Pete Nicks wins prestigious Director’s Prize at Sundance Film Festival

Director Pete Nicks awarded United States Artist Fellowship


November 10, 2015 – United States Artists (USA) is pleased to announce the 37 new USA Fellows for 2015. Each artist or collaborative will receive an award of $50,000 to support their practice and professional development, opening up exciting creative possibilities through the transformative power of unrestricted financial support.


As one of the largest grant-making organizations in the country providing direct support to artists, USA spotlights the importance of originality across every creative discipline, from literature and performance to crafts and theater. Celebrating the breadth of American artistic practices from coast to coast, USA cultivates a creative ecology that is diverse in age, race, religion, gender, and sexual orientation. USA honors innovative, accomplished artists at all

stages of their careers, who are nominated by their peers and field experts for the quality, imagination, and enduring potential of their work in the following disciplines: Architecture & Design, Crafts, Dance, Literature, Media, Music, Theater & Performance, Traditional Arts, and Visual Arts. Awards are entirely unrestricted and may be used by Fellows in any way they choose. Over $20 Million Dollars has been awarded through the USA Fellows program

since its inception.


The 37 recipients of this year’s awards were selected from over 400 nominated artists living in the United States and US Territories and were chosen by panels of expert peers in each artistic discipline. “USA Fellowships are awarded to innovative artists of all ages and at all stages of their careers, who are nominated for their commitment to excellence and the enduring potential of their work,” said United States Artists CEO Carolina García Jayaram. “We are honored to present this year’s Fellows, a group of artists who were selected through a rigorous, highly

competitive process. What continues to set the USA Fellowship apart is the unrestricted nature of our award. USA’s mission is to put artists first as they are the core of our organization. This is shown by the inherent trust we place in them to know how to use the money to further their practice and pursue unrealized opportunities.”


Director Pete Nicks turns lens to Oakland’s police

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The Oakland Police Project

Open’hood, in co-production with the Independent Television Service (ITVS) and the PBS series Independent Lens, is now underway with THE OAKLAND POLICE PROJECT, the follow-up to THE WAITING ROOM and the 2nd film of our Oakland Trilogy. We are so grateful for the support of everyone at ITVS as well as our incredible funders for believing in the mission of Open’hood and this film. THANK YOU!! Catapult Film Fund, Cinereach, Sundance DFP, CNN, Ford Foundation JustFilms, California Council for the Humanities, Kapor Center for Social Impact, The Filmmakers Fund, and now the San Francisco Film Society!

We’ll be hard at work filming through the summer. We will update you in the Fall as we begin post-production.

Until Then,

Pete Nicks, Director
The Oakland Police Project



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