Thank you for taking the time to visit our web site. We’re very proud of the work we are doing on behalf of Adrienne, and the impact we have within the independent film community as a result.
For me, the Adrienne Shelly Foundation is a labor of love. Adrienne and I were together five loving, happy and blissfully silly years. I feel genuinely blessed to have had her in my life even for that short period of time. She was a wonderful wife and mother, and a terrific, loyal friend. She was immensely talented and creative, and was perhaps the most interesting person I had ever met.
Adrienne was fiercely dedicated to the art of filmmaking and, at 5’1”, stood tall in an industry where women face many challenges and hurdles to climb. But she did it, and on her own terms. She was able to successfully make the transition from actor to filmmaker, having written and directed three features. Her last directorial effort, Waitress, premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, was sold to Fox Searchlight Pictures within hours of its premiere, and went on to become a smash box-office success nationwide. In the brief weeks and months after her death, Adrienne had finally reached the critical acclaim of which she always dreamed.
I'm happy to say that yet another of Adrienne's scripts has been brought to the big screen. Serious Moonlight is a deliciously dark comedy starring Meg Ryan and Timothy Hutton and was released in theatres December 2009. Directed by Cheryl Hines, a first-time helmer who knew and worked with Adrienne on Waitress, it was produced by me and Michael Roiff, who produced Waitress, and is available on DVD, pay-per-view and cable. Another script of Adrienne's, The Morgan Stories, is currently in development.
We're also in the 7th year of our annual Celebrity Auction, and recently held our 3rd annual Woman of Vision salute at the Museum of Modern Art, where we honored filmmaker Ava DuVernay, who joins previous honores Nicole Holofcener (Lovely and Amazing, Friends with Money, Enough Said) and Lena Dunham (Tiny Furniture, HBO's Girls).
To continue Adrienne’s dream, we started this foundation with the goal of helping women achieve their own filmmaking dreams. Since 2007 we've awarded 48 grants and scholarships to highly talented and deserving women who are making the world a more informed, meaningful place with their critical documentaries and feature films. Our awards are made annually through partnerships with the Sundance Institute, AFI, IFP, Women in Film, Tribeca Film Institute, Nantucket Film Festival, Boston University, Columbia University and Rooftop Films. One of our grant recipients, Cynthia Wade, won an Academy Award in 2008 for her documentary Freeheld, which ASF helped fund.
I hope you’ll join me in supporting this important mission with your generous contribution. And if you like what we’re doing, please forward our link to your friends, family and associates who might be interested in supporting us as well.
With great thanks,
The Adrienne Shelly Foundation