Glenn Close and Steve Buscemi, Focus Features co-president David Linde and producer Ed Pressman will be feted with this year’s IFP Gotham Awards for their outstanding contributions to the New York filmmaking community.
“Each of this year’s honorees has contributed to the vitality and diversity of the New York filmmaking industry,” said Michelle Byrd, executive director of IFP/New York, which is now entering its 25th year.
“Glenn Close is being honored for her prolific and versatile career in film, theater and television. When it comes to the independent film movement, no one epitomizes it better than Steve Buscemi. The IFP recognizes David Linde as the head of a studio who has made an indelible mark on the independent community worldwide. With Ed Pressman, we honor a true producing maverick.”
Presentation of the 13th annual Gotham Awards will take place Sept. 22 at a gala ceremony at New York’s Chelsea Piers. For the first time, the kudos will be televised, on IFC Sept. 23 and on Bravo Sept. 28.
The special awards no longer will be presented in specific categories as in past editions but will instead recognize individuals for their overall body of work.
Close’s upcoming films include James Ivory’s “Le Divorce,” with Kate Hudson and Naomi Watts, and Frank Oz’s “The Stepford Wives,” starring Nicole Kidman, Bette Midler, Matthew Broderick and Christopher Walken.
Buscemi will next be seen in Tim Burton’s “Big Fish” and on the new season of “The Sopranos.” He is also preparing his third feature as director, “Queer,” based on the writings of William Burroughs. Pic has been selected for presentation in IFP/New York’s No Borders financing market.
Linde in Focus
Former Good Machine president Linde’s upcoming slate at Focus includes Sofia Coppola’s “Lost in Translation,” Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “21 Grams” and Christine Jeff’s “Sylvia.” Company has Francois Ozon’s “Swimming Pool” in release.
Recent productions from Pressman’s ContentFilm banner include David Gordon Green’s “The Undertow,” which was picked up by United Artists, and Sundance hit “The Cooler,” due out from Lions Gate.