March 25, 2000 (Santa Monica, Calif.) — The Independent Film Channel (IFC) Productions’ hit film Boys Don’t Cry was a big winner at this afternoon’s 15th Annual IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards. With four nominations, the critically-praised film took home awards for its leading ladies, Hilary Swank and Chloë Sevigny, who won for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, respectively. “The success of this film represents IFC’s commitment to support up and coming filmmakers,” comments Jonathan Sehring, President, IFC Films. “The awards this film has received illustrates the creative community’s recognition of the indisputable talent of these actresses.”
In addition to Independent Spirit Awards, the stars of Boys Don’t Cry, Swank and Sevigny, have already won numerous awards and critical accolades for their breakthrough performances and are both in the running for Academy Awards at tomorrow night’s ceremony.
The Independent Spirit Awards were broadcast live, exclusively on IFC as well as on IFC’s official website, www.ifctv.com. An encore presentation of the awards show can be seen on IFC’s sister network Bravo, The Film and Arts Network, at 6:30PM/PT and again on IFC at 7:30PM/PT and Sunday, March 26 at 6:30PM/PT.
The Independent Film Channel launched IFC Productions in March 1997. IFC Productions is dedicated to helping filmmakers realize their vision as well as creating feature films for theatrical distribution. It already has four major theatrical releases to its credit — Steven Soderbergh’s Gray’s Anatomy, John Sayles’ Men With Guns, Kimberly Peirce’s Boys Don’t Cry and Errol Morris’ Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. In addition, IFC Productions upcoming slate includes: Screen Gems summer release of Karyn Kusama’s Sundance winner Girlfight; Trimark’s release of Songcather, starring Janet McTeer and Aidan Quinn; the upcoming release of Brad Anderson’s Happy Accidents starring Marisa Tomei and Vincent D’Onfrio; and InDigEnt, a digital initiative which will produce ten digital films this year.