Growing up in Peoria, Illinois, Associate Professor Will Scheibel didn’t have access to many foreign or indie films found in art houses. But, as a teenager working at a library and video store, what he did have available to him was a…
Independent filmmaker awarded Burton Blatt Institute Prize for Arts Leadership
The 2012 Burton Blatt Institute Prize for Arts Leadership has been awarded to Sharon Greytak, an independent filmmaker and film professor at the College of Visual and Performing Arts, for her entire body of work and its importance to the international arts community. The Stone Canoe journal and Burton Blatt Institute award the prize annually to an artist or individual whose body of work promotes or exemplifies the value of inclusiveness within the arts community of Upstate New York.
Greytak has written, produced and directed feature-length fiction films, documentaries and experimental shorts. Greytak’s newest feature film is “Archaeology of a Woman,” starring Oscar-nominated/Golden Globe winner Sally Kirkland and Tony winner Victoria Clark.
Her films also include the award-winning international documentary “Losing It,” exploring quality-of-life issues and physical disability. Greytak has used a wheelchair since contracting rheumatoid arthritis during childhood.