PushPush Film and Theater Receives NEA Arts in Media Grant

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4/25/2012

PushPush Film and Theater Receives NEA Arts in Media Grant to Support the Development of “GRFX,” a Global Interdisciplinary Film Series About Art, Commerce and the Future of Storytelling.

(Atlanta) National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman announced today that PushPush Film and Theater is one of 78 not-for-profit national, regional, state, and local organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Arts in Media grant. PushPush is recommended for a $75,000.00 grant, over two years, to develop a production team, a writing and directing staff and other key personnel for the creation of an original series about the challenges of creating new global stories in rapidly changing times. The series will digitally mirror the company’s mission and work over the last 15 years. The goal is to feature the work of local, national and international artists ranging from filmmakers and theater professionals to graphic illustrators, visual artists and musicians.

The 78 Arts in Media grant awards total $3.55 million. They support the development, production and national distribution of innovative media projects about the arts and media projects that can be considered works of art.

The GRFX Project is a unique story about a comic book/graphic novel publishing company and its new direction for the 21st Century. It’s a new concept in storytelling where the story itself creates opportunities for artists from various disciplines to participate, collaborate and discover new audiences.

“One of the most exciting aspects of this project,” says creator Tim Habeger, “is that it is being carried out by individual artists through open planning and their willingness to connect with other artists globally. At its heart, the GRFX Project is about improving our artistic ecosystem and finding new forms of sustainability.

The GRFX project was developed by Tim Habeger, David Bruckner and Shelby Hofer over the last four years It has involved a wide variety of global collaborators including European artists Rahel Salvodelli, Knut Berger and illustrator Christoph Heuer, and American collaborators including Sahr Ngaujah, Alex Motlagh, Drew Sawyer and more.

Chairman Landesman said, “While Americans across the country are experiencing art live and in person every day, NEA research shows that more than half of American adults also consume the arts via electronic media. I am thrilled to announce these Arts in Media grants and look forward to the organizations’ efforts to reach ever wider audiences and create innovative new works of art.”

“Our goals in creating this project,“ says PushPush Managing Artistic Director, Shelby Hofer, “are to help Atlanta artists to connect, highlight and distribute their work, and increase their excellence. New opportunities often come with a loss of personal vision – especially in digital media. The GRFX project deals with themes of high and low art, and the constant challenge of trying to discover and remain true to one’s own artistic voice.”

The NEA received 329 eligible applications under the Arts in Media category, requesting more than $36 million in funding. Grant amounts range from $10,000 to $100,000 with an average grant amount of $45,513 and a median of $40,000.  PushPush Film and Theater is among the 25% recommended for funding, a sign of organizational strength and creativity.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Arts in Media grant support, please visit the NEA website at arts.gov.

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www.pushpushtheater.com
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