The Academy Foundation Announces 2018-19 FilmCraft and FilmWatch Grant Recipients

Additional Support Awarded to Film Archives Impacted by Natural Disasters: Cinemateca de Cuba, Permanencia Voluntaria and Archivo de Imagenes en Movimiento

The Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today recipients of its 2018 FilmCraft and FilmWatch grants. In addition to the 51 FilmCraft and FilmWatch grants awarded, the grants committee set aside $15,000 to help with the recovery efforts at three international archives devastated by hurricanes and earthquakes in 2017. Those archives are Cinemateca de Cuba in Cuba, Permanencia Voluntaria in Mexico and Archivo de Imagenes en Movimiento in Puerto Rico. This funding is in addition to support and expertise that is already being provided by the Academy Film Archive.

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The Academy’s FilmCraft and FilmWatch grants were established to identify and empower future filmmakers from nontraditional backgrounds, cultivate new and diverse talent, promote motion pictures as an art form, and provide a platform for underrepresented artists. Grants range from $5,000-$15,000, and a total of $500,000 was awarded for the 2018-2019 grants year.

The Academy’s Grants program provides financial support to qualifying film festivals, educational institutions, and film scholars and supports the Academy’s overall mission to recognize and uphold excellence in the motion picture arts and sciences, inspire imagination and connect the world through the medium of motion pictures. The Academy Grants program has awarded a total of $12,194,000 to non-profit institutions and film festivals.

This year the Grants are proud to support 51 organizations whose innovative programs reach broad audiences, underserved high school and college students, support mid-career and emerging filmmakers, and engage and enrich their local communities. The Grants also reached out to support several film archives devastated by recent climate events. It is the Grants’ privilege and responsibility to fund organizations, rising and established, that reflect both The Academy’s values and its leadership role in the arts,” said Buffy Shutt, chair of the Academy’s grants committee.

The grant recipient institutions and programs are as follows:

FilmCraft Grants

American Film Institute (Los Angeles, CA) – Directing Workshop for Women

  • A tuition-free, year-long program that provides hands-on training and mentorship to increase the number of women working professionally in screen directing.


Austin Film Festival (Austin, TX) – The Diversity Focus Program

  • A series of panels and screenings featuring underrepresented storytellers with a goal of challenging the narrative that minority voices are shrinking.


Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) – Film Scoring Artist In Residence

  • Program aims to advance the careers of practicing film composers, prepare students as film scoring professionals, diversify the pipeline of professional talent to the film industry, and increase public awareness of the significance of the film scoring craft.


California State University, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA) – Urban Stories Film Incubator

  • A year-long experience where students will be guided through pre-production, production, and post-production to create short films or documentaries that tell their diverse community stories while developing their long-term filmmaking skills.


Camden International Film Festival (Camden, ME) – Points North Institute 2018 Artist Programs

Program provides hundreds of independent documentary filmmakers from diverse backgrounds with unique opportunities for education, professional development, and artistic expansion.

Chicken & Egg Pictures (New York, NY) – 2018 Accelerator Lab for First and Second-Time Filmmakers

  • Program supports diverse women documentary filmmakers in completing their first or second film while laying the groundwork for sustainable long-term careers.


Columbia University School of the Arts (New York, NY) – Diversity Casting Initiative

  • A new co-curricular program designed to encourage MFA film students to incorporate a range of races, ethnicities, and gender identity in their films to better reflect the diversity encountered in daily life.

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Nordstrom Men’s Store NYC Opens

Retailer Debuts First Manhattan Flagship

Nordstrom, Inc. opened the doors Thursday, April 12, to its very first flagship, full-line New York City location and first ever stand-alone men’s store at 235 West 57th Street. The three-level 47,000 square foot store offers a differentiated merchandise assortment across all categories, including popular and designer brands, along with a range of convenient services to serve customers on their terms.

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The Nordstrom Men’s Store NYC features the company’s newest store design concepts, including an all-glass façade to bring in more natural light, unboxing the display windows, and connecting the shopping experience to the city. An open, flexible floor plan allows for an evolving curation of how products are displayed over time, depending on what New York customers respond to. The store environment will create a sense of discovery, allowing customers to navigate easily and find new brands they haven’t experienced before.

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Calvin Klein Boutique at Nordstrom Men’s Store NYC

Nordstrom has been a longtime believer in investing in artwork for its stores. New Yorkers will experience an extensive collection, featuring 39 works by both international and American artists, with a quarter being local. Suspended in the center of a three-story staircase, a floating, diaphanous tree sculpture entitled “Arctic Tree” by the Seattle-based artist John Grade is a nod to the retailer’s Seattle roots.

EXCLUSIVE MERCHANDISE CONCEPTS
Olivia Kim, Nordstrom vice president of creative projects has curated a special Comme des Garçons(CDG) shop that will feature one of the largest local selections of the fashion house’s coveted brands. Olivia commissioned artist Marc Hundley to design a space that invokes both the ethos of CDG and the streets of New York City. In a first for Nordstrom, the men’s flagship will also feature designer shops by Calvin Klein, Balenciaga, Valentino, and Dior. Each space is united by a chainmail motif, but are distinguished by personalized fixtures adhering to each brand. The shoe department houses a Christian Louboutin shop displaying a wide range of the shoemaker’s sporty and formal offerings. The Nike Men’s Project, a sportswear and shoe destination for style and fitness-obsessed customers, will offer the brand’s latest sneakers and apparel collections.

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Comme des Garcons shop at Nordstrom Men’s Store NYC

The store also features an array of customization and personalization experiences, including the Levi’s Tailor Shop, where customers can shop Levi’s Authorized Vintage, one of the largest vintage denim collections in existence, and also design custom embroidery on any item, heat press a shirt or get an express hem while they wait; Shinola will offer watch customization in addition to a selection of tech products; exclusive to the flagship, Samuelson Custom Suit Visualizer is an interactive digital made-to-measure suiting experience at an accessible price point; Eton Endless Aisle is a digital touchscreen offering an expanded assortment of dress shirts and ties; and cult-favorite Le Labo will create personalized fragrance labels in the grooming department. Continue reading

Amsale New York Spring 2019 Tribute Collection Runway Show Honors Life And Work Of the late founder, Amsale Aberra

Amsale New York Re-Launches Amsale Nouvelle Brand Collection at New York Spring 2019 Bridal Fashion Week

April 13, 2018 – Honoring the wishes of the beloved late founder and creative director Amsale Aberra, Amsale New York’s Spring 2019 Bridal Collection debuted today at The Gramercy Terrace at The Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City. Ms. Aberra died Sunday, April 1, 2018, at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital of uterine cancer at age 64, surrounded by close friends and family. It was among her last wishes that the show goes on as planned.

Amsale was not only an inspiration to the company but someone who inspired and impacted everyone around her with her strength, kindness, and humility,” said her husband and the company’s CEO, Clarence O’Neill Brown, in a statement announcing her passing. “Working side by side we spent 360 degrees of our life together, and I know only too well both her creative genius and her infinite goodness. Words cannot express the personal loss that we feel, but we are comforted by the avalanche of support we’ve received and the commitment of our team to carry on Amsale’s legacy,”

Amsale Tribute Spring 2019 Runway Show

Amsale Tribute Spring 2019 Runway Show

Amsale Tribute Spring 2019 Runway Show

Amsale Tribute Spring 2019 Runway Show

Amsale Tribute Spring 2019 Runway Show

Amsale Tribute Spring 2019 Runway Show

Today’s runway presentation paid tribute to Amsale by featuring her last designed collection, Iconic Simplicity, and by re-launching the Amsale Nouvelle collection to reach a broader and growing demographic of international brides at more accessible price points.

Amsale Tribute Spring 2019 Runway Show

Amsale Tribute Spring 2019 Runway Show

Amsale Tribute Spring 2019 Runway Show

Amsale Tribute Spring 2019 Runway Show

Amsale Tribute Spring 2019 Runway Show

Amsale Tribute Spring 2019 Runway Show

Amsale Tribute Spring 2019 Runway Show

Amsale Tribute Spring 2019 Runway Show

Neil Brown, Amsale Aberra’s husband and CEO of Amsale commented, “Amsale trusted the talented and growing Amsale team to carry on her legacy in response to strong customer demand. Today we are honored to present the Iconic Simplicity collection and re-launch the Amsale Nouvelle collection to expand the Amsale brand reach while staying true to Amsale’s style and vision for the future.”

The final designed collection by Amsale Aberra, Iconic Simplicity, was inspired by cathedral elegance, expressed through dresses that are grand, yet modern, and designed for each individual bride in mind. The collection statement silhouettes are upscale ball gowns, pearl and crystal beading and draped bows. Texture in the collection is shown in a non-traditional lace and layered fabrication. Femininity is translated in form-fitting silhouettes, open backs and gently scoop necklines. Unmistakably Amsale, the Spring 2019 collection has stunning details, accentuating individuality with effortless elegance. Continue reading