive first Perry Ellis nod

NEW YORK — Saul Williams and Sonja Sohn, the stars of Trimark’s “Slam,” will receive the first Perry Ellis Breakthrough Award at the Independent Feature Project’s Gotham Awards, to be held Sept. 23.

Directed by Marc Levin, “Slam” was recently awarded the Camera d’Or in Cannes and won the 1998 Grand Jury Prize at Sundance earlier this year.

The new award is aimed at outstanding performances from relatively new performers in a film. Williams and Sohn were selected by a jury consisting of Steve Buscemi, Rosie Perez, Tom Noonan, David O. Russell and Gregory Mosher.

IFP executive director Michelle Byrd said: “A breakthrough performance should take you someplace unexpected. Saul and Sonja’s work is electrifying. They represent the new talent we hope to spotlight with the award.”

Max Garelick, president and CEO of Perry Ellis Intl., said, “We believe that these fine young actors are on the verge of stardom, and we are honored to play a role in their careers.”

Garelick said the company is committed to carrying on Perry Ellis’ legacy of discovering and nurturing talent in film, theater, fashion and the arts.

Presenting sponsors at the IFP Gotham Awards’ annual fundraiser gala include Daily Variety, Bravo, the Independent Film Channel, Entertainment Weekly and the New York Times and Entertainment Group.