Writer Pak nabs IFP Pipedream prize

Kudos handed out at awards ceremony at Coda

Scribe Greg Pak received the third annual Pipedream Screenplay Award at the 2002 IFP Market. Pak’s prize was one of five handed out Thursday by the Independent Feature Project/New York at its annual awards ceremony. In all, the five prizes are worth more than $100,000.

Pak’s “Rio Chino” tells the story of a Chinese outlaw falling for the girlfriend of a Mexican bandito in the Old West. His award is worth $10,000. Other finalists were Rona Mark for “Begrudgery”; Elise Mac Adam, “Easy Virtue”; Lance Hammer, “Imperfect Cell”; and Wayne Robbins, “Playing Through.”

Parks kudos

Desha Dauchan’s “Whispers” and Caran Hartsfield’s “Bury Me Standing” received Gordon Parks awards for directing and screenwriting, respectively. Prizes recognize emerging African-American filmmakers; each winner picked up $10,000 while Dauchan received an additional $5,000 production grant from Kodak for her short.

Directors short list included Rodney Evans for “Brother to Brother”; Michele Stephenson and Stanley Nelson, “Faces of Change”; Lolis Eric Elie and Dawn Logsdon, “Stories From the Faubourg Treme”; and Thomas Allen Harris, “The 12 Disciples of Nelson Mandela.”

Screenwriter finalists were Colin F. Costello and Stephanie A. Jorden for “A Miami Tail”; Liz Graves and Kira Carstensen, “Gray”; Monique Brandon, “Remix”; and Alison McDonald, “The Shaming of Jimmy B.”

Making the Cut

Other winners were Jared Micah Herman, who picked up the Buzz Cut prize for “Empty.” The short about two boys escaping a World War II death march netted Herman $5,000. The finalists for the IFP Buzz Cut Award, sponsored by Sundance Channel, were Gabriel Judet-Weinshel for “The Broken Wings of Elijah Footfalls”; Annie Howell, “The Failure of Pamela Salt”; and Vilka Tzouras, “Shadowboxer.”

Aion Velie’s “Taft” won the work-in-progress completion award, worth more than $65,000 in goods and in-kind services. Pic is the story of a recently released convict debating whether to go in search of justice or to raise the daughter he’s never met.

Kudos were handed out at an awards ceremony at Coda with live performances by bands including Kid Friendly, featuring thesp Adrian Grenier.