Guggenheim Fellowship Awarded to Ithaca College Filmmaker Cathy Crane

ITHACA, NY—The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has announced that Cathy Crane, an associate professor of cinema, photography, and media arts in Ithaca College’s Roy H. Park School of Communications, is among the diverse group of 175 scholars, artists and scientists awarded fellowships for 2013.

Often characterized as “midcareer” awards, Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or creative ability in the arts. Crane was among those selected from the pool of 3,000 applicants from throughout the United States and Canada.

“These artists and writers, scholars and scientists, represent the best of the best,” said Edward Hirsch, president of the Guggenheim Foundation. “It’s an honor to be able to support these individuals to do the work they were meant to do.”

Crane was recognized for her two decades of lyrical filmmaking. Her first media project, a video presented on the BRAVO cable network for World AIDS Day in 1990, was a profile of AIDS activist Brent Nicholson Earle. Her award-winning short films, which frequently contain both archival and staged material, have been screened at festivals and broadcast internationally. She has also directed music videos, created installations and photographed numerous films for other directors. She is currently in preproduction on a multiple-screen installation that stages Flannery O’Connor’s unfinished last novel, “Why Do the Heathen Rage?”

Crane’s fellowship will support the production of a speculative history on how the United States entered World War I as told through the story of one girl’s adoption by a butcher in 1917. Students in the Park School will be invited to participate in the film as part of a cinema production course offered in the spring of 2014.

Among other honors, Crane has received a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Film and individual artist grants from the New York State Council on the Arts and San Francisco Arts Commission. The first North American survey of her work was held in 2011 at Los Angeles Filmforum, while she was serving as an artist-in-residence in the directing program at California Institute of the Arts.

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Filmmaker Cathy Crane was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship