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Aug. 19, 2011

At A Glance

UI graduate student wins film honorarium from Princess Grace Foundation

University of Iowa graduate student Nick Twemlow will receive a film honorarium from the Princess Grace Foundation. The highly competitive awards for theater, dance and film continue the legacy of Princess Grace (Kelly) of Monaco, who helped emerging artists pursue their goals.

Born in Kansas, a state haunted by its civil war history, and raised in a house reportedly haunted by a mysterious presence, Twemlow focuses his creative work on altered states, paranormal worlds and supernatural phenomena with the violent realities of the bucolic Midwest. He is an Iowa Writers' Workshop alumnus, a former Fulbright Fellow, and the author of a forthcoming poetry collection entitled "Palm Trees." His films have screened at Tribeca, SXSW, Slamdance, FLEX and Athens International. He recently finished "The Trapper," a short narrative film set in rural Iowa.

Twemlow is working on his MFA thesis in film and video production at the Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The project, "The Directory of Possibilities," involves video, photographs, otherworldly recordings, texts and an iPhone app, which investigates the paranormal world he grew up in.

The awards will be presented at a black-tie gala in New York City in November.


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