The Independent Spirit Awards has named Providence-based filmmaker Laura Collela their Jameson FIND Your Audience Award winner for 2013. The prize comes with a $50,000 grant to cover the winner’s marketing and distribution costs.
Colella, a mainstay of the Providence film scene, has frequently used the city as a character in her films, including Tax Day and Stay Until Tomorrow. Her latest effort Breakfast with Curtis, is also set in the city and focuses on the unlikely friendship between an eccentric bookseller and his troubled 14-year-old neighbor.
She was presented the award at a nominee brunch held January 12 in Los Angeles, hosted by actors Salma Hayek and Jeremy Renner. She will be highlighted during the Spirit Awards ceremony on Saturday February 23, which will air the same evening on IFC at 10pm Eastern Standard Time.