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RiverRun announces Spark Award honorees for 2013!

RiverRun announces Spark Award honorees for 2013!

Last year’s festival, among a long list of other significant firsts, marked the introduction of a new laudatory distinction within the RiverRun pantheon—the Spark Award.  Conceived as a natural extension of the Festival’s Altered States: New Directions in American Cinema program, which debuted in 2011, the Spark Award is intended to recognize exciting new filmmakers and breakthrough performers who are just on the cusp of gaining wider recognition for their remarkable talents. Once again we are fortunate enough to host three promising artists whose careers are electrifying audiences in all spheres of the motion picture world as RiverRun’s 2013 Spark Award honorees.

This year’s trio of artists are unfettered dynamos of creative energy, and are all making outstanding films that serve as catalysts for impassioned audience and critical conversation throughout the world-class festivals where they appear. When thinking about films and performances that truly embody the daring ethos of independent filmmaking right now, these talents have been trailblazers of late and will continue to be at the epicenter of the discussion for many years to come. 

The three will be honored at an exclusive VIP-only event on the evening of Friday, April 19th, during the second weekend of RiverRun.

Spark Award Honorees 


Anna Margaret Hollyman was born in New York City and grew up in Connecticut, with a little bit of Austin, Texas thrown in for good measure.  She attended Sarah Lawrence College and graduated with a concentration in Theater Arts and Art History, and studied the Two Year Meisner program at the William Esper Studio with Suzanne Esper.  Film-wise, she’s starred in the features Social Butterfly by Lauren Wolkstein, 2012 RiverRun Altered States Audience Award winner Small, Beautifully Moving Parts by Annie Howell and Lisa Robinson, and Zach Clark’s White Reindeer, which is an official RiverRun selection in the Altered States section of this year’s festival.  Other film credits include appearances in Jonathan Lisecki’s Gayby,  Alex Ross Perry’s The Color Wheel, Bob Byington’s Somebody Up There Likes Me, and Alexis Boling’s Movement and Location.  Anna Margaret also studied improv at Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles and the People’s Improv Theater (P.I.T.) in New York.


Terence Nance is an artist born and raised in Dallas, Texas.  He studied visual art and his practice includes installation, performance, music, and moving images. Terence makes music under the name Terence Etc., and his songs draw on influences like Stevie Wonder, Kronos Quartet, Dilla, Leadbelly, and Thelonius Monk. His first feature film, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and went on to play many prestigious festivals, including Rotterdam, New Directors/New Films, The San Francisco International Film Festival, and Off Plus Camera. The album of the same title will be released with the film in 2013. The film has garnered Terence recognition from Filmmaker magazine, where he was selected as one of the 25 new faces of independent film. Oversimplification... also won the 2012 Gotham Award for “Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You.” Terence currently resides in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn along with the rest of The Swarm, and is currently developing his sophomore feature, The Lobbyist.


Madeleine Martin is best known for her role as Becca Moody, Hank Moody’s (David Duchovny’s) precocious daughter on Showtime’s Californication.  She recently appeared in Olivier Award winning playwright Simon Stephens’ acclaimed new London play Harper Regan at The Atlantic Theater Company, and took on the role of Millie in Roundabout’s revival of William Inge’s Picnic. In 2009 Madeleine was the recipient of the Marian Seldes’ Most Promising Young Performer Award, and The National Youth Theater award in 2008 for her performance as Jean Fordham in the original Broadway Production of the Tony Award Winning August: Osage County.  She also stars in a breakout performance alongside Griffin Dunne in Justin Schwarz’s debut feature film The Discoverers, an official selection of RiverRun 2013 screening in the Focus section.  Madeleine’s additional television credits include guest starring roles on Criminal Minds, Law & Order, Law & Order SVU, and Hope and Faith. She charmed young fans for years as the beloved JoJo on Disney’s animated T.V. series JoJo’s Circus. 

White Reindeer



An Oversimplification of Her Beauty


The Discoverers