Terence Nance will be among this year’s RiverRun International Film Festival’s Spark Award winners.
The Dallas, Texas native studied visual art and his practice includes installation, performance, music and moving images. He 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 Nance recognition from Filmmaker magazine, where he was selected as one of the 25 new faces of independent film. He currently resides in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn and is developing his sophomore feature, “The Lobbyist.”
The Spark Award was created as a natural extension of the Festival’s Altered States: New Directions in American Cinema program, which debuted in 2011
and seeks to recognize exciting new filmmakers and performers who are just on the cusp of gaining wider recognition for their remarkable talents.
Actresses Anna Margaret Hollyman, whose credits include “ Small, Beautifully Moving Parts” and “Gayby,” and Madeleine Martin, of “Californication” fame, will also receive Spark Awards.
This year’s RiverRun will be held from April 12-21. For a complete listing of film screenings and events, go to www.riverrunfilm.com