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Korean American Director Stephens Wins Independence Spirit Award

2006/03/08 | Permalink | Source

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Korean American Mora Stephens won the coveted John Cassavetes Award at the 21st Independence Spirit Award in Santa Monica, California on March 4 (Saturday).

The John Cassavetes Award is given to an independent film recognized as the best achievement of the year in that it is selected as both the best 'First Feature' film and the best 'Feature' made for under $500,000.

The film "Conventioneers" covers the story about love and conflict between Massey, an advocate of President George Bush, and Lea, a Democrat who protested the 2004 Republican Convention in New York.

The movie "Conventioneers" has been favorably commented by audiences at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival, in New York. Also, it was shown at the 2 nd Los Angeles Korean International Film Festival (LAKIFF) and at the 10th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) in 2005

Director Stevenson addressed the audience, saying, "I could not prepare any speech because I could hardly expect the Award which is for me".

"This is a great honor that my first feature film has won the Award from the first production. So, it will be a great help not only for releasing the Conventioneers but also for the production of my next film, Georgia Heart". She explained in her interview on March 7 (Tuesday).

Her husband Joel Vietel also took part in the production of the movie as the writer and producer of Conventioneers.

Director Stevenson was born as a daughter of Irish novelist Michel Stevenson and Korean singer Ok-hee Yu. She majored in International Relations at Princeton University and obtained a master's degree in the field of film-making from New York University.

By Minsoo Kim

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