Slain Actress Foundation Honors Filmmakers
A production grant will be offered in her name by the American Film Institute's Directing Workshop for Women beginning in the spring, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The ASF will underwrite a master class in directing for the program. In addition, two more awards will be offered in the actress' name: an Adrienne Shelly award for best new female director from the Columbia University School of the Arts Film Division and an ASF finishing funds grant courtesy of the New York Women in Film & Television. Both awards will be launched in the spring and will be given out annually.
Also, sophomores at the Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television division of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts will be eligible to receive an annual ASF scholarsip beginning in the fall.
The ASF was founded in December.
Shelly, 40, was found dead in her Greenwich Village apartment in November 2006. Although her death -- she was found hanging from a shower rod -- was initially reported as an apparent suicide, evidence later led to the arrest of a construction worker. "The Unbelievable Truth" actress has also appeared in "Hexed," "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me," "Sleeping With Strangers," "Grind" and 2005's "Factotum" opposite Matt Dillon, Lili Taylor and Marisa Tomei.
She also wrote and directed films, including "Sudden Manhattan" and "I'll Take You There." Her latest effort, "Waitress," stars Keri Russell, Jeremy Sisto and Nathan Fillion. The film has yet to be released.