‘Spring’ nabs Nantucket honors

Freshman helmer/penner Gilroy gets Writer/Director Award

Tom Gilroy’s “Spring Forward,” starring Ned Beatty, Liev Schrieber, Ian Hart, Campbell Scott and Lili Taylor, nabbed the 2000 Writer/Director Award at the 5th annual Nantucket Film Festival, which wrapped over the weekend.

The episodic film — actor Gilroy’s freshman scripting and helming effort — depicts a developing friendship between a young ex-con and his co-worker, a municipal employee facing retirement. Pic was produced by Jim McKay, Gil Holland, Paul S. Mezey and Michael Stipe.

Additional honors

Among other prizes given out at the fest were the Audience Award for best feature to Welsh helmer Paul Morrisson’s “Solomon & Gaenor” (a foreign-lingo Oscar nom), and the Tony Cox Award for Screenwriting to Morris Fink and Paul N. Lazarus for their script “DaVinci’s Gift.”

This year’s Writer’s Tribute honored Paul Schrader. James Coburn presented the award at a ceremony attended by Mary Beth Hurt, Molly Shannon, John Shea, and Jerry Stiller, among others.

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