Back in March, I mentioned that a lot of grants were being created in memory of Adrienne Shelly, the slain indie director who, unfortunately, made a much bigger splash after her death than she did in her life. As indieWIRE has just shared -- one award, the annual Adrienne Shelly Foundation Women Filmmakers Grant, has just been given to Iranian-American director Mayram Keshavarz, who grew up in New York, but has spent a lot of time in the Middle East. The grant gives $5,000 to a filmmaker who comes from Sundance Institute's Feature Film Program's June Director's Lab, which she took part in earlier this summer.

This should be a good boost for the filmmaker, who won a Berlinale Teddy for her short: El Día que morí. She's currently working on a film called Circumstance, which discusses the current social climate in Iran through two adolescent girls. "As they navigate and rebel against the strict rules of their culture and environment, the two girls must also grapple with their intense and complex relationship with each other." It sounds like an interesting film, and I'm sure we'll hear more about it soon, as it was the project Keshavarz used in the Sundance Labs. Kudos, Maryam, and I can't wait to see what you make of it!
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