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IFP will honor Streep

Gala to fete thesp's career

NEW YORK — Meryl Streep, who recently wrapped “50 Violins” for Miramax Films, will receive the 1999 Independent Feature Project Gotham Award for Lifetime Achievement on Sept. 22 at Chelsea Piers in New York.

Miramax co-chairmen Bob and Harvey Weinstein, who were the recipients of the honor in 1997, will present the award to Streep.

The Gotham Awards celebrate New York as a vital filmmaking center and pay tribute to artists who have excelled in the city. The gala occurs during the IFP’s annual Independent Feature Film Market.

“Meryl Streep’s legendary talent and unparalleled body of work exemplify the essence of the Gotham Awards,” said IFP exec director Michelle Byrd.

Streep has been nominated for Academy Awards 11 times, including this year’s best actress nom for “One True Thing.” Other film credits include “Dancing at Lughnasa” and “The Bridges of Madison County.”

Past recipients of the IFP Gotham Award for Lifetime Achievement include Sidney Lumet, Al Pacino, Robert Shaye and Martin Scorsese.

The IFP Gotham Awards gala is the annual fundraising event for the IFP, the nation’s largest membership organization for indie film.

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